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
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2003||01/11/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top One Percent||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Law)||National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Immigration Attorney of the Year-Florida||Global Mobility and Immigration||2014|
|Certificate of Excellence||El ABC con Edda Jirón||2013|
|Put Something Back Pro Bono Service Award||Dade County Bar Association||2011|
|Put Something Back Pro Bono Service Award||Dade County Bar Association||2009|
|Put Something Back Pro Bono Service Award||Dade County Bar Association||2007|
|Put Something Back Pro Bono Service Award||Dade County Bar Association||2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Immigration Advocates Network||Pro Bono Counsel||2015 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (South Florida Chapter)||American Immigration Council (AIC) Committee Member||2015 - 2016|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (South Florida chapter)||ICE Investigations Committee Member||2014 - 2015|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project||Member||N/A|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida||Admitted to Practice||N/A|
|U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida||Admitted to Practice||N/A|
|U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit||Admitted to Practice||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|AILA, Latin America and Caribbean Chapter||Member||N/A|
|State v. Cuervo, 17th Judicial Circuit Court, Broward County, Florida||Acquittal|
|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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|Emory University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|Universidad del Salvador, Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas||Sistemas jurídicos latinoamericanos y Derecho penal comparado||N/A||2000|
|Florida International University||French (Modern Languages)||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|Florida International University||English Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
|Coral Gables Senior High School||International Baccalaureate Program and French||High School||1994|