Mr. Morais has over fifteen years of legal experience both in the United States and in Brazil. He has worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in different capacities, where he acquired extensive and comprehensive immigration knowledge – including a position as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) litigating immigration cases before the Executive Office of Immigration Review.
During his tenure with ICE, Mr. Morais successfully appealed and overturned an immigration judge’s decision before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). In addition, he participated at the court and BIA levels in the litigation of a seminal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ remand decision. Previously, he worked for DHS as an Immigration Services Officer and Asylum Officer for USCIS. Mark also worked as a Customs and Border Protection Officer at the Miami International Airport.
Prior to joining the Federal Service, Mark represented civilian clients–assisting them with family-based and employment-based immigration petitions. He also worked for large corporations such as the logistics company DHL, dealing with complex commercial real estate transactions.
Mark holds a Juris Doctor degree from Saint Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida. His name was recommended to the Dean’s List to be recorded on the rolls of the School of Law for excellence in academic studies. Although Mark was born in New York, he grew up and also studied in Brazil. He earned a Law Degree in Brazil from Faculdades de Direito de Vitoria. Mark also obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo in Brazil.
Mark is licensed to practice law in the state of Florida. He is also a member of the Bar in the state of Espirito Santo, Brazil.
Mark is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.