Making An Impact
Coastal Law Alum Specializes in Business Immigration Law

With determination and courage, this two-time immigrant graduated from Coastal Law and now helps employers thrive in a global economy.  
Giselle Carson was born in Cuba, immigrated to Canada with her family at the age of 15.   This change was scary for her, but she did not want to stay there.  She soon realized that the change brought new opportunities.   She learned French and English, graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy and met her husband, Jeff, an extranjero who changed her destiny.

Together Jeff and Giselle embraced physical fitness and worked as physical therapists to also improve the health of others.

But, Giselle was missing something to be whole – her Cuban family and culture.   Together, they decided to immigrate to the U.S. and, in particular, Florida.    Here, they restarted their lives and re-evaluated their careers.   After much research, Giselle summoned her courage and applied to Coastal. She was admitted and attended school part-time while maintaining a full time job as a physical therapist. The hard work paid off and she graduated first in her class in December, 2001.

While at Coastal Law, she benefited from the guidance of many deans and professors.  In particular, Giselle recalls the support from Judge Corrigan, Judge Flower and President Stone, which she received during law school and that continues today.

As an immigrant, Giselle benefited from the advice and guidance of talented immigration attorneys who helped her achieve her dreams.  This experience compelled her to do the same for others, and she set a goal to build a successful business immigration practice to help others.
Today, she leads the Business Immigration and Compliance practice with the Jacksonville law firm Marks Gray.  She helps employers hire and retain foreign talent so they can thrive in a global economy.  She helps employers obtain work visas and green cards for employees and assists the employers in navigating the complexities of immigration law while remaining compliant with the requirements.   She has assisted immigrants from over 60 countries, and this list is growing daily.
As a testament to her dedication to help others, in January 2017 she published her first book - Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students.  The book is available on Amazon in print and kindle versions. 

“As employers and others prepare for immigration under the Trump Administration, this is a practical resource to help understand the US work visa options available,” says Giselle.

She is also the author of a blog:
Because of her work and dedication, Giselle has received much recognition, including:
•             AV® peer review rated (the highest rating possible from peers through Martingale-Hubbell)
•             Top Rated Immigration Lawyer through the American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel
•             Lawyer of the Year (2013) by the Jacksonville Financial News and Daily Record as voted by her peers
She has also served as Past President of the Jacksonville Bar Association, 2015-2016.  She is the Vice Chairwoman of the Board of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, appointed by Governor Rick Scott.  She is a member of Leadership Florida (Class 2013).

Giselle is passionate about health and fitness and encourages a healthy, mindful lifestyle which is important for lawyers.   She has completed several marathons and Ironman.   

A signature event of her JBA Presidency was the “Yoga on the Lawn”, a free yoga practice held the first Friday of the month and lead by Duval County, Florida, Judge Eleni Derke.  

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