DIAZ DODD VANBOXTEL LAW A PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION

"Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life."
  John F. Kennedy

Attorney Profile
Antoinette Diaz I was a stranger and you welcomed me. —Matthew 25:35
Antoinette Diaz was born and raised in South Florida. Her family is from Chile, South America. Mrs. Diaz’ passion for immigration was born long ago through her family’s own experiences. It is her unique perspective that enables her to face the challenges of each case with compassion, respect, and enthusiasm. As the firm’s founder, Mrs. Diaz began her career in the Immigration Law field in 1996. She has over twenty years of experience in extensive experience in Immigration and Nationality Law, both in the public and private sectors. As "the" Attorney Advisor Mrs. Diaz was selected through the Attorney General’s Honors Program to serve the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review. As Attorney Advisor to the U.S. Immigration Courts throughout Florida and Puerto Rico, Mrs. Diaz drafted complex judicial opinions and advised twenty-two Immigration Judges on ever-changing immigration laws, regulations, legislation, policy and procedure. Notably, during her tenure with the U.S. Immigration Courts, Mrs. Diaz was selected and assigned several high-profile cases involving novel legal issues of National Security and the use of Secret Evidence. In fact, one of the decisions drafted by Mrs. Diaz was subsequently upheld by the Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Prior to founding her own firm, Mrs. Diaz also acquired notable experience in the private sector. She worked as a Summer Associate at one of the top immigration law firms in Washington, D.C., Maggio & Kattar, P.C. She also served as Head of the Immigration Department of a large firm on the West Coast of Florida, Kirk-Pinkerton, P.A. Additionally, Mrs. Diaz has significant litigation experience. She served the Broward County Public Defender’s Office where she litigated criminal cases. She also worked for a Coral Gables litigation firm, Clyne & Self, P.A., focusing on federal and state civil litigation. Mrs. Diaz received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), with honors, from the University of Florida, and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University Of Miami School Of Law. Mrs. Diaz has been admitted to practice law as a member of the Florida Bar by the Florida Supreme Court. Mrs. Diaz is also admitted to practice in federal court by the United States District Courts of the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Christian Legal Society. Mrs. Diaz is fluent in Spanish. Mrs. Diaz has volunteered at the American Friends Service Committee providing pro bono legal representation for El Salvadoran and Guatemalan refugees. She is also a member of Lighthouse Community Church where she serves on several ministries including the Greeters Team and Vacation Bible School Team. She also served on the New Hope Mission Team in Guatemala as a missionary participating in evangelical missions and serving the Vacation Bible School Program hosted for children living in poverty. She is also a member of the Lighthouse Community Church, New Hope Mission Team in which she serves as a volunteer with a Vacation Bible School Program in Guatemala for children living in poverty.
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