Cristina Zanardi is a fully licensed attorney in Italy and a certified Foreign Legal Consultant in Florida.
After graduating from the University of Bologna School of Law in 2001, she traveled to the USA to further her research on the penal system. Ironically, while on her way to Riker’s Island in New York City on September 11, 2001 to interview the warden, the Twin Towers were struck by terrorists and her life was forever connected to this country. Although she clerked and practiced in Italy from 2001 to 2005 with a focus on criminal and immigration law in the city of Bologna, her focus on the USA landed her an internship in New York City in 2005 and a 3 year Trainee position with the law office of Richard Alvoid, PA.

In Italy, Ms. Zanardi has obtained numerous credits and certifications in Italian immigration law, criminal law, communication, and forensic psychiatry. She focused her degree thesis on the “Detention of Foreign Prisoners” and published an article on “Racial Discrimination in the Sentencing of US Prisons”. In addition, she has traveled to some 13 countries and derives much professional satisfaction from working with immigrants.
She is currently managing the Italian branch office in Bologna, in addition to providing services for the American office as a foreign attorney, interpreter, liaison and now recently certified as a Foreign Legal Consultant since 2015.


The Bologna office sees both Cristina Zanardi and Richard Alvoid assisting clients from USA and Europe with their immigration issues, representing them in Italian law and American Immigration law, respectively.


1995, Technical Institute for Trade and Business

Technical Institute for Trade and Business, 1995 – Adria, ITALY

License in Accounting and Computer Programming; President of Student Council

2001, University of Bologna

University of Bologna, Italy – Juris Doctor

THESIS: Detention Conditions of Foreign Prisoners

2001, Licensed

Member of Bologna Bar (Italy) – October 29, 2001

2001, University of California at Berkeley

Study Abroad – University of California at Berkeley; John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) Published article entitled “Racial Discrimination in the Sentencing of US Prisons”

2001-2003, Volunteer

Volunteer at Dozza Penitentiary of Bologna – assisted/advised inmates with rights

2003, Admission

Regional Court Admission

2003-2004, Joined

Member of Antigone, Executive Committee, Association for the defense of prisoners

2005, Licensed

Full Italy Attorney Licensure – November 28, 2005

2015, Licensed

Member of Florida Bar as Foreign Legal Consultant