Kerry Bretz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in New York, NY

Bretz & Coven, LLP
 | 305 Broadway, Suite 100
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-267-2555
Fax: 212-267-2129
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Consumer (70%),
  • Immigration: Business (30%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

As a former Immigration and Naturalization Service trial attorney, Kerry Bretz brings a unique set of qualifications to his clients' cases. Understanding how these cases are prosecuted enables Mr. Bretz to tailor his strategy for each individual client. His qualifications and success often result in requests for consultation by the criminal defense bar. He is frequently quoted in newspapers and has appeared on television and radio programs.

Mr. Bretz dedicates his practice to ensuring everyone in the country receives fair treatment within the United States legal system. He has fought for progressive and fair immigration laws that properly reflect the value immigrants bring to this country while also ensuring the promise of life, liberty and happiness are still promises the United States keeps to its current and future citizens. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is commissioner for the Archdiocese's Commission for the Dignity of Immigrants. His firm, Bretz & Coven, LLP, is located in New York City.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Immigration (70%): Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship

Immigration (30%): Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship

Focus Areas

Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019

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About Kerry Bretz

Admitted: 1992, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.bretzlaw.com/attorneys/partners/kerry-bretz/

Honors/Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Rated®, the Highest Peer-Review Rating

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Immigration Committee, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1997
  • New York, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1996
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of NewYork, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, 5th Circuit, 1999
  • Member, Immigration Committee, New York City Lawyers Association, 1993
  • Florida, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 1998

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Bretz & Coven is committed to helping the poor and indigent in instances where we believe we can make a difference on a compelling legal issue.  We are very proud of our track record providing pro bono representation for immigrants in New York, New Jersey, and other areas and welcome the opportunity to learn more about instances where we may provide pro bono immigration help to sympathetic individuals and families. For a list of our recent pro bono cases please see http://www.bretzlaw.com/pro-bono/ 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Speaker, Advanced Criminal Law Series Part II, Co-sponsored by Queens County Bar Association & Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, The Immigration Consequences of Alleged Criminal Conduct, October 20, 2010
  • Speaker, Impact of Immigration Fraud on You and Your Family and How to Avoid It, 1st Annual Immigration Law Seminar for the Public Korean American Association of Greater New York/Korean,  American Lawyers Association of Greater New York Open Village Townhall, Flushing, NY, September 22, 2007
  • Co-Speaker & Trainer, Immigration Law Training for Non-Immigration Lawyers Sponsored by AILA, NY State Bar Association, and Judge Katzmann's Study Group on Immigrant Representation The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (City Bar Justice Center), August 17 - 18, 2011
  • November 29, 2012: Co-Presenter, Insights from Key Criminal and Immigration Attorneys on How Crime Can Impact Immigration in 2012, Sponsored by Queens County Bar Association, Queens, New York.   September 22, 2012: Co-Presenter, DREAMers, Criminal Convictions, Green Cards, U.S. Citizenship, Sponsored by Consulate of St. Vincent and The Grenadines.   September 9, 2012: Co-Presenter, DREAMers, U visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile visas, Sponsored by Guyanese Consulate, New York City.   August 3, 2012: Co-Presenter, DREAMers, U visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile visas, U.S. Senator Gillibrand's Office, New York City.       July 26, 2012: Co-Presenter, Deferred Action for DREAMERS, Sponsored by Saint Lucian Consulate, New York City.  July 13, 2012: Co-Presenter, Deferred Action for DREAMers, Sponsored by the Grenadian Consulate, New York City.  July 12, 2012: Co-Presenter, Deferred Action for DREAMers, Sponsored by the Bahamian Consulate, New York City.  April 18, 2012: Co-Presenter, Crimination: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Problems for Noncitizens, Sponsored by the Bahamian Consulate, New York City.  February 2, 2012: Co-Presenter, Padilla v Kentucky and the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions and Motions to Reopen, Sponsored by the Immigration and Naturalization Committee, Queens County Bar Association.         January 25, 2012: Speaker, Removal and Deportation, Overview of Representation of Non-US Citizens, Young Lawyers Section Annual Meeting of New York State Bar Association, Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY., 2012
  • December 19, 2013: Panelist, Immigration Town Hall Meeting, , Sponsored by NYS Assemblyman Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., 2013
  • February 19, 2014, The Practice of Criminal Defense after Padilla v. U.S. & Chaidez v. U.S.; Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct; and Tips & Strategies When Representing Non-Citizens in a Criminal Defense , Sponsored by Staten Island Bar Association, 2014
  • March 4, 2014, Co-Presenter, The Practice of Criminal Defense after Padilla v. U.S. & Chaidez v. U.S.; Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct; and Tips & Strategies When Representing Non-Citizens in a Criminal Defense , Sponsored by New York Chapter of AILA, Her Justice Office Building, 2014
  • May 7, 2014, Co-Presenter, U.S. Immigration Law in 2014 - Basics and Beyond, Sponsored by New York State Bar Association, 2014
  • March 27, 2014: Co-Presenter, The Practice of Criminal Defense after Padilla v. U.S. & Chaidez v. U.S.; Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct; and Tips & Strategies When Representing Non-Citizens in a Criminal Defense , Sponsored by Queens County Bar Association, Jamaica, New York, 2014
  • March 15, 2013: Co-Presenter, Visas A to U, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and other topics, Sponsored by Angolan Consulate, New York City.  March 14, 2013: Co-Presenter, Visas A to U, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and other topics, Sponsored by Senegalese Consulate, New York City.  March 6, 2013: Co-Presenter, Protecting The Victims of Violence: Relief Under the Immigration Law, Sponsored by Queens County Bar Association, Jamaica, New York., October 18, 2013: Co- Presenter, Evolution of Padilla: A New Era For Criminal Defense Litigation, Sponsored by NYSBA Committees on Immigration Representation and Continuing Legal Education, 2013
  • Panel Leader, Crimmigration: Working with the Criminal Defense Bar and Post Conviction Motions after Padilla vs. Kentucky American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conferences an Diego, California, June 15 - 18, 2011
  • Panel Speaker, Redefining Borders: Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the United States Sponsored by Rutgers Law Record and The Immigrant Rights Collective Rutgers School of Law - Newark, March 4, 2011

Representative Clients:

  • St. John v. McElroy, 917 F.Supp. 243 (S.D.N.Y.), 1996
  • Accardo v. United States Attorney General, 2011
  • Pottinger v. Reno, 51 F.Supp.2d 349 (E.D.N.Y.), 1999
  • Mojica v. Reno, 970 F.Supp. 130 (E.D.N.Y.); aff'd, 1997
  • Thomas v. McElroy, 1996 WL 487953 (S.D.N.Y.), August 23, 1996
  • Cruz-Taveras v. McElroy, Dkt. No. 96 CIV. 5068 (MBM), 1996 WL 455012 (S.D.N.Y.), Aug 13, 1996
  • Andrews v. United States Attorney General (3d. Cir.), April 15, 2011
  • Galluzzo v. Holder, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 1566 (2d. Cir. N.Y.), Jan. 26, 2011
  • Henderson v. INS, 157 F.3d 106 (2d Cir.), cert. denied sub nom., 1998
  • Cruz-Taveras v. McElroy, 1996 WL 455012 (S.D.N.Y.), August 12, 1996
  • Thomas v. McElroy, Dkt. No. 96 CIV. 5065 (JSM), 1996 WL 487953 (S.D.N.Y.), Aug. 27, 1996
  • Gonzales Bordonave v. Holder (2d. Cir.), September 28, 2011
  • U.S. App. LEXIS 4962 (11th Cir.), March 10, 2011
  • Reno v. Navas, 119 S. Ct. 1141 (U.S.),  Mar. 8, 1999
  • St. John v. McElroy, 917 F.Supp. 243 (S.D.N.Y.), 1996
  • Alba v. McElroy, Dkt. No. 96 CIV. 8748 (DLC), 1996 WL 695811 (S.D.N.Y.), Dec. 4, 1996

Educational Background:

  • Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1988
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Office Location for Kerry Bretz

305 Broadway
Suite 100
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-267-2555

Fax: 212-267-2129

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Last Updated: 4/19/2019

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