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Shirley Zambrano

Shirley Zambrano

​Founding Partner

Practice Areas

  • Immigration Law
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Ms. Zambrano is the founding partner of Zambrano and Ruiz, specializing in various aspects of immigration law. Recognized for her expertise in handling complex immigration cases, she focuses on family-based petitions, deportation defense, federal litigation, and employment visas, particularly for Grammy-nominated Latin music recording artists, managers, models, athletes, and other individuals with extraordinary abilities. Acknowledged as a Rising Star in immigration law by Super Lawyers for five consecutive years, Ms. Zambrano is a sought-after authority in her field.

Originally from Ecuador, Ms. Zambrano, an immigrant herself, possesses a profound and personal understanding of the challenges immigrants face within the intricate and, at times, unforgiving U.S. immigration system. Her reputation as an expert attracts individuals, companies, and media outlets, leading to frequent interviews with platforms such as the Huffington Post, WSB-TV Atlanta, CBS46 Atlanta, Univision, and Telemundo.

In addition to her extensive media presence, Ms. Zambrano has been a featured speaker at several immigration conferences, further solidifying her standing as an influential figure in the field.

In terms of education, Ms. Zambrano graduated magna cum laude from the Florida Coastal School of Law, ranking in the top five percent of her class and earning her J.D. During her time in law school, she served as a clerk for the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Florida. Additionally, she interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, contributing to the prosecution of high-profile cases in federal court.

Ms. Zambrano’s professional associations include memberships with the Georgia Supreme Court, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts in the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia, U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, State Bar of Georgia, and the Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).


  • Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida
    • J.D.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Ranked in the Top Five Percent of Her Class

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Past Positions​

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Judicial Intern, Clerk
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Judicial Intern, Intern
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, Intern