I am a native of Brazil who moved to Southern California in 1991, where I got my B.A. with Honors from UCI, and then my JD from Whittier Law School, also in Irvine, CA. During my law school studies I focused on private & public international law, taking a semester in Paris, France, through a program offered by Tulane Law School at the Université de Paris II.
Upon graduation, I was very blessed to have been interviewed by numerous top firms in NYC, DC and Miami, and chose to join Holland & Knight in Miami, in 1999. I passed both the FL & NY Bars in my first attempt (and waived into the DC Bar) and worked at the International Business Department of H&K and thereafter, at Fowler White Burnett.
In October 2001, I decided to open up my own firm and have since focused on business & family based immigration law, personal injury, uncontested divorces and some aspects of real estate transactions and international tax.
In 15 years now, we have accumulated numerous success stories, always offering very personalized attention to all of our clients, having their success, invariably, as our main goal.
The vast majority of our clients are Brazilian nationals migrating to Florida, but we also have clients in several other States. Our detail oriented practice focuses on international business, immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, family unity immigrant petitions pursued within the U.S. and also through consular process.
We have dutifully completed countless immigrant and non-immigrant filings, for investors, multinational executives, professionals, athletes, artists, religious workers, as well as achieving immense success in other areas in which we also practice, having received the "Clients’ Choice” award by this reliable online source, AVVO.com, since 2012.
As a service provider in international business immigration, our firm dedicates itself to numerous elements of corporate and immigration law. We assist both, individuals interested in immigrating to the U.S. as well as foreign companies seeking to establish their subsidiaries or branch offices in the U.S.
With regard to foreign companies, we examine their foreign corporate structure and U.S. oriented goals. In doing so, we engage in foreign corporate asset and establishment verification as well as domestic business evaluation. We do all of this in an effort to position our clientele on the pathway to immigrant based success. This success can be accomplished in numerous fashions, and by a case specific analysis, we then counsel our clients to ensure they achieve their goals, accordingly.
Part of our portfolio of success is also several I-526 approved petitions through the EB5 Regional Center program, more specifically, the loan model which requires a $500,000 dollar passive investment in the form of a loan.
Furthermore, we also provide immigration services to individuals interested in sponsoring their relatives via family based petitions. USCIS, the National Visa Center, and the Department of State control the means of immigrating to the U.S. through relatives. Our firm’s familiarity with all necessary requisites for family based immigration aims to achieve maximum efficiency and for a smoother process. We have numerous I-601A provisional waivers already approved, where the immigrant spouses, whether with a prior deportation order or not, have already obtained their waivers approved within the U.S., and shortly after, their immigrant visas at the U.S. Consulates in Brazil. Several spent just about 1 week only in Brazil to complete such process, and upon returning, they obtained their permanent Green Cards in a few weeks.
We work also with other highly qualified professionals such as Real Estate, Trust & Estates and Tax lawyers, as well as CPAs, hence, meeting all needs of our high networth clientele, offering them tax and estate planning, duly protecting their assets and reducing their risks and tax liability prior to migrating to the United States.
As to personal injury (auto accidents, slip & fall, wrongful death, etc.), we have had also outstanding success in our cases for we do not work with volume - hence, we work our personal injury cases with maximum care and attention, placing our very best efforts, exploring all possibilities, so to achieve the highest possible settlements.
At the end of the day, Nogueira Morton P.L. realizes and embraces its role, not only as a legal service provider but also as a member of our local community.
We understand that our foreign clients often are presented with various legal needs. As such, our firm offers an array of legal services, from assistance in a personal injury matter to the purchase of a residential or commercial property or the compilation of an active or passive investment process, according to our client's profile, goals, visa type and modality.
We feel privileged and honored to have been entrusted with so many matters and cases by clients of all walks of life, during these 15 years. We are proud and very thankful that most our clients become our best advertisement, for they are living proof of our competence, dedication and zeal towards all matters we undertake.
Languages spoken: Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish, English
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|NY||Due to reregister within 30 days of birthday||2002||07/10/2016|
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2000||08/31/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Nations Top One Percent||The National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Senior Attorney||Nogueira Morton PL||2001 - Present|
|2nd Year Associate||Fowler White Burnett, PA||2000 - 2001|
|First Year Associate||Holland & Knight LLP||1999 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Realtors||Real Estate Sales Associate||2013 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||2014-2015 UPL Committee Member||2001 - Present|
|The Barrister by Whittier Law School||Brazil's Highest Court Of Appeals||1998|
|The Barrister by Whittier Law School||Affirmative ReAction||1998|
|Brazzil www.brazzil.com||Tangled Law||1998|
|Brazzil www.brazzil.com||No Way!||1996|
|Whittier College School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|University of California - Irvine||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1995|
|Interview with Lineu Vitale in Miami||Immigration issues for Brazilians in America||2015|
|ADEPTA Realty Conference in Curitiba, PR - Brazil||Business Immigration & Real Estate Opportunities for Brazilians in Florida||2015|
|REMAX do BRASIL in São Paulo - Brazil||Business Immigraton & Real Estate Opportunities for Brazilians in Florida||2014|
|"Reality Show" featured at Brazil's History Channel this November 2015||Immmigration issues affecting Brazilians in America||2012|
|Brazilians Abroad Conference at Brazil's Itamaraty Palace in Rio - Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Relations||Immmigration Issues affecting Brazilians living abroad||2009|
|Brazilians Abroad Conference at Brazil's Itamaraty Palace in Rio - Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Relations||Immigration issues affecting Brazilians living abroad||2009|
|First Brazilian Baptist Church in Pompano Beach, FL - Immigration Reform and Q&A about immigration issues||Immigration Reform and Q&A re. various Immigration Issues||2008|
|First Brazilian Baptist Church Conference on Immigration Topics affecting Brazilans||Immigration issues affecting Brazilans in the U.S.||2008|
|FOCUS Brasil 2007 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts||Immigration issues affecting Brazilians in the U.S.||2007|
|Brazil's General Consulate in Miami: Are Americans welcoming or hostile to immigrants?||Are Americans welcoming or hostile to immigrants?||2005|