J. David Peña

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Mr. Peña concentrates his practice on representing foreign individuals, large and small corporations seeking to immigrate or start business ventures in the United States. His experience includes immigration and nationality law, general corporate law, banking, real estate, investment and entertainment law.

Mr. Peña formerly served as special legal counsel to the Florida International Affairs Commission, as legal counsel to the Mexican and Colombian Embassies in Washington, D.C. and as legal counsel to the Mexican Consulate in Miami. He also has experience representing the United States Government, both in Washington, D.C. and overseas, with foreign governments and with international organizations.

Mr. Peña devotes a substantial amount of his time to immigration and naturalization law. He and his staff are experienced in proceedings before USCIS, formally known as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Peña’s expertise includes the preparation and presentation of applications for visas at U.S. Consulates abroad, visa petitions, and employment-based visas. In recent years, Mr. Peña obtained significant experience with the internal procedures required by the USCIS for establishing an Employer Sanction Program and has extensive experience putting companies in compliance with the current immigration/employment regulations, as well as negotiating on behalf of corporations with the USCIS/ICE on corporate violations. He also represents individuals in the removal of “Deportation proceedings.”

An accomplished speaker, he has lectured at various immigration and real estate seminars in the United States and throughout South America. He was honored in 1992-93 by being named to the Hispanic Business Magazine’s list of “The Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States.”

Mr. Pena has served as guest lecturer at The University of Wisconsin’s Summer Law Program and Universidad Sergio Arbolado - Bogatá, Colombia.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • American Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Colombian - American Bar Association - (Past President)
  • InterAmerican Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (Board of Governors)
  • Bankers Club (Board of Governors)
  • Miami Center for The Performing Arts (Board of Directors - Founder)