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Matthew L. Kolken

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Matthew L. Kolken 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 among the “Legal Elite of Western New York," and has received a "Superb" rating and "Client's Choice" award on The New York Law Journal has awarded him a "Lawyer Who Leads by Example" for his work providing pro bono legal services to unaccompanied refugee children.

Mr. Kolken has appeared nationally on MSNBC and CNN, his legal analysis has been solicited by the Washington Post's Fact Check of the immigration statements of Secretary Hillary Clinton, and Presidential candidate Donald Trump, and his opinions on immigration issues have been published in Forbes MagazineThe Los Angeles TimesFox News Latino, and NBC Latino among others. He has been an invited speaker at AILA's annual conference on grounds of removability, is the author of the Deportation and Removal Blog on, 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 listed as one of the top-ten most influential people on Twitter in the area of Immigration Law.


Languages spoken: English, Russian

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Practice areas


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



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Attorney endorsements

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  • 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.


    Carl Shusterman Immigration Attorney
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  • Charles 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.


    Charles Kuck Immigration Attorney
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NYCurrently registered 199707/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Clients' ChoiceAvvo.com2016
Top Rated Immigration LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Peter J. Murrett Pro Bono AwardAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association (Upstate New York Chapter)2015
Legal EliteBuffalo Business First2015
Lawyers who Lead by ExampleNew York Law Journal2015
Clients' ChoiceAvvo.com2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Clients' ChoiceAvvo.com2014
Pro Bono ChampionAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2014
IMMINation of Immigrators2013
Legal EliteBuffalo Business First2013
Clients' ChoiceAvvo.com2013
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2013
Pro Bono GuardianAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Immigration LawyerKolken & Kolken1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
Bar Association of Erie CountyMember1997 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Deportation Prevented for Missing Soldier's Undocumented WifeDeportation prevented, Green Card issued.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Removal For ExpertsRemoval Ground and Defenses2013 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