Michael Benchetrit

Managing Partner, Miami Office
Chair, U.S. Practice Group

Member of the Connecticut Bar
Not Admitted to the Practice of Law in Florida
Practice in Florida Limited to U.S. Immigration Matters

  • mbenchetrit@bhlg.com
  • +1 (833) 387.7438, Ext. 107
  • Aventura Corporate Center
    20801 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 403, Aventura, FL 33180 United States
  • 18 Rehov Hagalil, Raanana, 4325209 Israel

Michael Benchetrit is the Managing Partner of the BHLG Miami Office, and he oversees the BHLG expansion into the the Southern United States and Latin America. Prior to joining BHLG, Michael was the Co-Chair of the Immigration Practice Group at a 650 lawyer national law firm.

His practice is focused on immigration matters for national and multinational companies in the financial services, real estate development, manufacturing, engineering, and information services industries. He assists foreign nationals in obtaining intra-company transferee visas, treaty trader and treaty investors visas, specialty worker visas, and U.S. Permanent Residency.

He also assists companies in developing and streamlining internal processes for the transfer of employees, and training in-house legal personnel in preparing applications and petitions for the temporary admission of foreign nationals.

Michael’s experience includes representation of individuals in matters before immigration trial judges and filing briefs before the Board of Immigrations Appeals, the U.S. Immigrations and Naturalization Administrative Appeals Office, and the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals.

EDUCATION

  • M.A., University of Guelph, (1996)
  • J.D., Western Michigan – Cooley Law School, (1995)
  • B.A., York University, (1991)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Connecticut Bar (2002)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association

* Not admitted to the practice of law in Florida

  • Miami-Dade Jewish National Fund, Board of Directors, Chairman
  • The Sephardic Center of Bay Harbor Islands, Board Member
  • Israel-American Chamber of Commerce, Florida Region, Vice Chair
  • The Jewish National Fund, International Legal Advisory Committee, Member
  • Florida and Ner Yitzchak Congregation of South Florida, Member
  • The South Florida Center for Jewish Ethics, Speaker, “Immigration in America and Jewish Law,” June 2013
  • CityWrights Miami, Speaker, “Immigration Issues Associated with Representing Artists and Importing Talent,” June 2013
  • Daily Business Review, Author, “Immigration Policies Create Job Opportunities,” September 2011
  • Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, “Labor and Employment,” August 2011
  • Globes Israel Business News, Quoted, “How to Fulfill the Dream of Expanding Business Into the United States,” March 2011
  • Interlaw Regional Conference, Speaker, “U.S. Market Entry Issues,” June 2010
  • Miami Council for International Visitors, Overview of the Earthquake in Haiti, Speaker, “Legal Briefing on Political Implications for Haitians Living in the U.S.,” January 2010
  • The Florida Bar, Tax Section, The New Tax Lawyer Committee Seminar, Speaker, “Pre-Immigration Tax Planning for Foreign Nationals,” September 2009
  • Sterling Education Services Seminar, Speaker, “Immigration Issues in the Workplace,” April 2009
  • Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management, Speaker, “Immigration Law for the HR Practitioner,” September 2008
  • Boat International USA, Quoted, “Homeland Security,” 2007
  • Florida Yacht Brokers Association Annual Conference, Presenter, “Immigration Issues Specific to the Maritime Industry,” September 2007
  • Miami-Dade Bar Association, Speaker, “Pre-Immigration Planning for Foreign Nationals,” February 2007
  • Author, immigration articles for the Detroit Legal News, Lorman Education Services, and Sterling Education Services