Richard J. Panachida

Senior Associate Attorney ————

Richard Panachida is an ambitious, young attorney. He has worked with some of the most experienced criminal and immigration attorneys in the country. He is here to work hard representing clients in immigration, personal injury, divorce, and criminal matters. The federal and state governments are powerful and have unlimited time and energy, so the people need an attorney who is willing to fight for them against all odds. That lawyer is Richard Panachida.

Richard grew up understanding the importance of immigration and cultural diversity in our country. He is the first child born in the United States on his father’s side of the family. His grandparent’s immigrated to the United States from Brazil in the sixties, and their experience shaped his passion for immigration law. He grew up hearing stories from his grandma explaining how she just wished there was legal help in a language she could speak and understand. It is important for an attorney to understand the confusion that those from a foreign country might have while navigating the legal world.

Education ■■■■■■■

Richard fulfilled his childhood dream by completing his undergraduate studies at The Florida State University. There, he received a Bachelor of Science in Spanish and a minor in History, with a strong emphasis on Latin American and Spanish history. Richard is fluent in Spanish.

Richard pursued his Juris Doctor at the Louisiana State Paul M. Hebert Law Center. There he gained crucial experience with the LSU Immigration Law Clinic and the Office of the Public Defender in the 19th Judicial District in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Because of the immense case-load at the Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender, Richard gained experience participating in virtually every type of criminal case possible working alongside the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in the state of Louisiana.

Legal Career ■■■■■■■

Since graduating law school, Richard passed the bar exam in both Louisiana and Georgia. He is licensed to practice before the highest courts in each state. In addition, he completed the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorney’s Bill Daniel Trial Advocacy Program, which served to sharpen his courtroom skills. He has been admitted to practice law before federal courts in the middle district of Georgia as well as immigration courts throughout the country having appeared in jurisdictions ranging from Cleveland to New York. He has represented criminal defendants in superior and state courts across Georgia.

Beyond the courtroom, Richard handles matters before the Board of Immigration Appeals and USCIS, including naturalization and green card interviews.

Personal Life ■■■■■■■

In his personal life, Richard is a dedicated sports fan who is a board member of the Atlanta Real Madrid fan group, La Peña Madridista Atlanta. He is also a fan of both of his college alma maters and all the Atlanta sports teams, having lived in the metro Atlanta area since the age of ten. Beyond sports, he is an avid fan of film and music.

If I could give Richard 10 stars I would. My case went on for a year and he was informative the whole time. Even though my case was not in immigration he was still ready for trial every step of the way. He gave me confidence when I was uneasy. I can’t say enough about the professionalism this law firm displays so if your considering them go ahead and make the decision to move forward.

– Mercedes

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