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Fairuze Sofia

Criminal defense Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0   55 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2008
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       Fairuze Sofia has lived in South Florida since she was in middle school and graduated from Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida. Following high school, she studied International Relations at Florida International University where she was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society and graduated with high honors. While a student at FIU, Fairuze studied abroad in Paris at L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris taking courses entirely in French.

       Fairuze attended law school at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Florida. While in law school, Fairuze participated in the UF Honor Court first as a member of the Attorney General's Staff and then as the Chief Defense Counsel. She was also awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for advanced Portuguese language study. Following her second year of law school, Fairuze worked as a law clerk at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Office of the Chief Counsel in Cape Canaveral, Florida where she worked on everything from labor disputes to government contracts (and stood on the launchpad next to the shuttle!).

        During her last year of law school, Fairuze earned the book award in her "Trial Practice" course. She was also a Certified Legal Intern at the Public Defender's Office in Gainesville, Florida. Following law school, Fairuze worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County where she aggressively represented her clients at both the misdemeanor and felony levels. Following her time at the Public Defender's Office, Fairuze briefly worked for the immigration law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt. 

         Fairuze speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and French and has lived abroad in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Paris, France. In her spare time, she likes to travel and attend concerts.


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The Sofia Law Firm
3313 W Commercial Blvd #190
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309
The Sofia Law Firm
The Sofia Law Firm
3900 Woodlake Blvd
Ste 206-C
Lake Worth, FL, 33463
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Posted by Milagros | August 27, 2013
Fairuze is extremely Smart and Reliable, meets your legal needs.
It was scary trying to decide on an immigration attorney for my husband's case, Fairuze made the decision easy. After an extensive search for an attorney she gave me the most honest interview and explained the process from the start; no hidden agenda. It was the most difficult time in our lives, we were overwhelmed. I needed to know that the person I put in charge of the case was going to be a good choice, Fairuze proved to be a great choice. She was very informative and supportive throughout the process, we knew what was going on in the case at all times. The price was reasonable and she doesn't pop up any additional fees that weren't discussed upfront from the start. She is very passionate about her clients and makes you feel comfortable. My husband's case was no walk in the park, he had made several mistakes in the past and had no immigration status when the case began. Fairuze was able to vacat his prior criminal charges and make his immigration status legal in the U.S. My family is very thankful for all the hard work that Fairuze Sofia has done and will always have her in our prayers.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2013
Even the judge said she was "great"
Fairuze was amazing! She was so good that even the judge mentioned in court that she was great and that the deal that she got for me was unheard of. She got my second DUI reduced to a "Wreckless Driving", No community service, no boot, fines reduced from $1000 to $500, probation reduced from 12 months to 9, which with good behavior will be terminated at 5 months. I got my hardship back in a very short time. The only things I had to do was Traffic School and counseling, which I'm almost finished with. That's it. I'll forever be grateful. Thank you Fairuze.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2023
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He estado Esperanto el juramento por mas de3 anos para mi naturalization si no fuera por Fairuze y su excelente y profecional abogada en memos de dos meses le dieron respuesta Emigracion con mi caso que Dios te bendiga Fairuze
Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2023
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Highly Reccommend
Fairuze was patient with me. I was concerned about how difficult my situation would be. But, she was detailed and very professional. I would recommend her to everyone who wants to feel well-prepared for their immigration journey ahead.
Posted by Tatiana | July 4, 2022
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The best
She is the best, she and her team are excellent. Her knowledge and advice have helped me in everything. Thank so much.
Posted by Telson Jean baptiste | March 5, 2022
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I want tô filé a asilo , need your help please? How can you help . I found your contact in Internet. Have another friends that talking with me about you. You are a good lawyer
Posted by Neil | February 10, 2022
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Neil Balchan (Broward County, FL) To this day, I cannot believe my luck, (after many years of trying) in finding Sophia Fairuze and Chelsea Kirkpatrick to represent me in my case which seemed “never ending” case. My first encounter with Fairuze and Kirkpatrick was immediately after having my case denied. Both women are kind, caring and went beyond her requirements and responsibilities to help me get my green card. Kirkpatrick and Fairuze were not only interested in my case, but beyond hands on attorney. She stayed on top of every process and updated me at very stage reducing excess stress. I was able to worry less knowing that my case was entrusted with her. Fairuze and Kirkpatrick treated my case as a top priority, as if my case was the only case she was working on. I greatly appreciate the above and beyond expectations both women provided during this process. Both women are a rare and prime example of excellence. Thank you, Ms. Fairuze & Ms. Kirkpatrick Sincerely, Neil Balchan
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Posted by Kell | August 9, 2021
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She’s the best
Fairuze Sofía and her team are the best ... They helped me to the end with my immigration case, they guided me in every step, preparing for the interview, they advised me at all times to gather all the documents, every detail, each of my doubts were clarified ... I have no words for the gratitude to Fairuze Sofia !! As a LATINA in the United States, I highly recommend Fairuze and her team, believe me they will make your dreams come true. They have professionalism, dedication, experience and above all knowledge. Do not hesitate to contact them !!!
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Posted by Joel | May 4, 2021
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Awesome lawyer
She is one of the best immigration lawyers in South Florida. She is passionate about her cases. She will fight for you.
Posted by Jasmine | November 21, 2019
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Highly recommended
Sofia was very helpful when it came to my case. She was very honest and dedicated to helping me the best way fit. She always kept her word and very trustworthy. she got me a court date tight away and everyone loves her in the judicial system. She’s a fighter when it comes to helping her clients . I love this lawyer ambition.
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2019
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An Amazing and Caring Attorney!!
Recently, I was up for deportation. Attorney Sofia was able to get a cancellation of removal and had my permanent residence status restored. I usually do not give reviews, but not doing so in this case would be an injustice. Attorney Sofia is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of immigration and criminal laws. Most immigration lawyers are not criminal lawyers, but because she practices in both areas, she has a unique style and knowledge of defending her clients. Sadly, most attorneys’ clients are just a name and number, another case file; however, Attorney Sofia treated me as a person. She was unbelievably thorough and left no stones unturned. She knew everything about my case and asked for every documentations needed that would help in my situation. I have yet to meet an attorney with her thoroughness. There are not enough words to describe my gratitude for how vigorously she fought on my behalf. I truly believe that this amazing outcome was as a result of her heart and passion for her clients. Many are called, but few are chosen; Attorney Sofia is one of the few chosen to truly defend the immigrants of this country. I believe her success lies in the fact that she really cares and loves humanity. These qualities cannot be acquired through law school, but can come only from the heart. Without hesitation, I one hundred percent recommend Attorney Sofia to anyone who has an immigration issue.
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Posted by Juan R | February 10, 2018
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Top Notch Criminal Attorney
Attorney Sofia is an excellent attorney. She was great in keeping us informed and letting us know what was going on with our son’s juvenile case. She and her staff are second to none. Best Board Certified Criminal Expert. I would strongly recommend her to anyone needing a criminal lawyer.
Posted by Richard | September 22, 2017
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The Best!!!
Ms. Sofia was referred to me by a friend after dealing with another attorney that I was not confident with handling my immigration case. She was very informative in telling me what the process would intel and what I would need to provide. She keep me updated in the process and let me know what to expect. The overall outcome is that she did everything possible in her power to win my case... and we did. Thank you so much Fairuze!
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Posted by Sule | July 29, 2017
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Excellent up the way!!!!!!
This lady told me up front how my case will be before started. Excellent attorney and she understands the law and knows well how to use the law in the court of law. From the point of removal to U S citizen within 15 months. Please, dont take my words, let her represent you and you will be happy just like me. Thank you Fairuze
Posted by Kerry | April 27, 2017
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Excellent Immigration Attorney
Fairuze was very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly throughout our immigration process. Her intelligence, dedication and law acumen were a great asset to our case. I would highly recommend Fairuze for any legal issues.
Posted by Beky | April 27, 2017
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Excellent service
Extremely caring, kind and determined firm. Absolutely reliable to get the job done. Highly recommended. Our family is truly greatfull for Fairuz"s advice and profesionalism. A master of her field.
Posted by Sotiri | February 24, 2017
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orough, Knowledgeable, Understanding, Compassionate
In our first meeting with Ms. Sofia she was very thorough explaining of the process that will happen in our immigration case. We felt confident that she knew the law and process well. She gave us a list of all papers and documentation that would be needed to be gathered up and presented us with questions whose answers helped her to assess what else may be needed to bolster our case. Once we gathered the papers she met with us to review the papers we gathered and told us what else was still needed. She followed up on every phone call and every question we had. Prior to the interview with the immigration officer, we met and she reviewed the documentation again as well as specific and possible questions that would be asked of us. She was honest in telling us possible outcomes. She confirmed with us the date and time of the interview. She attended the immigration interview with us giving us a sense of security that our attorney was by our side in case a situation presented itself that may have required her advice. Due to her diligent work, all went well and our petition was approved. She then explained to us what would be happening in two years’ time, what we needed to do during those two years and that she would contact us three months prior to the two-year secondary review by immigration to schedule a meeting to make sure all further needed documentation was in order. We highly recommend Ms. Sofia.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
Fairuze Sofia is an extremely intelligent and organized professional. I have had to retain different attorney's in my life for different things, such as a divorce and probate. Each time it was a nightmare that dragged on for years and cost me thousands of dollars. When I needed to hire an attorney recently for some immigration matters, Ms. Sofia was recommended. She was a dream come true. She is very reliable and responded to my inquiries in a timely matter. She was able to navigate through the difficult and confusing court process both efficiently and effectively. She is a master of her specialties and will not let you down. She truly cares about her cases and goes above and beyond for her clients. She is both fair and reasonable and I do not think I could think of anyone else I would ever call for criminal or immigration matters. I highly recommend Fairuze Sofia to anyone in the area looking for a criminal or immigration attorney. In my opinion, she is the best in the business.
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2017
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Simply the best
I cannot thank miss Sofia enough for all the time and effort she put into my case. I had never needed legal assistance in the past, and I was not sure what to do or where to go. I was encouraged to visit The Sofia Law Firm, and I can safely say that that was the best advice I could have ever received. Miss Sofia met with me several times over the course of my case, answered any and all questions I had, and made me feel comfortable during this stressful situation. You know you hired the right attorney when even the judges speak highly of her! The amount of time and effort she dedicated toward me was beyond what I could have ever asked for, and I can safely say that miss Sofia gave me my life back!
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Posted by Joao Claudio | September 7, 2016
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The Best I Ever Seen.
To talk about a professional is a very serious thing. That’s why I decided to write my first review. Sofia Feiruse is a professional that goes beyond her duties to make sure that her job is done in the P E R F E C T way. For us that are not from the law environment is even more difficult to realize when you do need an attorney, that was the case when I appreciate to have met Sofia Feiruse. She worked in my immigration process and made it happens so fast and painless that myself and nobody couldn’t believe. Thank you Attorney Sofia Feiruse for your professionalism and strong way that you handle your cases.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Sofia Law Firm
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate
  • Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli, & Pratt Pa
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Alachua County Public Defender's Office
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Broward County Public Defender's Office
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • NASA Kennedy Space Center
  • 2007 - 2007
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • 2008
  • Florida International University
  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude
  • 2005
  • L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • Student Exchange
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • State v. J.M.
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. T.J.
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. T.H.
  • Not Guilty
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  • Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese
  • French
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Board Certified Specialist - Criminal Trial Law
  • The Florida Bar
  • 2015
  • Florida Rising Star
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Hat Trick - 3 Not Guilty Verdicts in a Row
  • 2014
  • Florida Rising Star
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Book Award - Trial Practice
  • University of Florida
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (22)
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Immigration Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Fairuze is very knowledgeable about immigration laws, and she comes up with creative solutions to complex problems. I would recommend Fairuze to any individual or business seeking assistance with an immigration issue."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Fairuze is a dedicated advocate who will stand her ground in any situation. She is smart and very quick on her feet."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A true professional. Incredibly knowledgeable, and result driven. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The 4 years she has practiced as a former public defender gives her a huge advantage over other defense attorneys,"The prosecutors know that she knows what they know" 7 years as a defense attorney is evident in her knowledge of criminal law and procedure & is apparent in her pro bono contributions here. Client reviews tell the real story and they are excellent. READ THEM! Peer endorsements are also outstanding. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Sofia. You can tell from her thorough responses to questions on Avvo and sage wisdom that she has the passion and compassion necessary to be a fine advocate. She spends his own time giving advice to the Avvo community and that is something worth noting."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ms. Sofia for several years and have known her to do very good work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great Trial attorney"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Fairuze for 3 years and also took a case to trial with her. Fairuze is a extremely intelligent and aggressive attorney who has an amazing courtroom presence. She works hard for her clients and truly goes above and beyond the call of duty. The case we tried ended in a not guilty because she worked the case hard and tried the case masterfully. If you are charged with a criminal offense you cannot go wrong hiring Fairuze to represent you."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is smart, seasoned and truly cares about her clients. I frequently consult seek out her opinion on important matters because of her knowledge"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Fairuze is an extremely thoughtful, kind and intelligent lawyer in our community and stands out among the many. She is not easily shaken and quickly stands her ground for her clients. I endorse her tenacity and her great talents. Great lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Fairuze is a tough and aggressive attorney who works hard for her client. As a practitione of criminal and immigration laws, I endorse her without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fairuze is a hard-working and dedicated lawyer who is solely concerned with protecting the rights of her clients. I endorse this lawyer without hesitation. She will fight hard for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Fairuze Sofia is an excellent attorney. She successfully handles complex criminal and immigration cases. She cares about her clients and goes the extra mile to make sure they get the best possible result."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Fairuze is a well respected attorney in the Immigration and Criminal legal communities. She is extremely knowledgeable and is not afraid to fight for her clients. I endorse this lawyer with no hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Fairuze is a great trial attorney. She has won both criminal and civil trials. I would feel extremely comfortable referring Fairuze either a criminal or civil case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fairuze is as tough as they come. I have seen her in trial, she is a fierce and aggressive advocate for her clients. I endorse this lawyer in the areas of criminal defense and immigration law."
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