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Matthew L. Kolken

Practice areas:

Immigration, Asylum, Criminal Defense

About Me

Matthew L. Kolken, Esq. is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law – including deportation defense before Immigration Courts throughout the United States, appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 1997.  


Mr. Kolken has received the highest AV peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell, has been named a "Super Lawyer" in Upstate New York by Super Lawyers magazine, was recognized by Business First of Buffalo as being voted by his peers as a “Legal Elite of Western New York," and has received a "Superb" rating on Avvo.com.


He has appeared on CNN American Morning, been quoted in Forbes Magazine, the Los Angeles TimesFox News Latino, and NBC Latino, among others, has been an invited speaker at AILA's annual conference on grounds of removability, is the author of the Deportation and Removal Blog on ILW.com, is a member of the advisory board of the Immigration Daily, an online immigration news periodical with more than 35,000 readers, and he is a prominent immigration reform activist having been listed as one of the top-ten most influential people on Twitter in the area of Immigration Law.

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Languages Spoken: English, Russian

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Immigration: 90%
  2. Criminal Defense: 5%
  3. Asylum: 5%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

  • Carl Michael Shusterman

    Matt Kolken is a knowledgeable and experienced immigration attorney. He stands up for the rights of immigrants and is unafraid to challenge the Federal Government when they wrongly deny an immigration benefit to one of his clients. I strongly endorse him.

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    Carl Shusterman Immigration Attorney
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  • Charles H Kuck

    Matt Kolken has distinguished himself as a tenacious, eloquent and clear thinking attorney who is unafraid to take on the federal government in the most difficult of immigration matters. He is a fierce defender of our constitution and exactly the type of lawyer you will need at your side when ICE wants to deport you. I am proud to call him a colleague and a friend.

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    Charles Kuck Immigration Attorney
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Contact Info

Kolken & Kolken

135 Delaware Avenue
Suite 101
Buffalo, NY, 14202

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 199703/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Pro Bono ChampionAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2014
Clients' ChoiceAvvo.com2014
Pro Bono GuardianAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2013
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2013
Clients' ChoiceAvvo.com2013
Legal EliteBuffalo Business First2013
IMMINation of Immigrators2013

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Immigration LawyerKolken & Kolken1996 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
Bar Association of Erie CountyMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Deportation Prevented for Missing Soldier's Undocumented WifeDeportation prevented, Green Card issued.

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western Michigan University - Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of the PacificEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1993

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Removal For ExpertsRemoval Ground and Defenses2013
ILW.com Seminar SeriesComprehensive Immigration Reform2013
Hard Line Talk RadioImmigration Reform2013
AILA Media TrainingEthics and Professionalism Questions When Dealing with the Media2013
AILA Education Department SeminarSeeking Remedies from ICE Post-removal Order2013
Huffington Post LiveMore Immigrants, Please2012
AILA's Annual ConferenceGrounds of Inadmissibility2009