Fernando O. Zambrana Aviles

Fernando O. Zambrana Aviles

Colon Saez Zambrana, LLC
  • Criminal Law, Immigration Law, Civil Rights ...
  • Puerto Rico
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Biography

Mr. Zambrana-Aviles completed his undergraduate studies in Science, History and Policy, and International Relations in Carnegie Mellon University, in the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his years as an undergraduate student, he participated in a language exchange program in the Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture, in the City of St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, where he obtained a certificate of proficiency in the Russian language. He also performed research on the reforms of the post-Soviet Russian Armed Forces with the assistance of Russian military scholars in Pittsburgh and Moscow. Afterwards, he completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law. There, he participated in the Immigration Clinic, where he assisted clients in removal cases, adjustment of status under the Cuban Adjustment Act, among others. After admission to the bar, he has continued working in the immigration law field, representing clients in family and employment-based immigration petitions, consular matters, and removal (deportation) cases. He has also tried cases and represented individuals, municipalities and corporations before the US District Court and the Courts of Puerto Rico in, environmental litigation, labor and employment law, civil rights and constitutional claims, foreclosures, criminal cases, collection of monies, and in claims against the United States based upon the Federal Torts Claims Act. As part of his work in the bankruptcy field, he formed part of the three-attorney team, led by retired Bankruptcy Judge Gerardo A. Carlo-Altieri, in charge of representing Casiano Communications, Inc., owner of Caribbean Business, Imagen, and other widely circulated magazines, during its Chapter 11 reorganization. Mr. Zambrana-Aviles also served as an adjunct professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (PUCPR), School of law during 2011, where he taught a regular course on Immigration Law.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Immigration Law
    Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
    Collections
    Bankruptcy
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    DUI & DWI
    Medical Malpractice
    Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Additional Practice Areas
  • General torts (damages)
  • Family immigration
  • Immigration through investment
  • Notary Public
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, MasterCard, American Express.
  • Contingent Fees
    Standard contingency fees are 33% for collection and general torts (damages, i.e. medical malpractice, slip and falls, etc) cases. Contingency fees are agreed upon on a case-by-case basis.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    For information on hourly rates, payment plans and other billing matters, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Puerto Rico
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1st Circuit
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U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Russian: Spoken
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Member
Colon Saez Zambrana, LLC
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Of Counsel
G.A. Carlo Altieri & Associates
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Of counsel to Law Offices of Gerardo A. Carlo Altieri, retired Chief Judge - U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Practice focused on Bankruptcy Law.
Partner
Zambrana Law Office
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Representing individuals and corporations before the U.S. District Court and the Courts of Puerto Rico in environmental litigation, labor law claims, civil rights (42 U.S.C. §1983) and other First Amendment claims, employment law, foreclosure, criminal cases (drug trafficking conspiracies and firearm offenses), collection of monies, damages under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and in claims against the United States based upon the Federal Torts Claims Act. Providing "trial basis" advice and representation to Gerardo A. Carlo Altieri & Associates in bankruptcy, adversary and other civil proceedings pending before the U.S. Bankruptcy and District Courts for the District of Puerto Rico, as well as before other Commonwealth Courts.
Adjunct Professor
Catholic University of Puerto Rico, School of Law
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Taught the Immigration and Nationality Law course at the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, School of Law during the fall semester, 2011.
Associate
Herrero & Herrero Law Offices
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Managed the office’s appellate practice before the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, particularly petitions for judicial review of adjudications of public construction bids. Represented Municipalities of Puerto Rico in over 40 collection cases before the Commonwealth Courts. Represented and counseled individuals, corporations and Municipalities in matters related to torts, employment claims, contracts, family and criminal law.
Education
University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras
J.D. (2007) | Law
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Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. (2004) | Science, History and Policy, International Relations
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Honors: Dean's list.
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Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Language certification (2002) | Russian Language
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Professional Associations
Criminal Justice Act Panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Attorney
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Activities: Providing legal representation to indigent defendants in criminal procedures before the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico on a referral basis.
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Federal Bar Association
Member
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Activities: Member of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
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American Immigration Lawyers Association
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
The Israeli-built Separation Wall in the West Bank
University of Puerto Rico, School of Law Law Review
Certifications
Certified Notary Public
Puerto Rico Supreme Court
Websites & Blogs
Website
Fernando Zambrana's immigration website
Website
Zambrana Law Office's main website
Contact & Map
Colon Saez Zambrana, LLC
1225 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Suite 803
San Juan, PR 00907
Telephone: (787) 919-0026
Fax: (787) 200-6559
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