Kerry Bretz

Kerry Bretz

Bretz & Coven, LLP
  • Immigration Law
  • Connecticut, Florida, New York
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Biography

Kerry Bretz is a former INS trial attorney and partner at Bretz & Coven. His private practice is defined by his dedication to progressive, fair immigration laws that reflect the true value immigrants bring to the United States and the original promises of the United States as a place where people can pursue life, liberty, and happiness.

Kerry Bretz has played a major role in challenging the retroactive application of new immigration laws and mandatory detention. He was instrumental in winning major deportation cases such as Henderson v INS and Calcano-Martinez v INS, which cases have changed the national scene on the availability of relief to aliens with criminal convictions.

Additionally, in St John v McElroy, Kerry Bretz helped acheive the release of a mentally disabled women from INS custody and was awarded approximately $88,000 in attorney's fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act by a federal court judge. Further, he obtained an additional monetary settlement to Ms. St John under the Federal Tort Claims Act for alleged abuses she suffered while detained by the INS.

Prior to private practice, Kerry Bretz was a Trial Attorney for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service. As a result, he brings a unique perspective to every client's case and is able to effectively strategize each individual case. He is regularly consulted by the criminal defense bar, is frequently quoted in newspapers, has appeared on reputable television programs and radio shows.

Kerry Bretz is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association and is often asked to speak at its annual conference. He is also Commissioner for the Archdiocese's Commission for the Dignity of Immigrants.

Kerry Bretz is Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Rated®, the highest peer-review rating an attorney can receive.

Education
City University of New York - Lehman College
B.A. (1988) | Political Science
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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Professional Experience
Partner
Bretz & Coven, LLP
- Current
Senior Partner at BRETZ & COVEN, LLP.
Trial Attorney
US DEpartment of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service
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Publications
Articles & Publications
AILA's Litigation Toolbox (Contributing Editor)
American Immigration Lawyers' Association
Basic on Habeas Corpus, AILA's Handbook on Waivers and Relief from Removal
American Immigration Lawyers' Association
Motion for Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act & Supporting Memorandum of Law, AILA's Litigation Toolbox
American Immigration Lawyers' Association
Professional Associations
NYS Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
- Current
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New York County Lawyers Association
Immigration Committee
- Current
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Americian Immigration Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Frequent Speaker
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New York State Bar  # 2457356
Member
- Current
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New York County Lawyers Association
Immigration Committee
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Connecticut
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Florida
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New York
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2nd Circuit
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3rd Circuit
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5th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Area
    Immigration Law
    Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
Languages
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Contact & Map
BRETZ & COVEN, LLP
305 Broadway
Suite 100
New York, NY 10007
Telephone: (212) 267-2555