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Fairuze Sofia

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Immigration

About Me

       Fairuze Sofia has lived in South Florida since she was in middle school and graduated from Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida. Following high school, she studied International Relations at Florida International University where she was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society and graduated with high honors. While a student at FIU, Fairuze studied abroad in Paris at L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris taking courses entirely in French.


       Fairuze attended law school at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Florida. While in law school, Fairuze participated in the UF Honor Court first as a member of the Attorney General's Staff and then as the Chief Defense Counsel. She was also awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for advanced Portuguese language study. Following her second year of law school, Fairuze worked as a law clerk at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Office of the Chief Counsel in Cape Canaveral, Florida where she worked on everything from labor disputes to government contracts (and stood on the launchpad next to the shuttle!).


        During her last year of law school, Fairuze earned the book award in her "Trial Practice" course. She was also a Certified Legal Intern at the Public Defender's Office in Gainesville, Florida. Following law school, Fairuze worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County where she aggressively represented her clients at both the misdemeanor and felony levels. Following her time at the Public Defender's Office, Fairuze briefly worked for the immigration law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt. 


         Fairuze speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and French and has lived abroad in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Paris, France. In her spare time, she likes to travel and attend concerts.

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Languages Spoken: Portuguese, French, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2008

  1. Immigration: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

15 total 

  • Joy E. Rothenberger

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Joy Rothenberger Immigration Attorney
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  • Peter John Marek

    The 4 years she has practiced as a former public defender gives her a huge advantage over other defense attorneys,"The prosecutors know that she knows what they know" 7 years as a defense attorney is evident in her knowledge of criminal law and procedure & is apparent in her pro bono contributions here. Client reviews tell the real story and they are excellent. READ THEM! Peer endorsements are also outstanding. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation.

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    Peter Marek Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact Info

The Sofia Law Firm
912 S Andrews Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316

The Sofia Law Firm

3900 Woodlake Blvd
Ste 206-C
Lake Worth, FL, 33463

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200805/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarFlorida Super Lawyers2015
Board Certified Specialist - Criminal Trial LawThe Florida Bar2015
Florida Rising StarFlorida Super Lawyers2014
Hat Trick - 3 Not Guilty Verdicts in a RowBACDL2014
Florida Rising StarFlorida Super Lawyers2013
Book Award - Trial PracticeUniversity of Florida2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateKurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli, & Pratt Pa2010 - 2010
OwnerThe Sofia Law Firm2010 - Present
Certified Legal InternAlachua County Public Defender's Office2008 - 2008
Assistant Public DefenderBroward County Public Defender's Office2008 - 2010
Law ClerkNASA Kennedy Space Center2007 - 2007

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Broward Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/A2011 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. T.J.Not Guilty
State v. J.M.Not Guilty
State v. T.H.Not Guilty

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorJD - Juris Doctor, Cum Laude2008
Florida International UniversityInternational RelationsBachelor of Arts, magna cum laude2005
L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de ParisN/AStudent Exchange2004