The United States Senate passed a major Immigration Bill in June and the country has been waiting for the U.S. House of Representatives to act on the legislation ever since. At this point, most political pundits predict that the law will die in the House.
According to a study performed by the Pew Research Center, more Mexicans immigrated to the United States than from any other country in the world – 12 million. About 30 percent of all current immigrants in the United States were born in Mexico. Moreover, the number of Mexican-Americans in the U.S. – immigrants and U.S.-born residents of Mexican ancestry – continues to grow. The Mexican-American population was 33 million in 2010, according to a Pew Hispanic Center study performed in 2011. Many of that 33 million are children of illegal immigrants who were born legally in the United States.
It is obvious that regardless of what the final vote is when the House makes its decision, the issue of immigration will not be settled. There will be thousands if not millions who will need help to become legal citizens.
One law firm that will help is Maney & Gordon. Founded more than 35 years ago and with a staff of more than 100 years of combined legal experience, The Maney Gordon Law Firm has offices in Tampa and Orlando, Florida; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and El Paso, Texas. It can handle all aspects of immigration from visas to deportation defense.
Richard Henry Maney is the founder and senior partner of the firm. He has practiced in the field of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Civil Litigation, and Products Liability. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1972 and received his JD from the University of Florida College of Law in 1974. In 1983, he wrote the U.S. Immigration Law Investor and Business Visa Guide, which has been distributed worldwide through the commercial section of the U.S. Consulates abroad. He has also published the Amnesty Guide, the Treaty Investor Visa Guide, the Student Visa Guide, and The Visa Guide. He is also a contributing author to the Florida Bar CLE, Immigration Law and Practice in Florida.
Jack Gordon is Managing Partner. His specialties include medical malpractice, automobile negligence, security hazards and defective products. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from Tulane University. While earning his JD from Tulane he introduced to the Louisiana legislature a proposal forcing pharmacies to provide enhanced disclosure on consumer prescriptions. After graduating law school he clerked for Judge Edward Barfield in the First District Court of Appeals then was appointed as an Assistant Public Defender for the Appellate Division of Dade County Florida. In 1994 he attracted national attention when he successfully represented more than 120 women who were injured as a result of problems with silicone breast implants in cases against pharmaceutical manufacturers and for his efforts to overcome tribal sovereign immunity on behalf of injured clients against the Seminole Tribe of Florida. He was the subject of an article in Top Verdicts for achieving the number one Dram Shop Liability judgment of $8.25 million in Florida in 2011. Forbes Magazine selected him as one of the leading attorneys of the Southeastern United States; he was selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, and Legal News selected him as among the top 3 percent of attorneys in the country.
Christian G. A. Zeller, is a partner of the Maney Gordon Law Firm. His specialty is in U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law and related International Law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Eckerd College and received his JD in International Law from Stetson University College of Law. He has written a number of articles on immigration law and international law.
Joseph ThurdeKoss is the managing attorney of the Orlando office. He represents clients on family immigration issues ranging from K-3 visas, fiancé and immigration visas, waivers, adjustment of status, extension and change of status, asylum, naturalization, deportation defense, and federal litigations.
John B. Moore is an associate attorney in the El Paso office. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from the University of Utah and earned his JD from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating Pennsylvania, he was chosen for the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the Department of Justice’s Executive office for Immigration Review where he advised and wrote decisions for immigration judges in Texas. He has served for a number of federal agencies involved in immigration law. He has also argued before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights opposing ICE detentions and due process issues.
Andy Steingold is a partner and senior trial attorney with Maney & Gordon. He practices in the areas of Medical Negligence, Nursing, Home Abuse, Wrongful Death, Product Liability and Personal Injury.
For more details about Maney Gordon visit the firm’s website.