Florian D. Purganan practices exclusively in immigration and citizenship law. His practice encompasses all areas of immigration law, particularly adjustment of status, family petitions, waiver applications, and deportation defense. Florian also regularly handles employment based immigration matters including labor certifications and non-immigrant visas for foreign professionals.
Florian is fluent in Tagalog and is very active in the Filipino community. He is currently the National Youth Chair of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). He has served as the Assistant Secretary of the Filipino American Association of Shoreline and is a member of the Filipino Community of Seattle. Florian has been an invited speaker on immigration topics at the 2006 NaFFAA National Conference in Hawaii, and various forums at the Filipino Community Center in Seattle.
In addition, Florian is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has served on the Executive Committee for the local chapter as the Young Lawyers Division Representative. He is also the past chair of the YLD Committee.
Florian graduated from Seattle University in 2001 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. He then attended law school at Seattle University where he earned his J.D. degree in 2004. During law school, Florian gained significant experience in immigration law as an extern at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, where he assisted low-income individuals attain citizenship.
Since graduating, Florian has continued his commitment to community service, volunteering at the International District Legal Clinic and the King County Immigration Legal Clinic. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Neighborhood House.
Languages spoken: Tagalog, English
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|Attorney||Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC||2005 - Present|
|Paralegal||Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC||2004 - 2005|
|Legal Extern||Northwest Immigrant Rights Project||2004 - 2004|
|Legal Assistant||Barbara Marcouiller, P.S.||2002 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Federation of Filipino American Associations||National Youth Chair||2008 - Present|
|Neighborhood House||Board of Trustees||2008 - Present|
|Filipino Lawyers of Washington||Board Member||2008 - Present|
|National Federation of Filipino American Associations Region VII||Youth Representative||2007 - 2008|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)||Chair - Young Lawyers Division||2007 - 2008|
|Filipino American Association of Shoreline||Assistant Secretary||2006 - 2007|
|Kariuki v. Holder, 394 Fed.Appx. 359, 361 (9th Cir. 2010)||Petition granted, case remanded|
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|Seattle University School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||2004|
|Seattle University||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|Edmonds Community College||N/A||Associate of Arts||1999|
|Lynnwood High School||N/A||N/A||1999|
|2009 NWFASA Annual Conference||History of Filipino Migration to the US, Citizenship Issues, and Civic Engagement||2009|
|2008 NWFASA Annual Conference||Filipino Immigration and the Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform||2008|
|2006 NaFFAA National Empowerment Conference||Comprehensive Immigration Reform||2006|