Ira Kurzban surprised his Berkeley classmates when upon graduation from law-school, he moved to Miami, Florida to represent indigent Haitian refugees. Within a year, he was in federal court and since then, he has been lead counsel in several landmark Supreme Court case upholding the constitutional rights of refugees.
In addition to being named by Newsweek as "One of 100 American Heroes", by Esquire Magazine as "People Under 40 Changing the Nation" and by virtually all legal publications including the Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, and the National Law Journal as one of the very best immigration lawyers in the United States, he was the first recipient of the Florida Supreme Court's "Tobias Simon Pro Bono Award" and received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania Law School for his work on behalf of immigrants.
Ira is the former national President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is an adjunct professor of immigration law at the University of Miami and Nova Law Schools.
Perhaps his greatest contribution to government officials and the immigration bar has been his authoring of Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook which Ira personally updates.
Ira practices with his brother Marvin and partners Steven Weinger, Helena Tetzeli, Jed Kurzban and John Pratt in the Miami firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A.. The firm enjoys an international client roster and great success in immigration, products liability, medical malpractice, commercial and maritime law and has won many multi-million dollar verdicts.