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Francisco "Frank" Symphorien-Saavedra 


Board Certified Immigration Expert


Partner, NeJame law


 


"Frank" Symphorien-Saavedra is a Board Certified Expert in Immigration and Nationality Law.  A NeJame Law Partner, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra is AV rated “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell and a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine.  Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra is also a member of the National Advocates Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40.  Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra further serves on the Executive Committee for the National Advocates Top 40 Under 40.  Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra handles all aspects of Immigration and Nationality Law 


 


Outside the practice of law, Mr. Symphorien serves as the U.S. Customs and Border (CBP) Protection Liaison Chair for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida Chapter.  He also currently serves as the Chair for the Immigration and Naturalization Executive Committee for the Orange County Bar Association.  


 


Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra has provided commentary on WVENTV—Univision, Unimas, and other local news media outlets.  He has been a guest speaker on a number of immigration related topics, ranging from immigration reform, to state immigration statutes, among others.


 


A native of Venezuela, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra immigrated to the United States when he was 11 years old. His father worked 24-hour shifts as a taxi driver in New York City in order to bring his wife and children to the United States.


 


Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra attended West Orange High School in Winter Garden where he participated in the law magnet program and won a mock appellate brief competition.  His promising young career was evident when he also presented mock oral arguments on his written brief before the Florida Supreme Court.


 


Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra attended The Florida State University College of Law after graduating with high honors from the University of South Florida. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra focused his studies on Asylum and Refugee law, International Law, and served as an editor of the FSU Journal of Transnational Law and Policy.  Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra also worked as a summer law clerk for the Orlando Immigration Court, then consisting of United States Immigration Judges, Rafael Ortiz-Segura, Earl B. Wilson, and Victoria Ghartey.


 


Mr. Symphorien regularly handles all aspects of Immigration and Nationality Law, including business immigration, family petition, deportation defense, federal appeals and district court actions. 


 


In his current practice, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra fights deportation charges in Immigration Court. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra’s employment-based immigration practice works closely with businesses to guide them in complying with immigration laws and obtaining necessary work personnel.


 


Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra also regularly helps clients obtain lawful permanent residence (green cards) and non-immigrant visas through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He provides legal counsel to immigrants on the Department of State consular process at embassies around the world. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra also processes employment visas and family petitions and represents clients during USCIS naturalization or green card interviews.


 


Fighting to limit delays for his clients, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra frequently litigates cases in Federal Courts throughout Florida.  Through his efforts, clients may gain a court order requiring that their case be processed at a reasonable pace.  Additionally, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra challenges legal errors by often filing appeals and petitions for review before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals. 


 


Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra is married with two children.  He frequently enjoys cycling sports on various trails with his family. 


 


Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra meets with clients regularly for personal consultations. He would be honored to assist you in achieving your immigration goals. 


 

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Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas

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  1. Immigration: 100%
    8 years

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  • John W. Zielinski

    Frank is a dedicated attorney to his clients. He works hard to address the needs of each party he represents. His knowledge of Immigration Law is supported by the fact that he has attained board certification in the State of Florida at an early point in his career. I strongly endorse this lawyer.

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  • David L. Haas

    Frank does a great job for his clients. He works incredibly hard for their interests and successfully navigates them through very complex situations.

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Contact info

Martinez Manglardi, P.A.

540 N. Semoran Blvd.
Orlando, FL, 32807

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200806/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and EducationBoard Certified Specialist- Immigration & Nationality Law2014
Top Contributor Award for 2013.AVVO2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNeJame Law2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyNeJame Law2010 - 2013
Associate AttorneyStoller & Moreno, P.A.2008 - 2010
Summer FellowCommunity Legal Services Of Mid Florida, Inc.2006 - 2006
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationCBP Liaison Chair2013 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaAttorney Member2012 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitAttorney Member2009 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAttorney Member2009 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationChair, Executive Committee for Immigration and Naturalization2014 - 2016
Hispanic Bar Association of Central FloridaBoard Member, Bylaws Chair2012 - 2013
Hispanic Bar Association of Central FloridaBoard Member, Public Relations Chair2010 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers AssociatioinCBP Liaison Chair2009 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Matter of MRCancellation of Removal and Lawful Permanent Residence Granted
Matter of ODRAdjustment of Status Granted
Jane Doe v. U.S. Attorney General, 11th Circuit—15-15003BIA Decision Vacated and Remanded
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Orlando Style MagazineWhat's Missing from Immigration Debate?2010
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of South FloridaInternational StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Ins and Outs of Consular Visa ProcessingConsular Processing, Venezuela2014
Professionalism BootcampProfessionalism Bootcamp2014
What's at Stake for the Supreme CourtLegal implications of DOMA & Prop 8 Cases for Florida Practitioners2013
Econmic Impact of Immigration ReformImmigration Reform Seminar2013
Should the Sunshine State Become an Immigration Legislation StateState Immigration Statutes2011