Representing clients in all 50 states and worldwide.
About the attorney:
Attorney Figueroa-Contreras practices exclusively in all aspects of United States immigration, nationality and consular law and the 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 law and immigration laws and procedures. Much of her 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 also handles international service of process, document procurement, certified translations, apostilles and legalizations.
Ms. Figueroa-Contreras received her Juris Doctor in 2002 from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. She thereafter 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, Argentina. 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 Northern District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Her other professional memberships include the Federal Bar Association (FBA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (South Florida Chapter, Rome District Chapter and Latin 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 and the Congressional Committee for AILA´s South Florida Chapter.
The attorney is also a member of AILA´s Federal Court Litigation Section.
She 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 and 2016, the National Advocates' Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Defense) for 2015 and 2016, 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.
Attorney Figueroa-Contreras is a native speaker of English and Spanish and is also fluent in French and Brazilian Portuguese.
**Please note, Ms. Figueroa-Contreras offers paid case evaluation consultations in person at the Miami office, telephonically or via Skype. Should you choose to retain us, you receive a full credit in the amount of the the case evaluation fee toward your attorney's fees. We're sorry, but we are unable to offer free consultations.**
Languages spoken: Spanish, French, Portuguese
Hourly ($375-475/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)
Cash, Check, Credit card
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2003||12/05/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Attorneys (Criminal Defense)||National Trial Lawyers||2016|
|Top One Percent (Criminal Defense)||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2016|
|Best U.S. Immigration & Consular Law Firm||Acquisition International||2016|
|Immigration Attorney of the Year-Florida||Global Mobility and Immigration||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Law)||National Advocates||2015|
|Top One Percent (Criminal Defense)||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project||Appellate attorney||2015 - Present|
|Immigration Advocates Network||Pro bono counsel||2015 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida||Admitted to Practice||N/A|
|AILA Rome District Chapter||Member||N/A|
|U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit||Admitted to Practice||N/A|
|U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida||Admitted to Practice||N/A|
|AILA Latin America and Caribbean Chapter||Member||N/A|
|National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project||Member||N/A|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||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|
|Asylum - Particular Social Group (Honduras)||Asylum granted by USCIS Asylum Office (Miami) and removal proceedings terminated|
|Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJS) green card||Permanent Resident status granted|
|J-1 (INA 212(e)) Exceptional Hardship Waiver (Venezuela) granted||J-1 waiver granted (positive State Department recommendation and I-612 approved)|
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|Emory University School of Law||Law||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|
|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||2016|
|Detecting, Identifying and Resolving Corporate Crime: What Every Firm Needs to Know (LIVE Webinar)||Corporate Crime Beyond The Borders: A Transnational Perspective||2016|