Kerry Bretz

New York City, New York
Experience: 26 years
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About Kerry Bretz

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.

Language(s) Spoken by Kerry Bretz

  • Spanish : Spoken, Written

Practice Areas

  • Immigration Law


  • Credit Cards Accepted

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • ConnecticutSince 1991
  • FloridaSince 1994
  • New YorkSince 1992
  • 2nd Circuit
  • 3rd Circuit
  • 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Experience

  • Partner Bretz & Coven, LLP 1994 - Current Senior Partner at BRETZ & COVEN, LLP.
  • Trial Attorney US DEpartment of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service 1991 - 1994


  • City University of New York - Lehman College B.A. (1988) | Political Science 1985 - 1988Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Professional Association

  • NYS Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers #949064 Member 1997 - Current
  • New York County Lawyers Association #949065 Immigration Committee 1995 - Current
  • Americian Immigration Lawyers Association #949066 Member 1994 - Current
  • New York State Bar #949067 Member 1992 - Current
  • New York County Lawyers Association #949068 Immigration Committee 1992 - Current

Articles & Publications

  • AILA's Litigation Toolbox (Contributing Editor) American Immigration Lawyers' Association 1999
  • Basic on Habeas Corpus, AILA's Handbook on Waivers and Relief from Removal American Immigration Lawyers' Association 1999
  • Motion for Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act & Supporting Memorandum of Law, AILA's Litigation Toolbox American Immigration Lawyers' Association 1999


305 Broadway
Suite 100 New York
New York City, NY 10007 USA

Telephone: (212) 267-2555

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