Bander Law
IMMIGRATION | NATIONALITY
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About

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

 

History

Trust your immigration and nationality case to one of South Florida's leading law firms concentrating on immigration and nationality law.  Our firm was founded in Miami in 1980 by the late Michael A. Bander (1938-2018) at the gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean and the Gulf. Our Miami office is easily accessible from I-95 and near U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Miami District Office headquarters. Bander Law provides comprehensive immigration law services to businesses, institutions, families and individuals world-wide.  

The firm is widely recognized for its aggressive law practice, taking on challenging cases that require experienced practitioners and finding workable solutions. Our success rate is exceptionally high; we know the law and will challenge USCIS when they take too long or make a mistake, even if that means suing in federal court. While the firm handles all types of immigration and nationality cases, we have been recognized for our ingenuity in cases that involve the Cuban Adjustment Act (particularly for individuals born outside of Cuba to a Cuban-born parent), recovery of renounced or lost U.S. citizenship, the Violence Against Women Act, and expedited EB-5 petitions.

As a two-generation law firm with more than 35 years in the business, our firm has established a strong reputation in the community. Named one of The Best Lawyers in America by his peers, one of "Florida's Top Lawyers" by Florida Monthly, and one of the "Best of Miami" by Miami Today, Michael A. Bander was regularly listed in the South Florida Legal Guide as one of the best lawyers in South Florida. 

In our long history in South Florida, we have counseled many artists and art professionals and we are proud supporters of many charities as well as major arts and cultural groups.

 

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We at Bander Law know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer the best care you can get for our immigration and nationality services

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Attorneys

Stephen M. Bander

Mr. Bander did precedent-setting work on establishing that persons born outside of Cuba of a Cuban parent with no Cuban residence qualify under the Cuban Adjustment Act.  He has received several awards of attorney's fees for actions brought against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services when litigating on behalf of clients as well as over 80 U.S. District Court actions challenging USCIS practice and procedure.

Mr. Bander graduated New York University School of Law's Joint Degree Program, with both a J.D. and an LL.M in Taxation. Prior to law school, he majored in International Relations with a concentration in Latin American Affairs and a minor in Economics, at the University of Virginia where he received Intermediate Honors and was a member of the Raven Society.

After gaining experience in complex business transactions at a leading Florida law firm, Mr. Bander joined Bander Law in 1999. It is with great pride and admiration that he got to work with his father Michael (1938-2018) and continue working with families who have multi-generational relationships with the firm.

Mr. Bander is a member of IMMLAW, a select national consortium of immigration lawyers.  Mr. Bander has presented at AILA (the American Immigration Lawyers Association) conferences on U.S. nationality, maintenance of permanent residence and extraordinary ability and as part of the Camden Conference in Midcoast, Maine.

Mr. Bander is a member of the Florida Bar (admitted 1999), the New York Bar (1998), the Maine Bar (2013), the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.  

Mr. Bander serves on the board of Locust Projects, the contemporary visual arts exhibition space in Miami's Design District, and advises Oolite Arts, formerly Art Center/South Florida, on immigration matters.  He also aids his community as a FINRA arbitrator. 

Education

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
J.D., 1997; LL.M. in Taxation, 1998

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
B.A., 1994

Activities & Affiliations

• IMMLAW, Member
• Locust Projects, Board Member

Bar Admissions

• New York
• Florida
• Maine

 

 

Leah T. Shadle

Ms. Shadle graduated from Creighton Law School cum laude. Prior to law school, she majored in Political Science at Creighton University where she graduated summa cum laude.

Ms. Shadle has a background in regulatory compliance matters and was a member of the Public Law & Policy & Strategies practice at a leading international law firm. She also served  as Legal Counsel for One Laptop Per Child, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing children around the world with a quality education. 

Ms. Shadle is a member of the Florida Bar (admitted 2008), the District of Columbia Bar (2008) and the Maryland Bar (2007). 

Ms. Shadle is involved with Miami’s Next Leaders, an organization committed to training the next generation of leaders in Miami. She also served as Co-Director of New Leaders Council Miami in 2015-2016.  She was a member of the 2016 Dade Legal Aid Leadership Academy.

Education

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY
J.D., cum laude, 2007

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY
B.A., summa cum laude, 2003

Activities & Affiliations

• Miami’s Next Leaders

Bar Admissions

• Florida
• District of Columbia
• Maryland

 

 

Michael A. Bander (1938-2018)

Named one of The Best Lawyers in America by his peers, one of "Florida's Top Lawyers" by Florida Monthly, and one of the "Best of Miami" by Miami Today, Michael A. Bander, who died on Sept. 16, 2018, practiced immigration and nationality law for more than 35 years. Mr. Bander was regularly listed in the South Florida Legal Guide as one of the best lawyers in South Florida.   

Prior to becoming an immigration attorney, he was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC; an officer with the United States Agency for International Development in Asuncion, Paraguay; and a Captain in the United States Army.

His bar admissions included Florida, (1973), District of Columbia (1972), Maryland (1964) and the U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida.

Mr. Bander received both his B.A. with honors (1960) and his law degree (1963) from the University of Virginia. A member and former president of the South Florida Chapter of AILA. Mr. Bander was also a founder and member of IMMLAW, the select national consortium of immigration lawyers, and was a former trustee of the Florida Bar Foundation.  Active in the South Florida community, Mr. Bander was on Northern Trust's Prologue Society Advisory Board.

Education

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
LL.B., 1960

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
B.A. with honors, 1963

Activities & Affiliations

• Northern Trust's Prologue Society, Advisory Board
• Florida Bar Foundation, Former Trustee
• IMMLAW, Emeritus Member

Bar Admissions

• Florida
• District of Columbia
• Maryland

 

 

About Our Team

Bander Law Firm has received the highest rating (AV) for legal ability and legal ethics from the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory, publisher of the most comprehensive directory of law firms in the United States. Stephen M. Bander and Michael A. Bander (1938-2018) were also individually awarded AV ratings from Martindale-Hubbell for their respective legal abilities.