Colombo & Hurd, PL

Colombo & Hurd, PL is an immigration law firm dedicated to to guiding individuals and businesses to achieve all of their immigration goals.

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Firm Overview

With immigration lawyers in Orlando and Miami, Florida we handle immigration and business matters for clients worldwide in a professional and personalized manner. Our mission is to provide you with individual attention and professional service at every step on the path toward achieving your immigration or business goals.

U.S. Immigration can be extremely complex to try and navigate alone. You need a dedicated professional to guide you through the process. At Colombo & Hurd, you will receive our undivided attention to ensure that every petition is diligently prepared and thoroughly analyzed. For Individuals, we offer assistance with work visas, family petitions, marriage and fianc visas, investor visas, asylum, deportation defense and citizenship. For businesses, we pride ourselves in providing strategic, personalized guidance customized to achieve your specific goals in establishing a U.S. affiliate or subsidiary, transferring employees to the U.S. or investing in the U.S. As immigration attorneys, we are well versed in the immigration process and know all to well the obstacles, challenges and unforeseen hazards along the way. We work tirelessly to ensure our clients achieve their immigration objectives.

Our business immigration and investor visa practices are led by Carlos M. Colombo. Originally from Argentina, Mr. Colombo personally experienced the immigration system as an immigrant to the United States. Having experienced the hardships and difficulties of the immigration system, Mr. Colombo has a unique perspective in handling matters and understands the personal challenges that individuals and companies face when dealing with U.S. immigration law.

At Colombo & Hurd, we are proud that we have been selected for listing in the Bar Register for Preeminent Lawyers, a legal guide containing many of the best immigration attorneys in the United States and listing only law firms that have earned the higherst rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field.

Our staff's diversity also makes clients feel at home, making Colombo & Hurd unique in its approach to helping immigrants. At Colombo & Hurd we are a firm founded by immigrants created for immigrants. We have an exceptional understanding of our clients' cases because our passion for helping immigrants comes from our own personal experience. Most of our lawyers and immigration support staff have personally experienced the immigration process themselves or have had family members immigrate to the United States. This personal experience, coupled with our legal expertise in Immigration Law, set Colombo & Hurd apart.
Main Office

Main Office
5555 E. Michigan St., Suite 100
Orlando  FL  32822

Phone
  • 407-478-1111
Fax
  • 407-447-2488
Deportation
Immigration Court -- Deportation Defense Lawyers
At Colombo & Hurd, we represent immigrants and foreign visitors who are at risk for deportation or removal from the U.S. We have a thorough understanding of the deportation process and represent individuals in immigration court before immigration judges on a daily basis. It is our number one priority to protect our clients' best interests and make sure no person is unjustly deported. Whether you are seeking a deportation lawyer in Orlando, a Miami deportation attorney, or a deportation lawyer elsewhere in Florida or Georgia, Colombo & Hurd can assist you with your deportation case in immigration court.
Green Card
Orlando Green Card Lawyers
A permanent resident card, also commonly referred to as a green card, is evidence that the alien bearer maintains permanent residency status in the United States. At Colombo & Hurd, PL, a significant portion of our practice is dedicated to assisting our clients in obtaining United States permanent resident green cards for themselves and their family members. Our Orlando Green Card attorneys specialize in finding unique solutions to assist our clients obtain their residency despite the variety of obstacles frequently placed by the U.S. Immigration process.
US Visa
The law office of Colombo & Hurd, PL will represent your US Visa legal matters.
The law office of Colombo & Hurd, PL will represent your US Visa legal matters.

Rusten C. Hurd

Rusten C. Hurd is a founding partner at the law firm of Colombo & Hurd, PL. Mr. Hurd has practiced in Immigration Courts throughout the United States utilizing a variety of defenses to protect his clients including Requests for Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Cancellation of Removal and Waivers of Grounds of Removability. As the husband of an immigrant, Mr. Hurd is fully cognizant of the importance of this process to his clients.

Mr. Hurd also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to performing appellate work before appellate courts throughout the state of Florida as well as the Board of Immigration Appeals and United States Courts of Appeals. Mr. Hurd has had notable appellate success both with the Board of Immigration Appeals and with Florida Appellate Courts. Mr. Hurd is a frequent contributor to Orlando's WOFL Fox 35 newscast where he appears to provide guidance on immigration issues.

As a result of his quality legal service in over fourteen years of practice, Mr. Hurd has been awarded an AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. An AV rating is the highest such rating available to any single lawyer for skill and integrity and the rating is reserved for attorneys designated as outstanding in their field. Mr. Hurd is also honored to have been recognized by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding attorneys who have obtained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Mr. Hurd has also received a "superb" 10.0 rating from AVVO lawyers rating service. AVVO rates lawyers on a scale from 1.0 - 10.0 based on lawyer's years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements, discipline history and industry recognition all factors that, in AVVO's opinion, are relevant to assessing a lawyer's qualifications.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Hurd has served as Guardian ad Litem for troubled children and was recognized by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County for his service and contributions. He has also served as an Employment Counselor through the Jobs Partnership of Florida.

In addition to his work and an Orlando Immigration Lawyer and Orlando Fiance Visa Lawyer, Mr. Hurd also has extensive experience representing employers, carriers and injured workers in workers' compensation claims. He is dedicated to providing thorough, effective and responsive legal representation to his clients throughout Florida. Mr. Hurd is certified by the State of Florida as an instructor in the field of workers compensation and has held seminars encompassing workers' compensation topics to claims professionals, employers, risk managers and attorneys.

Mr. Hurd is the husband of an immigrant from Chile and the father of three boys ages 9, 7 and 3. He is an avid fan of the beautiful game (futbol) as well as Gator sports, Broadway Musicals and traveling the world.

AREAS OF PRACTICE
-Immigration
-Appellate Practice
-Workers' Compensation

EDUCATION
-Florida State University (B.S. in Finance, 1995)
-University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1998). Order of Barristers

MEMBERSHIPS
-The Florida Bar
-American Immigration Lawyers Association
-Orange County Bar Association
-United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
-United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
-Employment Counselor, The Jobs Partnership of Florida, 2012
-Board Member, Small Business Advisory Board for Florida's Eighth Congressional District, 2010
-University of Florida Trial Competition Team, 1996-1998 (President, 1998)
-Mock Trial Champion, 1997, 1998
-Moot Court Team 1997-1998
-Finalist, InterAmerican Human Rights Moot Court Competition, 1998
-Golden Key National Honor Society
-Recipient, Gerald T. Bennett Outstanding Graduate Service Award
Education
  • University of Florida College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1998

Carlos M. Colombo

Carlos M. Colombo is a founding partner of the AV-Rated law firm of Colombo & Hurd, PL, where he leads the firm's corporate, international and business immigration practices. With offices in Orlando, Miami, Brazil and Colombia, Mr. Colombo has created one of the most successful boutique law firms in the United States.

Mr. Colombo assists both businesses and individuals in mergers & acquisitions, international franchise structuring, complex business structuring, international business transactions, obtaining temporary visas and permanent resident status in a variety of categories, including visas for business partners, managers, executives, treaty investors and traders, and numerous world recognized sport figures, entertainers and celebrities. Mr. Colombo has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies and has become the personal attorney in large-scale international transactions for many high net worth individuals.

Mr. Colombo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and immigrated to the United States with his family following extended trips throughout the world, including three years of residency in Europe. Having personally experienced the hardships of the United States immigration system, Mr. Colombo has a unique perspective in handling immigration and international business matters and understands the challenges that individuals and companies face in the context of U.S. immigration and international commerce. Mr. Colombo primarily practices as an immigration lawyer in Orlando and Miami, Florida but also services clients at the firm's offices in Brazil and Colombia.

Mr. Colombo has made multiple appearances on major media outlets including CNN, ABC News, Fox News, Univision, Telemundo and Globo TV to provide guidance on issues including immigration, international commercial transactions and global commerce.

AREAS OF PRACTICE
-Immigration
-Business Law
-International Transactions

EDUCATION
-Emory University School of Law, (Juris Doctor Degree, 1999)
-University of Central Florida, (B.A. Political Science, 1996)

MEMBERSHIPS
-Florida Bar
-Florida Supreme Court
-American Immigration Lawyers Association
-United States District Court Middle District of Florida
-United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
-Chair-Elect, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando
-Board Member, City of Orlando Nominating Board
-Executive Chair, International Department, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission
-Past-President, Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida.

PUBLICATIONS AND LECTURES
-Weekly columnist on immigration law, El Nuevo Dia Newspaper, Orlando, Florida; Immigration Law Forums, co-sponsor with El Nuevo Dia Newspaper, 2006-present; Lecturer/Presenter, U.S. Immigration Law for Employers, Sterling Seminars, 2001-2008. Featured cover story, Hispanic Target Magazine, April 2007.

LANGUAGES
-English
-Spanish
-Portuguese
Education
  • Emory University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1999

Michael Mendez

Michael Mendez, is a partner at the law firm of Colombo & Hurd, PL., where he leads the firm's deportation defense practice in cases involving Requests for Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Cancellation of Removal and Waivers of Grounds of Removability. Since Mr. Mendez worked for the Public Defender's Office of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, where he obtained valuable skills with regard to criminal defense law, Mr. Mendez specifically has an abundant amount of experience concerning immigration cases involving criminal matters. Throughout his years of practice, Mr. Mendez has had the privilege to successfully litigate deportation cases throughout the state of Florida and the United States. He has notably won deportation cases before all currently presiding Immigration Judges in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Mendez believes that in life sometimes we make bad choices; however, we all deserve a second chance no matter where we come from. Such is the case of one of Mr. Mendez's clients who had a 20 year old drug conviction, which made him deportable. Other attorneys had told his client he did not have a winnable case; however, Mr. Mendez carefully reviewed the case and found a way to avoid his deportation.

Mr. Mendez is equally qualified to represent clients in appeals and other immigration matters such as family based petitions, fianc visas, naturalizations, and adjustment petitions. Mr. Mendez will go to any length to try and obtain the best results for his clients, including international travel. Mr. Mendez once had a visa case he was handling where his client had been denied a visa four consecutive times in Mexico. He personally traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico and persistently advocated for his client resulting in the granting of her visa after years of failed attempts.

Mr. Mendez's fluency in Spanish and his experience with not only the Immigration Court, but also immigration enforcement authorities such as Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and ICE Investigations Unit has resulted in the successful representation of clients while being investigated by the foregoing authorities.

Mr. Mendez was born in Queens, N.Y. of parents who migrated from the Dominican Republic. Throughout his youth he witnessed the struggles his parents made to remain in this country and achieve the American dream. Seeing his immediate and extended family go through complications with the immigration process has provided Mr. Mendez with the ability to relate to his clients on a personal level. Aside from other speaking engagements, Mr. Mendez has had the honor of serving as a panelist at the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies Conference, where he educated judges throughout the state of Florida on the legal technicalities of U.S. immigration law.

AREAS OF PRACTICE
-Immigration
-Criminal Defense
-Workers' Compensation
-Business Litigation

EDUCATION
-University of Central Florida (B.S., Business Administration, 2004); Florida A&M University College of Law (J.D., 2007)

MEMBERSHIPS
-The Florida Bar
-American Immigration Lawyers Association
-American Bar Association
-Hispanic National Bar Association
-Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
-Admitted to Bar 2007, Florida; Florida Supreme Court
-UCF Legal Knights Alumni Chapter- President
-City of Orlando Chapter 57 Board- Vice Chair

LANGUAGES
-English
-Spanish
Education
  • Florida A&M University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2007

Roberto J. Ortiz

Roberto Juan Ortiz received his Bachelor in Business Management and Organization degree from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida. Mr. Ortiz received his Juris Doctor degree from the St. Thomas University School of Law, in Miami, Florida. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida. Mr. Ortiz is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida for the practice of Federal litigation.

Mr. Ortiz is a member of several professional organizations, including the Florida Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is also an active member of several business organizations, including Business Networking International.

Mr. Ortiz practices law in several areas, including business immigration, family-based immigration, and litigation.

Mr. Ortiz has also presented seminars in several Central and South American countries, including Colombia, Guatemala, and Venezuela for investors and professionals who wish to immigrate and/or conduct business in the United States.
Education
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate
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