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George A. Terezakis

George A. Terezakis

Practice areas:

Immigration, Criminal Defense, Speeding & Traffic Ticket

About Me

       I have been a practicing trial lawyer for twenty-five years now.  I have chosen to limit my practice, almost exclusively, to criminal and immigration related matters.  Many of my clients are long term lawful permanent residents who are trying to avoid deportation-removal due to a criminal conviction.  I also defend many non-citizens facing  criminal charges in the New York State Courts in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties. 

Because I am well versed in immigration law, I can advise my client of the direct immigration consequences of a proposed plea bargain.  It is also important for them to know when they will need to go to trial if they wish to try to avoid being deported.  Unfortunately,   non-citizens often plead guilty without fully understanding how their guilty plea will impact them, for example, not only can certain convictions result in deportation-removal, but the conviction may also subject the person to indefinite immigration detention while their proceedings are pending.   I frequently lecture on this area of the law at continuing legal education seminars,  and other lawyers routinely contact me to discuss strategies for handling these difficult types of cases.

        While most of my cases involve defense at the trial level, before the U.S. Immigration Courts, and New York State Criminal Courts, I also handle appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, petitions for review before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, and Federal habeas corpus proceedings - all related to deportation-removal issues.  Some of the cases I have litigated have resulted in favorable decisions which have not only helped my clients, but  have also benefited other,  similarly situated, individuals.

         Sometimes the only way a long term resident of the U.S. can avoid deportation-removal, is to vacate or reopen the underlying conviction which has caused them to be placed in proceedings.   We have been able to do this for many of our clients, especially in cases where the client pled guilty to a charge without having been told by their attorney that their guilty plea would render them deportable-removable.  

         I am proud to say that I was active in the Central American human rights movement during the 1980's and early 1990's, and during that time I did volunteer work with one of the leading human rights groups in El Salvador.   As a result of that work, I learned Spanish, and today many of my clients are from that part of the world.  The best part of the work I do is helping people through difficult times, finding them a "second chance", and keeping families together. 


Languages Spoken: Spanish, Greek

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Immigration: 55%
  2. Criminal Defense: 35%
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 10%



Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Mark Jeffrey Shmueli

    George and I have discussed immigration removal cases. He is very helpful and knowledgeable. He is also a very good teacher to other lawyers as he and I have presented together. An excellent colleague and a serious, smart lawyer.


    Mark Shmueli Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brian John Griffin

    I endorse this lawyer. George has been a lawyer that so many other lawyers have gone to for advice for their clients. His knowledge and compassion is well regarded.


    Brian Griffin Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of George A. Terezakis

170 Old Country Rd
Mineola, NY, 11501



NYCurrently registered 198603/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Practitioner of the YearNassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association2013
Community Advocate of the YearLong Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce2011
"Pro Bono Legal Services" AwardCentral American Refugee Center1996

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of George A. Terezakis1995 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar AssociationPresident2004 - 2005
New York State Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionExectuive Committee2004 - 2005
Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar AssociationFirst Vice President2003 - 2004
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2002 - 2003
Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar AssociationSecond Vice President2002 - 2003
Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar AssociationTreasurer2001 - 2002
Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar AssociationCorresponding Secretary2000 - 2001
Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1998 - 2000
National Lawyers GuildMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Nassau County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Dickson v. Ashcroft, 2003 U.S. App. Lexis 18565 (2003)N/A

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Publication NameTitleDate
The Nassau LawyerDefending Non-Citizens2013


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
State University of New York at BuffaloPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1982

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Nassau County Bar AssociationCLE Lecture2012
Federal Bar AssociationPost Conviction Relief2012
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationCLE Lecture: Vacating criminal convictions under Padilla v Kentucky2012
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SeminarCriminal & Deportation Defense2005
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SeminarCriminal & Deportation Defense2003
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SeminarCriminal & Deportation Defense2002
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SeminarCriminal & Deportation Defense2001
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SeminarCriminal & Deportation Defense2001
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SeminarCriminal & Deportation Defense2001
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SeminarCriminal & Deportation Defense2000
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SeminarCriminal & Deportation Defense1999