How Dilip Helps Clients
With more than 30 years of legal experience, Dilip Patel has built a strong practice which deals with all aspects of immigration law. Dilip focuses on assisting individuals and families, as well as U.S. companies that hire foreign nationals for temporary or permanent work. Using his background in the IT industry and corporate transactions, Dilip is able to provide counsel on issues related to relocation of highly skilled workers. He also provides assistance to investors from abroad who wish to live in the U.S. for the purpose of managing their businesses.
Dilip’s career began in London where he worked in one of the city’s oldest law firms for five years before moving to the United States and settling in the Tampa Bay area. Since then, Dilip has worked in the international and business department of one of Florida’s largest law firms and served as general counsel and vice president of a large IT company before opening and managing his own firm. Most recently, Dilip worked in the Tampa office of a Florida-based firm in their Corporate Practice Group where he practiced immigration and corporate law.
Dilip is Board certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Florida Bar and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2006 and was also named Immigration "Lawyer of the Year" in Tampa in 2015, 2018 and 2021. In 2016, he was selected by his peers to the Tampa Magazine’s Top Lawyers list for Immigration Law. Additionally, Dilip has received the AV® distinction, which is the highest available mark for professional excellence from by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. Dilip was also recognized as a leading immigration lawyer in Florida by Chambers USA in 2021.
A frequent speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s conferences and author of immigration-related articles, booklets and newsletters, Dilip is involved in a number of organizations in the Tampa Bay area including serving on the board of directors of the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce.
What Clients Can Expect
Dilip will use his experience and knowledge of not just the U.S. Immigration law but also how it is actually applied by the governmental agencies to provide an honest assessment of all available immigration options and the best way to achieve desired results. He will then use his skills to handle the matter in an efficient and professional manner.
Outside the Office
Dilip is married with two children. He was born in Uganda and moved to London, England at age 11. Dilip is proud to call Florida his home and has lived here since 1988. Dilip is very passionate about family and loves to socialize. He enjoys travelling, hiking and meeting people from diverse backgrounds.
Dilip is extremely knowledgeable and well versed in this type of work, but he's very down to earth and easy to communicate with. He has proven to be one of the most helpful attorneys I have worked with. He is on top of things and always makes time for each of clients.
- While serving as General Counsel for a global Information Technology firm, Dilip handled a large volume of immigration matters which included temporary visas such as H, L, O and TN and Green Cards through Employment Based First, Second and Third preferences.
- Dilip has assisted clients obtain Green Cards through the EB-5 program based on investments in a variety of businesses including Hotels and Adult living facilities.
- Dilip has handled a high volume of family based immigration applications both within the US as well as though US Consulates abroad.
- Dilip has assisted many people with visas to live in the US and manage and direct businesses in which they have invested capital.
London School of Economics, LL.B., 1980, Honors
Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1990, High Honors
The Florida Bar - Member and served as chair of the Immigration Nationality Certification Committee, responsible for the highest level of evaluation by the Florida Bar of competency and experience within that area of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) - Member since 1990 and has served in several leadership roles for the organization
Stetson University College of Law - Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law
Board of Directors, INDO-US Chamber of Commerce, Tampa
Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay