Andrew J. Rankin, Esq.
Andrew J. Rankin, a second-generation American citizen, was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Polish mother and a Jewish father. Shortly before turning 10, he moved to Memphis and never left. He graduated summa cum laude from The University of Memphis in May 2009 with a B.A. in Foreign Languages (concentration in Spanish) and a minor in History (emphasis on Latin America). Mr. Rankin also attended law school at The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys school of law, graduating in May 2018 number 1 in his class and receiving summa cum laude distinction. During his law school career, Mr. Rankin received 13 highest-grade awards for his outstanding academic performance in both traditional doctrinal classes and research and writing. Mr. Rankin’s trial brief from his first year of law school remains on display in the law library as a student writing sample. Mr. Rankin took and passed the July 2018 Tennessee Bar Exam and was licensed to practice on November 8, 2018.
From 2009-2019, Mr. Rankin worked for a private immigration law firm where he primarily focused on complex cases involving removal defense, family-based immigration, humanitarian benefits, and naturalization and citizenship. In April 2019, Mr. Rankin left the firm and started his own practice. He provides a wide array of services to his clients, including, but not limited to, all removal defense issues, family-based immigration, humanitarian visas and benefits, citizenship and naturalization, and consulting to criminal defense attorneys representing non-citizen clients. Additionally, as a fluent Spanish-speaker, Mr. Rankin works directly with clients instead of through an interpreter, which makes for a less stressful process and eliminates the risk of losing or missing critical case details.
His desire and passion for immigration law and helping immigrants achieve the American dream run deep, as both sets of his grandparents fled to the United States and processed through Ellis Island to escape Nazi rule during World War II.
Mr. Rankin is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He currently serves as the Memphis USCIS contact person for the Parole-in-Place program and as the Mid-south Chapter's Vice Liaison in the Memphis Immigration Court. Additionally, he is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and law schools on various immigration law topics.