Arturo M. Rios, Esq.
Arturo M. Rios is a practicing attorney in the city of St. Petersburg, Florida, with a concentration in the area of immigration law. He is a graduate of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and is a member in good standing of both the Florida Bar and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar Association.
He taught the first Immigration Law Course as a former Adjunct Law Professor at Stetson College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, and is the founding father and past President of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Central Florida Chapter. Mr. Rios is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Federal Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. In addition, he has lectured extensively on immigration law.
Arturo M. Rios, P.A., a pioneer and one of the leading immigration law firms in the Tampa Bay Area, provides private and corporate clientele, associates, and learning institutions, with professional immigration legal practice, continuing legal education, information, and professional immigration-related services. In forty-four years of private practice, Mr. Rios has represented clients worldwide, providing private and corporate clients with advice and strategic planning in areas involving immigration law and visa processing.
Arturo R. Rios, Esq.
Arturo R. Rios, Esq. (Art), holds a Master of Laws degree in Trial Advocacy from Temple University, which he earned after obtaining his Doctor of Jurisprudence at Stetson University College of Law, where he was a member of both the Trial Team and Moot Court. Mr. Rios is now an Adjunct Professor at Stetson Law, where he teaches Immigration Litigation and Advocacy, and is on Stetson’s Board of Overseers. Mr. Rios has served on the Board of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (CFC) for the past several years, is the Chapter’s Ambassador to the American Immigration Council, and is the Regional Vice-Chair for the AILA-CFC Tampa Region. He is also the co-editor of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Immigration Litigation Toolbox 4th Ed., has published many articles in the field of immigration litigation, and is a well-known national speaker on the subject of deportation defense and immigration litigation. Married with two daughters, Mr. Rios enjoys spending all of his free time with his family.
Mr. Rios’ private legal practice, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, is solely focused on Deportation Defense and Immigration Litigation, which includes: Immigration Court cases (all Immigration Courts in the United States), Appeals to Board of Immigration Appeals, representing employers under ICE investigation for I-9 compliance and related issues, immigration cases in Federal district & appellate courts, motions to reopen and/or waivers, and post-conviction relief in criminal courts for immigration related cases.
The thrust of Mr. Rios' practice entails defending immigrants in deportation cases (also called removal proceedings) in all Immigration Courts, filing Motions to Reopen and/or Reconsider in all the Immigration Courts in the United States, and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals or Administrative Appeals Office, as well as Federal District and Appellate Courts. For those that may have been already deported, Mr. Rios seeks solutions, usually through waivers, to facilitate their lawful return to the United States. In short, Mr. Rios' practice focuses on providing SOLUTIONS and RESULTS for those faced with a deportation or immigration law problem, or for employers who are under ICE investigation for hiring practices and/or I-9 compliance matters.
Sergio E. Fernandez, Esq.
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside, Sergio was awarded a scholarship to attend Stetson University College of Law, from which he graduated in 2014. While at Stetson, Sergio served as President of the Immigration Law Student Association for two years and interned for Gulfcoast Legal Services in St. Petersburg, where he helped clients obtain visas, permanent residence (“green cards”), and United States citizenship.
After his second year at Stetson, Sergio earned an internship with the U.S. Department of Justice, Krome Immigration Court, in Miami, where he wrote a variety of complex judicial opinions for one of the immigration judges.
Sergio graduated from Stetson with a Certificate of Concentration in Social Justice Advocacy and was awarded the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the community.