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A Lawyer For Business Transactions, Immigration, Commercial Litigation and Employment Matters

Attorney Santiago J. Padilla, located in the Miami metropolitan area, provides individual and business clients with a variety of legal needs — from business acquisitions, real estate transactions and investor visas to providing representation in commercial litigation and employment law matters.

Practice Areas

With a quarter-century of legal experience, Santiago J. Padilla — a partner with the international law firm of Fowler Rodriguez LLP,— handles a wide range of legal issues for individual and commercial clients. He has been practicing law since 1990 with major law firms based in Atlanta, Miami and New York. His practice is focused on:

Commercial Transactions and Business Acquisitions

The commercial transactions that Mr. Padilla and his team handle include joint ventures, the acquisition and sale of U.S. businesses, investments in U.S. projects, and other commercial matters. He advises clients regarding organizing U.S. companies, structuring the business, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, and other matters regarding the operations of U.S. businesses, such as distribution contracts, service agreements, representative agreements and other matters. Many of Mr. Padilla's clients in this area are foreign nationals who are coming to the U.S. to establish a subsidiary of their foreign company, acquire a new business such as a franchise or other established company, or to simply organize a new business, in many cases for purposes of immigration.

Real Estate Transactions

Mr. Padilla's real estate practice involves representing individuals, developers, investors, lenders and businesses in connection with purchasing, selling, financing, developing and leasing real property. Mr. Padilla has handled more than 200 residential and commercial real estate transactions over the last 10 years ranging in value from $50,000 to $15 million, including hotel acquisitions, condominium projects, shopping mall leases and commercial retail stores. Mr. Padilla also provides title insurance policies through Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, one of the largest title insurance underwriters in the United States. Included in Mr. Padilla's real estate practice is acting as escrow and closing agent for real estate transactions. Mr. Padilla is a member of the American Land Title Association (ALTA), which is a national association that represents title insurance providers.

Immigration and Nationality Law

Mr. Padilla's Immigration and Nationality Law practice focuses on employment-based immigration, including nonimmigrant visas for investors, professionals, artists, temporary workers, and individuals seeking permanent residency. Serving clients in Miami, South Florida and throughout the world, Mr. Padilla and his team handle the full gamut of employment-based immigration, such as:

  • L-1A visas (transferred employees)
  • E-1 and E-2 visas (treaty traders and treaty investors)
  • H-1B visas (professional employees)
  • O-1 visas (artists and persons with extraordinary ability)
  • P-1 visas (athletes and entertainers)

Mr. Padilla also advises clients on petitions for U.S. Permanent Residency, such as:

  • EB-1 visas (transferred employees, persons with extraordinary ability and outstanding professors)
  • EB-2 visas (professional employees with advanced degrees)
  • EB-3 visas (professional employees, skilled and other workers)
  • EB-4 visas (religious workers, aliens who have served in the armed forces and other individuals)
  • EB-5 visas (employment creation investors), including EB-5 regional centers.

Mr. Padilla is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a national association of immigration attorneys, which has a liaison with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). AILA is the professional bar association for attorneys and law professors who specialize in general immigration law or its many subspecialty practice areas.

Labor and Employment Law

Mr. Padilla's labor and employment law practice area is his oldest practice area. He handles a variety of employment law matters and disputes, including wage and hour matters, discrimination matters, whistleblower claims and advising on and drafting employment agreements and other employment-related documents for employees, professionals, business owners and investors in Miami, throughout South Florida and internationally. In addition, Mr. Padilla has advised companies with respect to U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audits and investigations, as well as actions by or before other governmental agencies, like the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Commercial Litigation

Mr. Padilla has litigated more than 120 cases in state and federal courts over the last 10 years. He represents individuals, local business owners and enterprises in a variety of commercial matters and disputes. The cases handled by Mr. Padilla involve contract disputes, collections under commercial sales contracts, employment disputes, noncompete agreements, unfair trade actions, trademark infringement, enforcement of foreign-country judgments and fraudulent transfers.

Find Out More About Our Practice

We invite you to learn more about attorney Santiago J. Padilla and his law practice. Call the Coral Gables office at 800-483-7197 to schedule a consultation. You may also begin the process by completing and submitting the firm's online contact form.