Joseph R. Lackey

Joseph Lackey practices exclusively in the fields of immigration law and criminal defense and loves that the law teaches him something new every day. A graduate of Nova Southeastern School of Law and the University of Barcelona College of Law, Joseph is licensed to practice in the state of Florida, the Federal Southern District of Florida, the country of Spain as well as all member-countries of the European Union. Joseph focuses on deportation litigation and criminal defense, and particularly enjoys the intersection between the two. Believing that everyone deserves a second chance, and that no one should be judged on their single worst moment, Joseph has dedicated his career to helping those whose past (or present) pose problems. He is honored to be part of the Somali 92 Team that received AILA’s 2019 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award.

Our Team

Elena Asturias serves as the firm’s Legal Administrator. She has extensive business and human resource management experience, coupled with a regulatory compliance background. She has over seventeen years of experience dealing with US Customs and Border Protection. She is responsible for the firm’s operations and staff and dedicates herself to ensuring that the firm’s team is supported in order to deliver high quality legal services to all clients. Currently she serves as the Education Committee Chair for the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association.

Linett Reyes is a Florida Bar Certified Paralegal and has been involved with immigration law since 2011. An immigrant herself, Linett was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated to Miami, FL after being selected to participate in the Diversity Immigration Visa Program. Her experience has given to her a deeply rooted passion and interest in immigration. Her work experience ranges from Waivers, Family-Based Petitions, Fiancée Visas, Adjustment of Status, Citizenship, Cuban Family Reunification, Asylum, Cancellation of Removal, and more. Linett manages the firm’s detention cases and is a team recipient of AILA’s 2019 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award.

Josie Cardozo is the firm’s Business Development Manager. She is a Florida Bar Certified Paralegal with a Degree in Business Management and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management. She has vast experience over a broad spectrum of immigration law and she is particularly adept at analyzing complex immigration issues and finding the best solution. She has handled VAWA Applications, U-visas, T-visas, Waivers, Bond Motions, as well as TPS and DACA applications. Josie is responsible for client development; the firm’s community outreach and she also manages the firm’s pro-bono casework.

Arleen Iglesias is an experienced Paralegal handling both immigration and criminal defense cases. A native of Cuba, Arleen immigrated to Miami, FL in 2009. She has an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies and is currently studying Criminal Justice at FNU. She is responsible for managing the firm’s criminal defense docket. Her case experience includes Family-Based Petitions, Citizenship Applications, Waivers and Special Victims cases such as U-Visas and battered spouses as well as criminal defense cases for misdemeanors and felonies. An immigrant herself, Arleen is devoted to helping those in need.

Melissa Sanchez is a versatile and essential member of the firm. She provides administrative support to the legal team in order to ensure high quality service to our clients. She is currently a student at FIU, where she is studying Business Management.


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Immigration Practice Areas:

1. Immigration Litigation
2. Deportation Defense
3. Residency (Green card) Applications
4. Citizenship
5. Appeals
6. Family Based Petitions
7. VAWA Petitions
8. Waivers
9. Cancellation of Removal
10. Stay of Deportation
11. U-Visas & T-Visas
12. Asylum

Business Immigration Practice Areas:

1. Investor Visas: EB-5
2. Entrepreneur Visas: E-1, E-2, L-1A, L-1B
3. Labor Certification & PERM Processing
4. Talent Visas: H-1B specialty occupation, O & P

Criminal Defense Areas:

1. Adult Court (All Felonies and Misdemeanors)
2. Juvenile Court (All Felonies and Misdemeanors)
3. Drug Possession & Trafficking
4. DUI
5. Assault
6. Burglary
7. Domestic Violence
8. Federal Passport Fraud
9. And more



Are you an immigration or criminal defense attorney who needs help with a case? Joseph has written extensively for the past 15 years on the topics of searching for or crafting new safe-haven pleas in criminal court so as to avoid the subsequent issuance of an NTA. Joseph happily consults with immigration attorneys on finding avenues of relief or challenging the validity of the NTA issued against your client. Contact us today to see if we can work together to help keep another family together.



Office location:

While Joseph has his office located in Miami, he is licensed throughout the entire state of Florida to practice in any of its criminal courts, as well as the Federal Court’s Southern District, and also every immigration court throughout the United States. Joseph has many clients that live far away and he maintains telephonic contact with them.

Contact Us

    Contact Info

    Phone: (305) 492-4300
    Fax: (305)-468-3533
    Email: info@josephlackey.com
    Address: 2801 Florida Ave, Suite 18, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

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