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Kristin D Figueroa-Contreras

Kristin D Figueroa-Contreras

also known as Kristy Figueroa-Contreras

About me

Representing clients in all 50 states and worldwide.  Kristy Figueroa-Contreras, Esq. is managing partner at Negri, Torres & Figueroa-Contreras, PLLC, an international trade, immigration and criminal defense law firm with offices in Miami (Coral Gables), Buenos Aires, Caracas and Santo Domingo and affiliate attorneys in Panama, Mexico and Brazil.  Attorney Figueroa-Contreras' practice focuses on all aspects of immigration, nationality and consular law, as well as criminal defense of persons accused of a wide range of state and federal felony and misdemeanor offenses. Her criminal defense experience makes her particularly well-versed in the complex and ever-changing interplay between criminal and immigration laws and procedures. Much of her practice is devoted to representing non-citizens facing criminal charges in both state and federal criminal courts, as well as those with criminal convictions in their immigration and consular proceedings.  Her law firm also handles international service of process, document procurement, certified translations, apostilles and legalizations. 

Attorney Figueroa-Contreras received her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.  She completed a judicial clerkship with federal criminal trial judge Jorge L. Ballestero, Juzgado de Instrucción No. 24 en lo Criminal y Correccional in Buenos Aires, Argentin.  While in Buenos Aires, she also completed graduate-level coursework in Latin American Legal Systems and Comparative Criminal Law at the Universidad del Salvador, Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas.  Ms. Figueroa-Contreras also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (1997) as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French (Modern Languages) (1998) from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.  Attorney Figueroa-Contreras admitted to practice in every immigration court in the United States, as well as before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) and the Board of Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA).  She is also admitted to practice in all Florida state courts and in federal court in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  

Her other professional memberships include the  the Federal Bar Association (FBA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (South Florida Chapter and Laton America and Caribbean Chapter), the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL).  

Ms. Figueroa-Contreras is currently serving on the American Immigration Committee (AIC) Committee for AILA´s South Florida Chapter and is a member of AILA´s Federal Court Litigation Section.

Attorney Figueroa-Contreras is a native speaker of English and Spanish and is also fluent in French and Brazilian Portuguese.  


Languages spoken: Spanish, French, Portuguese

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 50%
  2. Federal Crime: 40%
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%



Hourly ($375-475/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Negri, Torres & Figueroa-Contreras, PLLC

The Minorca, Suite 214
2030 S. Douglas Road
Miami, FL, 33134


FLMember in Good Standing200309/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Law)National Trial Lawyers2015
Immigration Attorney of the Year-FloridaGlobal Mobility and Immigration2014
Certificate of ExcellenceEl ABC con Edda Jirón2013
Put Something Back Pro Bono Service AwardDade County Bar Association2011
Put Something Back Pro Bono Service AwardDade County Bar Association2009
Put Something Back Pro Bono Service AwardDade County Bar Association2007
Put Something Back Pro Bono Service AwardDade County Bar Association2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Immigration Advocates NetworkPro Bono Counsel2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (South Florida Chapter)American Immigration Council (AIC) Committee Member2015 - 2016
American Immigration Lawyers Association (South Florida chapter)ICE Investigations Committee Member2014 - 2015
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration ProjectMemberN/A
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
U.S. District Court, Southern District of FloridaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
U.S. District Court, Middle District of FloridaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh CircuitAdmitted to PracticeN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
AILA, Latin America and Caribbean ChapterMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Cuervo, 17th Judicial Circuit Court, Broward County, FloridaAcquittal
I-589 Application for Asylum (Miami Immigration Court)Asylum granted
I-589 Application for Withholding of Removal (Orlando Immigration Court)Withholding of removal granted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJuris Doctor2002
Universidad del Salvador, Facultad de Ciencias JurídicasSistemas jurídicos latinoamericanos y Derecho penal comparadoN/A2000
Florida International UniversityFrench (Modern Languages)BA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Florida International UniversityEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Coral Gables Senior High SchoolInternational Baccalaureate ProgramHigh School1994