Legal Services


In the area of business/corporate law, we handle all business and contractual matters including partnerships, joint ventures, corporate formations, corporate financings, investment funds (domestic and offshore) and securities. We have extensive expertise in advising clients on corporate transactions involving foreign subsidiaries and financing transactions in Europe, Asia and Latin America, compliance and regulatory oversight of banking institutions and money service businesses and the regulatory oversight associated with the formation and operation of investment vehicles, including private investment funds such as hedge funds. The head of our corporate department, Aline V. Drucker, Esq., has spent years working on Wall Street and as corporate counsel for Deutsche Bank, the largest bank in Germany and one of the largest investment and banking institutions in the world. A full professional biography for Ms. Drucker is found below.

  • New Start-Up Businesses
  • Establishing U.S. affiliates/subsidiaries of foreign companies
  • Partnerships/Joint Ventures
  • Contracts/Agreements
  • Corporate Formations
  • Corporate Financing
  • Asset Lending
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Investment Fund Formation/Offshore Funds
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Regulatory Reporting and Audits by Government Agencies (SEC, NASD, NY and Florida state regulators)


In the area of immigration, our law firm routinely handles business immigration matters involving professional and non-immigrant visas and represents clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Division of the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration Courts and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. We have handled complex immigration cases involving professional visas, citizenship/naturalization, family petitions and deportation/removal proceedings.

Together with our corporate department, our firm is particularly successful in finding creative business strategies for foreign nationals which allow for client solutions relating to both their business initiatives and immigration matters. We specialize in professional and work-related visas which allow foreign nationals to obtain lawful immigration status in the United States for our clients and their families. We are able to provide broad and permanent solutions to business clients from abroad who aim to both start and/or operate a business in the United States while also being able to obtain lawful immigration status. Mark L. Fornaris, Esq., our managing partner, heads the immigration practice. Mr. Fornaris has previously served as corporate counsel for the New York office of Barclays Capital, the English investment bank and has been named as a "Rising Star" and a SuperLawyer by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine in immigration matters, which is an honor bestowed upon less than 2% of all attorneys in the State of Florida.

  • Professional/Business Visas
  • Trainee Programs/Sponsorships
  • Citizenship/Naturalization
  • Visas
  • Family Petitions
  • Employment Authorization
  • Student Visas
  • Labor Certifications
  • Immigration Court Representation
  • Deportation/Removal Proceedings


Our law firm partners have decades of experience in the banking & financial services industry and are putting their expertise towards zealously representing out clients. In addition to corporate and immigration matters, our law firm has a large bankruptcy department and handles all bankruptcy and reorganization matters, including Chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases in the Bankruptcy Courts. We handle both corporate and personal bankruptcy matters both creditors and debtors including reorganization and liquidation.

  • Corporate Reorganization
  • Representation of Creditors in bankruptcy proceedings
  • Chapter 7 Liquidation
  • Chapter 11/13 Reorganization/Payment plans
  • Personal and Corporate Bankruptcy


  • Defense of corporations/business in law suits
  • Initiation of law suits on behalf of corporations, business & individuals
  • Court representation in state & federal courts


Mark L. Fornaris, P.A. has a dedicated intellectual property department, advising corporate and individual clients on all matters relating to copyright, trademark and patents. Benjamin C. Swinburn, Esq. leads our intellectual property practice out of our offices in Southern California, the geographic hub of intellectual property initiatives.

  • Representation of corporations and businesses regarding all intellectual property
  • Copyright registration
  • Trademark applications & registration
  • Legal advice regarding copyright & trademark violations
  • Patents

MARK L. FORNARIS, P.A. also employs a top-tier, dedicated team of case managers, legal professionals and office administrators to provide the highest level of services to each and every client.