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Deborah Jean Townsend

Immigration Attorney at Yalaha, FL

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  1. Immigration
    Deborah J. Townsend, P.A. specializes in business, employment-based and family-based immigration. Ms. Townsend is Florida Bar Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law and was chosen as a Florida "Super Lawyer" from 2006-2009 and 2015-2018.

Licensed for 41 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1981
Updated 11/23/2022

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Deborah J. Townsend, P.A.
27113 Robertson Rd.
Yalaha, FL, 34797-3194


5.0 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Hossein | November 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Experience, Resourceful and honest - The best immigration attorney I know ( and I have been to a few countries)
I have known Deborah since 2012. Initially, she took care of our ( me and my wife’s) E2 visa to come to the US. E2 is not an easy, straightforward process, but we got approved on the spot mainly because of the way she put our case together. It was very thorough, and there was no room for second-guessing for the interviewing officer. Later in the US and with her assistance, we extended our E2 for a couple of times, and there were no issues whatsoever. More recently, she helped us with our adjustment of status from E2 to GREEN CARD. She helped us with filing the labor certificate, i40, and i485 for both my wife and me. Today we got approved for our employment-based green card. She has been helping us for more than 7 years, and it has always been bull’s-eye. She is a great adviser, and she knows the immigration law very well. She is calm, resourceful and very experienced in her job. She also is very honest and gives you the most frank advice on your case (even if you do not wanna hear it), and her judgment is impeccable on the chances you got on a case. She is not in this for the money, unlike many other attornies. In this day and age, a reliable immigration attorney is the best resource you can have on your side, and Deborah is for sure that person
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Posted by Manijeh | July 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
Me and my family came from Sweden to U.S. it was not easy to find a good lawyer to have a good reputation, trust them with money and take care of your case in the shortest period. Ms. Townsend had more than all of them. Her voice calms you down. We hired her right a way. We are still in touch with Ms. Townsend and I would never hire any attorney until speak with her to get referrals. I wish there was more than 5 stars in the review because she deserves 10. Who ever know me, they know Ms. Townsend. We don’t have many like her and is sad.
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Posted by FG | June 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
PERM AND PR with Deborah
Deborah worked with my case for years. It included H1B, PERM and EB immigrant category. She also represented the company I work for. She handled the process with high level of professionalism. She was prompt when communicating with me and the company. She has the experience and knowledge in immigration that resulted to my case's successful outcome.
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Posted by sandy | May 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Deborah is our attorney since 9 years. She took care of our E2 VISA twice and did also our PERM ( green card).She has good advices and knows what she is talking about . I highly recommend her
Posted by Kristijan | September 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
An attorney you want to have on your side
Since the first time I contacted Ms. Townsend several years ago she showed high level of knowledge, understanding of my needs and professionalism. From filing documents for H1B visa, to assisting my employer and myself with obtaining U.S. Permanent Resident status, Ms. Townsend was here every step and explaining the process, informing of the application status. When I had a question, and if I had to leave a voice mail or send an email, calls would be returned fast, emails would always address every detail I needed to know. I highly recommend Ms. Townsend, as she is an attorney you want to have on your side.
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Posted by Walter | June 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Simply the best!!
I consulted with many immigration lawyers to determine who would be best suited for my E2 Investor's visa application to the US. I found Deborah's name during an internet search and her credentials were impressive. After an initial consultation I realized that she was the lawyer I was looking for. She had the patience to listen to ALL of my questions and answer them. She also used amazing clarity in her responses (a skill that many other lawyers lacked). Even though I was based in another country, it was easy to communicate with Deborah and she always responded in a timely fashion to all requests and questions. She was the ONLY lawyer that gave me a clear list of events and tasks that had to be completed in a specific order to facilitate the E2 visa application. Deborah assisted every step of the way and delivered on EVERYTHING that she agreed to do. She made a complex process easy and made the whole thing stress free. The best decision I made was to hire Deborah. I would (and have) recommended her to colleagues and friends. When it comes to immigration law, you need look no further!
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Posted by Anthony | June 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A great immigration Attorney in the Orlando area
Deborah is a fine professional. She actively supported my wife and I during our visa application process. She was always available and kind and gave us precise and efficient advice coming from a long experience of immigration procedures. We got our visa in less than 3 months owing to her continuous help. A job well done.
Posted by Hafez | August 7, 2015
Getting Green cards with Smart attorney
Ms Townsend is a very highly professional attorney helping me and my family for H1B , PERM , and finally it ends up by Green Cards . she is smart enough to handle my case from day one with a very good way , I feel welcome from day one and even before we did the agreement I feel she is the most convenient immigration attorney for me between those I had meeting with them , as she has a very good knowledge & experience & clear & searching for the best solutions and I could say Ms Townsend know exactly what she is doing , she take my case and go through a very hard path to get the green card but she did it within a very good time frame almost 2 years . she is always updating me from time to time with the legal options to do and choose the best to go . the best lawyer I have ever met & with lovely character , thank you Deborah to help me and my family .
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Posted by Bill | July 15, 2015
Experienced, Knowledgable and Effective
Mrs. Townsend successfully guided me through the complicated path from getting visas to eventually the green card with a time span of many years. She knows everything about the process, finds the best way to achieve the goal, and gives us good legal advice on matters that are related to my immigration. She and her office staff executed every case perfectly, in the meantime she showed that she cares and that she is my lawyer.
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Posted by Rick | February 24, 2015
On top of things
I was shopping for a good lawyer (which is hard to find these days), who would return my calls and emails in a timely manner, and actively work our case. I found Deborah through Avvo. She promptly returned my call, was patient with us and is now working for us to get my wife's Green Card. My wife is from Mexico and I am from the US. I highly recommend Deborah for immigration work.
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Posted by Philip | September 23, 2011
A weight off our shoulders for our move from Liverpool to Arkansas
Ms Townsend came personally recommended to me by a former colleague and I must say that we were absolutely delighted with the services that she provided for us. She really took the pressure off us, by making sure that everything ran smoothly with regards to my application for my permanent residency. The personalized service we received from Ms Townsend far exceeded our high expectations. She was most approachable, constantly on top of our case, always promptly returned phone calls and emails and was very patient and understanding with us when we asked what might seem to be some strange questions. I would have no hesitation recommending Ms Townsend, as I intend to go through her again in the not too distant future, when I apply to become an American citizen.
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Posted by Mark | September 20, 2011
A light at the end of a dark, dark tunnnel
Regretfully, i have met and worked with some unscroupilous immigration attorneys. Evidently they lacked knowledge or experience to adequately deal with my visa application. Through poor advice, i was directed into a very tight corner with the US immigration service, resulting in unnecessary and costly complications. In my darkest hour, i was referred to Deborah's practice by a colleague. Cautiously, i made an approach for help. In short, Deborah has been a revelation. Finally i have met with an attorney with the unique qualities of knowledge, experience, trust and integrity. The advice i was given was concise, enlightening, compassionate and professional. If you're embarking on a journey through the shark infested waters of immigration, be sure to consult with Deborah. You'll receive a knowledgeable appraisal of your status, and will leave confident you have received clear direction. If it can be done, Deborah will ensure a positive conclusion. Thank you Deborah for your invaluable help. I will forever be indebted.
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Posted by Paul | September 20, 2011
A wonderful experience!
We've worked with attorneys many times without feeling welcome! That's not so with Deborah; what a wonderful attorney. She made complex legal (immigration and visa) processes seem easy and painless. She also provides great value (saving us thousands of dollars) compared with other attorneys we have used. Who can ask for more!
Posted by Peter | September 19, 2011
Deborah Jean Townsend has been my Angel to help me on earth.
I was a client of Deborah Townsend, without to have met her before. I could have not found a better Lawyer. She was passionated with my case. She cared more than I could ever expect. She was outstanding everywhere! an excellent professional! an always ahead of time responsive! Excellent most knowledgeable in all the issues of my case! she was always keeping me informed ahead of time and helping me to be prepared for the next step! Apart from my excellent Lawyer she was really suffering more than me for my case. She was an Angel send by God on the eaerth to help me all the way out . Her integrity, loving character and dedication were unique. The best Lawyer I have met into my life . I will never forget her. Thank you Deborah.
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Posted by Jacob | August 17, 2011
Thank You from Jacob.
I was referred to Deborah from a friend who was saved from deportation by her. Even though Deborah did not take my case she was honest enough to refer me to someone who specialized in my needs. Deborah was very responsive and I did not have to speak with multiple people before speaking with her. Speaking with Deborah was actually calming and reassuring. Thank You for your time Deborah
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Posted by Badri | August 25, 2010
Way above our expectations
I did not know about this page. Ms. Townsend was our family's lawyer a few years ago. She was always responsive to our questions. She was very knowledgeable and she kept us informed in every step of the process. Her professional ethics are way above anyone's expectations.
Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2009
Deborah was professional and efficient in filing!
Deborah was very informative and always answered my calls and returned them. She was efficient in filing and submitted paperwork to me asap. Finding a lawyer who is friendly and professional is rare. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an immigration attorney.
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Deborah J. Townsend, P.A.
  • 1992 - Present
  • Partner
  • Holmes, Khatri & Townsend, P.A.
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Associate, Partner
  • Hendry, Stoner & Brown, P.A.
  • 1981 - 1992
  • Staff Attorney
  • Legal Services Of Greater Miami
  • 1980 - 1981
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  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida Chapter)
  • Media Liaison
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)
  • Advocacy Committee Chair/Co-Chair
  • 2008 - 2011
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2010
  • American Immigation Lawyers Association (Central Florida Chapter)
  • Chapter Chair
  • 1990 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • "Excellence in the Practice of Immigration Law"
  • Central Florida Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer - Immigration & Nationality Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer - Immigration & Nationality Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer - Immigration & Nationality Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer - Immigration & Nationality Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Certification - Immigration & Nationality Law
  • The Florida Bar - Board Certification
  • 1996
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Immigration Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Deborah Townsend for over 30 years and we have worked together on many cases. Deborah is a Florida Bar Board Certified Immigration and Nationality Lawyer and, while I practice in the areas of International Law, Business Law and Litigation, I am not an immigration attorney. I have many foreign clients from various countries and before I set up an entity or review a contract for the purchase of a business and/or real property, I always recommend that they consult with a qualified, experienced immigration attorney. All of the clients I have sent to Deborah have been extremely pleased with her advice and services and I am confident that they are in the best of hands. Deborah understands the cultural differences of her clients and always takes time to answer their questions and explain their options thoroughly. We work well together as a team to serve and protect our clients' interests. I enthusiastically and wholeheartedly endorse Deborah Townsend!!"

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Yalaha Immigration Lawyer Deborah Jean Townsend
Deborah Jean Townsend
Immigration Attorney
Yalaha, FL
Licensed for 41 years