Harrington Legal Alliance

Harrington Legal Alliance

International Law Firm focused on business, real estate and immigration

Firm Overview

HLA has offices in West Palm Beach and Miami. The firm's attorneys and staff are multilingual and cater to businesses and investors in South Florida. Practice areas include business, real estate & immigration.
Main Office
Main Office
100 S. Olive Ave.
West Palm Beach   FL  33401
Phone
  • (561) 253-6690
Websites

Office Information

Office Hours
9 - 6pm
Office Manager
Estrella Parada
Emergency After Hours
No
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Portuguese, French (written)

Other Offices

HLA Miami
1200 Brickell Avenue
Penthouse 1950
Miami,  FL  33131

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

The founder, Jeff Harrington, came to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2008 and established the firm Harrington Law Associates, PLLC. Having studied international business law in Spain, France and Argentina, Jeff immediately set up the practice to focus on business law, with particular emphasis on cross-border ventures.

Since the very beginning, the firm has maintained a balance of litigation and transactional work. As Jeff says:

I don't favor the traditional divide between litigators and transactional attorneys. I think clients get better service from a trial lawyer who understands agreements, as only someone who drafts them can, and a contract attorney who knows from experience the issues that come up in a dispute.

As a result of the firm's multilingual attorneys and staff, as well as the demand for real estate litigators, the firm grew very quickly in the first couple of years, expanding to a 5-attorney practice with multiple offices.

Now that the real estate crisis is over, the the Firm has gotten back to its original mission: business and real estate, with emphasis on international clients. As part of this transition, the firm has gone away from the associate model hence, the change in name to Harrington Legal Alliance.

Today, the firm's real estate practice includes title services (i.e. real estate closings) and representing buyers and sellers in real estate transactions and disputes.

In particular, the Firm caters to foreign investors looking to purchase property or do business in the US.

The last piece of the puzzle was the immigration department. With the firm's international emphasis, immigration practice was a natural fit. Add to that the overlap of business and real estate law with visas for businesses and investors, and you have the perfect storm.

In many ways, HLA's immigration practice represents a culmination of the firm's particular experience and expertise.

The immigration component has turned out to be very synergistic since foreign investment is currently very much on the rise. Harrington reasoned:

This is a unique window of opportunity for international investors. We can connect the investors with business and investment opportunities and get them a green card or visa in the process. It's a win-win-win.

Today, the Firm offers full service immigration services. However, the Firm's niche is employment and investment-based visas, including EB-5 regional centers.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Jeff Harrington is a business and real estate attorney whose niche is international companies and investors. Mr. Harrington has been recognized by Thomson Reuters (Westlaw) as an expert in real estate law and has made numerous TV and radio appearances.

Mr. Harrington's extensive educational background and training include:

University of San Diego School of Law Jeff took his law degree at this top-tier law school in his native Southern California, where he received a merit scholarship throughout the course of his studies.

Universidad del Salvador a private law school in Buenos Aires, Argentina where Jeff studied international business law.

Clifford Chance, Barcelona the largest international law firm in the world recruited Jeff for a highly-competitive internship at its Barcelona office. Jeff received a special mention for his collaboration with a firm partner in publishing an international tax treatise.

Ecole de Droit de la Sorbonne the famous Parisian university where Jeff studied international law and French language.

Universitat de Barcelona the prestigious university in the northeast corner of Spain where Jeff studied international tax law and international corporate law.

San Diego State University the fifth largest university in California where Jeff completed post-graduate studies in applied linguistics. Also, prior to becoming a lawyer, Jeff taught as a Lecturer with SDSU's Rhetoric and Writing Department for many years.

California State University, Bakersfield the university where Jeff completed his Masters degree in English, after which he began his first career as a professor of English.

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela an ancient, venerable university in the northwest corner of Spain (terminus of the famous pilgrimage to Santiago) where Jeff completed post-graduate studies and learned Spanish.

California State University, Bakersfield the university where Jeff completed his undergraduate studies.

University of Hawai'i university on the Big Island of Hawai'i where Jeff studied language as an undergraduate.

Mr. Harrington was recruited out of law school by a well-known international law firm in Miami. In 2008, after three years of working in business and real estate law in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Jeff moved to West Palm Beach and founded Harrington Law Associates.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

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Jeffery Harrington

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