Gloria Contreras Edin

Gloria Contreras Edin has advised on thousands of matters involving clients from more than 25 countries in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, & Asia on a wide range of complicated and sensitive immigration issues. Ms. Contreras Edin has a great deal of experience in dealing with state courts, federal courts, and federal immigration agencies, including

  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • U.S. Department of State (DOS)

  • U.S. District Court of Minnesota

  • Minnesota Supreme Court

  • Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)

  • Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

  • Administrative Appeals Office (AAO)

Ms. Contreras Edin represents clients in multiple contexts including but not limited to: bond hearings, affirmative applications for immigration benefits, family petitions, hardship petitions, post-conviction relief, waivers of inadmissibility, obtaining legal status and green cards, consular processing, obtaining immigrant and/or nonimmigrant visas, becoming a U.S. citizen, VAWA petitions, etc.

Ms. Contreras Edin is a zealous advocate for her clients and is committed to helping families stay together in the United States. Ms. Contreras Edin is active in the community has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her outstanding service. Ms. Contreras Edin works tirelessly to protect the rights of children and adults facing removal from the United States and has served on numerous state-wide commissions, committees, and boards. Ms. Contreras Edin has also acted as Amicus Curiae in high-stakes immigration proceedings in various U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Ms. Contreras Edin acts as an expert on immigration matters litigated in civil courts.  Ms. Contreras Edin writes and presents frequently on immigration and civil rights matters. In 2015, she co-authored a chapter in the Immigration Practice Deskbook. She has presented on a variety of issues, including how the Constitution interacts with immigration laws and the impact of immigration laws on women and children. She also produces Continuing Legal Education programs and presents on issues related to non-conforming LGBTQI immigrants and refugees.

Minnesota Supreme Court

U.S. District Court of Minnesota

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States


Community Service Award bestowed by Minnesota Supreme Court, ‘00

Internal Revenue Service Community Service Award ‘00, 

Minnesota Home Town Hero, ‘00

Excellence in Service Award bestowed by Centro Legal, Inc., ‘01

Bush Foundation Fellow, ‘02

Up and Coming Attorney Award by Minnesota Lawyer Magazine, ‘07

Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Distinguished Service Award, ‘09

National Hispana Leadership Institute '10

Century College Woman of Distinction '10

Francisco Rosales Community Dedication Award, Academia Cesar Chavez, '16

U.S. Distinguished Lawyer list 2019

Selection of Past Board, Commission & Committee Participation
Appointed by Minnesota Senate as an Immigration representative on the commission for Welcoming New Americans

Appointed to Minnesota’s Supreme Court’s Statewide Legal Service Commission

Minnesota Charities Review Council Board

The Minnesota Council on Foundations

The Initiative Foundation of Minnesota

The Women's Foundation of Minnesota

Neighbors Inc.

Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

Mitchell Hamline Board of Trustees

Selection of Publications & Presentations

 •     Judge Joseph Dierkes (Ret.) & Gloria Contreras Edin, Chapter 7, Chapter in Immigration Practice Desk book (1st ed. 2015)

•     Immigrant Integration & Workforce Challenges, Guest Presenter, Gray Plant Mooty

•     Immigration Policy and its effects on Women & Children, Keynote, The Women’s Foundation

•     Defending the Constitution, Presenter, Hamline University School of Law

•     The Impact of Immigration Policy on Women & Children, Presenter, Central Lakes College

•     Best Practices & Lessons Learned in Raid Response, Guest Presenter, NILC, Washington DC

•     Minnesota Meeting on Immigration & the Economy, Guest Panelist, The Minneapolis Foundation

•     Hispanic Heritage Month, Diversity Panelist, Briggs & Morgan CLE

•     Impact Litigation & The Constitution, Keynote Speaker for annual event, Hispanic Bar Association

•     Ten Tips for Recruiting Latinos, Presenter, Minnesota Multicultural Forum

•     Hispanics in Minnesota, Diversity Panelist, Robbins Kaplan Miller Ciresi

•     Hispanics in Minnesota, Guest Presenter, Deloitte & Touche.

Languages Spoken


Juris Doctor Hamline University School of Law
  - Completed the Dispute Resolution Institute Certificate Program, 2002
Bachelor's California State University