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Christopher Brelje
(623) 536-5755
Law Offices of Brelje and Associates, P.C.


3080 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ, 85395
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Christopher Brelje

Christopher Brelje


Christopher Brelje has been practicing immigration law for over 20 years. Chris was with Lewis and Roca’s Phoenix office where he headed the immigration law section. He left the partnership in September of 2000 to form a boutique law firm dedicated to the practice of employment immigration law. 

Chris has handled deportation defense cases, family-based immigration cases, and a wide variety of employment immigration matters. In 1995, immediately following the passage of the “State 20” J-1 waiver program for physicians, Chris worked with the Arizona Department of Health on early drafts of what is now Arizona’s “Conrad 30” J-1 waiver program. Chris has expertise in physician immigration including J-1 waiver and National Interest Waiver (“NIW”) permanent residency filings.

Chris is past chairperson of the Arizona chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) and past chairperson of the Immigration Section of the State Bar of Arizona. He received the national 1995 Pro Bono Award from AILA and the 1995 Larsen Award from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (“LIRS”) in recognition of leadership and outstanding service in immigration and refugee matters. 

Chris has litigated in both state and federal court and has argued immigration cases at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1997 for expertise in immigration law. Chris holds Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV” rating, its highest distinction.

Chris received his J.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He has a Master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Dayton and a Master’s degree in religion from Christ Seminary, St. Louis. Chris’ undergraduate degree is from Valparaiso University where he majored in philosophy. 

In 1989, Chris founded the Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights Project, a non-profit agency that provides immigration representation to indigent detainees held by INS, now DHS, in Florence, Arizona. Since that time the Florence Project has provided rights presentations, immigration law advice, representation in bond hearings as well as in immigration trials and pro bono referrals of asylees, refugees, long-time permanent residents and even U.S. citizens placed in deportation proceedings. 

Chris served on the board of the Florence Project and chaired the board for several years. He was on the board of LIRS for eight years and also served as chair of its board. Chris is a licensed pilot and flies a Cessna 182.


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