Profile

Larry Rifkin

Immigration Law
Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, P.A.
1110 Brickell Ave
Suite 210
Miami, FL 33313
305-371-2777
www.rifkinfox.com


Larry S. Rifkin is an attorney specializing in all aspects of Immigration and Nationality Law.  He graduated from Pace University School of Law in 1980 and received his B.A. Degree from Rutgers College in 1977.  He has extensive experience in all areas of Immigration and Nationality Law including nonimmigrant visas, immigrant visas, labor certificates, inadmissibility, removal and naturalization.

Mr. Rifkin is a member of the Executive Board and is a Past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), South Florida Chapter.  In addition, he is a past member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) with headquarters in Washington, D.C.  The American Immigration Lawyers Association is an affiliated organization of the American Bar Association and is the national association of lawyers who specialize in Immigration and Nationality Law.  Mr. Rifkin is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Mexico City Chapter of AILA which was established to serve US immigration lawyers who have offices in Central and South America.  As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Rifkin serves as liaison to the U.S. Consulate in Lima, Peru where Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, P.A. maintains an office.

Mr. Rifkin is also Co-Chair of the DHS, Labor and State Department Liaison Committee for the Florida Bar's International Law Section.  This committee serves as the liaison for the Florida Bar on matters of immigration law with the Department of Homeland Security, the US. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of State.  In addition, Mr. Rifkin is a Past Chair of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar Association and is a permanent member of the Executive Council of the International Law Section.  The Florida Bar Association is the organization which licenses and regulates all attorneys who practice in the State of Florida. In his position on behalf of The Florida Bar, Mr. Rifkin coordinates educational programs on Immigration and Nationality Law presented to members of the Florida Bar for the purpose of advancing their professional competence.  Mr. Rifkin is also a frequent lecturer on Immigration and Nationality Law.  He has been the recipient of many awards in recognition of his outstanding service to the International Law Section of The Florida Bar with regard to coordinating the Continuing Legal Education Program in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law.

Mr. Rifkin was an inaugural member of the Florida Bar Immigration and Nationality Law Certification Committee. This committee is charged with the preparation and administration of the requirements and a special examination given to practitioners in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law who seek to designate themselves as Board Certified Specialists in Immigration and Nationality Law.  As an inaugural member of this committee and an architect of the examination, Mr. Rifkin was exempt from taking the exam and is a Board-Certified Immigration Law Specialist.

Mr. Rifkin has published numerous articles on Immigration and Nationality Law in official Florida Bar publications including The Florida Bar International Law Quarterly and The Florida Bar Journal, and in the American University Law Review. He has authored Florida Bar consumer publications entitled U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents and Employment Based Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visas and regular Immigration Updates. Mr. Rifkin is also a co-author of The Visa Processing Guide, Process and Procedures at US Consulates and Embassies, Second through Eighth editions and the 2003 ? 2010 editions.  This book is published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is a key resource for attorneys who practice in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law.

Mr. Rifkin has testified as an expert in Immigration and Nationality Law in both Federal and State Court and he was counsel in the Matter of Vazquez (AAO July 31, 2007), which established the legal precedent in defining who qualifies as a Cuban national.  This decision has had major implications for individuals of Cuban heritage who were born outside of Cuba and seek to immigrate to the United States.

Mr. Rifkin is the managing partner of the law firm of Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, P.A.  Mr. Rifkin and the firm have received the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell - the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell . Martindale-Hubbell periodically surveys attorneys and judges in the area in which an attorney is practicing, using their assessments to determine that quality of the work an attorney produces.  Mr. Rifkin is listed as a Leading Florida Attorney in Law & Leading Attorneys and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.  Fewer than six percent of the state's attorneys are accorded the designation of Leading Florida Attorney.  He is listed in 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.  Mr. Rifkin was selected as a Florida Super Lawyer and is listed in the Corporate Immigration chapter of Who's Who Legal published by the International Bar Association, headquartered in London, U.K.  Mr. Rifkin is also listed as a leading lawyer in immigration law by Chambers USA which ranks the leading firms and lawyers in practice areas throughout America.

Certifications/specialties

Immigration and Nationality Law, Florida Bar

Education

Pace University School of Law, J.D., 1980
Rutgers College, B.A. 1977

Honors and awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell?
Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
Law & Leading Attorneys, Leading Florida Attorney
South Florida Legal Guide, South Florida's Top Lawyers
Florida SuperLawyer
Who's Who Legal, Corporate Immigration

Professional associations and memberships

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), South Florida Chapter
Executive Board Member
Past President
Board Member, Mexico City Chapter
The Florida Bar
Past Chair, International Law Section
Co-Chair, DHS, Labor and State Department Liaison Committee
The Florida Bar Immigration and Nationality Law Certification Committee

Languages

Spanish