Our Attorneys

Leaf, Ferreira, de Araujo, LLC is Proud of its Strong Legal Team

The firm represents individuals globally, with language capacities in Spanish, Portuguese, and French. The firm possesses familiarity with U.S. Consulates around the world and in-depth
expertise with U.S. immigration law, including daily focus on the United States of Citizenship and Immigration Services, as it is integrated into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Maralyn D. Leaf
Rodrigo L. de Araujo Santos
Tadeu Ferreira
Stephanie D’Angelo

Maralyn D. Leaf

Biography

Maralyn Leaf is a renowned immigration attorney with in-depth experience in business immigration, from basic “Green Card” petitions to the more innovative and complex National Interest and Extraordinary Ability petitions. Ms. Leaf has a long history, spanning decades, with the EB-5 program. She has successfully represented international investors seeking permanent residence through investment. She has achieved approval for “stand-alone” EB-5s, as well as with the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program. Her experience includes approval of BirchLEAF Miami 31, LLC, one of the first successful regional centers in South Florida, which provided substantial financing in the construction of the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park.

 

Ms. Leaf provides a unique blend of professional excellence, assertiveness and proven ability to manage and bring to fruition the most intricate and challenging immigration matters. She has performed extensive work for Latin American, European and Asian executives. She brings to any organization or individual strong case management capabilities, making possible the development of creative and sound strategies that expedite matters for individuals planning to immigrate to the United States.

 

Ms. Leaf provides a unique blend of professional excellence, assertiveness and proven ability to manage and bring to fruition the most intricate and challenging immigration matters. She has performed extensive work for Latin American, European and Asian executives. She brings to any organization or individual strong case management capabilities, making possible the development of creative and sound strategies that expedite matters for individuals planning to immigrate to the United States.

Rodrigo L. de Araujo Santos

Biography

Rodrigo L. de Araujo Santos, Esq. is a partner of Leaf, Ferreira, de Araujo, LLC. Since joining the firm as an attorney in 2010, Mr. de Araujo has focused his practice exclusively on the fields of foreign investment and self-initiated immigration. He has successfully advised and overseen the legal arrangements of affluent families, business associations, and top professionals seeking to invest and attain permanent residence in the United States, particularly through EB-1A (Extraordinary Ability Alien), EB-2 (National Interest Waiver), and EB-5 (Investment) immigration petitions.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. de Araujo served as a contract specialist for a Fortune 100 Telecommunication company in the United States and practiced complex commercial litigation with leading law firms in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mr. de Araujo holds a Juris Doctor (J.D) degree from the University of Miami School of Law and a Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He is admitted to practice in New York, Florida, and the Federative Republic of Brazil. Mr. de Araujo is fluent in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish.

Tadeu Ferreira

Biography

Jose Tadeu C. Ferreira, Esq. is a partner of Leaf, Ferreira, de Araujo LLC, a boutique law firm focused on the highly specialized fields of foreign investment and self-initiated immigration.

 

Mr. Ferreira has extensive experience with immigrant and non-immigrant categories including EB-1A (Extraordinary Ability Alien) and EB-5 (Investment) immigration petitions, as well as E-2 (Treaty Investors), L-1A (Multinational Manager/Executive) and H-1B (Specialty Occupation), among others. Mr. Ferreira has advised multinational corporations, successful entrepreneurs and leading executives on immigration strategy. Today, Mr. Ferreira represents leading banks, telecommunications companies, consulting firms and affluent families. Mr. Ferreira holds a Juris Doctor from Florida International University. While at Florida International University, Mr. Ferreira was selected to participate in the Honors Internship Program at the Securities & Exchange Commission. Having exceeded expectations at the SEC, Mr. Ferreira’s internship was extended. He was given further responsibilities, including participating in the SEC investigations, oversight of EB-5 Regional Centers, as well as participation in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations. Mr. Ferreira is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida. Mr. Ferreira is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Stephanie D’Angelo

Biography

Stephanie D’Angelo, Esq. focuses her practice on seeking lawful permanent residence for distinguished professionals through complex Extraordinary Ability and National Interest Waiver petitions. These distinguished professionals perform critical roles for leading global corporations and have sustained international acclaim as individuals at the top of their field. Ms. D’Angelo’s experience also includes business-related non-immigrant visa applications and petitions, such as O-1A, H-1B, L-1A, and E-2.

 

Ms. D’Angelo holds a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Florida International University College of Law. While in law school, she was a member of the FIU Board of Advocates Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Team and Champion of the FIU College of Law 12th Annual Intramural Moot Court Competition. She served as a LL.M. Student Ambassador and served on the Broward County Bar Association, FIU Chapter Executive Board. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. D’Angelo was a Certified Legal Intern at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Jacqueline Hogan-Scola of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. As a result of her work with the judicial externship, she was awarded the Judge Aaron B. Cohen Externship Scholarship. Ms. D’Angelo received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, cum laude, from the University of Florida. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida.

Firm Overview

Leaf, Ferreira, de Araujo, LLC represents domestic and multinational corporations and other organizations which employ foreign nationals on a temporary or permanent basis. The firm also represents talented individuals and business professionals, as well as entrepreneurs and investors who have decided to start a business, buy a business, franchise or explore business opportunities in this country.

 

Leaf, Ferreira, de Araujo, LLC tailors its representation for each client by addressing specific factors and needs. Based on our in-depth knowledge of U.S. immigration laws, practices and policies, our firm evaluates clients’ goals and expectations, and facilitates an appropriate course of action in order to file the appropriate petition and/or application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or pertinent U.S. Consulate.

 

Our firm enjoys a superlative record of successfully analyzing individuals’ credentials and formulating the appropriate strategy to expeditiously realize their ambition to enter the United States and contribute valued skills to the economy as a non-immigrant. Moreover, our informed judgment affords us the ability to evaluate the best process to achieve permanent residency for those wishing for immigrant status. (“Green Card”)