Elizabeth R. Blandon, Esq., was appointed by the Florida Bar as Chairperson of the Nationality & Immigration Law Certification Committee. This certification is the highest level of recognition of the competency and experience of attorneys awarded by the association of Florida’s attorneys. There are fewer than 80 Florida attorneys certified in immigration and nationality law.
She is also the Chairperson for the Immigration Section of the Broward County Bar Association and was listed by The Miami Herald as one of the top-rated South Florida immigration attorneys.
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.
Ms. Blandon graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, considered one of the best in the nation. She is an expert speaker who has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN and other media outlets.
She speaks Spanish and French fluently.
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.