I am a Florida Bar licensed lawyer who practices United States Immigration & Nationality Law and select areas of Florida Law. I am currently an active member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA). I am also a former United States Immigration Inspector with the Legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS).
I was born in Niagara Falls, New York but was raised in Upstate New York’s Adirondack Region, a place of great beauty. I am of Italian and Croatian descent and am proud of my ancestors who immigrated to the U.S. for freedom and a better life. I relocated to Florida in 2001, upon graduating from Regent University’s School of Law and upon passing the Florida Bar Exam just a few months later. My qualifications include the following:
I have been practicing U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law since 2001. Since then, I have handled most types of U.S. immigration cases over the past 18 years and have had the privilege of representing numerous clients from many countries all around the world. I truly enjoy meeting new clients and experiencing a small part of their culture.
Immigration Law Enforcement Experience
Prior to attending law school, I was employed as a United States Immigration Inspector with the Legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), now U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In 1996, I graduated from the Immigration Officer Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. At FLETC, I studied and learned U.S. immigration laws and procedures and trained in federal law enforcement techniques. Thereafter, I worked as an United States Immigration Inspector at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, New York, conducting primary and secondary immigration inspections of persons applying for admission to the United States.
I am a very passionate practitioner of U.S. immigration law and continually strive to help foreign clients realize their dreams and goals in the USA. Our great country has a tradition of welcoming immigrants from all over the world with open arms, and immigrants built the foundation of this country. It would be my personal honor to meet you and have the opportunity to assist with any and all immigration matters for your family, friends, employer, or company.
On behalf of the undersigned individually and for the applicant business:
I/We authorize my/our insurance company, bank, financial institution, or other creditors to release to SBA all records and information necessary to process this application.
If my/our loan is approved, additional information may be required prior to loan closing. I/We will be advised in writing what information will be required to obtain my/our loan funds.
I/We hereby authorize the SBA to verify my/our past and present employment information and salary history as needed to process and service a disaster loan.
I/We authorize SBA, as required by the Privacy Act, to release any information collected in connection with this application to Federal, state, local, tribal or nonprofit organizations (e.g. Red Cross Salvation Army, Mennonite Disaster Services, SBA Resource Partners) for the purpose of assisting me with my/our SBA application, evaluating eligibility for additional assistance, or notifying me of the availability of such assistance.
I/We will not exclude from participating in or deny the benefits of, or otherwise subject to discrimination under any program or activity for which I/we receive Federal financial assistance from SBA, any person on grounds of age, color, handicap, marital status, national origin, race, religion, or sex.
I/We will report to the SBA Office of the Inspector General, Washington, DC 20416, any Federal employee who offers, in return for compensation of any kind, to help get this loan approved. I/We have not paid anyone connected with the Federal government for help in getting this loan.
CERTIFICATION AS TO TRUTHFUL INFORMATION: By signing this application, you certify that all information in your application and submitted with your application is true and correct to the best of your knowledge, and that you will submit truthful information in the future.
WARNING: Whoever wrongfully misapplies the proceeds of an SBA disaster loan shall be civilly liable to the Administrator in an amount equal to one-and-one half times the original principal amount of the loan under 15 U.S.C. 636(b). In addition, any false statement or misrepresentation to SBA may result in criminal, civil or administrative sanctions including, but not limited to: 1) fines and imprisonment, or both, under 15 U.S.C. 645, 18 U.S.C. 1001, 18 U.S.C. 1014, 18 U.S.C. 1040, 18 U.S.C. 3571, and any other applicable laws; 2) treble damages and civil penalties under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. 3729; 3) double damages and civil penalties under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act, 31 U.S.C. 3802; and 4) suspension and/or debarment from all Federal procurement and non-procurement transactions. Statutory fines may increase if amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
I/we authorize Widerman-Malek PL to process my loan application/s based on the information provided.