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Kristin D Figueroa-Contreras

also known as Kristy Figueroa-Contreras

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Representing clients in all 50 states and worldwide.  **Please note, Ms. Figueroa-Contreras offers paid case evaluation consultations in person at the Miami office, telephonically or via Skype.  The case evaluation includes the attorney’s prior review of any documents you deem relevant to your case.  Should you choose to hire us, you will receive a full credit in the amount of the the case evaluation fee toward your attorney’s fees.  We're sorry, but we do not offer free consultations.**


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 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.  


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 for AILA´s South Florida Chapter and is 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.**


 

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Languages spoken: Spanish, French, Portuguese

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Immigration: 50%
  2. Federal Crime: 40%
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($375-475/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Figueroa-Contreras Law Group, PLLC

2030 S. DOUGLAS RD
The Minorca, Suite 214
Miami, FL, 33134

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200306/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top One Percent (Criminal Defense)National Association of Distinguished Counsel2016
Best U.S. Immigration & Consular Law FirmAcquisition International2016
Immigration Attorney of the Year-FloridaGlobal Mobility and Immigration2015
Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Law)National Advocates2015
Top One Percent (Criminal Defense)National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
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 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
Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono ProjectAppellate attorney2015 - Present
Immigration Advocates NetworkPro bono counsel2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
U.S. District Court, Northern District of FloridaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
AILA Rome District ChapterMemberN/A
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh CircuitAdmitted to PracticeN/A
U.S. District Court, Middle District of FloridaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
U.S. District Court, Southern District of FloridaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
AILA Latin America and Caribbean ChapterMemberN/A
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration ProjectMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
American Immigration Lawyers Association (South Florida Chapter)American Immigration Council (AIC) Committee Member2016 - 2017
American Immigration Lawyers Association (South Florida Chapter)American Immigration Council (AIC) Committee Member2015 - 2016
American Immigration Lawyers Association (South Florida chapter)ICE Investigations (HSI) Committee Member2014 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Cuervo, 17th Judicial Circuit Court, Broward County, FloridaAcquittal. Corresponding immigration detainer vacated.
J-1 (INA 212(e)) Exceptional Hardship Waiver (Venezuela) grantedJ-1 waiver granted (positive State Department recommendation and I-612 approved)
I-589 Application for Withholding of Removal (Orlando Immigration Court)Withholding of removal granted
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris 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 Program and FrenchHigh School1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Detecting, Identifying and Resolving Corporate Crime: What Every Firm Needs to Know LIVE WebcastCorporate crime beyond the borders: a transnational perspective2016