Ingrid Perez is a founding partner of Terra Immigration Partners, a full-service immigration law firm dedicated to assisting foreign nationals, investors, and businesses to achieve their immigration goals.
She is a native of Brazil and has lived in the United States since childhood. She has first-hand, personal experience with the language, cultural, and financial barriers that immigrants face. This gives her a unique perspective into these challenges and it is a guiding principle in her work.
Prior to founding Terra Immigration, Ms. Perez worked as a solo practitioner focusing exclusively on immigration law. Ms. Perez also has years of experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney for The Legal Aid Society in New York City where she zealously represented clients in the Manhattan Criminal Court and New York State Supreme Court. She worked as lead counsel and represented close to one thousand clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges. She was responsible for all phases of litigation including arraignments, bail applications, legal writing, research, negotiations, investigations, hearings, and trials.
Ms. Perez represented many non-citizen clients who faced serious immigration consequences resulting from an arrest. For example, Ms. Perez represented an individual charged with making a false report to the police. Her client faced deportation and jail time if convicted. Ms. Perez took the case to trial and obtained a full acquittal. Not only was the client found not guilty of making a false report, but the client’s immigration consequences were also fully averted.
Ms. Perez obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in 2008 from C.U.N.Y. Hunter College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She worked as a middle school Language Arts Teacher for two years prior to obtaining her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law in 2013. In law school, she was an active member of the Latin American Law Students Association and the Fordham Moot Court Board.
Ms. Perez also supplemented her academics with numerous internships and externships allowing her to experience different legal practices. She is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar and she is authorized to practice immigration law in all U.S. States and Territories.
Ms. Perez is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Perez is also a member of the Lideres Board for LatinoJustice, the first national Latino organization to bring transparency to the plight of Latinx under a broken and racialized criminal justice system. She is passionate about equal justice, immigrant rights, and government accountability initiatives. Ms. Perez speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
As an immigrant, Ms. Perez knows what it is like to go through the complex U.S. immigration system and how important it is to have an attorney who cares about the client. As your lawyer, Ms. Perez will be your trusted advisor and counselor. Her defense-oriented background, legal research, and writing experience allow her to submit strong and deserving immigration applications. Her practice is client-centered and transparent. You should expect frequent updates and explanations of your case. Ms. Perez’s goals are simple: let you know that you are in excellent hands and get you the best possible outcome.
Ms. Perez currently resides in Orlando, Florida with her husband Alex and two children, Braxton and Emilia.
Fordham University School of Law| 2013