Gina M. Polo

Gina M. Polo

Partner
Location:
Miami, Florida
Phone:
954-406-1833
888-810-6621
Fax:
305-358-1921
Email:

Gina M. Polo was born in Miami, Florida, and attended Florida State University, from which she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology. She obtained her law degree at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law in 1999, and was admitted to practice in the State of Florida that same year. Ms. Polo is currently a partner at the law firm, Weiss, Alden & Polo, P.A., an immigration law firm established in 1976.

Ms. Polo is certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Immigration and Nationality Law.

Ms. Polo limits her practice to United States immigration law. She has represented hundreds of clients throughout the United States and around the world in matters before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), and Department of State offices throughout the U.S. and at U.S. Embassies and Consular Posts around the world.

Ms. Polo’s clients include business owners, professionals and managers, entertainers and athletes, academic researchers, teachers, and investors in matters relating to: temporary visas, Permanent Residence Status,  U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization, and Deportation and Removal Proceedings Defense before Immigration Courts throughout  the United States.

Ms. Polo has been a guest on the international television show, Despierta America, on Univision, where she discussed current issues relating to US immigration law.  Ms. Polo has also been a guest speaker at Business Networking International (BNI) in Bogotá, Colombia, when the organization launched its national grand opening in 2010.  Ms. Polo has traveled throughout Latin America in representation of her clients.  She has also provided testimony as an expert witness regarding immigration matters before the Family Law Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, for divorce proceedings. 

In addition to her profession, Ms. Polo is actively involved in her community and volunteers for several organizations. She was involved with Strong Women, Strong Girls, and was the first invited speaker for a series entitled Strong Women Spotlight, in which the chapter has women serving the Miami community come and share their experience with the college women in the group. Ms. Polo has also participated with the Miami Children's Initiative in rappelling off of the JW Marquis Hotel in order to raise funds for the organization. She has also organized participation of her colleagues to serve meals at the Chapman Partnership homeless shelter in downtown Miami.

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration
  • Naturalization
  • Citizenship
  • Consular Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Expert in Immigration and Nationality Law, Florida Bar

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1999

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. - 1999
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • B.A. - 1995
    • Major: English/Psychology

Honors and Awards

  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • South Florida Business Leader Magazine, Women Extraordinaire Award, 2012
  • Brickell Magazine Top 20 Professionals Under 40, 2011
  • Wall Street Journal Top Young Attorneys in Florida, June 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • BNI Award for Notable Networker, 2012
  • Named 2015 South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers
  • Legal Luminaries Honor for Immigration Law, Dade County Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Immigration & Nationality Law Board Certification Committee, Chair of the Florida Bar, July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
  • Immigration & Nationality Law Certification Committee, Vice Chair, July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
  • United Way of Miami-Dade Center for Financial Stability Development Committee, Member
  • Consular and Trade Representatives Committee, Chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • Business Networking International (BNI) - 2008 to Present, Currently serving as President of Biscayne Connection Chapter
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Pillar Board of Trustees Representative for BNI Miami
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member of South Florida and Rome Districts Chapters (includes Europe, Russia, Middle East & Africa)
  • Standing Committee for Immigration & Nationality Law Certification of the Florida Bar
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), South Florida Chapter, Texas Service Center Liaison Committee, 2007 - 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • Strong Women, Strong Girls
  • Miami Children's Initiative
  • Chapman Partnership homeless shelter

Languages

  • Spanish
2017 Member American Immigration Lawyers Association