Attorney Ahmad Yakzan

About Ahmad Yakzan

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan helps his clients achieve their American Dream. A native of Lebanon, Ahmad cam to the United States as a student in 1998. In 2015, Ahmad established the American Dream Law Office PLLC with a goal of helping his clients achieve their American Dream. Ahmad’s legal experience began as a law clerk at Ellen Gorman P.A., a boutique law firm specializing in immigration law. Ahmad joined the firm as an attorney in 2011, after passing the Florida Bar.

Ahmad then joined Tucker & Ludin P.A., where he led the establishment of the firm’s immigration law section. Ahmad is a frequent lecturer on immigration law. He is a former adjunct professor of immigration la at St. Petersburg College.

Under his leadership the American Dream Law office has become one of the leading immigration law firms in the Tampa Bay area.

He attended Brevard Community College and earned his AA degree. He then made one of the best decisions of his life by transferring to Stetson University in Deland, FL where he earned hi bachelor’s degree in Political Science. While awaiting his enrollment in law school, Ahmad earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from Stetson University in 2005.

Ahmad achieved his lifelong dream of becoming an attorney in 2008 after graduating from Stetson University College of law in 2008. He earned his Juris Doctorate with a concentration in international law. He then earned his Master of Letters, LLM, in international law in 2009 from the same university.

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LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

American Dream Law Office PLLC 
June 2015 – Present

Immigration Attorney

  • Manage a robust practice with offices in St. Petersburg and Tampa, FL and overseas affiliate offices
  • Supervise a diverse staff, fluent in several languages and come from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Represent clients before United States immigration services, including the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Executive Office of Immigration Review

Tucker & Ludin P.A.
Feb. 2012- June 2015

Immigration Attorney

  • Represented clients before the Department of Homeland Security, and the Executive Office of Immigration Review
  • Represented clients before the courts of the State of Florida in complex civil litigation cases
  • Helped establish immigration practice area at the firm while supervising paralegal and legal assistants
  • Raised income from the immigration law practice by at least 25% annually

Ellen R. Gorman, PA
St. Petersburg, FL
Apr. 2011-Jan. 2012

Immigration Attorney

  • Represented clients during hearings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) and the United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Handled several complicated appellate cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal courts
  • Handled a diverse caseload, while raising the overall success rate at the firm by more than 20%

Aug. 2009-Apr. 2011

Immigration Law Clerk

  • Represented clients, under the supervision of a licensed attorney, before Immigration Courts and before the United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Drafted memoranda and appellate briefs, used in clients’ cases before both Immigration and federal appellate courts

COURT ADMISSIONS:

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Middle District of Florida
  • United States Southern District of Florida

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Eric Ludin (Honorable Mention), What Employers Must Know about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Inside the Minds: New Developments in Immigration Enforcement and Compliance, Leading Lawyers on Navigating Trends in Immigration Law (Aspatore; Upcoming Publication 2013)
  • Ahmad Yakzan & Eric Ludin, Florida Supreme Court Clarifies the Effect of Criminal Convictions on Immigrants, Paraclete, available at www.stpetebar.com (2013)
  • Ahmad Yakzan & Eric Ludin, The Violence Against Women Act: The Shield Protecting Abused Immigrant Spouses, Paraclete, available at www.stpetebar.com (2012)
  • Ahmad Yakzan & Eric Ludin, Relief for Young “Innocent” Illegal Immigrants, Paraclete, available at www.stpetebar.com  (2012)
  • Ahmad Yakzan & Linda Ramirez, Rule 15 Depositions Of Saudi Security Police And Admitted At Trial Do Not Violate Confrontation Clause, ­ 24:11 Intl. Enforcement L. Rep. 439 (Nov. 2008)

PRESENTATIONS:

The Marriage of Immigration and Family Law, Presentation before the St. Petersburg Bar Marital and Family Law Section (2012)
Immigration Law, Presentation before the Rotary Club of Clearwater (2012)

EDUCATION:

Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. S. Gulfport, FL 33707               Jan. 2008- Dec. 2009
Master of Laws, International Law, With Distinction; December 2009.

Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. S. Gulfport, FL 33707               Jan. 2006-Dec. 2008
Juris Doctor, Concentration in International Law; December 2008

Stetson University, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32723                           Jan. 2005- Dec. 2005
Master of Business Administration; December 2005

Stetson University, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32723                           Aug. 2001- Jul. 2003
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Political Science; Minor: French; July 2003

Brevard Community College, 1519 Clearlake Rd., Cocoa, FL 32922                    Jan. 1999-May 2001
Associate  in Arts, General Education

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