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Kristin D Figueroa-Contreras

Immigration Attorney at Miami, FL

4.7   24 reviews

also known as Kristy Figueroa-Contreras

  • Licensed for 20 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Kristin

Learn Kristin’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    50%
    Full-service immigration, nationality and consular law practice. Deportation defense. Asylum. Waivers. Green cards. Investor visas. Work visas. Artist visas. Appeals and federal immigration litigation.

  2. Federal crime
    40%
    Federal criminal defense. Drug crimes. Federal fraud crimes. Federal immigration crimes. Sentence reductions (Rule 35). Post-conviction relief.

  3. Criminal defense
    10%
    Florida criminal defense. Florida felonies and misdemeanors. DUI defense. Post-conviction motions and appeals.

Experienced federal criminal defense and immigration attorney.  Florida Bar board-certified specialist, immigration & nationality law.  Representing clients in all 50 states and worldwide.

Attorney Kristy Figueroa-Contreras practices exclusively in the areas of criminal defense and immigration.  She is a board-certified expert in immigration and handles matters involving all aspects of U.S. immigration, nationality, and consular law. The other half of her practice is devoted to the aggressive criminal defense of persons accused of a wide range of federal and Florida felony and misdemeanor offenses.  The combination of her immigration expertise with her criminal trial experience makes her particularly well-versed in the complex and ever-changing interplay between criminal law and U.S. immigration law and procedure.

Much of Ms. Figueroa-Contreras' practice is devoted to representing non-citizens facing criminal charges in both federal and Florida criminal courts, as well as those with criminal convictions in their immigration and consular proceedings (deportation defense and waivers).  She also handles U.S. immigration and consular matters for students, artists, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs.  Her law firm, Figueroa-Contreras Law Group, has offices in Coral Gables (Miami), Florida.

Ms. Figueroa-Contreras is board certified by the Florida Bar in the area of immigration & nationality law. Board certification is the Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of an attorney‘s competency, experience, and professionalism in one of 26 distinct areas of law approved for specialization. Only board certified attorneys are permitted to call themselves “experts” or “specialists” when referring to their legal credentials in their respective field.  Of all lawyers currently practicing immigration law in Florida, under 2% have earned board certification in immigration.  Attorney Figueroa currently sits on the immigration and nationality law board certification committee for the Florida Bar. 

Ms. Figueroa-Contreras is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, where she handles felony and misdemeanor matters for clients.  She is also admitted to practice 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, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  She also represents clients in a Pro Hac Vice capacity in federal criminal matters in federal district courts across the United States.

Attorney Figueroa-Contreras is also admitted to practice in every immigration court in the United States.  She also represents clients in matters before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), the Admissibility Review Office (ARO), the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), and the Board of Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA).  

The attorney received her Juris Doctor (law degree) in 2002 from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. Following law school, Ms. Figueroa-Contreras completed an overseas judicial clerkship with federal criminal trial judge Jorge L. Ballestero, Juzgado de Instrucción No. 24 en lo Criminal y Correccional in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  While in Buenos Aires, she studied 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 Modern Languages (French) (1998) from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. 

The attorney’s professional memberships include the Federal Bar Association (FBA), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (South Florida Chapter, Bangkok District Chapter, Latin America and Caribbean Chapter, and Rome District Chapter).  She is also a member of AILA´s Federal Court Litigation Section.

Attorney Figueroa-Contreras is a frequent legal and political commentator on Spanish-language media, and has appeared on Telemundo, Univisión, América Tevé, Mega TV, Radio Caracol, Radio CVCLAVOZ, and Radio Mambí, among others.  She also hosts a weekly Spanish-language informational program at the Diario Las Américas newspaper called “Hablemos de Inmigración,” where she updates viewers on a myriad of topics relating to U.S. immigration law and answers questions from the public.

Ms. Figueroa-Contreras is the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions, including, most recently, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel's Top One Percent in Criminal Law for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, the National Advocates' Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Defense) for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and Acquisition International's Global Mobility, Immigration and Logistics Award for Immigration Lawyer of the Year and Immigration Law Firm of the Year (Florida) in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  

Ms. Figueroa-Contreras offers case evaluation consultations in person at her Miami office, telephonically, via Skype/videoconferencing, and via e-mail.  She is also available for consultation in Spanish, Portuguese or French.  Español/Português/Français.

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Location

Figueroa-Contreras Law Group
2030 SW 37th Ave
Suite 204
Miami, FL, 33134

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Reviews

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Posted by Leandro | February 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great, friendly very honest and professional
I had the opportunity to have a different lawyer before and my experience wasn't good . Then I find it Ms. Figueroa a everything changed . Very helpful, friendly and professional . Thank you for everything
Response from Kristin Figueroa-Contreras February 13, 2020
Thank you for your feedback, Leandro. We wish you and your family continued success beyond your wildest dreams!
Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Top Secret Clarance Matter
My Top Secret Clearance was revoked due to unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations. Thank God for Kristy. She took my case and fought it as if it was her own and we won the case!!! Her knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations, along with her persistence and professionalism, won my case!!! This is a very complex case, as dealing with the Federal Government and security clearance never has a positive outcome. But Kristy did it and my name is clear!! Kristy, Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me and for caring as much as you do.
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Response from Kristin Figueroa-Contreras February 14, 2019
Thank you for your words. It has been a true honor to work with you and I'm so happy your good name has finally been vindicated. You have a bright future ahead of you.
Posted by raj | July 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney that can be trusted completely
She understand the law very well and her thought process and application of her knowledge into case was very effective. She was able to deliver a positive result. Her expertise involved both criminal and immigration knowledge in my case which was a huge plus.
Posted by Len | May 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
understanding my issues
I was impressed with Kristins understanding of my legal issues and how she immediately saw the solution when i provided my information
Response from Kristin Figueroa-Contreras May 25, 2018
Thank you, I sincerely appreciate your feedback.
Posted by Jose | March 17, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Clear and straight to the point
I wasn’t sure if I filed my I751 on time, so I sent a question to her and she took the time to send a very clear response It was very helpful , Thank you very much
Posted by Erick | February 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Smart, Very Happy with my Choice.
I have being working with Kristin for the last 7 Years... and she still work on my case like day one... same passion, same energy. I'm very happy that I choose Kristin as my Attorney. La Mejor.
Response from Kristin Figueroa-Contreras February 28, 2018
Erick, I truly appreciate for your kind words. It has been a great personal honor for me to assist you on your immigration journey.
Posted by douglas tenorio | January 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Attentive
Attentive and willing to win your case and very sincere. Too very intelligent speaks many languages this helped me a lot
Posted by Mark Pigou | January 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Green Card
It has been a pleasure to work with Kristy and her team on my visa applications. Efficient, great communication and availability at all times have made this stressful process the best experience it can be. I heartily endorse her services.
Response from Kristin Figueroa-Contreras January 29, 2018
Thank you Mr. Pigou, we are honored to call you our client! Your immigrant visa journey was definitely a winding bureaucratic odyssey, but we're thrilled that you are finally here and in the company of your family.
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
PREIVOUS REMOVAL ORDER FEB 15 2005 CHICAGO IMMIGRATION COURT
very help ful with the advice i have plan to hire her for my serivous immigration problem ice previous removal order sh chciago IL
Posted by Stefan | April 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent immigration lawyer!
We hired Kristy to help us with our adjustment of status interview. It was a second interview because first didn't go very well. She did amazing job preparing us, giving all necessary informations and being avalible all the time. What surprised me the most is that i got my 10 year green card right away which I don't belive it happens very often. My absolute recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Very interested in my case
I contacted quite a few lawyers on avvo.com about the same matter. They only gave a general advise and asked for a fee to talk about my case. Kristin charges a fee for a consultation as well but only after she took the time to look upon my police records and court status to get a full picture and better advise me. I felt like she cared more than anyone else.
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Posted by Mikheil Kharebov | March 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Kristy
Kristy was representing me as a my lawyer in my criminal and immigration matters, Kristy did a remarkable job defending me, first she made it possible to get a bond by negotiating with a prosecutor, when it was almost impossible to get one, and then I was more than happy with the overall outcome of my case, but the most important thing I want to mention is that when Kristy was my lawyer, I had a feeling as if my family member was trying to defend me, if I ever need a lawyer again Kristy Figueroa-Contreras is my number one choice!!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Thanks to Best Immigration Attorney
I haven't hired her as an Attorney but I had questions and posted them on Avvo. After several not useful answers such as to check uscis website, finally i received very professional anwer about Cuban Adjustment Act. Thank you for your time, attention and profesionalism! Strongly recommended!
Response from Kristin Figueroa-Contreras July 13, 2016
I appreciate your feedback and am happy that you got the information you were seeking. It's my pleasure.
Posted by Daniela | January 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent immigration lawyer
We hired Kristy to help us with our immigration case which was not an easy one giving that it was related to a specific visa (J1 type) and it involved some non regular filings and procedures. However, Kristy did a remarkable job handling our case, making all the researches necessary to support it and keeping us up to date at every time. Since the beginning she was clear with all the complications that could arise but at the same time she always kept us with a positive response. It is also important to mention that we hired her being us in another state and that was not an issue at all, since all the communications where constant and at the times needed. After a few months of hard work from Kristy and her assistants, we had a successful case. We would highly recommend her.
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Response from Kristin Figueroa-Contreras July 14, 2016
D y C. Muchas gracias por esas lindas palabras. Fue un honor y un PLACER trabajar con ustedes. Me regocija saber que todo salió bien y estoy segura de que seguirán encontrando mucha felicidad y muchos éxitos en este país. Besitos al bb!
Posted by Aylec | May 29, 2015
Excellent Federal Crime Lawyer
Kristy is a very dedicated professional. She is always truthful and sincere and fights for your legal rights from the beginning to the end. She studies every single detail of the case to gather all the necessary arguments to get the justice you deserve. When she is in front of the magistrate, she is always confident and well prepared. It was very comforting to have her representing us. I highly recommend Kristy Figueroa as a Federal Crime Lawyer.
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Response from Kristin Figueroa-Contreras July 13, 2016
Thank you, Aylec! You have a wonderful family and it was an honor to help you.
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2014
Criminal Defense with diligence !
My father was in jail in Broward after he was arrested for felony aggravate assault with a deadly weapon. He had a public defender who did nothing in over one year. My dad was stuck in jail because immigration would not give bond. We hired miss Figueroa-Contreras to see if she could help defend against this felony charges. And she did a great job. She took the case to jury trial in Fort Lauderdale, it lasted 4 days, her against two prosecutors, she worked hard, and she won. The jury found my dad not guilty and within a day she got his immigration hold cleared and now he is out. I highly recomend
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Response from Kristin Figueroa-Contreras July 18, 2016
Thank you for the review. It was an honor to represent your dad. He was always such a kind and gracious client and I'm thrilled that the jury got it right!
Posted by Asad | May 20, 2014
Outstanding Immigration Attorney
I had a very difficult and complex H-1B visa case. I had already worked in the U.S. for 6 years. But I had an approved I-140. Kristin Figueroa-Contreras was able to use AC21 (American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act) to help me obtain an H-1B visa beyond 6 years. My H-1B application had two RFE's (Request for Evidence) and was complicated because of other personal issues. But in the end she got the approval. She is very highly qualified and determined at helping her clients. Strongly recommended for Immigration issues.
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Response from Kristin Figueroa-Contreras July 18, 2016
Dr. R. Thank you for your words. We wish you only the best!
Posted by Paul | December 9, 2013
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Ms. Figueroa-Contreras is a professional. She gathers the facts and is methodical in her thinking and uses practical experience coupled with her par-excellent knowledge of the law to achieve a win-win for client and her good reputation as a professional with good results.
Response from Kristin Figueroa-Contreras July 13, 2016
Thank you!!
Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2013
Thank you!
Kristin is great. She's not only very knowledgeable, but also friendly and always keeps you up to date. Her staff is great as well. I would recommend her services to anyone that may need her help with immigration cases. I have used her services in the past and will definitely use her as my lawyer again. Thank you Kristin!
Posted by Victor Fernandez | July 8, 2013
Excellent Lawyer will really help you and solve your case!
I met Kristin through the avvo website after putting a question with my particular case and she was the only lawyer that gave me a very correct and positive answer willing to do what it takes to solve the case. I am very happy I met her since we managed to solve the pending case, she did a superb from day 1 she was very clear on how to proceed, on what to expect and how to solve everything. She is a lawyer you could trust, she will really go out there looking for your best interest and always will have a good solution for fixing your problem. I was based in Spain and she was doing all the paperwork from the US and eventhough the circumstances were more complicated than usual she was able to do an outstanding job, sorting out everything and for sure will use her again and recommend her services for anyone looking for a profesional, honest and knowleadgeable lawyer.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • Figueroa-Contreras Law Group PLLC
  • 2016 - Present

Education

  • Emory University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Universidad del Salvador, Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas
  • 2000
  • Florida International University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998
  • Florida International University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997
  • Coral Gables Senior High School
  • High School
  • 1994
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • No Action Dismissal on Domestic Violence Battery charges
  • No Action
  • Asylum - Particular Social Group (Honduras)
  • Asylum granted by USCIS Asylum Office (Miami) and removal proceedings terminated
  • Humanitarian Parole based on Family Medical Emergency
  • Humanitarian Parole granted on expedited basis
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Associations

  • Immigration Advocates Network
  • Pro bono counsel
  • 2015 - Present
  • Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project
  • Appellate attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • AILA Latin America and Caribbean Chapter
  • Member
  • N/A
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Admitted to Practice
  • N/A
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • N/A
  • AILA Rome District Chapter
  • Member
  • N/A
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • Admitted to Practice
  • N/A
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (South Florida Chapter)
  • American Immigration Council (AIC) Committee Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern Florida chapter)
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Committee (state issues)
  • 2016 - 2017
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (South Florida Chapter)
  • American Immigration Council (AIC) Committee Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (South Florida chapter)
  • ICE Investigations (HSI) Committee Member
  • 2014 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Top One Percent (Criminal Defense)
  • 2019
  • Top One Percent (Criminal Defense)
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2018
  • Top One Percent (Criminal Defense)
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2017
  • Best U.S. Immigration & Consular Law Firm
  • Acquisition International
  • 2016
  • Top One Percent (Criminal Defense)
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys (Criminal Defense)
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top One Percent (Criminal Defense)
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Law)
  • National Advocates
  • 2015
  • Immigration Attorney of the Year-Florida
  • Global Mobility and Immigration
  • 2015
  • Immigration Attorney of the Year-Florida
  • Global Mobility and Immigration
  • 2014
  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • White-Collar Crime Criminal Defense In 2017: What Every Firm Needs To Know (LIVE Webinar)
  • Federal White-Collar Sentencing: The Current Landscape Post-2015 Guideline Amendments
  • 2017
  • Detecting, Identifying and Resolving Corporate Crime: What Every Firm Needs to Know (LIVE Webinar)
  • Corporate Crime Beyond The Borders: A Transnational Perspective
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (41)
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Real estate Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Figuero-Contreras is an excellent attorney who is very committed to her clients and her practice. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law and her dedication to her cases is laudable."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have reviewed many of Attorney Figueroa-Contreras's responses to complicated legal matters. Her thoughtful and insightful answers demonstrate that she has the utmost knowledge of Immigration law and is a passionate advocate for her clients. She is a great asset to the immigration bar and I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kristin is consistently thorough and knowledgeable in her advice and care of those in need."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristin is a valuable member of our online AVVO community. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, whose reputation and credentials speak for themselves."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a top-notch advocate with a great reputation among the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Intelligent and compassionate with superior communication skills."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Figueroa-Conteras is one of the finest criminal defense attorneys in her state. I highly recommend her legal services."
Immigration Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Other
"Mrs. Figueroa-Contreras is a dedicated attorney who has a vast knowledge of current immigration law and gives excellent legal advice. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Figueroa-Contreras is an excellent immigration attorney. I can trust her opinion whenever it comes to any immigration matter. I endorse her without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is highly recommended in the community. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected lawyer in the community. Dedicated advocate."
Federal crime Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Contreras provides consistently well-developed comments on AVVO."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The time a lawyer spends giving back through sites like this show passion for the law and compassion for people. Kudos to you for helping others with sage advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kristin is a passionate and dedicated criminal defense attorney."
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