Michael G. Murray, Esq. is a Miami native, and a cum laude graduate of the University of Florida. He earned his Masters Degree from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and his J.D. from St.Thomas School of Law in Miami, Florida. While in law school, Mr. Murray received the Book Award in Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating, and the Immigration Law Clinic, where his thesis pertained to criminal waivers for aliens convicted of violent crimes.
Mr. Murray has extensive experience in immigration law, representing clients seeking criminal waivers, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, asylum, and naturalization. An area of particular interest for Mr. Murray has been to assist underage undocumented children obtain legal residence through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).
Prior to opening his immigration law practice, Mr. Murray served for two years as acriminal defense attorney at the Miami-Dade Public Defenders Office. During his tenure, Mr. Murray was counsel of record for over 80 trials, protecting the interests of juveniles and adults charged with misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Murray’s combined experience in immigration law and criminal law has enabled him to effectively represent immigrants in criminal court seeking post-conviction relief.
Mr. Murray’s success in the area of asylum based on sexual orientation struck a passion for assisting LGBT individuals obtain legal status in the United States. Subsequent to the groundbreaking decision of U.S. v. Windsor on June 26, 2013, Mr. Murray has handled numerous green card cases based on same-sex marriage visa petitions and has lectured on the issue of fraud as it pertains to these applications.
Mr. Murray is admitted to practice in all Florida courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Frank Murray, Esq. A pioneer of immigration law practice in Miami, Florida, Frank Murray has practiced immigration law for more than 40 years. Over that period, Mr. Murray has helped tens of thousands of individuals gain legal status, including lawful permanent residency (“green cards”) and U.S. citizenship. Mr. Murray graduated from the University of Florida with a Juris Doctor degree in 1968. He has both lectured and authored articles in the field of Immigration & Nationality Law.
Feb 26, 2016 / Marriage Petitions for Same Sex Spouse
Looking back on 2013 as a Miami immigration lawyer, I must remark on the fact that it truly was a momentous year for LGBTQ rights. Following the decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples were implemented swiftly and smoothly. What this meant for same ...
Aug 3, 2017 / USCIS Issues New Form, I-765V, Application for Employment Authorization for Abused Nonimmigrant Spouse
As a Miami immigration lawyer and an Austin immigration lawyer, I noted with interest, back in early 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memo making victims of abusive spouses in certain nonimmigrant (temporary) visa categories eligible to apply for employment authorization documents (EADs or work permits). The legal basis for USCIS’s action is the Violence against Women’s Act (VAWA). Below are some frequently asked questions. ...