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Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: Nicole Avila

Nicole has been an active pro bono attorney with Broward Lawyers Care and Legal Aid since 2015. She is the founder of Avila Law PLLC, focusing her practice solely on immigration law to help her clients achieve their “American Dream.” Her goal is to help clients find their ideal solution to complex immigration issues. Whether it be filing through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service or defending clients in removal proceedings, Nicole possesses the tools, knowledge, and compassion to guide and defend clients through this difficult process.

Nicole recently handled a pro bono case for one of our clients who was a victim of a violent crime. She assisted the client with expedited processing for a U Visa. This application normally takes between 3 – 4 years to be processed with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). Nicole requested expedited processing because her client became severely ill and was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, underwent kidney removal surgery, and was unable to walk well due to excruciating pain. The expedited processing was approved and, as a result, the client was able to file for an employment authorization document and was able to get medical insurance through the marketplace to help her with her medical issues.

Nicole was born in Venezuela and grew up in South Florida. As such, she understands the hardships and complexities of immigrating to a new country. She earned her Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University and is actively involved in the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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