Stephen O’Connor is a Board Certified attorney that focuses his practice on all aspects of deportation/removal defense and family-based immigration. His experience includes the representation of persons in deportation proceedings due to criminal convictions, lacking an immigration status, and failing to maintain a lawful immigration status. Mr. O’Connor’s family-based immigration experience includes naturalization, claims to United States citizenship, lawful permanent residence, extreme hardship waivers, and visas for victims of crimes.
Mr. O’Connor served as an Assistant Trial Attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. O’Connor also served as a Law Clerk for the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Immigration Court in Dallas, Texas. Following his public service, Mr. O’Connor was an attorney with one of the largest immigration law firms in the United States, where he represented clients with regulatory compliance and immigration litigation matters. He also spent five years in private practice focused on deportation defense.
Mr. O’Connor speaks English and Spanish, and regularly represents clients in those languages.
Lourdes Milagros Leal Oteiza
Lourdes Milagros Leal Oteiza focuses her practice on business and family-based immigration, including deportation/removal defense. Her experience includes the representation of companies seeking H-1B, L-1A and L-1B visas as well as persons in deportation proceedings. Ms. Leal’s family-based immigration experience includes naturalization, lawful permanent residence, extreme hardship waivers, and visas for victims of crimes.
Ms. Leal was an attorney with a nationally recognized law firm in North Carolina, where she represented corporate clients with nonimmigrant and regulatory compliance matters.
Ms. Leal is fluent in English and Spanish, and regularly represents clients in those languages. Ms. Leal is also proficient in French.
Some of Ms. Leal’s experience includes:
H-1B, L-1A, L-1B and Blanket L Petitions.
LPR Cancellation of Removal and reapplication for Adjustment of Status in Immigration Court.
Renewing an Application to Remove Conditions on Residence before an Immigration Judge.
Appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Motions to Reopen In Absentia Removal Orders
Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Resident in Immigration Court.
Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal.
Naturalization and Claims to U.S. Citizenship.
Georgia Santos Evangelista
Georgia Santos Evangelista is a Brazilian attorney, a certified accountant, and an attorney licensed in Florida. Ms. Evangelista obtained her Juris Doctor at Florida State University College of Law, where she also completed her Masters in American Law (LL.M).
Ms. Evangelista gained experience in immigration law as a volunteer at the FSU Center for Advancement of Human Rights, where she represented clients in asylum, domestic violence, human trafficking, and refugee cases. Ms. Evangelista also volunteered to help coordinate FSU Law’s Alternative Spring Break Program for two years and visited migrant worker camps, where she provided legal assistance alongside Florida Rural Legal Services attorneys.
Ms. Evangelista served as an extern at Legal Services of North Florida’s Tallahassee office and assisted low-income clients with family, immigration, landlord-tenant, and foreclosure cases. At the Second Circuit Court, Ms. Evangelista worked closely with a judge, learning the procedural intricacies of family law. Ms. Evangelista also interned at FSU Law’s Children’s Advocacy Clinic, handling adoption and special immigration juvenile cases.
Ms. Evangelista speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese.