Arias Villa LAW
Removal / Deportation defense
Family and employment-based residency
Martha L. Arias
Immigration Attorney Miami
Arias Villa LLC, is the law firm of Martha L. Arias and is located in Miami, Florida.
Following you may find information about Mrs. Arias’ legal education, experience, and memberships.
Immigration Attorney Martha L. Arias is actively involved with professional organizations; she has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), both National and South Florida Chapter, since 2005. Within AILA National, Martha L. Arias is part of the Federal Litigation section and has participated in the AILA National Day of Action at the U.S. Congress on behalf of immigrants. Immigration Attorney Martha L. Arias is currently a member of the AILA South Florida Court Committee and Federal Committee. Through the years of membership with AILA, she has been part of several committees including the ICE Office of Chief Counsel and Department of Labor, among others.
Immigration Attorney Martha L. Arias has been a member of the Colombian American Bar Association (COLBAR) since she was a law school student in 2001. Martha L. Arias is still the member of COLBAR and currently holds the position of Vice-President of this organization. Immigration Attorney Martha L. Arias also frequently participates in events of the Kendal Bar Association, an attorney association in South Florida.
Attorney Martha L. Arias is frequently interviewed by Caracol Radio (1260 AM) and Actualidad Radio (1040 AM), the two leading Miami AM radio stations, on immigration news and topics.
Juris Doctor Degree– JD
Mrs. Martha Liliana Arias is admitted to practice law in Florida, U.S. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University, School of Law, in 2002.
Masters in Laws– LL.M
Martha Liliana Arias obtained her Masters in Laws- LL.M.- from the University of Miami in 1995. She concentrated this specialization on private international law. Mrs. Arias successfully completed this program with a 3.25/4 GPA.
Attorney Degree from a Civil Law System– LL.B
Martha Liliana Arias also holds a LL.B or attorney degree from a civil law country. She graduated as attorney in Colombia in 1991. Her graduation thesis: The Cable Television and Satellite Technologies: a Challenge for the Colombian Legislation- was graded with honors.
The significant work history of Ms. Arias is an asset for the clients of Arias Villa, LLC. Martha Liliana has worked as an immigration attorney since January 2003. Her immigration experience comprises numerous family and employment-based immigrant petitions approved. She has also successfully handled non-immigrant visas like investors’ visas, student visas, employer-based visas like H-1Bs, Nafta visas, among others. Mrs. Arias has effectively processed labor certification petitions, and is currently advising companies on I-9 compliance issues. Naturalization is another area of expertise for Mrs. Arias. She has helped many lawful permanent residents obtain their United States citizenship and has also filed numerous citizenship appeals.
Besides the above immigration practice areas, Mrs. Arias has also succeeded in the field of immigration litigation. She possesses verifiable experience on the following legal immigration cases: political asylum, waivers 212(h), waivers 212(c), cancellation of removal and suspension of deportation, voluntary departure, adjustment of status before the Immigration court, motions to re-open, motions to remand, appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals- BIA and appeals before the Federal courts in the 11th and 9th circuit, appeals before the Administrative Appeal Unit- AAU, among many other cases.
Mrs. Arias has published immigration-related articles in two Colombian newspapers (“El Tiempo” and “La Tarde”). She also has a weekly radio program on immigration issues in “Caracol,” a local AM radio station in Miami, Fl. This program has been in the air for over 1 year.
E-commerce and Internet Law Practice:
Mrs. Arias’ e-commerce and Internet practice has been enriched during 8 years of experience. She started as research assistant for the Director of the LL.M. in International Taxation at St. Thomas University, School of Law, in Miami, Fl. She was in charge of the e-commerce taxation research department for the above-mentioned program from 2002 until 2004. In 2004, she joined Internet Business Law Services- IBLS; an Internet company specialized on e-commerce and Internet law with main office in Irvine, CA. and offices in Brussels- Belgium; and Barcelona- Spain. Mrs. Arias has held several positions within this company. She first started as Director of the Latin American E-commerce Law Department. Then, she directed the American and European E-commerce Law Department until she was appointment General Director for IBLS and Editor in Chief. As Director for IBLS, Mrs. Arias’ main duties, among others, are managing IBLS Online Education Department; this department creates and offers online course and e-books on e-commerce and Internet law, and managing IBLS News Portal section. Through her work experience with IBLS, Ms. Arias has gained in depth knowledge on e-commerce and Internet law legislation.
Ms. Arias has participated as a speaker in Miami conferences on the topic of Latin America E-commerce Law and has published more than 800 articles on e-commerce- related issues in the IBLS database. Her articles have been quoted by many other Internet outlets, including Wikipedia.org. Mrs. Arias was the Chief Editor of Global E-Business Law and Taxation, a book published by Oxford University Press- OUP and IBLS in 2009.
Other Relevant Experience:
Finally, it is worth to mention that Mrs. Arias’ beginning as an attorney in Colombia, Latin America, started at age 21 when she concentrated her work in the areas of Civil, Labor, and Commercial Law litigation. She worked for 3 years as an attorney in this country and was actively involved in local politics. At age 23, she ran for a city commissioner position for the city of Pereira Democratic Party (Partido Liberal).