WAYNE C. GOLDING SR., ESQ.
Diaspora Advisory Board Member, Southern USA
Wayne Golding Sr. Esq., was born in Kingston, Jamaica where he attended primary schools in St. Mary and Kingston. In 1981, after his graduation from Kingston College he immigrated to the New York but moved to Florida since 1988. His education in the United States includes a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a Jurist Doctorate of Law. He is a community educator, leader and an accomplished attorney practicing in the Florida State Courts and the United States Federal Courts.
In 2004, he established the litigation law firm, The Golding Law Group, PLC based in Orlando, Florida. The firm offers legal representation in several areas of law including but not limited to Immigration, Criminal, Family, Entertainment, Government and International Law. Over the years, with an Eighty percent Jamaican clientele, he has litigated numerous high profile cases but he is most passionate about every day immigration cases.
With a personal mantra for the Jamaican Diaspora of “We must be organized to be recognized”, he has a well-documented history of personal engagement with current issues and organizations that directly affect his local and international communities. For over a decade he has co-hosted a weekly law segment on the WOKB 1680 AM -Caribbean Affairs Connection Radio Show aptly named “LAW TALK” and another titled “DIASPORA CONNECT”. Serving as a legal consultant and analyst to several Jamaican media outlets dealing with issues affecting Jamaica and its Diaspora, he advises on policies and laws of the United States. He has served as President of the Caribbean Bar Association – Central Florida Chapter and as an immigrant he made history by being appointed to serve as Chairman of the Orange County School Board Bi- Racial Committee, a position which was created by a United States Federal Court over 40 years ago as to oversee Orange County, Florida school board policies as they related to the vestiges of segregation.
As a member of the Jamaica Diaspora Crime Intervention and Prevention Task Force, The Jamaica Diaspora Immigration and Deportation Task Force and a participant in the Jamaica Diaspora working group for the Economic Growth Council, he is engaged across the entire Jamaica Diaspora. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, International Diaspora Engagement Alliance, the Conference of Heads of Caribbean Organizations and other world recognized groups. Over the years he has participated in numerous lobby efforts to Capitol Hill, Washington D.C and the White House urging reforms on issues affecting his community at large. His community and peers have honored him for both his community service and legal work among which, he is the proud recipient of the Community Changemaker Jamaica Diaspora Honors in 2012 awarded by the Consulate of Jamaica –Miami.
In June 2017, Mr. Golding was overwhelmingly re-elected with 87 percent of the votes cast to for a second term in the voluntary role as the Jamaica’s Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the Southern USA. This strong mandate enables him to confidently continue to advise the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Government of Jamaica on Jamaica Diaspora issues. He will also continue to organize and enhance the capacity of the Jamaican Diaspora community in associated 13 states of the Southern USA region. He is committed to methodically galvanizing our Jamaican Diaspora skills, talents and contacts for the purpose of strengthening practical partnerships for the positive growth of Jamaica and Jamaicans.