Larry S. Rifkin

Larry S. Rifkin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Miami, FL

Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, P.A.
 | 1110 Brickell Avenue, Suite 600
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305-371-2777
Fax: 305-375-9517
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2013, 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Business (80%),
  • Immigration: Consumer (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

For more than 35 years, Larry Rifkin has held the position of Chairperson of the Florida Bar Liaison Committee to the Department of Homeland Security (U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services), Department of Labor, and the Department of State (Consular Services). Larry liaisons with all three Agencies on behalf of the 106,000 plus members of the Florida Bar. The Florida Bar is the state licensing agency for attorneys who practice law in Florida. Larry is also certified as an Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist by the Florida Bar. As a member of the Committee, which established the standards in 1994 for certification as an Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist in Florida, he was exempt from taking the examination as he was one of the designated attorneys to write the initial exam as well as the qualifications for the designation as a specialist in U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. He has served the State of Florida as a member of the Board of Directors of Enterprise Florida which is the International Trade and Economic Development Board which represents the State of Florida.

The prestigious organization Lawyer International, located in the United Kingdom, in its annual selection of top lawyers and law firms worldwide, has accorded the accolade upon Larry for the year 2019 as “Best Immigration Lawyer of the Year-USA”.  Over the last 12 months, Lawyer International analyzed in excess of 102,575 votes submitted by peers worldwide with regard to the selection process. In addition, Larry has been recognized over his many years of practice as a leading practitioner in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. Larry holds an AV-Preeminent - Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. The “AV” rating is the highest rating an attorney can receive from a colleague both for legal expertise and ethics. Additionally, Larry is listed in the exclusive Martindale-Hubbell publication titled “The Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys.” Larry is listed in Best Attorneys of America as well as the National Association of Distinguished Counsel which accords this honor to only the top 1% of attorneys in the United States. Furthermore, Larry is listed in the South Florida Legal Guide as one of South Florida’s top lawyers. This exclusive list of 100 attorneys was compiled by members of the Florida Bar. Also, Larry is listed in Law and Leading Attorneys as a Leading Florida Attorney. Fewer than 6% of the state’s attorneys are accorded the designation of Leading Florida Attorney. Larry was selected as a Florida Super Lawyer in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. He is also listed in the Corporate Immigration chapter of Who’s Who Legal published by the International Bar Association, headquartered in the United Kingdom. Larry is also listed as a leading lawyer in immigration law by Chambers USA which ranks the leading law firms and lawyers in practice areas worldwide.

Larry has served as an expert witness in Immigration Law in both Federal and State Courts. Larry has been interviewed by many leading publications including the Miami Herald regarding matters involving U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. A noted author and lecturer in matters involving U.S. Immigration and Nationality, Larry has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades by the Florida Bar for his publications and for his participation in seminars/webinars on behalf of the Bar in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. Additionally, Larry has coauthored publications on consular processing for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). These publications are used by immigration lawyers as reference texts with regard to consular processing.

As a former Chairperson of the Florida Bar, International Law Section, Larry continues to serve on the Section’s Executive Council as a voting member. He is a past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (South Florida Chapter) and is an invited member to participate in the Executive Board’s monthly meetings as a former President of South Florida AILA.

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

About Larry Rifkin

Admitted: 1980, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.rifkinfox.com/attorneys/larry-s-rifkin/

Honors/Awards:

  • 2007 - Present, Top Lawyers in South Florida, South Florida Legal Guide, 2019
  • The presitigious organization Lawyer International, located in the United Kingdom, in its annual selection of top lawyers and law firms worldwide, has accorded the accolade upon Mr. Rifkin after reviewing in excess of 102,575 votes submitted by peers worldwide over the past 12 months., Best Immigration Lawyer of the Year-USA, Lawyer International Legal 100, 2019
  • Selected as one of the Leading Florida Attorneys in the area of Immigration Law: Employment 1998, Leading Florida Attorney
  • Listed in Corporate Immigration chapter of Who’s Who Legal published by the International Bar Association, headquartered in London, U.K., International Bar Association
  • Worldwide Publication that ranks firms/lawyers in areas of specialty and publishes Notable Practioners.  2005-Present., Notable Practioner, Immigration Lawyers and Law Firms-USA-Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Listing based on reaching an extraordinary level of legal expertise, competency, professional reputation, and ethical standards., Best Attorneys Of America
  • 2007-present., South Florida Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2019
  • Outstanding achievement as Program Chair of the 28th Annual Immigration Law Update 2007
  • Outstanding leadership as Chair of the Florida Bar International Law Section
  • Outstanding service as Program Co-Chair of the Florida Bar Business Immigration Law Seminar 1989-1990
  • Outstanding Service as President of American Immigration Lawyers Association 1993-1994, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Florida Trend - selected as one of the State's Legal Leaders 2006
  • Nominated and accepted for membership. The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the Top 100 attorneys from each state. Membership is by invitation only and one is nominated by their peer group. Peer reviewed for 2016 and membership maintained.2015-Present., The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers, 2019
  • Best Attorneys Of America listings are based on reaching an extraordinary level of expertise, competency, professional reputation, and ethical standards. 2016-Present., Best Attorneys Of America, 2019
  • AV Rated Preeminent Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Outstanding achievement as Program Co-Chair of the 26th Annual Immigration Law Update 2005
  • Appreciation for contribution to the Legal Profession in Continuing Legal Education, Florida Bar, 1993
  • Chair's Award, International Law Section of ther Florida Bar in recognition of unflagging support of the International Law Section in its successful efforts to obtain Co-sponsorship of the Annual Immigration Law Update with the American Immigration Lawyers Association while serving as the President of its South Florida Chapter 1994, Chair's Award International Law Section
  • Recognized as outstanding in the practice of Immigration Law, Law and Leading Attorneys
  • For Your Outstanding Presentation at " NAFTA International Symposium", Certificate of Appreciation, Florida Bar International Law Section, 2015
  • NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Members are vetted by a research team, a blue ribbon panel of attoeneys, and a judicial review board. Only the Top One Percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. 2016-2017, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, NADC
  • AIOL is an impartial third-party attorney rating service. Selection is through fellow peers, clients, or the Institute. Once nominated, an attorney is selected as one of the ten best in their designated specialty for client satisfaction after independent research confirms the highest degree of professional achievement, ethics, and client satisfaction. 2016-present, 10 Best Immigration Attorneys for Florida-Client Satisfaction, American Institute Of Legal Counsel, 2018
  • America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers & Partners
  • Outstanding service as Program Chair of the Florida Bar Business Immigration Law Seminar 1990-1991

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Immigration Law Specialist 1995 to the present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Audio Webcast for The Florida Bar CLE Program titled The RFE Dilemma: How to Strategize Your Response to RFEs for L and H visas, 2019
  • Audio Webcast for The Florida Bar CLE program titled H-1B Processing: Navigating Troubled Waters in These Turbulent Times, 2019
  • Audio Webcast for The Florida Bar CLE program on Immigration Benefits Available to Same-Sex Couples in Light of the Supreme Court Decision in Windsor., 2014
  • Past Member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Inaugural Member of the Florida Bar Immigration and Nationality Law Certification Committee
  • An audio webcast presented by the Florida Bar in which I participated as a lecturer. The course was titled" Visa Strategies for the Entrepreneur". The presentation reviewed nonimmigrant visa strategies for the small business owner and/or investor., 2016
  • Audio Webcast for the Florida Bar CLE program on The Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Law - What You Need to Know to Help Your International Clients Get in The Door, 2013
  • Chair of the USCIS,ICE, CBP, EOIR, Labor Department, and State Department Liaison Committee for the Florida Bar’s International Law Section 1988 to present
  • Permanent Member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar's International Law Section
  • 2015 Annual Florida Bar Convention presentation as panel member in NAFTA Symposium- "Current Immigration Rules And Practice in USA, Canada, and Mexico", 2015
  • Member of the Executive Board and Past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), South Florida Chapter
  • 1996 - 1997 Chair of the Florida Bar's International Law Section
  • Founding Member and Member of the Board of Directors of the Mexico City Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Florida Bar's Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1993

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • On behalf of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar assisted in the preparation of an Amicus Brief filed with the Florida Supreme Court on behalf of O.I.C.L., a minor unaccompanied alien. The Fourth District Court of Appeal's decision in O.I.C.L. v. Department of Children and Families, No. 4D15-53, 2015 WL 4461164 ( Fla. 4th DCA) ( July 22, 2015) concerns the International Law Section because, among other issues, it seeks to restrict unaccompanied minors' access to the courts by denying petitions for adjudication of dependency simply on the basis of whether the child lives with a relative, without further inquiry. The term " unaccompanied minor" is defined as a child who is under the age of 18, has no lawful immigration status in the United States, and has no parent or legal guardian in the United States that can provide care for the child. In most cases, an unaccompanied minor's only form of relief from deportation is Special Immigrant Juvenile Status which requires, among other things, that a state juvenile court issue an Order of Dependency. In O.I.C.L., the Court failed to issue an Order of Dependency solely because the minor was living with a relative. The Brief urged the Florida Supreme Court to quash the Fourth District Court of Appeals' decision on legal and humanitarian grounds.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • This article explores several alternatives to the H-1b professional visa for U.S. employers seeking to employ foreign professionals., Florida Bar International Law Quarterly , Author, H-1b Cap Conundrum: Alternatives for U.S. Employers and Foreign Professionals, 2015
  • This artcle will give guidance to the practioner asto how to prepare a Request For Evidence from USCIS under present Administration policy and guidelines., Florida Bar International Law Quarterly/Spring 2019/ Volume XXXV, no.2, The RFE Dilemma: How to Strategize Your esponse to RFEs for L and H Visas, 2019
  • This article reviews the policy changes with regard to the current Administration in the adjudication of H-1B visas and strategies that the practioner can utilize in order to successfully process an H-1B visa petition with USCIS., Florida Bar International Law Quarterly Fall 2018 Volume XXXIV No.2, H-1B Processing: Navigating Troubled Waters In These Turbulent Times, 2018
  • A permanent labor certification issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) allows a U.S. employer to hire a foreign worker to work permanently in the United States. DOL uses a system known as PERM (Program Electronic Review Management) to allow employers to file applications for such labor certifications. This article provides an overview of the three steps involved in the labor certification process. , The PERM Dilemma-How to Properly Draft and Conduct Recruitment for a Labor Certificate, Florida Bar International Law Quarterly Volume XXXIII No. 3, 1997
  • The L-1A visa is the most viable non-immigrant visa available to managerial and executive personnel of foreign companies. The purpose of the L-1A visa is to facilitate the transfer of said employees to the United States from foreign companies that have affiliates or related corporations in the United States. The author examines the statutory requirements for the L-1A visa, how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has altered the legal framework for analysis of these cases and how practitioners an cope with the changes., Author, Evolution of L-1A Visa : How Practitioners Can Adapt to the Changing Landscape, Florida Bar International Law Quarterly, 2017
  • Lecturer and Moderator of CLE Program on behalf of the Florida Bar. This audio webcast offered a practical approach to the preparation of the L-1A visa petition taking into consideration USCIS regulations and current policy including adjudication trends at the Service Centers., Lecturer, Evolution of the L-1A Visa, Florida Bar, 2017
  • A comprehensive guide for counsel with regard to the I-9 program and E- Verify., International Law Quarterly Sprng 2017 Volume XXXIII, no. 2, Worksite Enforcement: An Attorney's Role in Counseling Employers About the I-9 Audit Process and E-Verify, Florida Bar International Law Section, 2017
  • Overview of the North American Free Trade Agreement published in Special NAFTA Issue of the Florida Bar International Law Section's International Law Quarterly., Author, North American Free Trade Agreement: An Overview, Florida Bar International Law Section, 2013
  • Co-Author, Employment of Non-Immigrant Aliens After Impact 90, The Florida Bar Journal, 1992
  • Co-Author, Immigration Fundamentals for International Lawyers, American University International Law Review, 1998
  • Co-author of The Visa Processing Guide, Process and Procedures at US Consulates and Embassies, Second through Eighth editions and the 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 editions.
  • Opportunities for a Fresh Start in the U.S. for Same-Sex Spouses, Clarity Magazine, Chamber Of Commerce, 2014
  • Author of article: Life for Same-Sex Couples After Repeal of DOMA: What Immigration Benefits Are Available?  The article discusses the legislative history of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and describes how same-sex couples may petition for immigration benefits for their spouses, fiances and derivative children in the immigrant and non-immigrant contexts., International Law Quarterly, Florida Bar - Summer 2014 Celebrating 30 Years

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Matter of Vazquez-(AAO July 31,2007). Established the legal precedent in defining who qualifies as a Cuban national., 2007
  • Matter of Grullon 20 I & N Dec. 12 (BIA 1989) which determined: (1) A conviction does not exist for immigration purposes where an alien's criminal charges were dismissed without prejudice following his successful completion of a pretrial intervention program prescribed by section 944.025 of the Florida Statutes. (2) In the absence of a conviction, a respondent in deportation proceedings is not barred from establishing good moral character under section 101(0(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1101(0(3) (1982), for the purpose of applying for suspension of deportation under section 244(a) of the Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1254(a) (1982)., 1989

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Member of Program Advisory Board of Miami College of Design located in the Wynwood Design District- Miami, Florida, 2016
  • Board of Directors of Enterprise Florida, International Trade and Economic Development Board 1996-1999

Videos:

  • Interview as Chair of Florida Bar International Law Section

Newsletters:

  • Florida Bar Pamphlet, Legal Guide for New Citizens
  • Florida Bar Pamphlet, Summer/Fall 2003 Immigration Update
  • Florida Bar Pamphlet, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents
  • Florida Bar Pamphlet, Employment Based Nonimmigrant Visas

Educational Background:

  • Rutgers College New Brunswick, New Jersey  Bachelor of Economics, 1977
  • Pace University School of Law White Plains, New York Juris Doctor, 1980
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Office Location for Larry S. Rifkin

1110 Brickell Avenue
Suite 600
Miami, FL 33131

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