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Kristin D Figueroa-Contreras

Kristin D Figueroa-Contreras

also known as Kristy Figueroa-Contreras

Practice areas:

Immigration, Federal Crime, Criminal Defense

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 Lima, Mexico City and Sao Paulo. 


In 2015, Ms. Figueroa-Contreras was named the "Nation's Top One Percent" for 2015 by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as well as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" for Criminal Law by the National Trial Lawyers.  In 2014, she was named "Immigration Lawyer of the Year" for Florida by Acquisition International's Global Mobility, Immigration and Logistics. In addition, her firm was awarded the 2015 Corporate Live Wire 2015 Global Award for Immigration Law.  


Attorney Figueroa-Contreras is based in Miami, a city often referred to as the "Gateway to Latin America".  Her 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.


This attorney´s firm also handles diverse matters including:



  • Federal criminal investigations, prosecutions, sentencing, post-conviction and appellate matters

  • Legal opinion letters, upon request of criminal counsel, regarding the immigration consequences of criminal pleas and convictions

  • Immigration holds, ICE Detainers and CBP Detainers

  • CBP Deferred Inspection matters 

  • Bond hearings, probable cause hearings, Nebbia proffers and immigration bond redermination requests

  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act Requests and FOIA Litigation

  • I-247 Applications for Stay of Removal

  • Petitons for Review in federal court of ICE determinations and BIA decisions

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requests

  • Cancellation of Removal under INA 240A(a) (LPR) and 240A(b) (Non-LPR)

  • Federal immigration litigation, including Writs of Mandamus and lawsuits under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA)

  • Form I-192 Nonimmigrant Waivers (Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Non-Immigrant)

  • I-601 Waivers, including the I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver ("Stateside Waiver")

  • Prosecutorial Discretion Requests 

  • Waivers of Inadmissibility under 212(c), 212(d)(3), 212(h), 212(i) (Waiver for Misrepresentation or Fraud), and 212(k)

  • Immigration appeals, Motions to Reopen and Motions to Reconsider

  • Applications for Asylum and Refugee status, relief under the Convention Against Torture, Withholding of Removal and Deferral of Removal

  • Advanced Parole and Re-entry Permits

  • Refugee Travel Documents

  • Employment-based (H-1B, H-2B, H-3, L-1A and L-1B) visas

  • Recruitment, requests for Prevailing Wage Determinations (PWD) and DOL Labor Condition Applications (LCA)

  • Employment-based (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3) green cards and DOL PERM Labor Certifications

  • Investment-based (E-1, E-2) visas and (EB-5) green cards;

  • F-1, J-1 and M-1 Student Visas and Exchange Visitor Visas and Waiver of 212(e) Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement

  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) cases

  • T Visas (Victims of Trafficking)

  • U Visas (Victims of Crime), including coordination with prosecutors and law enforcement to obtain requisite USCIS Form I-918B Law Enforcement Certifications as well as U visa applications for derivative U Visa recipients

  • Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJS) matters, including proceedings in state dependency court

  • Family-based immigrant visa petitions and family-based adjustment of status

  • Fiancé Visas (K-1) and Spousal (K-3) Visas

  • Immigration through Adoption

  • SB-1 Returning Resident Visas

  • U.S. Naturalization, Derivative U.S. Citizenship, Adult Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)

  • Denaturalization proceedings in federal court


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 (¨juez de instrucción) Jorge L. Ballestero in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she also completed graduate-level coursework in Latin American Legal Systems and Comparative Criminal Law at the Universidad del Salvador, Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas.


In addition to her law degree, Ms. Figueroa-Contreras holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature (1997) as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French (1998), both With Honors, 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) 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 ICE-Investigations (HSI) 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.  

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Languages Spoken: Spanish, French, Portuguese

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Immigration: 50%
  2. Federal Crime: 35%
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%

Payment

Fees:

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

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200305/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Associations
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

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Education
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