George A. Terezakis

Top rated Immigration attorney in Mineola, New York

Terezakis Law Firm, PLLC
George A. Terezakis
Terezakis Law Firm, PLLC

Practice Areas: Immigration, Criminal Defense; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1986

Education: University at Buffalo Law School - SUNY

Languages Spoken: English, Greek, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023

Terezakis Law Firm, PLLC

170 Old Country Road
Suite 508
Mineola, NY 11501 Visit website


The owner of Terezakis Law Firm, PLLC, in Mineola, New York, George A. Terezakis is an immigration and criminal defense attorney serving people in and around Mineola. He helps them with various legal matters such as deportation-removal defense, family-based immigration, citizenship, green cards, adjustment of status, traffic violations, and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

Born and raised in New York, Mr. Terezakis obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, (magna cum laude), from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He then went on to earn his law degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law and graduated with honors in 1985. The following year, he was licensed to practice in New York. Later, he was admitted to the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of New York (1993) and the U.S Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit (2003).

Mr. Terezakis’ practice is primarily focused on helping noncitizens with complex criminal and immigration law matters. He is fluent in Spanish, which he learned while working with human rights groups in El Salvador. Serving a diverse range of clients, he is an experienced litigator, who has extensive trial experience. He helps clients make informed decisions by analyzing how accepting a plea bargain can impact their immigration status. He represents clients with trials in Immigration Court and New York State trial courts. He has extensive experience in the fields of family-based immigration, waivers, asylum, naturalization, deportation-removal defense, and post-conviction relief. He also frequently provided advice to criminal defense lawyers regarding the likely impact of a criminal conviction on their non-citizen clients legal status.

A practicing trial lawyer for more than three decades, Mr. Terezakis has been recognized by the legal community for his professionalism and high ethical standards. Rated “Superb” on Avvo, he is the recipient of the Pro Bono Attorney award by the Central American Refugee Center, the Community Advocate of the Year award by the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Practitioner of the Year Award by the Nassau County Criminal Bar Association. Furthermore, he has received countless five-star client reviews and peer endorsements.

Active in the legal arena for more than 35 years, Mr. Terezakis has held leadership positions in respected Bar Associations, including as:

  • Immigration Law Committee, Nassau County Bar Association

         Former Chairman

  • Association of Deportation Defense Attorneys

         Co-founder and former co-chair

  • Federal Bar Association, Immigration Law Section

         Former member, Board of Directors

  • Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association

         Past President – Member Board of Directors

  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense

         Former Member, Board of Directors

Mr. Terezakis frequently lectures before national and local Bar Association on the intersection between criminal and immigration Law, including:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association,
  • Federal Bar Association-Immigration Section (AILA);
  • New York County Lawyer Association;
  • New York City Bar;
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDC); and
  • the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Association

Practice areas

Immigration: Consumer, Criminal Defense

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Asylum, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Naturalization & Citizenship, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations

  • 70% Immigration: Consumer
  • 30% Criminal Defense

First Admitted: 1986, New York

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Educational Background:
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.A. in Political Science in 1982
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Dickson v. Ashcroft, 346 F 3d 44 (2d Cir. 2003)
  • Padilla v. Kentucky
  • In re Jurado-Delgado, 24 I&N Dec 29 (BIA 2007)
  • Pro Bono Attorney Award, Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN), 2000
  • Community Advocate of the Year Award, Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2011
  • Practitioner of the Year Award in 2013, Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • Law Faculty Award, Buffalo School of Law
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chair, Immigration Law Committee, Nassau County Bar Association , 2020
  • Board of Directors of the Immigration Law Section of the Federal Bar Association
  • Board of Directors of the N.Y.S. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President of the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Association of Deportation Defense Attorneys, 2020
Industry Groups:
  • Appeals to Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Bond Proceedings
  • Cancellation Of Removal
  • Deportation & Removal Defense
  • Family Based Immigration
  • Waivers

Office location for George A. Terezakis

170 Old Country Road
Suite 508
Mineola, NY 11501

Phone: 516-703-1951


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023

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