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Florian Damaso Purganan

Florian Damaso Purganan

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Florian D. Purganan practices exclusively in immigration and citizenship law. His practice encompasses all areas of immigration law, particularly adjustment of status, family petitions, waiver applications, and deportation defense. Florian also regularly handles employment based immigration matters including labor certifications and non-immigrant visas for foreign professionals.

Florian is fluent in Tagalog and is very active in the Filipino community. He is currently the National Youth Chair of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). He has served as the Assistant Secretary of the Filipino American Association of Shoreline and is a member of the Filipino Community of Seattle. Florian has been an invited speaker on immigration topics at the 2006 NaFFAA National Conference in Hawaii, and various forums at the Filipino Community Center in Seattle.


In addition, Florian is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has served on the Executive Committee for the local chapter as the Young Lawyers Division Representative. He is also the past chair of the YLD Committee.

Florian graduated from Seattle University in 2001 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. He then attended law school at Seattle University where he earned his J.D. degree in 2004. During law school, Florian gained significant experience in immigration law as an extern at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, where he assisted low-income individuals attain citizenship.


Since graduating, Florian has continued his commitment to community service, volunteering at the International District Legal Clinic and the King County Immigration Legal Clinic.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Neighborhood House.


Languages spoken: Tagalog, English

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Jorge Antonio Ramos

    I endorse this lawyer. Florian is experienced and knowledgeable; he is committed to providing his clients with top quality representation.


    Jorge Ramos Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Shawn D. Meade

    Florian is a well known immigration attorney who works diligently and vigorously on each one of his case. He is honest, smart, hardworking. I strongly recommend him.


    Shawn Meade Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC

6703 S. 234th St, Ste. 300
Kent, WA, 98032


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyHanis Irvine Prothero PLLC2005 - Present
ParalegalHanis Irvine Prothero PLLC2004 - 2005
Legal ExternNorthwest Immigrant Rights Project2004 - 2004
Legal AssistantBarbara Marcouiller, P.S.2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Federation of Filipino American AssociationsNational Youth Chair2008 - Present
Neighborhood HouseBoard of Trustees2008 - Present
Filipino Lawyers of WashingtonBoard Member2008 - Present
National Federation of Filipino American Associations Region VIIYouth Representative2007 - 2008
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)Chair - Young Lawyers Division2007 - 2008
Filipino American Association of ShorelineAssistant Secretary2006 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kariuki v. Holder, 394 Fed.Appx. 359, 361 (9th Cir. 2010)Petition granted, case remanded
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2004
Seattle UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Edmonds Community CollegeN/AAssociate of Arts1999
Lynnwood High SchoolN/AN/A1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2009 NWFASA Annual ConferenceHistory of Filipino Migration to the US, Citizenship Issues, and Civic Engagement2009
2008 NWFASA Annual ConferenceFilipino Immigration and the Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform2008
2006 NaFFAA National Empowerment ConferenceComprehensive Immigration Reform2006