Elina Magaly Santana, Esq. is a Shareholder and Co-founder of Santana Rodriguez Law, P.A. She is licensed in the state of Florida, the U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Attorney Santana is the firm’s lead Immigration Law Practitioner. She focuses her practice on representing foreign clients in affirmative petitions with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”), as well as providing direct representation at interviews and in deportation proceedings before the U.S. Immigration Courts. She handles Family-based and Marriage-based Residency, Naturalization, Acquired and Derivative Citizenship, Deportation Defense (including Asylum, Cancellation of Removal, and Waivers), and Appeals for previously denied cases. Attorney Santana has also represented many detained clients in bond proceedings and reasonable/credible fear interviews. Furthermore, Attorney Santana has successfully argued for Stays of Deportation for clients with humanitarian reasons why they cannot return to their countries.
She is dedicated to representing the immigrant community nationwide and travels often for her clients’ cases. She has represented clients in courts nationwide, including Miami, FL; Orlando, FL; Hartford, CT; New York, NY; Buffalo, NY; Charlotte, NC; San Antonio, TX; Harlingen, TX; Atlanta, GA; Cleveland, OH; San Francisco, CA; Newark, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Tacoma, WA; and Kansas City, MO, among others.
Attorney Santana earned her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where she served as an editor for the Public Interest Law Journal. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in both Sociology and Spanish Literature at New York University with high honors. She is fluent in English and Spanish and loves to travel throughout the world.
Attorney Santana also had the honor of serving as a judicial intern at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida under the supervision of the Honorable William C. Turnoff in Miami, Florida.
Attorney Santana volunteers in the local South Florida community by accepting pro bono cases through several local organizations. She also previously volunteered with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (“ProBAR”) in Harlingen, Texas, where she worked with detained and previously abused children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile visas.
Attorney Santana is an elected executive board member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) South Florida Board of Directors. She is the Second VP of AILA South Florida and simultaneously sits on the CLE Due Process Committee for AILA National. She is an active Business Network International (“BNI”) member and Florida Lawyers’ Network (“FLN”) member. She is also a Trustee member in the Coral Gable Chamber of Commerce, a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (“NAWBO”), a member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce (“WCC”).
Attorney Santana is a U.S. Citizen born in Miami, Florida. She is the child of Cuban Immigrants who immigrated in the 1960s. As such, her personal connection to the plight of immigrant families is a personal one. She previously lived in New York, New York, Boston, Massachusetts, and briefly in Madrid, Spain.