Elina Magaly Santana is an attorney licensed in the state of Florida, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Santana is dedicated to representing the immigrant community nationwide. Ms. Santana focuses her practice on representing immigrants in affirmative petitions with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”), as well as providing direct representation at interviews and in deportation proceedings before U.S. Immigration Courts nationwide.
While in law school, Ms. Santana worked as a law clerk at a business immigration firm in Boston, Massachusetts where she aided with all types of business based visa petitions and labor certifications. In addition, Ms. Santana volunteers in the local South Florida community, and previously volunteered with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (“ProBAR”) in Harlingen, Texas, where she worked with detained immigrants and abused children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile visas. Ms. Santana also served as a judicial intern at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida under the supervision of the Honorable William C. Turnoff.
Ms. Santana earned her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where she served as an editor for the Public Interest Law Journal. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Spanish Literature at New York University with high honors.
Ms. Santana is a committee co-chair for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), as well as a member of the Cuban American Bar Association (“CABA”), the Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”), the Miami-Dade County Bar Association (“MDCBA”), and American Bar Association (“ABA”). She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
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Elina is well-versed in all immigration issues and is one of my "go-to" professionals whenever I have client that may have an immigration issue. Moreover, she takes her time and provides the guidance and relief that many people need when in an immigration-related situation.
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Elina is a highly motivated and knowledgeable immigration attorney who truly cares for her clients. She is passionate about what she does and how she does it. I have recommended her to many of my clients and am happy to continue doing so!
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2009||06/21/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Client's Choice - Immigration Attorney||Avvo||2016|
|Top Immigration Attorney||Avvo||2016|
|Top Immigration Attorney||Avvo||2015|
|Client's Choice - Immigration Attorney||Avvo||2015|
|Most Valuable Member||BNI||2013|
|Pro Bono Honoree||Boston University School of Law||2009|
|Founder's Day Award||New York University||2006|
|Departmental High Honors||New York University||2006|
|University Honors Scholar||New York University||2003|
|Shareholder||Santana Rodriguez Law, PA||2014 - Present|
|Senior Associate||Hermanni Law Group||2012 - 2014|
|Attorney||Galindo & Santana, PA||2011 - 2012|
|Associate||Immigration Group LLC||2009 - 2011|
|Law Clerk||Costa & Riccio LLP||2008 - 2008|
|Intern||U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida||2007 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|BNI Miami-Dade||Area Consultant / Director||2015 - Present|
|BNI Dadeland||Past-President||2012 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Co-chair||2009 - Present|
|Miami-Dade County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Hispanic National Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Red Dragon Society||Member||2006 - Present|
|Matter of Gush.||Granted Asylum|
|Matter of Spot.||Granted Residency|
|Matter of Barro.||Granted Citizenship|
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|Inquiry: A Journal of Undergraduate Research||GED Classroom Dynamics and Their Effect on Students’ Success||2006|
|Inquiry: A Journal of Undergraduate Research||Constructing Ethnicities in Second Generation Latinos||2005|
|Boston University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|New York University||Sociology & Spanish Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2006|