Maria del Carmen Ramos, partner in the Tampa office, was selected to be a part of Class III of The Florida Bar Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy (“Academy”) as an Academy Fellow. The Academy’s mission is to identify, nurture, and inspire effective leadership within the Florida Bar and the legal community. Each year, the Academy selects a group of Academy Fellows from a competitive pool of applicants from around the state of Florida to undergo a rigorous multi-session training program designed to assist these lawyers in becoming better leaders within the legal profession at a local, state, and national level. The Academy’s program also provides its Fellows the opportunity to examine the important role the Florida Bar plays within our legal system, as well as their own roles within the legal profession.
Maria devotes a substantial portion of her practice to counseling clients on immigration and related employment issues. In particular, Maria has extensive experience helping employers obtain H-1B and E visas, as well employment-based green cards, on behalf of foreign workers employed in specialty occupations. She also helps companies that have global operations obtain L-1 visas on behalf of their foreign-based employees so they can transfer to the United States. In addition to helping employers obtain visas for foreign workers, Maria routinely conducts audits for clients to ensure they are complying with their obligation to verify their employees’ eligibility to work in the United States.