Florida Bar Certified Immigration attorney Michael Harris
Of Counsel

3400 Miami Tower

100 S.E. 2nd Street

Miami, Florida 33131

+1 305-375-9220

Fax:+1 305-375-8050

mharris@diazreus.com

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Background

Michael grew up in South Florida, the son of a Peruvian mother and WWII veteran father, whose own parents emigrated from Eastern Europe during one the largest immigration waves in U.S. history. He attended a top U.S. high school and excelled in math and physics, initially considering a career in civil engineering or architecture. However, after earning his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English from the University of Florida, Gainesville, he pursued and received his Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University, Sheppard Broad Law Center. He developed his interest in immigration law while working for several notable business and investment-based immigration law firms.

Michael is one of less than 73 Florida attorneys (1%) who have earned board certification as an expert in immigration law. He is also recognized as an AV Preeminent Peer Rated attorney, the highest available, from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. His practice of EB-5 law has led to prestigious invitations to speak at top seminars and write for many well-regarded publications.

 

Education

  • Juris Doctor Degree, Nova Southeastern University, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science & English, University of Florida, 1999

Admissions

  • Florida

Accolades

  • Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law (among less than 1% of all FL Bar attorneys)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Martindale Rating

Professional Leadership

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member
  • AILA South Florida Chapter, Member
  • Invest In the USA (IIUSA), Member
  • AILA S. FL Chapter Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee Member, 2015 to Present
  • AILA S. FL Chapter Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) Committee Member, 2014 to Present
  • AILA S. FL Chapter Luncheons Committee Member, 2014 to Present
  • AILA S. FL Chapter, Co-Chair, New Member Division, 2013 to 2014
  • AILA S. FL Chapter New Member Division Committee Member, 2010 to 2011

Lectures and Speaking Engagements

  • “EB-5 101”, panel presentation at the AILA South Florida Membership Luncheon, Miami Beach, Florida (September 2014).
  • “EB-5 101”, panel presentation at the EB-5 Sec & FINRA Compliance Seminar, West Palm Beach, Florida, sponsored by The EB-5 Resource Group (August 2014).
  • “Economist Issues: TEAs, Job Creation Models, Tenant Occupancy Issues”, panel presentation at the EB-5 Summit for Attorneys and Developers, Miami, Florida, sponsored by ILW.com (February 2013).
  • “EB-5 Immigrant Investor presentation at The Victoria Law Group, Miami, Florida (March 2013).