Experienced Lawyers in Immigration, Real Estate, Business Acquisitions, Employment Law and Commercial Litigation
The Law Offices of Santiago J. Padilla, P.A. takes pride in providing high-quality legal services to its individual and commercial clients. Located in the prestigious Brickell Avenue area of the financial sector of downtown Miami, the firm focuses its practice in the following areas:
The Firm was established in 1999 for the specific purpose of offering small-business and individual clients outstanding legal services at reasonable rates. Santiago J. Padilla, the founder, has been practicing law since 1990, spending a great portion of that time with major U.S. law firms based in Atlanta, Miami and New York. Mr. Padilla brings the knowledge and sophistication of a large-firm practice to the firm's clients and, along with his team, a wealth of experience with respect to immigration, commercial and real estate transactions, commercial litigation and employment law.
Immigration and Nationality Law
The Immigration and Nationality Law practice of the Law Offices of Santiago J. Padilla, P.A. focuses on employment-based immigration, including non-immigrant visas for investors, professionals, artists, temporary workers, and individuals seeking permanent residency. Serving clients in Miami, South Florida and throughout the World, the Firm also handles the full gamut of employment based immigration. The Firm prepares petitions and applications for:
- 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)
- J-1 visas (trainees)
- P-1 visas (athletes and entertainers)
- R-1 visas (religious workers and others)
We also prepare 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 served in the armed forces and other workers)
- EB-5 visas (employment creation investors), including EB-5 regional centers.
Part of our practice also involves seeking Waivers of the Grounds of Inadmissibility and Unlawful Presence and Petitions for Naturalization and Citizenship.
Mr. Padilla and the Firm have been members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a national association of immigration attorneys, which has a liaison with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), since the year 2000. AILA is the professional bar association for attorneys and law professors who specialize in general immigration law or its many sub-specialty practice areas.
Real Estate Transactions
The Firm'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. The Firm 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 our Real Estate practice is acting as escrow and closing agent for these transactions.
Mr. Padilla and the Firm are members of American Land Title Association (ALTA), which is a national association that represents title insurance providers. Founded in 1907, ALTA seeks to improve industry oversight and to protect consumers. Members of the ALTA agree to a code of conduct that outlines ethical business practices, including operating in a legal and compliant manner that is fair to the consumer.
Commercial Transactions and Acquisitions
The Commercial Transactions that the Firm handles include joint ventures, the acquisition and sale of U.S. businesses, investments in U.S. projects, and other commercial matters. The Firm 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 the Firm’s clients in this area are foreign nationals that 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. Mr. Padilla has significant experience in commercial transactions, having represented several multinational companies in governmental privatizations, cross-border joint ventures and business acquisitions.
Labor and Employment Law
The Firm's Labor and Employment Law practice area is the oldest practice area of the Firm. The Law Offices of Santiago J. Padilla, P.A. provides effective representation for a variety of Employment Law matters and disputes, including wage and hour matters, discrimination matters, whistle-blower 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, we have advised companies with respect to U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (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.
The Firm's attorneys have substantial Commercial Litigation experience. 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, non-compete agreements, unfair trade actions, trademark infringement, enforcement of foreign-country judgments and fraudulent transfers.
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Contact the Law Offices of Santiago J. Padilla, P.A. for a preliminary consultation
Schedule a preliminary consultation with our lawyers to discuss your Immigration Law, Real Estate Law, Employment Law, Commercial Acquisition, Commercial Litigation or other legal matter. The firm's staff of U.S. and foreign lawyers, paralegals and of-counsel can adeptly answer your most challenging questions. Located in the prestigious Brickell area of downtown Miami, the office is easy to reach by car or public transportation, and parking is available. Hablamos español! Call Toll-Free 786-475-2175 or contact the firm online.