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Neil F. Lewis

Immigration Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.9   87 reviews

Licensed for 26 years

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  1. Immigration
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    I have been practicing immigration law only since 1996. My focus is on uniting families, Cancellation of Removal, political asylum, complicated waivers, helping immigrants return after deportation, and helping immigrants avoid deportation.

    27 years, 7,000 cases

THE IMMIGRATION LAWYER IN TAMPA SINCE 1996! (813)-226-2144.

I have been an immigration lawyer in Tampa since 1996. My focus is entirely upon immigration, and I am incredibly successful at what I do. Please check me out. View the videos, check the reviews, do your research. I have the experience you need for the future you seek.

 

Initial consultation $200.

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Licensed for 26 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1996
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Neil

Neil F. Lewis, P.A. -- Immigration Attorneys
505 E Jackson St Ste 213
Tampa, FL, 33602-4935

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  87 customer reviews
Posted by Amber | March 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
This man stood through hell and back with my husband and myself. In less than a year which seems a lot longer when faced with losing the one you love to deportation Mr. Lewis was able to get my husband a lawful permanent status and thanks to him this June my husband and I will finally be able to make our trip to Mexico so I can meet my in laws for the first time and my husband will see his parents for the first time in 12 years. Thank you so much and there will be plenty of pictures coming your way of what only you were able to help make possible
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Response from Neil Lewis June 9, 2016
Thanks Amber! Sometimes the path to residency is not easy. But if it can be done, we will do it! Neil
Posted by Oliver | February 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Our Success Story
My wife and I had a consultation with Mr. Lewis before we got married (she is a U.K. citizen, I am a U.S. citizen). We had already been through a lot together and we didn't want to risk being separated, so we took a massive leap of faith and decide to hire an immigration lawyer to ensure we never had to say goodbye to each other. After some online research, I was incredibly confident in my decision to meet with Mr. Lewis and discuss our situation; our meeting only confirmed my initial confidence. Mr. Lewis is the man you want on your side when going through the process of obtaining your green card. Because of his track record and confidence, I felt incredibly secure in trusting our case with him, from the day we met to the day our case concluded (successfully!!!) If it wasn't for Mr. Lewis and his amazing team, I honestly don't know how I would have ever been able to start a life with my spouse. Mr. Lewis cut the stress of going through such a nerve-wracking legal process by at least 90%, and that was only at the consultation level. The most stress we experienced was really in just collecting all of our evidence. Compared to the alternative of doing it all alone and representing ourselves with no legal aid, that's a trade-off I'd take any day. At our interview, we were represented (and prepped) by Ms. Pophal, and all I can say is I have never met anyone who put me or my wife more at ease! From start to finish she was an absolute gem; I am so thankful we had her fighting for us! That being said, if you're searching around for somebody to help you through the immigration process, or you're just as plain scared as we were about where to even start, please set up a consultation with Mr. Lewis; you will NOT be disappointed. We literally owe everything to Mr. Lewis, Ms. Pophal, and everybody at the office, and we couldn't be more satisfied with the work everybody did in making sure our case was a success. When it comes time for my wife to get her permanent green card, you know who we'll be hiring!
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Response from Neil Lewis February 16, 2017
wow! It was our pleasure serving such a lovely couple.
Posted by Maria Delia | July 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Súper profesional !!
La primera vez que fui me dijo las cosas como son, ya había tenido malas experiencias!! Muchos te sacan dinero con falsas promesas, con Neil solo Te dice la verdad, pagas sabiendo que estás en buenas manos!! Súper recomendable!
Posted by Kevin | April 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney with a sense of humor
I found Neil Lewis on Facebook and eventually retained him to process my application for citizenship. His friendly personality made me feel very comfortable. His staff and my consultations helped me prepare for the interview/interrogation. The officer who interrogated me had a very strong personality, and having Mr. Lewis there helped reduce my stress. I am completely satisfied and now a United States citizen.
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Posted by Rafael | February 12, 2020
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Great Attorney
My spouse and I hired Mr. Lewis to assist in the interview process for an adjustment of status (I-485) case, which we had started on our own. From the minute Mr. Lewis and his team were on board, we could feel a difference. Mr. Lewis and his staff always treated us with respect, and assisted in gathering and arranging all the relevant evidence, and prepared us on what to expect in the interview. The day of the interview at the Tampa USCIS office, Mr. Lewis arrived punctually. During the interview, all the evidence gathered and organized by Mr. Lewis and his staff was presented to the officer in the most professional manner. We could tell that Mr. Lewis knows his way around, and, having someone that knows immigration Law backing you during the interview is definitely a calming factor. If you are looking for an expert and honest immigration attorney, I recommend Mr. Lewis.
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Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2019
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Your best advocate and representative!
Mr. Lewis, Viviana, and the rest of their office staff have helped us tremendously in establishing my legal permanent residency status in the U.S. This was a battle we had been fighting for close to 2 decades. My initial legal admission to the U.S. and a 16-year-marriage to U.S Citizen did not suffice to accomplish permanent resident status in the country. I have consulted with countless immigration attorneys and spent an embarrassing amount of $$$ only to be told I was ineligible for a green card. During our initial consult with Mr. Lewis, I had ‘warned’ him that we had a very complex case. I’ll never forget his response to this; he smiled and reminded us that our case was only complex to us. And boy was he right! A little over a year from that meeting, I had my green card mailed to me. The interviewing officer actually approved our petition at the interview, and we received the green card in less than a week. If you’re looking for immigration help for your ‘complex’ case, Mr. Lewis and his team would be your best option for legal counsel and advocate. Look no further!
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Posted by Yordanka | July 12, 2019
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Buen equipo
Nuestra familia contrato a Mr Lewis en 2012. Sabíamos que era un camino difícil. Hoy ya dos de nuestras 3 hijas se convertirán en ciudadanas americanas y la más pequeña ya tiene su green card. Mi esposo y yo seguimos con Mr Lewis pero tenemos fe que con su ayuda también lo lograremos.
Posted by Jessica | January 8, 2019
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Simply put Neil was AMAZING!
I am writing this review to express my appreciation of the exemplary service I received from Neil F Lewis and his entire staff. My husband and I consulted with Neil initially to make sure he’d be able to help us and to make sure we felt comfortable working with him and his team. Immediately after the consultation we knew he was the attorney we’d be retaining to help us with the green card process. Let me start of by saying that his dedication to our case and customer service has been impeccable. He stayed in touch throughout the entire application process, he has addressed all our concerns along the way and answered all the questions that we had. He made this green card process a seem less one. He is extremely assertive and as a result of his prompt and attentive service I can honestly tell you that my husband and I had such piece of mind knowing that things would be handling correctly and in a timely manner. The entire process from start to finish was only 6 months. Service like yours is rare in business these days, and I did not want our appreciation to go unstated. Thank you so much for going to such great lengths and in turn making sure all our needs were met. Cyrus and I are so happy to you made our dreams come true. Keep up the great work !!
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Posted by Nora | August 12, 2018
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Excellent
Neil Lewis handled the Green Card application for both my husband and I. During the consultation, Mr. Lewis explained clearly what the process would entail, and what documents we needed to submit. I had full confidence in Mr. Lewis' expertise as he previously helped my son and his wife become US citizens. It took only 4 months to get my Green Card, and my husband got his a month later. Thank you, Mr. Lewis!!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2018
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Could not be repaid! Excellent attorney.
Mr. Lewis has been very comforting, understanding and awesome to work with. Could not be more satisfied with his services and help! Our case was a hard one, and he managed to handle it without any issues. Successful outcome. Very grateful!
Posted by CCN | December 10, 2017
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I AM NOW A PROUD CITIZEN OF THESE GREAT NATION!!!
I got myself in a mess due to bad advice and my very own carelessness. USCIS denied my I-485 and even I agreed with them. I needed help to ask for forgiveness but no one was really serious about helping. I consulted a high profile lawyer out of New York who categorically told me my case was a lost cause. Consulted another one in downtown Orlando who gave no assurance but wanted to exploit my situation for money. Went to a popular one in Clearwater who had no clue what to do. Finally hired one who had an office in Bradenton out of frustration to prepare my I-601. He made me do most of the writing and still charged. Needless to say it was weak, poorly prepared and the experts at the ‘big house’ denied it. Along came Atty Neil F. Lewis, it is so easy for you to feel comfortable and truly express your how you feel because he knows and understands those feelings. He grilled us endlessly over a period of time to be sure our marriage is real and not a sham. He explained our options and charged a very fair price. We trusted him and we are glad we did. He won my PR for me in court and filed my N-400 as well. He will be handling my kids petition no doubt. You need a good immigration attorney, Neil is your best bet. Excellent attorney supported by excellent team.
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Posted by Robert | October 5, 2017
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Excellent Immigration Attorney
Neil was a excellent attorney, My wife and I went to multiple attorneys and each one had different ideas and quoted different laws on how my wife could get a green card, all sounding very shady. However When speaking to Neil he waited for us to tell him everything and then almost instantly knew the law that applied to my wife. He and his staff made sure that my wife and I were fully prepared for the interview. and then Six months later boom green card. Again excellent attorney if looking for an attorney who is professional knowledgeable go with him, no contest
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Posted by Reyes Family | September 9, 2017
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Residency
Totally recommend Neil! He told us up front what to expect and how long it would take for my husband to get his green card. He had an illegal entry into the US and with the guidance of Neil and his staff my husband is NOW a resident of the USA! The WHOLE process too 9 months! His assistance are WONDERFUL as well! Camila ALWAYS answered every question that I had to the best of her ability and if she didn't know the answer she would ask and get right back with me! Very prepared, organized, and detailed! HUGE THANKS to ALL of Neil Lewis & Staff for helping us through this process! We didn't have a worry because you all done it RIGHT THE FIRST TIME! May God bless you all!
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Posted by sheila | March 1, 2017
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Great Lawyer
I was able to meet with him t discuss my situation and he gave us positive outcomes. And he was write my case was resolved in just 6 months, I am now a Permit Resident of The United States. Everyone in his office was very helpful, any little thing I needed they would always help me out. they are the best law firm in the area, you wont have any problems with them.
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2016
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Best attorney in Tampa Bay
Mr Neil and Elizabeth prepared my forms and made sure everything was okay. They are patient and explained everything to us. They drilled us before the interview. I would recommend them over and over because though my case was shaky..they assured me all will go on well and all passed on well. Mr lewis is a down to earth man and so friendly. Pay a lawyer whom you are sure your things will work out...mr neil and co are worth every dollar.
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Posted by Mine | December 19, 2016
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Professional, Confident and On Your Side
Mr. Lewis is an excellent attorney and I would recommend him without hesitation. He is honest and knows how to explain the law, how to manage expectations and how to keep a positive outlook no matter what.
Posted by Wanda | December 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Thanks you very much
Neil and his staff prepared all the documents for my application for permanent residency while in the US. Through this complex process I was able to get a temporary work authorization and Florida drivers license and social security number and most important to me a parole card so that was able to visit my mother overseas while the process was underway. Neil was present at my interview and helped with a few followup requirements which I was able to get in one day. Neil made this whole process easy for me. He was very knowledgeable and the whole application was very successful. Thank you Neil, Wanda.
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Posted by Monica Burke | September 22, 2016
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Residency
Mr.Lewis gave me options when other lawyers told me I was at a dead end. He helped me get my residency after 6 years of trying with other previous lawyers. He made the path easy, and understanding. I can't thank his wonderful staff enough. They are really kind, and helpful! I'm forever grateful for this wonderful firm, and if you feel you've come to a dead end I'd recommend Mr. Lewis and his lovely staff for you! I'll be forever grateful to them!!!
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Response from Neil Lewis October 4, 2016
Thank you for the very kind review. It was my pleasure to be your lawyer. Neil
Posted by Kenny | September 14, 2016
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Valuable support
Mr. Lewis guided us from beginning to end through application for a 2-yr temporary green card, then application to remove the conditions and finally become a permanent resident. With his help the whole process was not as stressful as it could have been, and the application was done without all the errors we could have done on our own. The best thing we did was hire Mr. Lewis to be our attorney.
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Response from Neil Lewis September 15, 2016
Thanks for the review Kenny! We still have citizenship coming up! Neil
Posted by Billy | August 25, 2016
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US Citizen
Mr. Lewis assisted me with my U.S. naturalization process. He was professional, courteous, and caring. His staff was prompt and communicative throughout the entire process. I highly recommend Mr. Lewis - he was a pleasure to work with.
Response from Neil Lewis October 4, 2016
thank you Billy! I enjoyed it too. Neil
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Neil F. Lewis, P.A. -- Immigration Attorneys
  • 1997 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Richard Maney & Associates
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Corporal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1983 - 1987

Education

  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of South Carolina
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • of course Extreme Hardship was there
  • Waiver granted, LPR granted
  • 751 Extreme Hardship waiver granted
  • Green card with no conditions
  • Cancellation of Removal -- Recinas type case
  • Green cards granted (when available)
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Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • "Making a World of Difference" Award
  • Lutheran Services
  • 2007
  • Legal Service Award
  • University of South Florida
  • 2000
  • Legal Service Award
  • University of South Florida
  • 2000
  • Legal Service Award
  • University of South Florida
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Immigration Basics CLE
  • Immigration Law CLE
  • 2013
  • Hillsborough County Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Immigration implications of criminal convictions
  • 2013
  • Establishing an Immigration Practice
  • immigration law
  • 2011
  • Immigration Success Seminars, LLC
  • Immigration Law
  • 2011
  • Stetson Law School
  • DREAM Act
  • 2009
  • AILA CFC Seminar, October 2008
  • K Visas
  • 2008
  • Criminal Law CLE
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • 2005
  • Criminal Law Update
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity
  • 2005
  • Sabado Pequeno --Saturday Radio Show
  • Immigration News and Information
  • 2004
  • Immigration Considerations
  • Immigration Impact of Criminal Activity and Pleas
  • 2003
  • Sabado Pequeno -- 620 AM -- Saturday Radio Show
  • Immigration News and Information
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (29)
Given (40)
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Immigration Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Neil both in my work as an attorney for the government and in private practice. He is knowledgeable about the law, he knows his way around the courtroom and he is an honest and courteous lawyer. Neil always does his best to find solutions for clients and to present their cases in the best way possible. He is an asset to to the immigration bar and I consider it an honor to practice with him."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with and speaking with Neil at a number of different CLE presentations. His analysis of of U.S. immigration law is outstanding and I am happy to endorse him. He is one of few immigration attorneys that I know who can explain to his client the complexities of the client's case in plain language so the client can understand what needs to be done and make an informed decision on his case."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Neil for years and have sought his expertise numerous times on immigration issues. I have used Neil as an expert immigration witness in court. Neil's hard work and dedication ensure that his clients receive top notch representation. I endorse Neil Lewis as an outstanding immigration attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neil is one of the most compassionate and knowledgeable immigration attorneys in the Tampa Bay Area. As a legal aid lawyer it was difficult finding attorneys willing to take on pro bono cases but Neil always stepped up to the plate and went above and beyond for the clients he helped."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Experience matters. Neil is an excellent immigration attorney. He is an experienced immigration litigator with a proven and long track record of success. If you or someone dear to you needs immigration advice, Neil will know how to best approach the case. I unreservedly endorse immigration Attorney Neil Lewis."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Lewis is a very knowledgeable and experienced immigration attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Lewis effectively represents his clients in all phases of immigration law. His enthusiasm, attention to detail and strategic decision-making skills are great attributes he provides to all of his clients. Mr. Lewis is a great contribution to the legal community and I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I love referring immigration law clients to Mr. Lewis because I always get positive feedback."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Neil for over a decade! He is compassionate and knowledgeable. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neil Lewis has a well deserved reputation for honesty, integrity and hard work. He is a strong advocate for justice and the rights of immigrants.."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have the pleasure of knowing Neil as an estimated colleague. We both practice immigration law in the greater Tampa Bay metropolitan area, and share a common philosophy and passion regarding our work. Neil is an experienced, dedicated and results-driven attorney with a great sense of humor and personable approach."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neil is one of the best attorneys in Florida. He is a leader in our field and justice is his goal in all he does. I cannot say enough about Neil. I, like many seasoned attorneys, look to him for inspiration because he is so earnestly passionate about what he does. And guess what? He's just a really nice guy to boot."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neil is lawyer's lawyer. He will roll up his sleeves and do whatever is legal, ethical, and moral to win your case for you. Results matter him."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Neil Lewis and his staff. They make the process simple, something that is not easy to do given the maze that is Immigration Law. My clients have always felt better having him on their side."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He's able to grasp difficult concepts and has a personable attitude. This is a unique dynamic that is hard to find in this rough and tuble economy."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Attorney Lewis for over 10 years when I first started practising immigration law in Jacksonville, FL. Neil has always been a leading advocate for immigration rights throughout Florida. I have seen Attorney Lewis in immigration court and at USCIS (INS) meetings advocating for his clients. In the past, I have referred clients to Neil and they have been treated with ethical and professional representation."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the honor and pleasure of working with Neil on an immigration case. I learned a great deal from working with him on that case. He is very knowledgeable, experienced, honest and fair. Also, his seminar on immigration law proved extremely informative and valuable to my law practice. I hope to work with him again. I strongly recommend Neil as a highly competent and overall excellent immigration attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Neil is a very knowledgeable attorney who cares deeply for his clients and works hard to get the best results for them. He is always willing to answer questions and assist other attorneys."
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