Elizabeth R. Blandon, Esq. was listed by The Miami Herald as one of the top-rated South Florida immigration attorneys in 2015. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, considered one of the best in the nation. Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality law, Ms. Blandon is an expert speaker who has been interviewed by local journalists covering immigration issues. This certification is the highest level of recognition of the competency and experience of attorneys awarded by The Florida Bar, the association of the state’s attorneys. There are fewer than 70 Florida attorneys certified in immigration and nationality law. Currently Ms. Elizabeth Blandon serves as Chairperson of the Immigration Section of the Broward County Bar Association and on the Nationality & Law Certification Committee for the Florida Bar.
Ms. Blandon worked several years at one of Florida’s oldest law firms before opening her own practice. She has been published in the monthly journal of the Florida Bar and the nationwide magazine of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Blandon has two undergraduate degrees from Boston University and speaks Spanish and French fluently.
The Florida Supreme Court has appointed Ms. Blandon as Vice Chair of the Certification Committee for Immigration and Nationality Law. Her professional peers through the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System rated Ms. Blandon AV. This review reflects the confidential opinions of members of both the judiciary and the bar who are familiar with the lawyer’s legal ability and adherence to the highest level of professional ethics.
She is a member of AILA, the American Immigration Lawyers Association – the professional bar association for attorneys who specialize in immigration law. During her career, Ms. Blandon has received appointments by the South Florida chapter of AILA to the Asylum Committee and the Congressional Liaison Committee.
Ena Valera-Teano represents clients before the Immigration Court, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service, Asylum Offices and Florida’s Family Court.
She has extensive experience obtaining successful outcomes in a wide range of immigration matters including Asylum, Cancellation of Removal, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), Removal of Conditions, and Family-Based Petitions.
Ms. Valera-Teano received her Juris Doctor from Nova University after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice (with honors) from Florida Atlantic University. She is a member of the Broward County Bar Association and the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association.
In her free time, Ena volunteers with animal rescue and mentors children through the Big Brothers / Big Sisters program. She also enjoys the beach and spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs: a Yorkie named Miscka and a skateboarding English bulldog named Takara.
Ricardo S. Rivas, Of Counsel at Blandon Law, assists the firm with Venezuelan law and human rights issues. Mr. Rivas also brings to the firm years of experience relating to immigration.
Mr. Rivas received his Masters of Law degree from Tulane Law School. In 2012, Mr. Rivas participated in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice in New Orleans, on behalf of which he appeared before the Immigration Court as well as officers of the Department of Homeland Security. He represented victims of persecution, human trafficking, torture, and domestic violence.