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Karen Winston

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Jacksonville, FL

Law Office of Karen Winston, LLC
4623 Park Street
Jacksonville, FL 32205
Phone: 904-723-4570
Fax: 904-723-4574
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021
Licensed in Florida Since: 2011
Practice Areas: Immigration: Consumer
Attorney Profile

Attorney Karen Winston is the founder and owner of the Law Office of Karen Winston in Jacksonville, Florida. A top-rated, award-winning lawyer with more than nine years of legal experience, Ms. Winston focuses her practice solely on immigration law, and she provides exceptional advocacy and support to clients throughout Northeastern Florida and across the globe who have legal needs involving:

· Marriage and fiancé visas

· Waivers

· Deportation defense

· Bonds

· Appeals

· Asylum

· Citizenship and naturalization

· Visas for victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking

As an attorney, Ms. Winston has a deep and driving passion for keeping families together, and she works hard to help ensure her clients achieve the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Throughout her legal career, she has assisted dozens of clients from various foreign countries to realize their dreams of a better life in the United States, and she finds great reward in being able to affect positive changes in the lives of so many.

Honored for her outstanding professionalism and selfless service to others, Ms. Winston received the Exceptional Pro Bono Service in 2017 from The Supreme Court of Florida, and the Central Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association bestowed her with the 2016 Pro Bono Champion award for the invaluable service she has provided to immigrant crime victims, asylum seekers and others in need. She has also received Superb, 10 out of 10, client ratings on Avvo along with consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers.

A 2001 graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Ms. Winston obtained her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2010, and The Florida Bar admitted to her practice the following year. Also in 2010, she received the Equal Justice Works Fellowship from The Florida Bar and the Florida Bar Foundation, and she helped establish the Baker Defense Project of the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, which helped provide invaluable counsel to foreign nationals facing deportation and other serious immigration-related issues.

Highly active in her legal community, Ms. Winston is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and she currently serves as chair liaison for the organization's Central Florida Chapter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Enforcement and Removal Operations. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the Florida Supreme Court.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Immigration: Consumer
Focus Areas

Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship

Selections

3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021

About Karen Winston

First Admitted: 2011, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.kwinstonlaw.com/team/karen-winston/

Educational Background

  • University of Colorado at Boulder, 2001

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Karen was awarded a prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowship, sponsored by the Florida Bar and the Florida Bar Foundation, during 2010 to 2012. Through the Fellowship, Karen created the Baker Defense Project of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid to provide representation in removal defense cases to persons detained at the Baker County Jail, an immigration detention facility. As creator and director of the Baker Defense Project, Karen provided “Know Your Rights” presentations, advocacy for improved living conditions, as well as both limited and full representation before the United Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Orlando Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to persons detained at Baker who were otherwise unable to access legal services, 2010

Honors/Awards

  • Awarded for significant public service contributions, CAPIL Scholarship Award for Outstanding Public Service Commitment, Florida Coastal Association for Public Interest Law (CAPIL), 2010
  • In February 2018, Karen was recognized by the Supreme Court of Florida for her exceptional pro bono service in 2017, Recognition by the Supreme Court of Florida for exceptional pro bono service in 2017, Supreme Court of Florida, 2018
  • Awarded for deportation defense work with the Baker Defense Project of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA). Karen created the Baker Defense Project through an Equal Justice Fellowship and served as the project's sole attorney and director from 2010 through 2014. The project provided free representation to men and women detained at the Baker County Jail in Macclenny, Florida, who were otherwise unable to obtain representation., Pro Bono Champion, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) - Central Florida Chapter (CFC), 2016
  • Awarded upon law school graduation for outstanding public service record, Jerome Kermit Coble Award for Distinguished Public Service, Florida Coastal School of Law, 2010
  • Awarded for demonstrating an admirable level of knowledge, professionalism and achievement in the practice of immigration law, Excellence in the Practice of Immigration Law, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) - Central Florida Chapter (CFC), 2016

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2011

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Expose & Close started in 2012, when DWN coordinated the release of ten reports that detail the acute and chronic human rights violations occurring in immigration detention in the United States today., Co-author, Expose and Close, Baker County Jail, Florida, Detention Watch Network, 2012
  • Taught and supervised law students representing foreign nationals before USCIS, the Immigration Court, and the Board of Immigration Appeals, Professor of Law School Immigration Clinic, Adjunct Professor, Immigrant and Human Rights Clinic at Florida Coastal School of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, 2012

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Licensed to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2013
  • Licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2011

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Karen takes pride in making pro bono service an important component of her successful solo practice. She regularly participates in community pro bono events providing free representation and outreach to underserved communities. Karen also routinely provides pro bono representation to survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She has been recognized by local media and various organizations for her ongoing commitment to pro bono services. Karen was named a 2016 AILA Chapter Pro Bono Champion by the Central Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association for her exemplary commitment to pro bono work., 2016
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Office Location for Karen Winston

4623 Park Street
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Phone: 904-723-4570

Fax: 904-723-4574

Last Updated: 8/16/2021

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