Teresa Finer

Of Counsel

Teresa joined Cotney Construction Law in 2018 and counsels clients in the area of business and family based immigration law, including visa filings and corporate immigration compliance and audits. She works with employers and investors securing temporary work authorization (H, L-1, L blanket, TN, E, O, P, J, R visas) and US permanent residency.

She is also experienced in working with individuals seeking family-based, business-related visas, and US citizenship. Before joining Cotney Construction Law, Teresa developed and led the immigration practice for more than 30 years at full service corporate firms in Orlando and Atlanta.


  • University of Texas School of Law, with high honors (Chancellors Honor Society, Order of the Coif, Texas Law Review), 1983
  • University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Journalism with high honors,1980

Work Experience

  • Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, Orlando – February 1993-July 2018
  • Long, Aldridge & Norman, Atlanta – October 1984-January 1993
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Jerre S. Williams, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1983-1984

Professional Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2018
  • Orlando’s Best Lawyers, 2008-2018, Orlando Magazine
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2013 “Lawyers of the Year” for Immigration


  • State of Florida

Selected Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1987 – present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Co-chair of Naturalization Ceremony for the OCBA Law Week Committee, 2017 American Bar Association Outstanding Activity Award for Best Student Program
  • Council for Continuing Education for Women
  • Girl Scouts of Citrus Council – Girl Scout Leader
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