Immigration Lawyer Michael A. Harris has had a dynamic career in the field of immigration law since 2000, in which he has been involved in all aspects of the law. From small families to multinational companies with over 20,000 employees, Mr. Harris has been successful in a wide variety of immigration matters.
Based in Miami, Florida, Mr. Harris is a Board Certified Immigration Attorney, which means that the Florida Bar has determined that he is an expert in the field of Immigration & Nationality Law. Mr. Harris has also earned an AV Preeminent Peer Rating, the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. An AV Rating signifies that a lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence; he or she has practiced law for a number of years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. As an attorney practicing federal immigration law, Mr. Harris is permitted to represent immigration clients around the United States and world.
In addition to greatly enjoying the practice of Immigration law and living in South Florida, Mr. Harris and his family have deep ties to the community. He grew up in Miami Beach as a 1st and 2nd generation American, and graduated high school from Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, FL, one of the nation’s leading private secondary schools. He is an active father to two young children, whom he is raising with his wife. His mother was born in Lima, Peru, and his father was a World War II Air Force veteran whose parents were born in Eastern Europe in the late-1800s. After college at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, and during the midst of the Elian Gonzalez crisis, Mr. Harris began work as a paralegal for a board certified specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law. During these three-plus years in Gainesville he experienced the Post-9/11 overhaul of the legacy-INS into the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the problems created by the Patriot Act, Special Registration and the transition of immigration procedure into the BCIS (which is now known as the USCIS).
Following his immersion into the field of immigration law, Mr. Harris received his Juris Doctor degree from the Nova Southeastern University Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2007. Prior to earning his law degree, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and English from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida in 1999. As well, Mr. Harris studied Political Science for two years in the nation’s capital at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. His studies in U.S. federal government and the American political system helped prepare Mr. Harris during the seven years he worked for highly distinguished immigration law firms where he was educated and trained by some of the country’s leading experts, authors and attorneys in the field of Immigration & Nationality Law.
Today, Mr. Harris is also recognized as a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law. Among all attorneys eligible by the Florida Bar, currently only 6% are board certified specialists. This is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in an area of expertise. In fact, out of over 96,000 attorneys currently licensed by the Bar, Mr. Harris is 1 of 70 attorneys or less than 1% who are board certified as experts in Immigration Law.