Nicolas J. Watkins Attorney At Law
333 SE 2nd Avenue Suite 3200 Miami, Florida 33131
Born and raised in England, Nic has more than 35 years of experience in his practice areas of immigration and nationality law and real estate law. Nic heads up GrayRobinson's business immigration law practice group.
Nic's Immigration practice focuses on nonimmigrant (temporary) and immigrant (permanent/residency) visa petitions and applications on behalf of investors, executives, managerial and other skilled foreign workers and their employers. This includes E, H, L, O and P temporary worker visas, among others, as well as applications for temporary and permanent employment certification and residency applications under the Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Visa Program. Nic also represents employers in connection with immigration-related regulatory compliance proceedings in the employment setting (employment eligibility verification, E-verify and I-9 audits) as well as individuals in naturalization proceedings and consular matters.
Nic's real property law practice is both broad and varied. He represents individual and institutional clients alike and has extensive experience in commercial and residential transactions, from acquisition through financing, development and disposition, including purchases, sales, leases, condominiums, title examination and title insurance matters, and construction and permanent lending. He also has experience with refinancings, loan renegotiations, workouts and foreclosures, as well as construction law matters, including design and construction contract drafting and negotiation.
Prior to joining GrayRobinson in April 2008, Nic was a partner in Howe, Robinson and Watkins, LLP, a firm that he helped form in 1996. Before that, Nic practiced for more than a decade with Steel Hector and Davis, LLP where he was a partner in that firm's Real Estate Department and also chair of the firm's Business Immigration Law practice group. Before joining Steel Hector and Davis, Nic practiced law at Squire, Sanders and Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio, and Miami, Florida, in Immigration Law, Litigation and Business Law areas.
Nic received his LL.B. (Hons.) degree from Brunel University, Uxbridge, England, in 1981 and his juris doctor degree from Florida State University College of Law in 1983. While at Florida State, he served as an editor of the Law Review and as chair of the Moot Court Editorial Board.