“Our goal is simple. We provide excellent legal services to corporate and individual clients on their immigration matters. We ensure that our clients are represented by attorneys through all complex stages of litigation matters, business immigration, and family based immigration cases.” This is the promise that Neufville law firm offers to clients.
The man behind this promise is a 35-year-old Liberian native. Edward Dosa-Wea Neufville was born in Yekepa, Liberia. After the start of a bloody civil war in 1989 (which left the country in ruins and caused the deaths of more than 100,000 people), Neufville and his family were forced to flee from Liberia. They found refuge in neighboring Ivory Coast. The family later migrated to America and settled in Sumter, South Carolina. There, Neufville was able to finish his high schooling.
When asked about hurdles in his life, Neufville laughs and references literal physical hurdles he overcame when he broke the state track record for the 400-meter hurdles in track and field. Neufville, a former college athlete, competed for Liberia at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States and the 1997 World Championships in Athens, Greece. He became the Liberian record holder in the 110-meter high hurdles, the 400-meter hurdles and the 4x100 relay team. However, Neufville describes his real life hurdle as his speech impediment. He stutters. Even though stuttering can be a hindrance for some, Neufville did not let it interfere with his dreams. He became a lawyer; a profession that would require him speak publicly. The young Liberian wanted to become a lawyer in order to provide a voice to the voiceless and serve as advocate for positive change within the world. He says, ‘I love my work and the challenges that it brings. It is a calling and I love helping people and solving (their) problems."
Neufville recalls that his late father (a former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia) always said that it is better to have a solid reputation and respect than great riches or money. According to Neufville, his father instilled (in him) the concept of humility, hard work, family and Church. Even after he (Neufville) became an adult, when his father would visit, they prayed together before he left for work. For Neufville that was a very endearing act that helped teach him the importance of humility and serves as a constant reminder (to him) that all things come from God.
Neufville, who studied at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, was recognized (during his final year of law school) by the United States Department of Justice for preforming pro bono work on behalf of a detain indigent Mexican citizen who suffered form schizophrenia. In 2004, the young lawyer opened a private practice in Baltimore, a city located in the mid Atlantic American state Maryland. After seeing continuous growth in his client base, the firm was relocated to Silver Spring (also located in Maryland). Today The Law Office of Edward W. Neufville, III, LLC consists largely of immigrants seeking work visas and citizenship. He also assists large nonprofit humanitarian groups (such as Baltimore-based World Relief) obtain visas for overseas workers.
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