Ozment Law is a Nashville, Tennessee boutique firm dedicated to enhancing social justice and the rule of law by aggressively defending and creatively advancing the rights of immigrants and their communities. Ozment Law focuses on immigration and nationality law, criminal defense of immigrants, civil rights and civil liberties, government accountability, and workers’ rights. Over the past 15 years, Ozment Law has consulted with and successfully represented thousands of immigrants, their families, and their employers before administrative agencies, in state and federal courts throughout the country, and at consulates around the world.
Immigration and Nationality Law – Ozment Law represents families, workers, employers, students, victims of crime and abuse, DREAMers, and those fleeing persecution in applications for temporary or permanent immigration status, work and travel authorization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and naturalization. Ozment Law also defends individuals facing removal and bond proceedings from the United States in cases pending before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court), the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal appeals courts. Finally, Ozment Law provides legal advice to families, employers, community organizations, other attorneys, and policymakers regarding complex and rapidly-changing federal, state, and local laws and policies affecting immigrants and immigrant communities.
Criminal Defense, Padilla Advice, & Post-Conviction Relief – Ozment Law represents people accused of crimes, as well as victims and witnesses, with a particular focus on providing representation to Nashville’s immigrants. We fight for a level playing field for our clients to make sure they are getting a fair shake in the criminal system. Ozment Law combines our extensive immigration and criminal knowledge to ensure that our clients are properly advised of the immigration consequences of every decision made throughout a criminal case. Ozment Law also offers post-conviction representation focusing on Padilla claims and provides advice and counseling to other criminal defense attorneys about the immigration consequences of plea agreements involving non-citizens.
Civil Rights & Civil Liberties – When government officials abuse immigrants and their communities or act in excess of their limited powers, Ozment Law works to vindicate our clients’ rights under the Constitution and laws of the United States. With an extensive litigation portfolio that includes civil rights actions against federal, state, and local government agencies and officials, Ozment Law has a proven track record of success. In addition, Ozment Law’s attorneys have been active in reporting the criminal misconduct of law enforcement agents who abuse immigrants, prompting criminal investigation and prosecution.
Workers’ Rights – Immigrants work hard to provide for their families and contribute to their communities. When employers mistreat and take advantage of vulnerable immigrant workers, Ozment Law has successfully sought and recovered unpaid wages and damages in federal court.
Elliott Ozment is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Ozment Law. He graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1975. He has served as an Abogado Consultor (Legal Advisor) to the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia for immigration, civil rights, and civil matters arising in Tennessee. Mr. Ozment has been the Chair of the Immigration Law Committee of the Nashville Bar Association and is the legal counsel for the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Ozment was recently recognized by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild for his outstanding contributions to the field of immigrants’ rights. Along with lawyers at the Nashville firm of Sherrard & Roe, Mr. Ozment received the 2012 Harris A. Gilbert Pro Bono Award. Mr. Ozment is a frequent speaker and lecturer, and is presently preparing a forthcoming book on motions to suppress illegally obtained evidence in Immigration Court.
Tricia Herzfeld is Senior Counsel at Ozment Law. She is a 2001 graduate of George Washington University Law School. Ms. Herzfeld focuses her practice on the criminal defense of immigrants, Padilla counseling and constitutional law. Before joining Ozment Law in 2012, Ms. Herzfeld served as legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, where she successfully litigated dozens of high-profile civil rights cases in state and federal courts. Ms. Herzfeld previously was also a public defender in Miami, where she conducted over 80 criminal trials. Ms. Herzfeld is a graduate of the 2010 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law program and a member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. She is a frequent lecturer on a variety of civil rights and civil liberties issues. Ms. Herzfeld is also a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the Workers’ Dignity Project and is an ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee (active), Florida (inactive) and West Virginia (inactive).
R. Andrew Free is Litigation Counsel at Ozment Law. Mr. Free is the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Committee on the Rights of Immigrants. He sits on the Board of Directors of Tennessee Justice For Our Neighbors and the Legal Advisory Board of Dignidad Obrera. He is a member of the National Police Accountability Project and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. He is a 2010 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, which he attended as a Dean’s Scholar. Mr. Free focuses his practice on immigrants’ rights litigation, workers’ rights, and open government cases in federal and state court. Mr. Free has also successfully litigated complex removal defense cases in immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal courts of appeals. While at Vanderbilt, Mr. Free participated in the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program, the Vanderbilt Appellate Litigation Clinic, the Moot Court Board, and the Moot Court Traveling Team. He founded The List Project at Vanderbilt. He was the 2010 recipient of the Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial Prize.
Bethany Eichler is Immigration Counsel at Ozment Law. She is a 2012 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, which she attended as a Dean’s Scholar. Ms. Eichler focuses her practice on defending immigrants in immigration court proceedings and representing applicants for immigrant and non-immigrant visas. While at Vanderbilt, Ms. Eichler received the Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Award in Juvenile Justice, co-founded the International Arbitration Association, participated in the Domestic Violence Clinic, and Law Students for Social Justice. During her free time, she volunteered with Tennessee Justice For Our Neighbors, a non-profit provider of free and low-cost immigration legal services to victims of crime. Ms. Eichler completed externships at Human Rights Watch in New York, the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights in Washington D.C., and Southern Migrant Legal Services in Nashville. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Eichler lived and worked at an orphanage in a rural town in Central America for one year. She is fluent in Spanish.
1214 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37217
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