in 2021, two groundbreaking immigration attorneys, REGGIE SMITH and BONNIE SMERDON united their unique skills, legal knowledge, and experience to become law partners, merging Reggie Smith Law and Luce Law into the FLORIDA KEYS IMMIGRATION LAW GROUP. Our law firm is in Cudjoe Key, 23 miles North of Key West in the Florida Keys.
Reggie and Bonnie are known for their traditional family values and conservative views using their combined knowledge to zealously advocate for immigrants’ rights before immigration authorities and the courts.
Both attorneys have a vast experience with family-based petitions, naturalization, sports immigration, removal proceedings, appellate practice, consular processing, and federal litigation against the government among other fields of the immigration and nationality laws.
If there is a right, there is a way! Although our law firm cannot guarantee the outcome of a case, we ensure our clients that we will put forward our legal experience and will keep on fighting and defending your case. Most of our clients are word-of-mouth, and we represent immigrants around United States and abroad. We travel to attend interviews or court hearing as necessary.
These attorneys started their practices during the Era of Immigration Upheaval (2016), now, together, they combine their experiences of very different professional and cultural backgrounds to collaborate and brainstorm unique solutions to your case, and the diversity of the law partners sets our firm apart from other law offices. Reggie was a Brazilian lawyer, and Bonnie was an exercise rider, riding racehorses, and their partnership has been nothing but a true blessing.
Beyond their legal knowledge, the law partners Reggie and Bonnie join a unique hobby and lifestyle, both lawyers are sailors proving immigration legal services from the Florida Keys.
Reggie Smith prides herself on maintaining a law firm by treating each case with care and consideration. No issue is too big or too small. If you have a legal problem, she can help you find a solution. Reggie
recognizes and understands, first-hand, the urgent needs their clients have for seeking immigrant visas, whether they are family-based or other types of visas, including visa as a battered spouse, child or parent as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Successful representation requires a thorough understanding of the law and meticulous preparation. Beyond Reggie's academic credentials and legal experience, she in continuing legal education and training to ensure that her knowledge of state and federal law is current and accurate.
As an immigrant herself, Reggie Smith understands how important it is for each immigrant to be able to access legal advice and support that you need to accomplish your immigration goals. Holding dual citizenship, Reggie pursued and achieved her dream of becoming a practicing lawyer again, but at this time in the United States. She is specializing in immigration laws and is devoted to helping you to solve your legal problem.
Reggie is driven, personable, professional, and proactive.
She is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Yes, that is Reggie Smith in these pictures (right and bottom) in front of the U.S. Supreme Court (2014). Reggie Smith migrated from Brazil to the United States in December 2002. Due to her Christian views, Reggie strongly believes in no such thing as coincidence, but God-incidence, God's will. Reggie is respectful and passionate about the pursuit of justice, and is known for her great sense of humor.
Once in the United States, with no English, Reggie's career changed from successful Brazilian attorney TO hotel housekeeper, bank teller, bank customer service, assistant branch manager, and prior to being admitted to a law school in the United States, she worked at the Florida Judicial Circuit as Probate, Juvenile, and Mental Health case manager. From Dec. 2016 to recent, Reggie ran her solo law practice as an immigration lawyer, now she united her legal knowledge as a law partner of Bonnie Smerdon.
Reggie Smith knows firsthand what it is to be an immigrant and the language barriers as such in the United States. Base on her experience, Reggie's primary advice to her client-immigrants is to learn English. She believes in a "Can Do Attitude!"
Reggie is a legal professional with Christian values.
Reggie graduated from Moacyr Sreder Bastos law school in Brazil in 1999 and from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida, in 2015. She is a licensed attorney by the Florida Bar and the Brazilian Bar, Section of Rio de Janeiro. She holds active membership to Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity, Intl., The Federalist Society, American Immigration Association Lawyers Association (AILA) among others.
Before becoming a licensed attorney in the United States, Reggie has been through the immigration process to obtain her legal status from a non-immigrant to a green card-holder. Thinking that the immigration procedure was only to fill forms, she then decided to apply for citizenship on her own, and it was denied. Thus, what seemed to be a simple form, was not simple after all. Reggie was naive in not hiring an immigration attorney.
After so many challenges, disappointment,, and failures, she became resilient and her perseverance led her to self-taught and learn English. She improved her English, attended law school in the United States and learned the laws of this wonderful country. It was not an easy task.
Reggie wears many hats, she is a proud wife, a lawyer, a diver, a student pilot, and a sailor.
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Florida Keys Immigration Law Group
Office Address: 22966 overseas hwy, cudjoe key, fl 33042 *** Mailing : Post Office Box 420188 Summerland Key, Florida 33042
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