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Maria del Carmen Ramos

Partner, Immigration Practice Co-Administrator
Bank of America Plaza
101 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 2800
Tampa, FL 33602
Direct813.227.2252
Fax813.229.1660
mramos@slk-law.com

Assistant

Heather Austin
Direct813.221.7156
haustin@slk-law.com

Maria del Carmen Ramos devotes a substantial portion of her practice to counseling clients on immigration and employment issues. On the immigration side, Maria has extensive experience helping employers obtain H-1B and E visas on behalf of foreign workers employed in specialty occupations. She also has experience helping U.S. and foreign-based companies with global operations obtain L-1 visas on behalf of their foreign-based employees so that the employees can transfer to the United States to assist with U.S. operations or open up a new office, as well as helping those companies obtain visas in China and Mexico on behalf of their U.S.-based employees. Maria also helps foreign workers, including but not limited to, entrepreneurs, physicians, dentists, engineers, and professional athletes, obtain permanent residency based on their employment in the U.S. In addition to helping employers obtain visas for foreign workers, she routinely conducts audits for clients to ensure they comply with the requirements for verifying their employees’ eligibility to work in the United States (I-9 compliance).  Additionally, she is the Blog Editor (and a frequent contributor) to The Immigration Bulletin.

On the labor and employment side, Maria assists corporate clients in drafting and implementing workplace policies and procedures (including employee handbooks, sexual harassment policies, and employment eligibility policies). She also has extensive experience drafting and litigating employment agreements and litigating discrimination and other employment matters.

Before joining Shumaker in 2004, Maria practiced with two large statewide firms handling complex commercial litigation matters. While at Shumaker, she continued to handle complex commercial matters, such as labor and employment, intellectual property, copyright, trademark, and bankruptcy and creditor's rights disputes, in state and federal courts throughout Florida while at Shumaker. She also served as general counsel to a number of community associations, advising them on a variety of issues, such as the validity and interpretation of their governing documents, disputes regarding the election of board members, and how to conduct monthly and annual meetings (including drafting and amending declarations, by-laws, and articles of incorporation).

She also is actively involved in the community. She formerly chaired Shumaker’s “Leadership Shumaker” program, a firm committee that organizes fundraisers all year long to raise funds for the of benefit not-for-profit charitable and arts organizations in the Tampa Bay area. During her tenure, Leadership Shumaker raised over $60,000 for Tampa Bay area charities.

Maria earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Latin American studies from Yale University. While at Yale, she received a grant to study the privatization of telephone companies in Mexico. She later earned her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

Outside of the office, Maria enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters and traveling to Western Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Maria is fluent in Spanish (she is a native of Puerto Rico) and is proficient in Portuguese.

Recent Media

Honors

  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Author, JD Supra Readers' Choice Award (for Semiconductor, Broadcast Media, and Medical Devices Industries), 2016
  • 2016 Tampa Top Lawyers, Immigration Law, Tampa magazine
  • Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine, 2015, 2016
  • Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2014
  • Latino American Who's Who, 2014

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy, Class III Fellow
  • The Florida Bar Judicial Administration and Evaluations Committee, Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida Chapter, Tampa Regional Vice Chair
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Chair Immigration & Nationality Law Section (2014-2016)
  • Professionalism Committee for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Member
  • Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida, Regional Council Member
  • Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, Director
  • Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Litigation American Inn of Court, Master
  • Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Committee of the 13th Judicial Circuit Community Alliance, Member
  • Working Women of Tampa Bay, VIP Member
  • Yale Club of Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Connection (Class of 2009 – 2010)

News Releases

06.22.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2016
06.10.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Launches Manufacturing Industry Blog
06.01.2016Maria del Carmen Ramos Elected to Board of Directors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
04.05.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Top Lawyers
03.15.2016Maria del Carmen Ramos Receives JD Supra Readers' Choice Award
06.23.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2015
06.16.2015Maria del Carmen Ramos Comments on Recent Immigration Ruling
05.06.2015Maria del Carmen Ramos Selected to be a Part of Class III of The Florida Bar Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy
04.28.2015Maria del Carmen Ramos Speaks at Labor Migration and Migrant Adaptation Program
04.27.2015Maria del Carmen Ramos Attended Family Defender Orientation
04.24.2015Maria del Carmen Ramos Appointed to Florida Bar Committee
10.01.2014Shumaker Unveils Blog Focused on Immigration Law
08.04.2014Maria del Carmen Ramos Appointed Chair for Immigration & Nationality Law Section of HCBA
07.15.2014Maria del Carmen Ramos Selected to Latino American Who's Who
06.16.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers and 2014 Florida Rising Stars
06.13.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2013 Florida Super Lawyers and 2013 Florida Rising Stars
01.29.2013Maria del Carmen Ramos Spoke at Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar
01.23.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces New Partners
06.10.2011Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2011 Florida Super Lawyers and 2011 Florida Rising Stars
06.07.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2010 Florida Super Lawyers and 2010 Florida Rising Stars
05.25.2010Maria Del Carmen Ramos Graduates Tampa Connection

Blogs

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09.21.2016Who is Eligible for Parole Under the International Entrepreneur Rule?
08.16.2016OSC Issues Guidance to Employers Related to Immigration Questions During the Hiring Process
08.11.2016U.S. Manufacturers Need Immigration Certainty to Grow Economy
07.29.2016DOJ Hikes Fines for Immigration Related Violations
07.18.2016Immigration Compliance Alert: Increase in Fines for Immigration Related Violations Take Effect on August 1, 2016
07.18.2016Immigration Compliance Alert: Increase in Fines for Immigration Related Violations Takes Effect on August 1, 2016
07.08.2016USCIS Has Finished Returning Unselected H-1B Cap Subject Petitions
06.07.2016Our Immigration Policy Shouldn't be Left to Chance
05.20.2016Visa Waiver Program Participants Are Required to Have an e-Passport to Travel to the U.S.
05.09.2016USCIS Proposes Hike in Filing Fees
05.03.2016USCIS Finishes Data Entry of H-1B Cap Subject Petitions
04.12.2016EU Threatens to Revoke U.S. and Canada Visa Waivers
03.22.2016Recent Changes to the Trade Embargo May Facilitate Cuban Baseball Players Being Able to Legally Play for MLB Teams
03.11.2016Immigration Reform: Where are we today?
03.02.2016Decision on STEM OPT Program is Delayed Until May 10, 2016
02.04.2016USCIS Processing Delays for H-1B Extensions Continue
01.19.2016Breaking News: SCOTUS to Hear DOJ's Appeal of the Fifth Circuit's Decision in State of Texas v. U.S.
12.07.2015USCIS proposes new changes to Form I-9
11.19.2015Planning Ahead: H-1Bs for FY2017
11.11.2015EB-5 Legislative Update
11.10.2015Fifth Circuit Ruling Upholds Injunction Against the President's Executive Actions on Immigration
11.09.2015Employers May Request Alternative Documents Following an Internal I-9 Audit
11.05.2015EB-5 Regional Center Annual Reports are Due by December 29, 2015
11.02.2015The Current Status of the Unaccompanied Children at our Border
10.22.2015Important Changes to Byzantine Cuban Assets Control Regulations
10.20.2015Proposed New Rule May Save the STEM OPT Program
10.19.2015Bridging the Divide: Cuba Today
09.28.2015Not So Fast! Department of State Releases Updated Visa Bulletin for October 2015
09.24.2015USCIS Suspends Final Adjudication of Employment-Based Adjustment Applications Until October 1, 2015
09.10.2015Moving Into the 21st Century
09.09.2015Giving Your All
08.17.2015Immigration Alert: Decision Overturning 17-month OPT/STEM Extensions is stayed as USCIS scrambles to cure deficiencies
08.04.2015Knock, Knock: Who's there?
07.21.2015Client Alert: Amended Petitions Required When Relocating H-1B Employees
07.15.2015Texas Denies Immigrant Children Their U.S. Citizenship
07.14.2015Executive Action Update: 3 Year EADs Issued After 2/16/15 Injunction Must Be Returned
07.13.2015Executive Action Update: 3 Year EADs Issued After 2/16/15 Injunction Must Be Returned by 7/17/15
07.01.2015I-9 Update: Green Cards Do Not Always Have a Signature
07.01.2015Bienvenidos a Habana
06.10.2015When Is Paying an Honorarium Permissible?
05.25.2015Alert: Preliminary Injunction is Denied-H-4 EAD Program Moves Forward.
05.25.2015Alert: Preliminary Injunction is Denied-H-4 EAD Program Moves Forward
05.20.2015Cuba: La Perla de las Antillas
05.15.2015Proud to Support Third Annual HBIF Golf Tournament
05.13.2015DHS Asks Court to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging H-4 Work Authorization
05.11.20152000 Three Year Work Permits Were Issued by DHS in Violation of Injunction
04.15.2015Premium Processing Update for Selected H-1B Petitions
04.13.2015Alert: USCIS Conducts Random H-1B Lottery for FY 2016
04.13.2015Alert: USCIS Conducts Random H-1B Lottery for FY 2016
04.08.2015Multiple Legal Briefs Defending The President's Executive Actions Filed
04.07.2015H-1B Cap For FY 2016 Has Been Reached
03.25.2015Fifth Circuit to Hear Oral Arguments on Whether to Lift Injunction on April 17
03.19.2015OPT Program Under Attack
03.18.2015USCIS Resumes Processing of H-2B Petitions
03.16.2015The President's Executive Actions on Immigration Are Further Delayed
03.15.2015Conducting An Internal I-9 Audit
03.11.2015Navigating H-1B Requirements: The Degree Must Relate to the Specialty Occupation
03.10.2015Adjudication of H-2B Petitions Temporarily Suspended
03.05.2015Avoiding an Immigration Nightmare: The Importance of Knowing When a Work Visa is Necessary
03.02.2015Navigating H-1B Requirements: The Existence of a Valid Employer-Employee Relationship
02.27.2015Cuban Baseball Players Are No Longer Required to Obtain a License to Play Ball
02.24.2015Bridging the Gap to Cuba
02.24.2015Mark Your Calendars: DHS Extends Employment Authorization Eligibility to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Effective May 26, 2015
02.23.2015Come on, Nightline?!
02.06.2015Bipartisan Legislation Seeks to Make the EB-5 Program Permanent
02.04.2015What Happens When An Employee Admits I-9 Documents Were Fraudulent
02.03.2015Court of Appeals Censures USCIS' Narrow Interpretation of L-1B Visa Requirementsi
02.03.2015Court of Appeals Censures USCIS' Narrow Interpretation of L-1B Visa Requirements
01.28.2015H-1B Season is Almost Upon Us
01.27.2015USCIS Terminates 16 EB-5 Regional Centers
01.26.2015Three Things to Know About DAPA
01.19.2015USCIS Issues Fliers About the President's Executive Actions
01.13.2015Living Well: Making a Difference in our Community
01.12.2015The Devil is in the Details: What Employers and Businesses Need to Know About the President's Executive Actions on Immigration
12.24.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP's Immigration Team Wishes our Clients and Colleagues a Wonderful Holiday Season
12.22.2014EB-5 Public Engagement Update
12.18.2014Changes to the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program Are Announced
12.17.2014EB-5: A Creative Financing Option for U.S. Developers and Businesses
12.08.2014How to Respond When ICE Offers to Help
12.04.2014Deadline to File Form I-924A is December 29, 2014
12.02.2014Upcoming E-Verify Record Disposal Date
11.21.2014President Obama Unveils His Proposed Executive Actions on Immigration
11.20.2014Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone are Awarded Temporary Protected Status Designations
11.19.2014New Requirements for J-1 Program Mandates Annual Audits and Reports to Department of State
11.19.2014New J-1 Program Requirements Mandate Annual Audits and Reports to Department of State
11.18.2014NVC No Longer Accepting Original Civil Documents
11.17.2014U.S. Rolls Out New Refugee/Parole Program for Certain Central American Children
11.14.2014Extensions of Visa Validity Periods for Chinese Nationals
11.13.2014Channeling Our Inner Atticus Finch
11.06.2014The Dangers Lurking in Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in Tampa Bay
11.05.2014DHS Announces Enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program
11.04.2014USCIS Releases Interim Policy Memorandum Regarding T-6 Category
10.31.2014DHS Publishes Final Rule on Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status And Revises Forms G-28 & G-28I
10.30.2014More EB-5 Predictions
10.28.2014Failure to file Form I-924A Can Lead to a Notice of Intent to Terminate
10.27.2014Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program Announced for 2015
10.25.2014USCIS Publishes Updated EB-5 Processing Time Information
10.23.2014Retrogression Alert Issued for EB-5 Category
10.22.2014Department of State Announces Visa Fee Changes
10.17.2014USCIS Will Begin Disposing of E-Verify Records 10 Years Old and Older
10.14.2014The Crisis at our Border
10.08.2014EB-2 India Retrogresses
10.06.2014The I-9 Squeeze: What Happens When An Employer Migrates to a Completely Electronic System?
09.29.2014To Amend, or Not to Amend?
09.23.2014A Cautionary Tale for H-1B Employers
09.18.2014Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Sudan
09.18.2014If You Renounce Your U.S. Citizenship, You Have to Pay the Piper
09.15.2014The Infamous EB-5 Visa
09.05.2014The Rules of the Game Change As ICE Targets Employers
08.21.2014DOJ Addresses the Anti-Discrimination Provision in Connection with I-9 Compliance
08.18.2014Keeping Up with the Times: Solving the I-9 Conundrum for Remote Employees
08.11.2012The EB-5 Program: The Road to Citizenship Less Traveled

Publications

08.12.2016Client Alert: OSC Issues Guidance to Employers Related to Immigration Questions During the Hiring Process
08.09.2016Client Alert: DOJ Hikes Fines for Immigration Related Violations
July 2016"Our Immigation Policy Shouldn't be Left to Chance," Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer magazine
March 2016"Immigration Reform: Where are we Today?," Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer magazine
December 2015"I-9 Records Retention - Avoid Fines!," Presented at seminar for human resources professionals for the ABC-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
11.23.2015"Bridging the Divide:  Cuba Today"
10.18.2015"Bridging the Divide Between the United States and Cuba," Tampa Bay Times
September 2015"Giving Your All," Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer magazine
07.21.2015Client Alert: Amended Petitions Required When Relocating H-1B Employees
March 2015"Conducting an Internal I-9 Audit," Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer Magazine
01.14.2015Client Alert - The Devil is In the Details: What Employers and Businesses Need to Know About President Obama's Executive Actions on Immigration
January 2015Living Well:  Making a Difference in Our Community, Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer magazine.
12.17.2014Client Alert - EB-5: A Creative Financing Option for U.S. Developers and Businesses
12.01.2014"How to Respond When ICE Offers to Help"
11.12.2014Immigration Law:  Channeling Our Inner Atticus Finch, Lawyer Magazine
09.05.2014Client Alert - The Rules of the Game Change As ICE Targets Employers
08.18.2014Client Alert - Keeping Up with the Times: Solving the I-9 Conundrum for Remote Employees
09.01.2012"EB-5 Program: The Road to Citizenship Less Traveled," "insights" Newsletter - Fall 2012
08.20.2009"Employer Booster Shot: Update on Recent Employment Law Changes," Presented at the 2009 An Ounce of Prevention: A Management Check Up for Executives and Human Resources Professionals, paper and lecture
05.01.2009Co-Author, "Avoid Getting Entangled in a Debtor’s Web: Obtaining Information from the Debtor," 5 Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law 357
09.17.2008"Avoid Getting Entangled in a Debtor's Web: Obtaining Information from the Debtor"
09.01.2008"Immigration Legislation Alert"
06.01.2008"A Trap for the Unwary: The Revised I-9 Form," Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer
04.01.2008Co-Author, "Navigating the Labrynth: Practical Issues Arising When Litigating AIA A312 Performance Bond Claims," Presented at the 19th Annual Southern Fidelity & Surety Claims Conference (paper and lecture)
12.04.2007"I-9 Form News Bulletin"
11.19.2007"I-9 Form and Domestic Violence Leave Law - Regional News Bulletin"
09.19.2007Co-Author, "Inoculating Your Business Against An Outbreak: I-9 Compliance," Presented at An Ounce of Prevention: A Management Checkup for Executives and Human Resource Professionals (paper and lecture)
09.01.2007Co-Author, "Demystifying the Surety Corporate Representative Deposition: Knowing How to Select Your Corporate Representative," Presented at the 18th Annual Northeast Fidelity & Surety Claims Conference (paper and lecture)

Newsletters

Events and Presentations

10.30.2013Employment Law Update:  Fall 2013
05.02.2013Employment Law Update:  For Executives, Managers, Business Owners and Human Resources Professionals
05.02.2013"The ADEA," Presented at the 2013 Employment Law Update: For Executives, Managers, Business Owners and Human Resources Professionals
01.16.2013"Mini-Primer on I-9’s, E-Verify & No-Match Letters," Presented at the Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar by Sterling Seminars
08.14.2012"The NLRA," presented at the 2012 Employment Law Update: For Executives, Managers, Business Owners and Human Resources Professionals
09.15.2010"Health Care Reform of 2010 Amends the FLSA," Presented at the 2010 Employment Law Update: A Back to School Primer for Executives, Managers, Business Owners and Human Resources Professionals
09.01.2008"Avoid Getting Entangled in a Debtor’s Web: Obtaining Information from the Debtor," Presented at the 19th Annual Northeast Fidelity and Surety Claims Conference, paper and lecture.
06.01.2008"Employer Recordkeeping Requirements," Presented at the Pinellas County Medical Association’s MediSun Conference
04.01.2008"Navigating the Labyrinth: Practical Issues Arising When Litigating AIA A312 Performance Bond Claims," Presented at the 19th Annual Southern Fidelity and Surety Claims Conference, paper and lecture.

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Education

  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., Yale University, 1996

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 2000
  • United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, 2001
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida, 2001
  • United States District Court Northern District of Florida, 2001
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida, 2001

Languages

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Advisors


MCR MH 2016

JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2016 

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