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I am a former U.S. Immigration Judge and have also served as Regional Counsel (Southern Region) and Chief Counsel (Florida District) for the legacy U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service that now comprises three separate agencies (CIS,ICE CBP).


The Florida Bar president (1995) selected me to co-author the first three Board Certification examinations in Immigration and Nationality Law.  


For seven years I was featured every Sunday on public television station WLRN (Miami-Fort Lauderdale). The show was "Immigration, USA." It was one of the highest rated shows on Sunday night local television.


I have been listed for fifteen years in The Best Lawyers in America.  My law firm was selected  in 2010 by U.S. News and World Report magazine as one of The Best Law Firms.


Several of the articles I have written have been published in the Florida Bar Journal. I also have several published decisions resulting from cases in the U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%

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  • Martin Bryant Schwartz

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    Martin Schwartz Immigration Attorney
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  • Pedro A. Miranda

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Brauwerman for over twenty years. He is a consummate attorney with admirable breadth of knowledge and experience. He has held important positions as reflected in his profile, from INS District Counsel to Immigration Judge, and many others in between. His clients could not be better served.


    Pedro Miranda Immigration Attorney
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Contact info

Brauwerman Law Firm, P.A.

Suite 470
500 West Cypress creek Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309

Shane, Shane & Brauwerman

500 Cypress Creek Road
Suite 470
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309



FLMember in Good Standing197701/11/2016
NYCurrently registered 197003/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Listed inBest Lawyers in America2012
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2012
"av" ratedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Best Law Firms in AmericaU.S.News and World report2012
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2009
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2008
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2007
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2006
RecognitionTop Lawyers in South Florida2002
"av" ratedMartindale-Hubbell1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Weekly guestWLRN-TV "Immigration, U.S.A."1996 - 2003
U.S.Immigration JudgeU.S. Department of Justice1984 - 1985
Regional Counsel, USINSU.S. Department of Justice1983 - 1984
Chief Legal Officer, Florida District, USINSU.S. Department of Justice1981 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bar, Immigration and Naturalization CommitteeVice-Chair1994 - 1997
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Pro Bono ProjectBoard of Directors1987 - 1988
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern Florida Chapter)Board of Directors1986 - 1988
Florida BarMember1977 - Present
New York County Lawyers' AssociationMember1971 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Bar, International Law SectionMemberN/A
Florida Bar, Entertainmant, Arts & Sports LawMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Acosta-Montero v. INS,62 F.3d 1347 (11th Cir. 1995)Client won.
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Publication nameTitleDate
University of Texas, School of Law,CLERemoval Proceedings: Selected Types of Relief2010
Florida Bar JournalIMMACT 90 Revisions Regarding Immigration Consequences of Criminal Behavior1992
Florida Bar JournalCriminal and Other Grounds for Deportation-Criminal Defense Counsel: Know thy Immigration Law1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
City University of New York, Hunter CollegeN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1966
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
34th Annual Conference on Immigration & Nationality LawRemoval Proceedings: Relief in Removal Proceedings2010
Past Speaker at Florida Bar seminarsImmigration1995