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Grace Ingrid Gardiner

Immigration Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.5   16 reviews
  • State Years
    Tennessee - TN 20 years
    Kentucky - KY 25 years
    Minnesota - MN 26 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active - Probation Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2021
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State KY
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Inactive Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2023

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023. See details

About Grace

Learn Grace’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
    100%
    Family Green Card, Work Visas, Fiance Visas, Asylum E3 Visas and Deportations/Cancellation of Removal. Paid consultations

    28 years

Attorney Grace Gardiner graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1998 and was admitted to the MN State Bar and US Distict Court Of MN that same year. While in Law School she represented Immigration Clients facing Deportation and Removal as well as those applying for greencards or naturalization with the immigration clinic offered by the school. In 1999 Attorney Gardiner was admitted to the KY Bar. From 1998 to 2000 Attorney Gardiner worked as a Public Defender and Prosecutor (Assistant County Attorney) in Paducah, KY handling Criminal Cases. From 2001 to 2002 she worked with the East Texas Legal Services.

 

Attorney Gardiner started her own law practice, Gardiner and Associates, Attorneys at Law in Texas in 2002. In 2004 she was admitted to the TN Supreme Court and the US District Court for Eastern Tennessee. She has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 2005, which is how she stays up to date with all the new laws and procedures. In 2006 she was admitted to The United States Supreme Court. Attorney Gardiner has handled all aspects of immigration law from helping clients come to the US for Medical Care, for vacations, to attend school, to get married or to work for a US Employer, or to invest in the US Economy and supply jobs for ten or more US workers (EB5 Visas) and Naturalization Applications for civilians and members of the Armed Forces (military). Gardiner is currently preparing 601 Waiver applications before the consulates in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, and working on several deportation and removal cases as well as applications for Asylum before the Immigration Court, appearing before the Court of Appeals and State Supreme Court on Post Conviction matters, and Petition for Review before the Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Attorney Gardiner has a Bachelors Degree in Science and Masters in Social Work from Howard University in Washington DC. Her scientific training helps her to get to the issues and her social work background helps her with listening and analyzing her clients’ legal needs. With her experience, she is able to offer her clients advice on the complexities of Immigration Law to effectively solve their immigration legal issues.

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Location

Gardiner Immigration
13902 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Suite 210
Tampa, FL, 33618-2424
Gardiner Immigration
300 South Pine Island Rd.
Plantation, FL, 33324
Gardiner & Associates
2415 Magnolia Ave
Knoxville, TN, 37914
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Reviews

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Posted by Ildiko “Dee” | July 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped make my dreams come true!!!
Following a very intense case of domestic violence, I made an attempt to use a “free” local Immigration legal service and it was a nightmare. Ms. Gardiner stepped in and saved my case and my life. She is kind, sympathetic, knowledgeable and entirely dedicated. She walked me through the entire process, completely reassured me when I was in an extremely anxious state of mind and was always available to speak with me directly. I felt safe with her handling my situation and 100% confident in her abilities. She handled everything in a timely, organized and knowledgeable manner. I would recommend her to anyone and consider her a friend as well as my attorney. She has my complete trust and respect. With her help, I am now living a beautiful life with a successful career and my fears have been eliminated. She is an incredible representation of what an attorney should be. Thank you so much!!!
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Posted by Miguel | January 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn't have asked for a better attorney.
Gardiner immigration was the best choice I made when I was deciding who to hire for the application of my green card. I looked for many people online and I was never convinced until I found Gardiner Immigration. Mrs. Gardiner was really attentive, responsive and professional. Her staff was also outstanding and very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend her to anyone. Really reasonable fees as well.
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Posted by Ashwin | January 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Immigration Lawyer
One of my friend strongly recommended Gardiner Immigration for our immigration needs. Mrs. Gardiner was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to meet us and discuss our case. We had never worked with any attorney before and Mrs. Gardiner and her team were very helpful throughout the process in guiding us at every step and helping us with the proceedings. Mrs. Gardiner and her team are very knowledgeable with the laws, were always available to answer our queries and help us get a positive outcome. Should there be a need, we would definitely work with Gardiner Immigration again. Thank you Mrs. Gardiner.
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Posted by Bryan | January 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend.
Mrs. Gardiner ESQ. is second to none in results. This is only eclipsed by her knowledge of the law and her personal touch which I have found completely lacking in the legal realm. If you are looking to retain an attorney, I would recommend her without a seconds pause. Redirect to her website and find my review which will contain my personal contact info and feel free to inquire further. Thank you Mrs. Gardiner
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I was referred to Miss Gardiner by a friend. I was going through a rough marriage to my ex husband that filed for my i485. I could not take the abuse so I filed for a divorce. My application was denied and I was facing deportation. I called many lawyers that would not take my case. When I called miss Gardiner she did not turn me away. She explained my case to me and recommended situations that could help me. Miss Gardiner can answer any question you throw her way. She is a knowledgeable and detailed lawyer. I remember one particular time when she was sick and called me, she could hardly talk but she was still working on my case. I cannot find words to express how much she did on my case. I am now a permanent resident. :) because I hired the best. I recommend anybody who is having a hard time dealing with any kind of immigration case to call Miss Gardiner. I have recommended numerous people and have never gotten a bad complaint. Her assistant Linda is very polite and detailed.
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Posted by Aviva | July 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immigration Client
Michael and I would like to thank Grace Gardiner and Paralegal Linda Garcia for all their help and support in our legal process for my Green Card and Spouse Visa. Grace and her team took the time to explain the entire process, handled our case professionally and continued to inform us of updates as and when needed. All calls were answered or returned, all emails were replied too and all questions were answered. We would highly Grace Gardiner and Associates for any of your legal issues and would have no hesitation in recommending her firm.
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Response from Grace Gardiner July 28, 2016
Thanks Michael and Aviva. I enjoyed working with both of you and getting to know your family in the process. Please keep in touch
Posted by Christine Simplice | January 15, 2015
Evens and Christine 601 Waiver
It was and amazing experience getting help from Mrs Grace. She made the process so much easier although it was not a pleasant process to go through, but she made it a bit easier. My husband and I are very thankful for you her assistance.
Posted by Haissam | December 7, 2014
Highley Recommended
I really enjoyed dealing with Grace and her team of preofessionals. The entire process to obtain my Green Card was seamles and quick. They have it down to a science and I highly recommend Gardiner's services
Posted by Elvis | September 2, 2014
Thank you Mrs. Grace for all your help!
I was desperate looking for help when I found Mrs. Grace. Let me give you an idea of what was happening to my life. I had a work visa that was on the process on being renew when I switched to another company. I was referred to a lawyer in Miami that told me that I had no change of winning my case, so she would not touch a case like mine. Then I went to Google for some help and found Mrs. Grace. She knew from the first minute, after listening to my story, what we needed to do. She told me step by step what we had to do, from responding to a RFE to getting my wife's naturalization done. She has been guiding me and my family successfully on this long journey. She has being a good friend, counselor and better lawyer for me and my family. I recommend her to anyone looking for immigration help.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2014
Highly recommended
I contacted Attorney Gardiner concerning an employment termination matter. Attorney spoke with me covering a few scenarios. It was important for me to keep my information confidential. She was total professional and assured me the matter would go beyond the two of us. Unfortunately for me I am located outside of the state that she can practice so she did provide me with a referral to serve my needs. Thanks!
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Posted by Elvis | April 18, 2014
Thank you Mrs. Grace Gardiner
I was desperate looking for help when I found Mrs. Grace. Let me give you an idea of what was happening to my life. I had a work visa that was on the process on being renew when I switched to another company. I was referred to a lawyer in Miami that told me that I had no change of winning my case, so she would not touch a case like mine. Then I went to Google for some help and found Mrs. Grace. She knew from the first minute, after listening to my story, what we needed to do. She told me step by step what we had to do, from responding to a RFE to getting my wife's naturalization done. She has been guiding me and my family successfully on this long journey. She has being a good friend, counselor and better lawyer for me and my family. I recommend her to anyone looking for immigration help.
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Posted by David | May 29, 2013
An OUSTANDING Law Firm!
Counsellor Gardiner and Councellor Dupree EXCEEDED my expectations! I would highly recommend Grace I. Gardiner and Associates for any legal issues or needs you may have!
Posted by Judy | May 28, 2013
Helpful and Knowledgeable as well as Professional
Ms. Gardiner handled my recent bankruptcy and she and her staff were very professional. I was thankful for all her advice and her understanding of my situation. Her staff always had the answers I needed. I wasn't sure that I would be able to afford to even file bankruptcy because I was in such bad shape. However, she helped me understand how I could accomplish this goal. I highly recommend Ms. Gardiner and her staff if you need to consider bankruptcy.
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Posted by Clim | December 15, 2010
Honest and Trustworthy
She strongly believes in helping her clients. She takes the time and effort to help her clients. Regarding my case, she has traveled to different courts and has asked for advise from different lawyers aiding her knowledge in the case. She reaches out to her clients and listens and believes in their case. She's very honest because if she feels like you dont have a case, she will let you know before she takes the case. She takes the time to answer calls and take appointments on any given notice and that's very rare with the attorneys I have dealt with in the past. She works from the heart. I'm very thankful for all she's done. Once this case is over, we truly owe it all to her.
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Posted by Hameed | February 9, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Story changed different amount and hidden fees
After calling and make consultation withe her she offerd me her plan wich was good for me then we scheduled next day meeting for the paper work and payment. I work 2 full time jobs so i didnt sleep for more that 24 to meet her i went there she had different amount for her serivces that she forgot to explain on the phone call which is more 2000 USD so i didnt hire her i paid 150 for consultation that supposed to be free so no 35 consultation fee its 150 .
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2014
waist of time
i just wanted to inform others before waisting your time with this woman, with my exprience she seemed great at first till i was charge 6,000 and then it went up to 10,000 plus she was going to make me pay her plane tickets , hotel ect, plus, and as i total out over 2800 in payments to her a year had pasted by and my husbands case sat collecting dust and they said they forgot bout it even thou i was calling every month talking to the ladys sending my money and on whos case it was for, this office slacks on answering calls,returning calls, they sent a friend of mine to mexico without having everything needed now stuck cause she will not make effort into getting the documents she was suppose to get for him four years ago which had no reason not to have gotten it while she was payed to get them all and is now asking for more money to pay her again over what she already got payed to do long ago, this woman is not here for clients needs she only cares for money and once u give her the money she takes years to do anything and slacks at doing her job. this woman has been a very bad problem using with me an my family i am glad i got out from her before it was really to late cause she had my husband sitting on being deported for doing a 1-130 after she knew i was cutting him off her case she only submitted so she didnt have to return my money back to me, for future reference on who is reading this other immigration attonerys are cheaper and care bout client instead of themselves this woman is taking more money than any other person is set out to charge she is a pickpocket and will take u for everything u work hard for and when ur family is stuck outside the states she doesnt care cause she already has her money by that time,please before anyone else goes through what we have been going through search everyone u choose before setting out to hire anyone cause u r loosing ur own family its not theirs so they can care less. thanks and god bless anyone else who has to go through this..
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 2.0 (Strong Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023.

Suspension issued in MN, 2023
updated on 11/17/2023

This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Suspension issued in TN, 2021
updated on 11/05/2021

Suspended means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Gardiner Immigration
  • 2002 - Present
  • Attorney-Supervisor Housing
  • East Texas Legal Services
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Asst County Attorney
  • McCracken County Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Asst. Public Defender
  • Department of Public Advocacy
  • 1998 - 2000
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Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Howard University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1977

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chair
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Justice
  • 2011 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top Immigration Attorney
  • CityView Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyers In Tennessee
  • The Legal Network
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers In Tennessee
  • The Legal Network
  • 2015
  • Top Immigration Attorney
  • CityView Magazine
  • 2014
  • Immigration and Naturalization Attorney
  • CityView Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers In Tennessee
  • The Legal Network
  • 2013
  • Immigration and Naturalization Attorneys
  • CityView Magazine
  • 2011
  • immigration and Naturalization Atty of Knoxville TN
  • CityView Magazine
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • ALIA Immigration Conference
  • Pitfalls of Solo Practitioners in Immigration
  • 2019
  • Business Meeting
  • EB5 Investing in a Regional Center
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (15)
Endorse Grace
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked around and observed Grace in court for many years now. She is extremely knowledgeable in the law, is a very effective advocate for all of her clients and has good relationships with all of the trustees."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Other
"Aggressive and determined. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with her many times, and she is very knowledgeable and compassionate with her clients!"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Other
"This attorney goes above and beyond to get the best results for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When hiring a lawyer you've obviously got a lot of options. Many lawyers know the law well, and Grace is among them. However, sometimes you need a little more than that. When you sit down with her, you'll realize immediate that she "gets it" and she's the person you want working for you through this difficult legal situation. She knows the law, and gets the people. You'll appreciate the work she does for you!"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Grace is a skilled attorney, and a very well qualified practitioner with a great deal of experience. Were I to need an attorney, I'd sit down with her first."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Grace. She is a very knowledgeable and a reputable attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have sent several clients to her to help deal with their immigration needs as she is a highly recommended attorney in the field and zealously represents all of her clients."
General practice Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Gardiner is well-respected in the legal community. She has passed numerous bar exams and is extremely knowledgable. If you need an attorney, she would be an excellent choice."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Grace is the most knowledgeable immigration lawyer I know. We regularly refer our clients with immigration issues to her and they are never disappointed. She is worth every penny."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Grace Gardiner is a great lawyer. Professional. Experienced. Cool-headed. Kind. Knows the law. Smart. Anybody represented by Grace Gardiner is well-represented."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have had the distinct pleasure of working for Grace. She is goal driven, compassionate, dedicated and always works towards excellence. Her work ethic motivates those around her and she is sincere in the manner she approaches both her business and personal life. Moreover, Grace’s experience and expertise has made her a leader in the immigration and bankruptcy community. For these reasons I highly recommend Grace Gardiner."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Friend
"Grace and I met as members of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) many years ago. We have researched similar immigration issues and I strongly endorse her work."
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Tampa Immigration Lawyer Grace Ingrid Gardiner
Grace Ingrid Gardiner
Immigration Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 26 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023. See details