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ATTORNEY AHMAD YAKZAN

PROFESSIONAL LICENSE:

Member, the Florida Bar                                                                                 Admission Date: Apr. 14, 2011

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Fluent in Arabic, Proficient in French

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND COURT ADMISSIONS:

Admitted, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Admitted, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, the St. Pete Bar Association, and the Hillsborough County Bar Assocciation

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

American Dream Law Office PLLC, St. Petersburg, FL                                                                               June 2015-Present
Immigration Attorney

  • Manage a robust practice with office 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 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Executive Office of Immigration Review

 

Tucker & Ludin P.A., Clearwater, FL                                                                                 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%

Immigration Law Clerk                                                                                                  Aug. 2009-Apr. 2011

  • 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  

 

Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL                                                 Jan. 2008-Dec. 2009
International Criminal Law Research Assistant

  • Researched international criminal legal issues and drafted legal memoranda used in scholarly articles
  • Tracked developments in the international criminal arena and analyzed statistics related to international and transnational crimes

Carlson & Meissner P.A., Clearwater, FL                                                                  May 2007- Dec. 2007
Criminal Law Clerk

  • Researched criminal legal issues and defenses to support legal arguments used in trial and appellate arguments
  • Drafted legal memoranda and appellate briefs discussing criminal and constitutional issues

 

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
Activities: Cofounder, Stetson University College of Law Street Law Program (Dedicated to teaching middle-school children about international human rights and constitutional rights and the recipient of Stetson’s highly coveted Program of the Year Award 2008-2009).

 

Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. S. Gulfport, FL 33707               Jan. 2006-Dec. 2008
Juris Doctor, Concentration in International Law; December 2008
Honors: Member, Moot Court Board; January 2007- December 2008
Overall Winner, Pace International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition; 2007
Student Editor, Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy; Fall 2007
Recipient, Dean’s Award (awarded for excellence in service to the Stetson community); 2008
Activities: Member, ABA Law Student Division; Member, United Nations Association of the U.S. Student Alliance; Staff Writer, The Brief (student publication)

Stetson University, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32723                           Jan. 2005- Dec. 2005
Master of Business Administration; December 2005
Honors: Recipient, Dean’s Scholarship (awarded for excellence in leadership and community service)

Stetson University, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32723                           Aug. 2001- Jul. 2003
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Political Science; Minor: French; July 2003
Honors: Dean’s List, Spring 2002 and Fall 2002; Recipient, Donna and Nestor deArmas Scholarship
Activities: Student Representative, Stetson University Student Government Association

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

CERTIFICATIONS & TRAININGS:

Attendee and Speaker, 28th Annual AILA Central Florida Chapter, Clearwater, FL (Oct. 2014)
Attendee, 27th Annual AILA Central Florida Chapter, Clearwater, FL (Oct. 2013)
Attendee, 26th Annual AILA Central Florida Chapter, Clearwater, FL (Oct. 2012)
Attendee, AILA Annual Conference, Nashville, TN (Jun. 2012)
Attendee, Practicing with Professionalism, The Florida Bar (Mar. 2012)
Attendee, Drafting & Responding Course, St. Pete Bar Association (Feb. 2012)
Attendee, 25th Annual AILA Central Florida Chapter, Clearwater, FL (Oct. 2011)
Attendee, AILA Pacific Northwest Technology and Ethics Conference, AILA Pacific Northwest Section, Seattle, WA (Aug. 2011)
Attendee, 2011 Beach and Bar St. Pete Bar Criminal Law Section Conference,  St. Pete Beach, FL (May 2011)
Attendee, Immigration Court and Federal Litigation Conference, AILA Central Florida Chapter, Orlando, FL (May 2011)