Arturo R. Rios, Esq. (Art), is Board Certified in Immigration and Naturalization Law by The Florida Bar. Professor Rios 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. Professor Rios has been an Adjunct Professor at Stetson Law for over twelve years, where he teaches Immigration Litigation and Advocacy, and is on Stetson’s Board of Overseers. Professor Rios not only practices Immigration Law, he teaches it as well.
Professor Rios has served on the Board of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (CFC) for over ten years, was the Chapter’s Ambassador to the American Immigration Council, and was also the Regional Vice-Chair for the AILA-CFC Tampa Region. He was 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, Professor Rios enjoys spending all of his free time with his family.
Professor 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 Professor 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, Professor Rios seeks solutions, usually through waivers, to facilitate their lawful return to the United States. In short, Professor 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.