Nico Ratkowski

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Nico is an Attorney with Contreras & Metelska, P.A., representing individuals in a broad range of immigration and criminal matters including asylum, removal proceedings, family-based petitions, adjustment of status, administrative appeals, bond redetermination requests, jurisdictional concerns, employment, tax issues, and motion practice. Nico has assisted on matters before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). Nico also assists in representing clients with criminal issues and has experience as a private investigator.

In addition to immigration and criminal matters, Nico also handles certain tax and business-related matters.

Nico is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. Nico also holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Washington State University.

During law school, Nico worked in the Ronald M. Mankoff Tax Clinic, helping low-income clients resolve their tax issues with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Minnesota Department of Revenue (MNDOR). Nico also served as a staff member for the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology. Nico was a Human Rights Center Fellow who worked with “Phillips Black” in Saint Louis, MO to help research and the effects of race on death penalty sentencing.

In addition to his attorney duties at Contreras & Metelska, P.A., Nico founded a 501(c)(3) Tiger Sanctuary in Montana (“Blue Sky Tiger Sanctuary”) where he serves as the Board Chair, President, and Treasurer of the organization.          


Admitted
Minnesota Supreme Court

Memberships
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
The Federalist Society

Attended
Juris Doctor, University of Minnesota Law School, May 2018
Bachelor of Arts, Washington State University             

Languages Spoken
English