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Experience, Compassion & Dedication in Civil and Immigration Matters

Former Chief, National Security & Affirmative Litigation Section, Office of Immigration Litigation, U.S. Department of Justice & U.S. Army JAG Corps Officer/Lawyer


Nationwide Multi-Jurisdictional Practice
Representation in Immigration Matters

Representation in Civil Matters
Federal Agencies - Immigration Court - U.S. District Court - U.S. Courts of Appeal

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Immigration Matters

Experienced Counsel

Dempsey Law, PLLC will assist you in achieving success in your immigration journey.  Whether you need assistance filing immigration benefits applications, representation at your administrative proceedings, overcoming an administrative denial by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, or seeking review in federal court, Dempsey Law, PLLC stands ready to help you find a solution.  The firm will zealously advocate for your interests in any immigration process with the benefit of knowledge gained from personally litigating scores of immigration matters on behalf of the U.S. Government for over a decade.

Civil Matters

Representing With Respect

Dempsey Law, PLLC will represent you in civil matters arising in any Florida jurisdiction or in any United States District Court (federal proceedings).  The Firm is armed with knowledge and expertise gained from handling scores of matters involving Civil Litigation, Trusts & Estates, Landlord/Tenant Matters, Contracts, Employment Disputes, and/or Veterans Benefits.  Protecting your rights in these processes and holding adverse Parties to their strict degree of proof is our business.

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Practice Areas

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Immigration Matters

Civil Matters

Immigration Practice Areas

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Dempsey Law, PLLC will help you or a loved one obtain a visa -- whether nonimmigrant (temporary), immigrant (leading to lawful permanent residence),  family-based, business/employment-related, tourism, student, or other type of visa -- as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Lawful Permanent Residence
(Green Cards)

A green card allows someone who is not a U.S. citizen to have legal permanent residency in the United States. With a green card, you can live and work anywhere in the U.S. and continue on a pathway to citizenship. Whether family or marriage based, employment-related, or humanitarian, Dempsey Law, PLLC will assist you in obtaining permanent residence in the U.S.

Removal Proceedings (Deportation)

Dempsey Law, PLLC will aggressively defend against your removal in Immigration Court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals, or on Petition for Review to a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, by raising a myriad of defenses:  waivers; cancellation of removal; suspension; adjustment of status; asylum; withholding; legalization; registry; or voluntary departure.

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If you are a person with a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion and/or membership in a particular social group, who has been forced to flee your country because of persecution, war or violence, Dempsey Law, PLLC will assist you in affirmatively applying for protection inside the U.S. or raising asylum as a defense to removal proceedings in Immigration Court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals, or on appeal to U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal.

Immigration Detention

In instances of pre- or post-removal order immigration detention, even upon conditions of release under orders of supervision, Dempsey Law, PLLC will bring a challenge in federal court seeking release or remedy of conditions of unauthorized, prolonged, or illegal detention in violation of due process rights via a writ of habeas corpus.

Of Counsel

If you are an immigration attorney or other professional that would benefit from legal review and/or co-counsel in a matter you are handling, Dempsey Law, PLLC will help you achieve success on behalf of your client in any immigration matter.

Civil Practice Areas

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Trust & Estates

Dempsey Law, PLLC specializes in Estate Planning, e.g. Wills; Trusts; Living Wills; Health Care Surrogates; Durable Powers of Attorney; Special Needs Trusts; etc.  The Firm also handles Florida Probate Matters, Homestead Determinations, Guardianships, and Trust Administration.  If a loved one has passed away, Dempsey Law, PLLC will assist you in the Estate Administration process, handling Probate Court matters, and resolving any Trust-related issues that arise relating to a Decedent, Testator, or Settler's  Estate. 

Landlord/Tenant Matters

Whether you are a Landlord or Tenant, Dempsey Law, PLLC will advise and assist you in drafting, reviewing, and implementing residential or commercial leases; handling property damage claims/issues; and/or processing eviction actions arising under the Florida Landlord & Tenant Act.  The Firm also assists with Unlawful Detainers, disputes involving Security Deposits, and other Real Property disputes.


Dempsey Law, PLLC will assist you or your business entity in negotiating contract creation/formation; drafting effective contractual instruments; and addressing and resolving any differences or disputes that may arise.  If you are contemplating a contract or a Party to a written agreement in the State of Florida, the Firm will assist you in understanding your rights and remedies as well as defending your interests in connection with legal instruments, including litigation.

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Civil Litigation

Whatever the nature of your dispute in litigation, Dempsey Law, PLLC will put its nearly two (2) decades of  federal and state court litigation experience to work aggressively prosecuting your claims or defending your interests in Florida state courts, nationally before federal trial and appellate courts, as well as administrative tribunals.  Whether your disputed matter is being heard before a Florida Circuit or Federal District Court Judge, amenable to alternative dispute resolution (mediation), or due for resolution by a jury, the Firm will zealously advocate and fight for your interests every step of the way.

Veterans Benefits

Dempsey Law, PLLC is pleased to assist Veterans seeking VA Disability Compensation; navigating Veterans Benefits; obtaining VA Pensions; engaging with the Veterans Health Administration (“VHA”); appearing before the Veterans Benefit Administration (“VBA”); appealing to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals; and beyond. As a disabled Veteran himself, the principal of Dempsey Law, PLLC has first-hand experience navigating the VA system, and is well-equipped to advocate for your concern.

Employment Matters

Whether you are an employer or employee, Dempsey Law, PLLC will assist you in navigating the thicket of statutory and regulatory rigamarole applicable to the modern workplace.  Our Firm handles employment matters; discrimination/harassment claims; terminations; negotiation of severance agreements; and more.


Get To Know
Christopher W. Dempsey

Mr. Dempsey served with the Office of Immigration Litigation at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. for over a decade.  He retired in March 2018 as the Chief of the National Security and Affirmative Litigation Unit within his Section, where he supervised a team of attorneys conducting national security and immigration-related, affirmative and defensive litigation in district courts and courts of appeal across the nation.  Mr. Dempsey supervised all national security litigation of an office with over 75 attorneys, regularly trained Department attorneys in Washington, D.C. and the National Advocacy Center, and instructed agency attorneys and law enforcement officers at venues throughout the U.S.  Prior to his work at the Justice Department, Mr. Dempsey served on active duty with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps then remained active trying criminal cases in the Army Reserves.

Mr. Dempsey serves on the AILA-CFC Board and devotes significant efforts and time through national not-for-profit entities/organizations helping Veterans assist their Afghan Allies find safety, refuge, and peace across the globe. Mr. Dempsey also volunteers assisting disabled and homeless Veterans in need through several local, national, and international non-profit organizations.

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Areas of Specialty

Immigration Matters

Constitutional Law

Federal Litigation (District Court & Appellate)

State Court Litigation (All)

Commercial/Contract Disputes

Landlord-Tenant Matters

Trusts & Estates (Probate)

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Dempsey Law, PLLC believes, as the Court opined in Acheson v. Maenza, 202 F.2d 453, 456 (D.C. Cir. 1953), "American citizenship is perhaps the most precious right known to man today; it is not easily granted nor should it be lightly taken away." 


50 N. Laura Street, Suite 2500
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Tele: 904.760.6272

Fax: 904.587.0372

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