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Rusten Carlson Hurd

Immigration Attorney at Orlando, FL

4.8   23 reviews

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  1. Immigration
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    Removal & Deportation Matters, Marriage and Fiancée Visas, Family Immigration, Investor Visas, Business Immigration, Asylum, Naturalization and Immigration Appellate Litigation.

Rusten C. Hurd is an AV Rated Orlando immigration attorney and founding partner at the law firm of Colombo & Hurd, PL. In over sixteen years of legal practice, Mr. Hurd has garnered experience with a wide variety of immigration matters including investor visas, business immigration, removal litigation, family petitions and naturalization and citizenship matters. As the husband of an immigrant, Mr. Hurd is fully cognizant of the importance of this process to his clients. To visit the Spanish and Portuguese language versions of our website, click http://www.colombohurdlaw.com/espanol/ or http://www.colombohurdlaw.com/portugues/. Mr. Hurd also has successfully appeared before immigration judges throughout the United States concerning a variety of removal issues.

Mr. Hurd has been awarded an AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. An AV rating is the highest such rating available to any single lawyer for skill and integrity and the rating is reserved for attorneys designated as outstanding in their field.

Mr. Hurd also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to performing appellate work before appellate courts throughout the state of Florida as well as the Board of Immigration Appeals. Mr. Hurd has had noteable appellate success both with the Board of Immigration Appeals and with Florida Appellate Courts. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Hurd has served as Guardian ad Litem for troubled children and was recognized by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County for his service and contributions.

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Licensed for 24 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1998
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Colombo & Hurd, PL
301 E. Pine St #300
Orlando, FL, 32801
Colombo & Hurd, PL
2503 W. Swann Ave # 108
Tampa, FL, 33609
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Posted by Allison | February 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Outcome
Mr. Hurd had several hurdles with our case. Him and his team made sure everything was completed even if things were to go south. I am thankful that it was a successful case and he was able to reunite our family and make it whole again.
Posted by Dong | June 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I got my Green Card in the Immigration Court
This was a deportation case. He helped me to win the case on my first individual hearing date. Thank You.
Posted by Carl | December 4, 2017
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Success!
Mr. Hurd did a really great job and was not only knowledgeable but also supportive throughout. I felt reassured throughout the process having him represent me and would have no hesitation recommending his services to any other perspective clients.
Posted by Gustavo | July 26, 2017
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Great Attornney
Uno de mis hijos tenia un caso muy dificil, tenia un par de cargos con la corte de Orlando, Fl. y fue arrestado por ICE, con mucho peligro de deportacion. Consulte un Abogado de Miami, le explicamos el caso y rapido me dijo que el caso de mi hijjo no aplicaba para nada mas que firmar la deportacion voluntaria. Por lo que Mr. Rusten Hurd, tomo el caso bien seguro que iba a encontrar la mejor manera de defender el caso, tuvimos 4 cortes y en la ultima consiguio que el Juez aprobara la Residencia Permanente para mi hijo, amparado en la peticion de padres a hijo que ya existia de ante mano, todo fue un exito. Muchisismas gracias abogado Rusten Hurd. Hizo un excelente trabajo. La firma Colombo & Hurd Attorneys, cuenta con Excelentes Abogados, Personal altamente calificados, Oficina muy bien ubicada y confortable, atencion inmediata, contacto constante con el cliente, profesionalismo en todo y las tarifas son muy razonables, plan de pagos al alcance de todas las familias que los necesiten. estoy completamente complacido de sus servicios y completamente satisfecho y feliz de haberlos contratado.
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Posted by Wed | June 20, 2017
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Excellent lawyer and team
First off, the team that worked with me and my family were fantastic. Any questions or concerns I had, were answered almost immediately. It was very easy to communicate with the office. Second, Mr.Hurd was very easy to talk to and reassured us constantly. His experience with law made my family and I at ease. All in all, it was a great experience with this office.
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Posted by Zhanna | April 18, 2017
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Rusten Carlson Hurd
Thank you for great service. Knowledgeable and very professional layer. Very satisfied!
Posted by Roman | February 10, 2017
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Just got my green card!
Mr. Hurd helped me get my green card through marriage. He went with me and my wife to two interviews, and shortly after the second one we received the approval letter and the green card. Mr. Hurd is a great professional and also a very nice and positive person. When you have someone like him standing next to you, you feel a lot more confident and calm, which is very important at the interview. Thank you Mr. Hurd for your help! Great job!
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Posted by Joseph Dias | January 8, 2017
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I've obtained the E2 visa approval in 4 days after filing.
I'd like to express my sincere gratitude and greatest satisfaction with Colombo & Hurd Law Office and especially with Mr. Rusten Hurd (also Ms. Yasmith & the other paralegals) who handled my case with utmost professionalism. Thank you all so much for all that you've done in obtaining my E2 visa approval! I wholeheartedly recommend anyone looking for the services for the E2 visa or for any other immigration requirements to choose Colombo & Hurd Law Offices. You can rest assure that you'll be in the best hands.
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Posted by Stewart | November 7, 2016
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Outstanding work, thank you
Words can not express my appreciation to Mr. Hurd and his law firm. He took time to work on my case despite of busy schedule. Promptness and closer communication about what is needed to build a strong case was very important to me and he is excellent at doing that. I experienced honest and a human touch with a caring spirit. For example my case took a long time to be heard and it was again postponed due to hurricane. As you may know the court schedule is extremely busy, therefore i was reschedule a year away but Mr. Hurd worked diligently to have a nearest hearing date. I didn't request him to file the motion to proceed because i was ready to wait another year. The fact is, he did it out caring spirit; otherwise he could just keep the date as rescheduled and get more time to work on other cases. I thank him for that. One more important aspect about Mr Hurd and his team is $, I noticed that their focus was not money first. No doubt we have to pay money but i like when the focus was to get my case straight and gave me an option to choose how i would pay my bills. THANK YOU ABUNDANTLY
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Posted by Azamat | March 13, 2016
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I485 while in proceedings.
Perfect job. Detailed preparation of documents and professionally explained process took us to final, sweet, short 5 minute interview with judge and got granted relief. I will recommend you in future. He was professional and responsive to my calls and emails, it is really important when you live outside of Florida. Did not leave any space for judge or state to have extra question. Thanks great work.
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Posted by David | November 24, 2015
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Attorney Rusten Hurd & Paralegal Malisa Suwan - Excellent Performance!
Attorney Mr. Rusten Hurd and Paralegal Ms. Malisa Suwan represented me very effectively to apply for a same-sex fiancé visa in Ghana. This application was extremely difficult and time-consuming for all involved, and we dealt with many hurdles primarily due to the unprofessional and overtly homophobic behavior of certain high level Consular Officers in the U. S. Embassy Ghana. Even though we submitted nearly 1000 pages of documentation the Deputy Consul who interviewed my fiancé for an unprecedented three times demanded even more "bona fide" proof, so we provided it. This was clearly a case of discrimination and retribution on the part of Embassy personnel because I had the audacity to report their inappropriate behavior to the U. S. Dept. of State Office of Inspector General as well as Senator Bill Nelson's office. When the Deputy Consul refused my fiancé his K-1 visa two times Attorney Hurd communicated directly with the Consul General and repeatedly expressed our dissatisfaction with the manner in which they were handling this application. In the end he confronted the Consul General in a non-threatening and effective manner for what was clearly a case of discrimination and harassment of my fiancé on their part. I firmly believe that if Attorney Hurd had not taken these corrective actions that my fiancé would not have been granted a fiancé visa. Attorney Hurd came out fighting for us in an effective and professional manner when "push came to shove" with the U. S. Embassy Ghana Consular personnel, and I believe that was exactly what was needed along with my actions for us to achieve success. Thank you so much Attorney Hurd and Ms. Suwan for all that you did to enable my fiancé and I to be together in the U. S. at long last!
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Posted by Robert | August 15, 2015
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Buying a house and we needed a letter to get our mortgage approved
I am a permanent green card holder and this Colombo & Hurd office helped me to attain it.It was a great experience. Smooth transition and very much affordable price. I was in the process of buying a house and my mortgage company gave me a " hard time " because my wife doesn't have her green card yet, so they requested a letter from my lawyer which proves that she is the process of attaining it. I called the office and made a phone appointment with Mr.Hurd,after I explained to him my situation he assured me that he will write a letter and email it to me the next day morning. Sure it was my email the next day in my inbox.I was very happy to see that how fast he got it done for me it was great.I went ahead and submitted his letter to my underwriting dept. And they accepted the letter immediately. We are homeowners now ,just closed on our new home a few weeks ago and we are extremely happy and very thankful for the services Mr.Hurd provided.!!!!! FANTASTIC SERVICE!!!! Thank you so very much for your help!!!! FIRST CLASS!!! We recommend him to anybody who wants professional services and affordable prices with any immigration needs . We appreciate you Mr.Hurd !
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Posted by Avinash | July 16, 2015
More than happy and satisfied
i just randomly saw this lawfirm and went with them because of the reviews i read about them. And out of expierience with them representing my case was a very easy and affordable process. I say the are the best and i will recommend them to anyone with and immigration case. I couldnt thank them anymore for what they have done for me.
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Posted by Natalie | July 8, 2015
Great job!
We received great service from this office. Staff always responded to our inquiries in timely manner. Our lawyer Rusten Hurd was always on time, professional and attentive to our questions. He was always knowledgeable and courteous and gave us great suggestions that helped to resolve our case faster. We were very happy when he won our case because of his professionalism and knowledge of immigration laws.
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Posted by Mei | March 17, 2015
Mr. Rusten Hurd helped me won the case in the Immigration court
My I-751 waiver got denied by USCIS last year. Then the case went to the immigration court. It's approved by the immigration judge this month. Thank you, Mr. Rusten Hurd and your team! Your excellent work helped me won this difficult case. I am so grateful for your help!
Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2014
Professional, Knowledgeable and Understanding
Mr. Rusten Hurd and his team were nothing but amazing to my husband and myself. As an American citizen married to a Norwegian, we went through an extremely difficult time and process fighting to be together in the same country. We were in the final steps of our immigration process, when the clinic where my husband had gotten his medical examination from forgot to fill out the medical exam application properly. We were very ignorant of the process, and didn't double check it before handing it over to immigration for our final step. During our interview with the immigration officer, he said would let us know his final decision by mail. We were so hopeful, hoping that this would be the end of our wait and we could finally be together without having to travel back and forth. The immigration officer sent us a letter saying my husband was denied his green card (adjustment of status) because "the doctor who did the examination said" that my husband did not provide identification at the time of the exam. Of course, that was untrue, and frankly impossible, as the clinic's staff would have never gone ahead with the exam had my husband not provided an ID. This made me furious and very upset to say the least. I looked for lawyers close-by and found Mr. Hurd. From the very first consultation, he was honest, straight to the point, understanding, and very kind. He suggested we go for a service reopening and that we contact the clinic and get a new copy of the examinations so that we could send them together, and hopefully the immigration office would reopen the case. This was not our fault that the clinic forgot to put my husband's ID number on the application form; it was a clerical error, and this was the point that Mr. Hurd made in order to get our case looked at a second time by another officer. One month after the case was reopened, my husband received his green card in the mail. I cannot express the gratitude that my husband and I have towards Mr. Hurd and his team. I recommend him 200%!
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Posted by Svetlana F. | March 27, 2014
Got Us Results in Four Cases
Rusten Hurd did a great job for us. My husband and I had four cases with him. He found the best way to achieve our goals with minimum risk, and he always got the results we wanted. He offers fixed, reasonable prices. I always felt protected, that if something went wrong, Mr. Hurd would fix it. He is very knowledgeable and competent. I asked a lot of questions and he was able to answer them all. I appreciated his attention to detail in triple checking our forms. Mr. Hurd is also very kind, friendly and comfortable to deal with. He was always easy to reach by phone or email, and responded immediately, even when he was out of the country.
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Posted by Julie | August 25, 2013
Committed, Friendly, Gets Results
Mr. Hurd took my case pro bono. He didn't charge me a penny. But he resolved my case in less than one year when two other attorneys couldn't in five years. He and his staff were very prompt with the process. Immigration law can be very complicated, but he was very confident and gave me comfort not to worry. He knew what he was doing. He DID his homework on my case for sure. He had commitment, and got me the result I was looking for. Mr. Hurd is also friendly and a good listener.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2013
Immigration
I would highly recommend Rusten. He represented me in a cancellation of removal case. He and his staff are highly professional and knowledgeable. My application for cancellation was granted. He and his staff made this stressful process so much easier on me and my family.
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2013
Truly Cares
I have worked with many different attorneys in the past and I have to say he is the first one I've come across that really cares about his clients. He is highly professional, knowledgeable, prompt and just a wonderful person to have working for you. He took on my case which was an old deportation that had been closed and reopened it, something at least 4 different attorneys did not want to do. From the beginning it has been clear that he cares enough to get the job done. He takes the time to fully study everything from every angle and works to find the right solution for you. This is exactly what you want in someone navigating the legal system for you. When I had some communication issues with one of his staff members, he went out of his way, calling back several times and emailing to try to set up a time to talk every little detail out with me and explaining all the legal jargon and technicalities calmly and professionally. Overall, I'm very pleased with all he's done for me and my family. I highly recommend his services.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Colombo & Hurd, PL
  • 2006 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Zimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe, P.A.
  • 1998 - 2006

Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Termination of Removal Proceedings
  • Reversal of Immigration Judge
  • Affirmative Asylum for Egyptian
  • Asylum Granted
  • Cancellation of Removal
  • Successful preservation of Green Card
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Associations

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Attorney and Counselor
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Middle East Interest Group
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney Member
  • AILA Federal Court Litigation Section
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Attorney and Counselor
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Small Business Advisory Board for Florida’s Eighth Congressional District
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Attorney Alliance of Orlando
  • Alliance Member
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Workers' Compensation Section of Florida Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - 2013
  • University of Florida Trial Competition Team
  • President
  • 1997 - 1998
  • FSU World Affairs Program
  • Director
  • 1994 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Recogntion Exceptional Pro Bono Service
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • 2015
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Appreciation Certificate
  • Orange County Bar Association, Legal Aid Society
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers in Orlando
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2013
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Exceptional Pro Bono Service
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Orlando's Top Lawyers
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2012
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Orlando's Top Lawyers
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2011
  • AV Rated Law Firm
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Rated Attorney
  • Matindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Award for Pro Bono Legal Representation
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2002
  • Gerald T. Bennett Outstanding Service Award
  • University of Florida
  • 1998
  • Order of Barristers
  • University of Florida
  • 1998
  • Trial Competition Team Final 4 Champion
  • University of Florida
  • 1996
  • National Honor Society
  • Golden Key
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Everything You Want and Need to Know About Your Immigration Law Practice
  • Everything You Want and Need to Know About Your Immigration Law Practice
  • 2016
  • Fox News WOFL 35
  • US Broken Legal Immigration System
  • 2011
  • Fox News WOFL
  • Arizona Immigration Law Struck Down by Federal Court
  • 2010
  • Fox News WOFL 35
  • Should Florida Adopt Arizona's Immigration Law
  • 2010
  • Workers Compensation Claims Professionals Spring Conference
  • Utilization Review
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (26)
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Immigration Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Rusten and worked with him over a number of years. He represents his clients zealously, with integrity, responsiveness, attention to detail, and professionalism. Aside from being a very good lawyer, Rusten is one of the "good guys" and a family man."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have sent clients to Rusten for their immigrations needs, all of whom were extremely happy with his services. Rusten is kind, knowledgeable and professional."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hurd is one of the premiere immigration lawyers practicing in Florida. He enjoys an excellent reputation among my fellow immigration lawyers for his knowledge, ability, competency and professionalism. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I not only endorse this immigration lawyer, but I recommend that you call him if you have any questions about any facet of the law. His AVVO rating says it all. He's a 10."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Hurd for a number of years and not only does he have significant experience and impressive professional credentials, he is a true professional. I highly recommend Mr. Hurd to any client looking for immigration services."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I fully endorse Mr. Hurd for all immigration matters and there is no one else I would send an immigration client to in Central Florida."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Other
"A good attorney who is very knowledgeable in the immigration field. Very competent and skillful.I endorse him."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rusten Hurd is an exceptional Immigration attorney. He is honest and cares about obtaining positive outcomes for his clients. He is results driven, a zealous advocate for his clients. He is highly effective and maintains impeccable ethical standards. I highly endorse him."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Rusten for several years now and I strongly endorse him in the field of immigration law. Rusten's strong command of immigration law concepts is apparent in our discussions of finer points immigration law. He not only understands the law but is a fierce advocate for changing and developing the law positively through his appeals and, mentorship and regular speaking engagements."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hurd is a popular lawyer in the community with a solid reputation. He is intelligent and well respected in the community."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Rusten for a few years. Rusten is a zealous advocate for his clients. He has superb legal skills and always conducts himself with integrity. He is very well regarded within the legal community."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have known Rusten Hurd since we became fellow moot court team members at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1997. Later, Rusten and I practiced with the same law firm. I have personal knowledge of his abilities as an attorney. Rusten Hurd is an intelligent, efficient, and enthusiastic attorney. He is a zealous advocate, yet he recognizes the benefit of being reasonable and maintaining a cordial relationship with opposing counsel to the benefit of his clients. He is held in high regard in our legal community by both attorneys and judges."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Rusten is one of the most professional lawyers I know. He represents his clients with integrity and has a great reputation in the central florida legal community. He is a tried and true advocate and has a keen knowledge of immigration law. If my clients need immigration advice, I can give them his name and know they are in excellent hands."
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