Adriana manages a diverse practice that is comprised of individual, start-up, mid-size, and large multinational companies encompassing a broad range of industry sectors, including shipping, technology, media advertising, finance, construction, and professional services. She works closely with clients to understand and meet overall business needs and objectives and provides strategic immigration planning and advice for U.S. and international companies for the international relocation of personnel both from and into the United States. Her business immigration experience includes representing corporate clients on visa and work authorization needs of U.S. and global personnel, including professionals, managers and executives, treaty investors/ traders, essential workers, persons of extraordinary ability, NAFTA Treaty Mexican and Canadian employees, corporate trainees, and students. Adriana regularly advises high net-worth individuals on challenges and opportunities presented by the EB-5 investor program.
On the employment compliance side, Adriana assists employers with I-9 management, including internal I-9 form audits, planning and development of verification and record-keeping practices, procedures in place to differentiate employees from independent contractors, legal guidance on anti-discrimination regulations governing the hiring and retention of employees, staff and executive training in I-9 regulations and compliance requirements, among others. Her work on behalf of clients includes advising on H-1B/LCA compliance, writing policies and training human resources employees, recruiters and managers on immigration laws and procedures. Adriana also assists clients in reviewing immigration policies, establishing internal immigration programs, managing in-house resources and coordinating with relocation service providers.
In the maritime arena, Adriana represents domestic and international clients across the maritime industry, including international and domestic marine underwriters, cargo carriers, vessel owners, charterers, shipping companies, marina and terminal operators in commercial and litigation matters before both state and federal courts.
Her experience as an attorney in Venezuela gives her valuable insight into the legal system and business dealings of Latin America.
Adriana is the current President of the Venezuelan American National Bar Association and the Immediate Past President of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce.
Adriana Kostencki, a dual Venezuelan-U.S. attorney, is a partner who focuses her practice on a wide range of business immigration, and complex commercial and maritime matters. She also represents clients in a range of business disputes, including complex commercial cases, shareholder disputes, and breach of contract cases.
Commercial Complex Litigation
Latin America & Caribbean Practice
U.S. District Court
Northern District of Florida
Middle District of Florida
Southern District of Florida
University of Miami
School of Law, J.D.
magna cum laude
University of Miami
Inter-American Law Review
Abogado (J.D. Equivalent)