I am a former U.S. Immigration Judge and have also served as Regional Counsel (Southern Region) and Chief Counsel (Florida District) for the legacy U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service that now comprises three separate agencies (CIS,ICE CBP).
The Florida Bar president (1995) selected me to co-author the first three Board Certification examinations in Immigration and Nationality Law.
For seven years I was featured every Sunday on public television station WLRN (Miami-Fort Lauderdale). The show was "Immigration, USA." It was one of the highest rated shows on Sunday night local television.
I have been listed for fifteen years in The Best Lawyers in America. My law firm was selected in 2010 by U.S. News and World Report magazine as one of The Best Law Firms.
Several of the articles I have written have been published in the Florida Bar Journal. I also have several published decisions resulting from cases in the U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1977||01/29/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Listed in||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Recognition||Florida Super Lawyers||2012|
|Best Law Firms in America||U.S.News and World report||2012|
|Recognition||Florida Super Lawyers||2009|
|Recognition||Florida Super Lawyers||2008|
|Recognition||Florida Super Lawyers||2007|
|Recognition||Florida Super Lawyers||2006|
|Recognition||Top Lawyers in South Florida||2002|
|Weekly guest||WLRN-TV "Immigration, U.S.A."||1996 - 2003|
|U.S.Immigration Judge||U.S. Department of Justice||1984 - 1985|
|Regional Counsel, USINS||U.S. Department of Justice||1983 - 1984|
|Chief Legal Officer, Florida District, USINS||U.S. Department of Justice||1981 - 1983|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar||Member||1977 - Present|
|New York County Lawyers' Association||Member||1971 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Florida Bar, International Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Florida Bar, Entertainmant, Arts & Sports Law||Member||N/A|
|Florida Bar, Immigration and Naturalization Committee||Vice-Chair||1994 - 1997|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association, Pro Bono Project||Board of Directors||1987 - 1988|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern Florida Chapter)||Board of Directors||1986 - 1988|
|Acosta-Montero v. INS,62 F.3d 1347 (11th Cir. 1995)||Client won.|
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|University of Texas, School of Law,CLE||Removal Proceedings: Selected Types of Relief||2010|
|Florida Bar Journal||IMMACT 90 Revisions Regarding Immigration Consequences of Criminal Behavior||1992|
|Florida Bar Journal||Criminal and Other Grounds for Deportation-Criminal Defense Counsel: Know thy Immigration Law||1987|
|Brooklyn Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1969|
|City University of New York, Hunter College||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1966|
|34th Annual Conference on Immigration & Nationality Law||Removal Proceedings: Relief in Removal Proceedings||2010|
|Past Speaker at Florida Bar seminars||Immigration||1995|