Rusten C. Hurd is a founding shareholder at Colombo & Hurd, PL, a law firm dedicated to assisting foreign nationals, investors and businesses achieve their immigration goals. Mr. Hurd has extensive experience representing clients from throughout the world with all types of business-based temporary and permanent immigration status, including Intracompany Transferees (L-1), Treaty traders and investors (E-1/E-2), specialty occupations (H-1B & TN), labor certifications, aliens of extraordinary ability as well as internationally recognized athletes and entertainers. Mr. Hurd also serves as a counselor to foreign nationals and prospective entrepreneurs interested in obtaining lawful permanent residence in the United States through investment via the EB-5 Visa.
As a result of his quality legal service, Mr. Hurd has been awarded an AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. An AV rating is the highest such rating available to any single lawyer for skill and integrity and the rating is reserved for attorneys designated as outstanding in their field. Mr. Hurd has also received a “superb” 10.0 rating from AVVO lawyers rating service.
Mr. Hurd has practiced in every Immigration Court in Florida and many Courts throughout the United States utilizing a variety of defenses to protect his clients including Requests for Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Cancellation of Removal and Waivers of Grounds of Removability. Over the years, Mr. Hurd has represented a multitude of asylum applicants both in affirmative filings as well as in Immigration Court. In particular, since 2012 Mr. Hurd has represented a great number of nationals of Syria seeking asylum in the United States as a result of the ongoing Syrian Civil War. Mr. Hurd also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to performing appellate work before courts throughout Florida as well as the Board of Immigration Appeals and United States Courts of Appeals and Federal Appellate Courts. Mr. Hurd has had notable appellate success both with the Board of Immigration Appeals and with Florida Appellate Courts. Mr. Hurd is a member of the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.
Over the years, Mr. Hurd has also filed innumerable applications for spouses, fiancés and family members of US citizens in dozens of countries around the world and has dealt with a variety of issues arising at consular posts. Mr. Hurd also frequently represents clients at the Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa USCIS offices in connection with adjustment of status and other immigration benefits. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Hurd has served as Guardian ad Litem for troubled children and was recognized by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County for his service and contributions. He has also served as an Employment Counselor through the Jobs Partnership of Florida. Mr. Hurd is the father of three boys ages 14, 12 and 9. He is an avid fan of the beautiful game (futbol) as well as Gator sports, Broadway Musicals and traveling the world.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
• Employment Counselor, The Jobs Partnership of Florida, 2012
• Board Member, Small Business Advisory Board for Florida’s Eighth Congressional District, 2010
• University of Florida Trial Competition Team, 1996-1998 (President, 1998)
• Mock Trial Champion, 1997, 1998
• Moot Court Team 1997-1998
• Finalist, InterAmerican Human Rights Moot Court Competition, 1998
• Golden Key National Honor Society
• Recipient, Gerald T. Bennett Outstanding Graduate Service Award
1998. Author, "Immigration Reform Under the Obama Administration," Asia Trend Magazine 2009. Speaker: "Inadmissibility & Removal Proceedings, Issues and Ethics," Florida Continuing Legal Education Conference, 2011; "Immigration Family & Employment Law," Florida Continuing Legal Education Conference, 2012. Member: American Immigration Lawyers Association; Orange County Bar Association; The Florida Bar.
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