Attorney Profiles

Specializing in all areas of Immigration and Nationality Law for over 20 years.

Since 1989, our law firm has been devoted to providing the finest legal services to immigrants hoping to make America their home. The firm’s direct specialty is in immigration and international law, and we are affiliated with other law firms which often serve as co-counsel in a wide-range of legal matters.

From its inception, the founder, William J. Sanchez-Calderon, has dedicated his life long passion to helping immigrants to build their dreams in the U.S.

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William J. Sanchez-Calderon, Esq

Bar Admission: 1989
Georgetown Law School

William J. Sanchez was born in 1961 in Manhattan, New York.  As the second child of  Cuban immigrant parents, William was driven to succeed and became a passionate advocate for social and economic justice. He has  embraced a strong willed determination to protect and defend the rights of individuals, families and communities in need. He actively participated and co-founded numerous non-profit groups, including City Kids, Inc., Philippine Charities Foundation, an Asian Grameen Village bank for the poor, and many others. The village bank currently   serves thousands of micro-business owners in Asia and also has an established division for new first time home-owners. In the  US, he helped establish one of America's largest micro-finance institutions, Partners for Self Employment.
  Mr. Sanchez has represented thousands of companies and immigrants, from Cuban and Haitian refugees to multinational corporations and sovereign nations.  He graduated from Columbus High School in 1979 and attended University of Miami, where he majored in economics and was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. He obtained his Jurist Doctorate at Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Lead Articles Editor at the Immigration Law Journal and graduated in 1986. While attending Georgetown Law,   William volunteered six months  to work in a Vietnamese Refugee Camp in the Philippines, where he worked in the administrative office with a United Nations affiliate and taught basic English to Vietnamese refugees. Immediately after law school, William worked as a staff attorney for a non-profit agency, Haitian Refugee Center in Miami, Florida.

 
After returning to Miami with his wife, Irene, and gaining invaluable experience at HRC, he  established the law practice in 1989.  His wife’s journey to America as a young girl from the Philippines in the early  80’s and his parent’s migration from Cuba in 1961, drove William to dedicate his life to serving immigrants. The firm has now expanded into other areas of law, primarily international and transactional in nature.   For almost 20 years, his wife, Irene, has effectively managed the practice.

In 2004, the US unanimously confirmed his appointment by  President George W.  Bush as Special Counsel for the Dept. of Justice, Office of Special Counsel, Unfair Employment Practices. Prior to his appointment as Special Counsel, William also managed a law firm, Sanchez & Lopez, and has worked on numerous cases appearing before  immigration courts and numerous federal courts.  Among his clients have been Haitian farm workers and Cuban refugees.  Currently, William has returned to private practice and continuously thrives to fight and protect immigrant's rights. One of the recent cases that he was actively involved in was the controversial repatriation of 15 Cubans from the old 7 mile bridge. He was the lead attorney, and helped successfully argue the matter in South Florida.  He is also lead counsel in a matter involving an African nation, and is beginning the initial phases of development for that country's first Grameen village bank for the poor.

 

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Jennifer Ale, Esq

Bar Admission: 2009
Florida International University


Jennifer Ale was born and raised in Miami, Florida. As the daughter of immigrants from Cuba and Chile, she has witnessed the complexities and emotional entanglements that accompany the American immigration journey since she was a young child. Jennifer graduated from St. Brendan High School in 2001 and began her university career at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She graduated from there Magna Cum Laude in 2005 majoring in Marketing and minoring in Political Science studies.

Jennifer then attended the Florida International University, College of Law. During law school, Jennifer served as Vice President of the South American Law Association and was a member of the Entertainment Law Association. In 2008 and 2009, Jennifer was part of the first Immigrant Children's Justice clinic in the FIU College of Law. This group vigorously fought to help numerous unaccompanied minors who were abused, abandoned, or neglected in their native countries achieve legal status in the United States. In May of 2009, Ms. Ale received her juris doctorate as part of the FIU College of Law's fifth graduating class.

In August of 2008, Jennifer became a part of the William Sanchez, P.A. team. In September 2009, she was formally accepted as a member of the Florida Bar.