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Arturo R Rios

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Practice focused on Deportation Defense and Immigration Litigation, which includes: Immigration Court cases, Appeals to Board of Immigration Appeals, representing employers under ICE investigation for I-9 compliance and related issues, immigration cases in Federal district & appellate courts, motions to reopen and/or waivers, and post-conviction relief in criminal courts for immigration related cases.  The thrust of Mr. Rios' practice entails defending immigrants in deportation cases (also called removal proceedings) in all Florida Immigration Courts, filing Motions to Reopen and/or Reconsider in all the Immigration Courts in the United States, and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals or Administrative Appeals Office.  For those that may have been already deported, Mr. Rios seeks solutions, usually through waivers, to facilitate their lawful return to the United States.  In short, Mr. Rios' practice focuses on providings SOLUTIONS and RESULTS for those faced with a deportation problem, or for employers who are under ICE investigation for hiring practices and/or I-9 compliance matters.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • David Robert Ristoff

    I endorse this lawyer. As a fellow lawyer I am asked to recommend friends and clients to an immigration lawyer. I always recommend Arturo. He is very bright, compassionate and extremely hard working.


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  • Christopher Daniel Leroi

    Mr. Rios is an exceptional attorney. I have been an attorney for 24 years and served as a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, law professor, and private attorney. However, even with all of that experience, I learn from his answers on Avvo each and every day. If you have the chance, hire him in an instant.


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Contact info

2929 5th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL, 337136703


FLMember in Good Standing200709/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2010 Award for Excellence in Immigration LitigationAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association-CFC2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Office of Arturo R. Rios, P.A.2010 - Present
ProfessorStetson University College of Law2009 - Present
LawyerArturo M. Rios, P.A.2006 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)Regional VP Tampa Bay Area2013 - Present
American Immigration CouncilAmbassador-Central Florida2010 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember-Board of Directors2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Matter of W.A.Removal Proceedings terminated, the client was NOT deported.
Matter of T.P.Removal Proceedings terminated, the client was NOT deported.
Matter of J.P.Removal Proceedings terminated, the client was NOT deported.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Voice (monthly AILA National Magazine)Defending Padilla2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawTrial AdvocacyLL.M - Master of Laws2008
Stetson University College of LawTrial AdvocacyJuris Doctor2006
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Stetson Law SchoolVarious Immigration Law Programs & Workshosps2013
AILA-CFC Annual ConferenceWinning the Impossible Deportation Case2012
AILA-CFC Annual ConferenceCurrent Trends in Immigration Law AIC2011
AILA-CFC 2010 Annual ConferencePCR in Removal Proceedings2010
2010 AILA-CFC Annual BanquetPost Conviction Relief after Padilla2010