Francis D. Wymard
Phone: (412) 904-3360
Mr. Wymard's practice focuses on immigration and criminal matters. Regarding immigration law, Mr. Wymard provides a full spectrum of immigration-related services including immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, green card applications, and naturalization. Having spent the last few years in the corporate world, he understands the needs of employers as they relate to immigration issues. Specifically, his risk assessment experience allows him to train employers and employees on best business practices as they relate to immigration. Additionally, he is highly skilled in advising clients on a wide range of regulatory and enforcement issues before various government agencies including: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Attorneys' Office, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office. Mr. Wymard is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has served on the board of Acculturation for Justice, Access & Peace Outreach (AJAPO), which is a non-profit that provides a continuum of care to empower African and Afro-Caribbean refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated into Allegheny County, including the Greater Pittsburgh Community.
With respect to criminal law, Mr. Wymard previously worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, where he served as first seat prosecutor in numerous jury and non-jury trials, argued at preliminary hearings, and negotiated pleas. Mr. Wymard puts to use the invaluable experience he gained in representing the government to work exclusively for clients charged with a myriad of crimes in both state and federal courts, including DUI, drug related offenses, white collar and violent crimes.
Regarding the interplay between immigration and criminal law, in 2010, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Padilla v. Commonwealth of Kentucky that criminal defense attorneys must advise noncitizen clients about any potential immigration-related issues that may result from a plea or adverse verdict. Since then, Mr. Wymard has successfully advised various immigration related clients who have been charged with criminal offenses on the effects of potential pleas or verdicts to their immigration status. Additionally, Mr. Wymard obtained a not guilty verdict in front of jury in a case where a legal permanent resident client was charged with criminal offenses that had the client been convicted of he would have been placed in removal proceedings.
When Mr. Wymard isn't plotting and planning how to help his clients out, he spends time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys skiing, golf and softball, and working on his immigration blog that can be found at https://immigration454.wordpress.com/.