Marife appears in the 2020
Top 100 Attorneys Magazine
Marife Nazario-Yordan, Esq.
As founder and managing attorney of Nazario Yordan Law, PLLC, Marife Nazario-Yordan has dedicated most of her career to immigration law. Based in Boynton Beach, Florida, she is licensed in numerous states, including Florida, Pennsylvania and Missouri, as well as Puerto Rico. While she handles the universe of immigration matters, from asylums and complex waivers to temporary work visas to family and employment-based green cards, her specialty is investment-based E-2 visas and representing regional centers and foreign investors in the area of EB-5 law—a program that allows foreign investors to invest capital in the U.S. in numerous industries and in exchange for the creation of jobs and the increase in economic activity, they become eligible for a green card. With a multicultural background, multilingual skills, and nearly 20 years of legal experience spanning a wide array of practice areas, including business immigration law, corporate, commercial, and real estate law, with specific expertise in EB-5 law and investors’ visas, she serves clients with a unique—and powerful—combination of skills and experience.
“This area has always been my passion. I began my legal career in immigration, corporate, and international law, and later on trained specifically in EB-5 law with one of the best firms in the field. There are a lot of EB-5 attorneys, but I was fortunate to have received specialized training not just in the representation of foreign investors, but also regional centers, helping them structure their projects to become EB-5 eligible and authorized to sponsor development projects relying on foreign capital to boost the U.S. economy” she explains. “All the different legal areas in which I had worked in the past somehow overlapped and eventually merged well together in this field.”
Born in Spain, Marife grew up in Puerto Rico and began feeding her fervent interest in different cultures in college, with study-abroad programs that took her to France, Italy, Spain, and the United States. With Spanish as her native language, she honed her language skills through her travels, becoming proficient in French, Portuguese and Italian, and fluent in English. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1993 from Duke University and obtained her law degree from Tulane Law School along with a certificate in European legal studies. While pursuing her J.D., she served as managing editor and board member for the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, was ranked among the Who’s Who: American Law Students, and studied under Chief Justice Rehnquist in Sienna, Italy. After graduating from Tulane, she attended the University of London, where she graduated with an L.L.M. in corporate and commercial law with honors in 2000.
Marife began her career with Cohen & Grigsby, where she focused on international business transactions and business immigration. For the next 17 years, she served as an attorney for medium-sized and large international firms, including Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin, where she led the business immigration practice, and Visa, Inc., where she served as assistant vice president and legal counsel of the Latin America and Caribbean Region. In 2014, she began her EB-5 training while working as an attorney with a renowned EB-5 firm in Los Angeles. In 2018, she moved to Florida to lead the Orlando office as managing attorney for a Tampa immigration firm.
In 2019, her passion, experience, and skills culminated in a nomination for Top EB-5 Attorneys and the launch of her own firm, where Marife now focuses principally on immigration law and EB-5 law. “Unlike most immigration attorneys, my practice is not based on volume. I pour my heart and soul into every case that I handle. In all my years, I have never had one denial in any of my own cases,” she shares.
Founder and Managing Attorney — Nazario Yordan Law, PLLC