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Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Immigration and Nationality Law, William J. Flynn, III is a shareholder in Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Labor & Employment Group where he focuses largely on immigration legal matters. He has represented foreign nationals and U.S. corporations that employ foreign nationals. In this capacity, he represents clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of State.  He has advised clients from over 50 countries in investor visa matters, where he is assisted by specialized tax and corporate partners. 


Bill’s practice has focused exclusively on Immigration Law for the past 32 years. His clients include multinational corporations, medical, financial and academic institutions, athletes and performers, information technology providers and users, manufacturers and individuals. He has been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since he joined in 1980.


He was listed as a leading immigration lawyer in Florida by Chambers USA and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, both since 2006. Bill has also been recognized in the Florida Super Lawyers list consecutively since 2006. He has garnered an AV® Preeminent distinction, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings.


Bill is and has been a member, officer or director of numerous civic and trade organizations, including the Tampa Bay International Trade Council, of which he is a former chairman. He has lectured extensively on immigration law topics, and has published a number of articles on immigration law in professional journals, newspapers and textbooks. He served as an adjunct professor of Immigration Law at Stetson University College of Law for 18 years.


He received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his M.B.A and J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Richard A. Jacobson is a shareholder in the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Tax Section focusing on international tax. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Board Certified by The Florida Bar in International Law.


His legal practice includes representation of foreign clients seeking pre-residency tax planning assistance; coordination of U.S. tax and immigration planning; foreign investors in U.S. real estate (FIRPTA) and other business ventures; U.S. companies exporting products or services or conducting business internationally; foreign manufacturing activities of U.S. clients; U.S. business executives planning extended tours of duty overseas; IRS Voluntary Disclosure, FATCA and FBAR reporting; inquiries from foreign attorneys, trust companies, and accountants; and international estate planning.


Richard is an Advisory Council member at the University of South Florida School of Accountancy. He is also a member of several professional organizations, including the International Tax Committee of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is the Director of the Tampa Bay Area Committee on Foreign Relations. He was a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Florida International Trade and Investment Council and delegate to the Mayor of Tampa’s Mission to Cuba. He served as an Advisory Board member at the University of Florida International Center and Alumni Council at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is an alumnus of the American International School of Kabul, Afghanistan. 


Richard has been selected by his peers to be listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2006 and has garnered an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rating, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings. He has been named to the Florida Super Lawyers list consecutively since 2007. 


He received his B.B.A., with honors, from the University of Georgia, his J.D., with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.

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