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F. Tighe Burns is an attorney who practices family law and family-based immigration law.

He is bilingual and bi-literate in English and Spanish, while actively studying and learning conversational French.  He was born in Bogotá, Colombia to a Costa Rican mother and a U.S. American father.

Tighe has been working in law since the beginning of this century - working his way from paralegal to law student to staff attorney, and now senior litigation attorney at Spear Wilderman, P.C.  He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

At Temple Law, Tighe was a Rubin Public Interest Scholar and he excelled in Temple's nationally-ranked trial advocacy curriculum, en route to earning his Juris Doctor degree.

Tighe played football in high school and college.  As a high school senior, he had a 30-plus yard kickoff return in a state championship game at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ.  At Gettysburg College, he set the school record for the 40-yard dash, clocking a time of 4.46 seconds, and was called "the fastest dog on campus."  While there, he also earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science, with a minor in Spanish, falling just one credit short of minors in African-American Studies and History, respectively.

He's traveled to Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.  He's spent time at an oasis in far western Egypt, sand-boarding the dunes of the Sahara.  He's hung out at the base of an active volcano in Costa Rica.  He's crossed the border from Cambodia to Thailand on foot, later doing the same across the border of Guatemala to Belize.  He's hitchhiked along the Pacific Coast of Central America, including hitching a ride in a fisherman's boat to cross a river.  And he's also taken public buses solo throughout the city of Bengaluru, India.

Tighe is on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section.  And most importantly, he's a proud husband and father of two young children.

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