MEET THE ATTORNEY:

JOANNE M. FAKHRE

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Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." I truly believe this to be true. As an immigrant, having personally gone through the immigration process, I understand firsthand the workings of the immigration system, and the needs of my immigration clients.


My Journey to the United States

I was born in Lebanon, and grew up on the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada. I migrated to the United States after graduating high school. I have been fortunate to have been exposed to different cultures, peoples, and ways of lives - an education within itself. I come from a long line of immigrants. My parents emigrated from Lebanon to Grenada, and later my siblings and I immigrated to the United States to pursue our dreams.

Member of:

  • The Florida Bar
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Central Florida Chapter of AILA
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Jacksonville Women's Lawyers Association
  • St. Marons, Maronite Catholic Church

Educational Background

After graduating high school in Grenada, I entered the United States on an F-1 student visa to attend the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, Florida. I graduated from UNF with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology, and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. I then attended Florida Coastal School of Law graduating with Honors.

Immigration Background

After completing my studies, I changed my immigration status from an F-1 student visa to Optional Practical Training (OPT), then to an H-1B non-immigrant work visa for six years. The company I worked for at the time applied for my lawful permanent residence status (Green Card). They first filed a labor certification with the Department of Labor, and when that was certified, they filed Form I-140 Immigrant Petition with USCIS, which allowed me to file Form I-485 for my adjustment of status application with USCIS. I remember being so excited when my legal permanent residence was approved. Then, on January 12, 2010, I finally became a United States Citizen. It was a long tedious process, but well worth the wait.

Personal Experience

The oldest of five, I am well traveled, enjoy politics, and world affairs, and have lobbied at the United Nations, Department of State, and Department of Defense on issues surrounding the sovereignty and independence of Lebanon.


Education and Credentials

University of North Florida

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  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minor Biology, 1992
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice, emphasis on counseling, 1995

Florida Coastal School of Law

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  • Juris Doctor, cum laude honors, 1999

Languages

  • Fluent in spoken Arabic

What My Clients Can Expect: An Immigrant Meeting Your Immigration Needs

To adequately practice law, one cannot forget the human aspect of it. My clients can expect promptness, understanding, determination and a commitment to excellence in the services we provide.

I treat each individual's case as though it was my own or a family member’s. Having gone through the immigration process myself, I understand that dealing with immigration can be intimidating, confusing and frustrating.

Therefore, I thoroughly prepare my clients throughout each step of the process, addressing their needs with professionalism and high ethical standards.

My clients can expect the highest quality of service, honesty, dedication, and zealous representation.