40 Under 40: Immigration attorney Nayef Mubarak is growing his firm during the pandemic
By Alex Soderstrom - Staff Writer | Orlando Business Journal
Posted Nov 10, 2020
Mubarak's Firm Mubarak Law is tied as the third largest immigration law firm in Orlando
Nayef Ahmad Mubarak pulled off a big accomplishment in February when his law firm nearly tripled its office space.
A month later, however, the pandemic disrupted the upward trajectory of Orlando-based full-service immigration law firm Mubarak Law. Still, Mubarak, the American-born founding partner of the firm — whose parents are Palestinian immigrants — was able to guide it through uncertainty without cutting jobs or pay. In fact, the company aims to grow, Mubarak said.
"I was not sure what would occur after the savings were gone. It definitely felt like survival mode. We not only survived; we thrived. We have not reduced any pay, and today we are even hiring."
Mubarak Law handles employment-based visas, family-based visas, deportation defense, investor visas and more. The firm — one of Central Florida's largest immigration law firms based on number of local immigration attorneys — also handles personal injury and estate planning, and boasts a team that speaks multiple languages including Arabic, English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Nayef Ahmad Mubarak
Mubarak was chosen as a winner in Orlando Business Journal's 2020 40 Under 40 Awards. The honorees will be celebrated during a Nov. 12 virtual awards celebration, and you can read full coverage in the Nov. 13, 2020, weekly edition of OBJ.
Here, Mubarak shares more:
Your fun work title: El Jefe
What keeps you up at night? When I suddenly remember the email or text I did not respond to.
How do you seek to effect change in Central Florida? I love Orlando; it is my home. We engage with an array of local groups, charities and nonprofits to help serve Central Florida by sponsoring numerous events and volunteering for their initiatives. Additionally, I truly believe the work we do at Mubarak Law changes lives, from the investors coming to our community to create jobs, survivors of domestic violence gaining their independence and reuniting families through our services.
Most-used app: Personally, Instagram or email. For the office: Facebook
Restaurant you've been ordering takeout from the most: Fresco Cucina Italiano
Favorite morning drink: Black coffee
What you do to relieve stress: After a long day, I love a hard workout or a heavy meal.
What was your biggest lesson learned during the pandemic? Don’t hesitate, don’t doubt yourself and be ready to adapt daily. It was also a lesson/reminder about the importance of friends and family.
Nayef Ahmad Mubarak
founding partner, Mubarak Law
- Age: 36
- Education: Bachelor's in business sciences and business administration, emphasis finances, University of Central Florida; juris doctorate, Barry University
- Community involvement: Arranged a meeting with Orange County Sheriff John Mina to address concerns of undocumented victims of crimes and local immigration attorneys — the meeting resulted in changes to assist those victims; hosted several educational seminars for Central Florida attorneys with the Orange County Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association; volunteer speaker for Valencia College students twice a year for Peace Week; sponsors local nonprofit events like Arab Festival, Brazilian Day and Muslim Business Expo; offers free monthly consultations and does some pro-bono work for the Arab-American community
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: facebook.com/mubaraklaw
- Instagram handles: @nayefmlaw and @mubaralaw
- Industry: Legal
Source: Orlando Business Journal