Larry S. Rifkin
For more than 25 years, Larry Rifkin has held the position of Chairperson of the Florida Bar Liaison Committee to the Department of Homeland Security (U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services), Department of Labor, and Department of State (Consular Services). Larry liaisons with all three Agencies on behalf of the 120,000 plus members of the Florida Bar. The Florida Bar is the state licensing agency for attorneys who practice law in Florida. Larry is also certified as an Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist by the Florida Bar. As a member of the Committee which established the standards in 1994 for certification as an Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist in Florida, he was exempt from taking the examination as he was one of the designated attorneys to write the initial exam as well as the qualifications for the designation as a specialist in U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. He has served the State of Florida as a member of the Board of Directors of Enterprise Florida which is the International Trade and Economic Development Board which represents the State of Florida.
Larry has been recognized over his many years of practice as a leading practitioner in the area of U. S. Immigration and Nationality Law. Larry holds an AV-Preeminent – Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. The “AV” rating is the highest rating an attorney can receive from a colleague both for legal expertise and ethics. In addition, Larry is listed in the exclusive Martindale-Hubbell publication titled “The Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys.” Larry is listed in Best Attorneys of America as well as the National Association of Distinguished Counsel which accords this honor to only the top 1% of attorneys in the United States. Additionally, Larry is listed in the South Florida Legal Guide as one of South Florida’s top lawyers. This exclusive list of 100 attorneys was compiled by members of the Florida Bar. Also, Larry is listed in Law and Leading Attorneys as a Leading Florida Attorney. Fewer than 6% of the state’s attorneys are accorded the designation of Leading Florida Attorney. Larry was selected as a Florida Super Lawyer in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. He is also listed in the Corporate Immigration chapter of Who’s Who Legal published by the International Bar Association, headquartered in London, U.K. Larry is also listed as a leading lawyer in immigration law by Chambers USA which ranks the leading law firms and lawyers in practice areas worldwide.
Larry has served as an expert witness in Immigration Law in both the Federal and State Courts. He was counsel in a landmark decision which established the precedent in defining who qualifies as a Cuban national. The decision has had major implications for individuals of Cuban heritage, who were born outside of Cuba, who seek to immigrate to the United States. Larry has been interviewed by many leading publications including The Miami Herald regarding matters involving U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. A noted author and lecturer in matters involving U.S. Immigration and Nationality, Larry has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades by the Florida Bar for his publications and for his participation in seminars/webinars on behalf of the Bar in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. Additionally, Larry has coauthored publications on consular processing for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. These publications are used by immigration lawyers as reference texts with regard to consular processing.
As a former Chairperson of the Florida Bar International Law Section, Larry continues to serve on the Section’s Executive Council as a voting member. He is a past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association ( South Florida Chapter) and is an invited member to participate in the Executive Board’s monthly meetings as a former President of South Florida AILA.