Our Team

Karen McCarthy


Attorney Karen McCarthy is the founder of Elevation Law, LLC. Karen has extensive experience in all areas of immigration law, including naturalization, green cards, visas, deportation, and asylum. Karen thrives on the challenges of immigration cases and the complexity of handling a variety of legal issues. Throughout her legal career, Karen has helped clients with affirmative and defensive petitions, permitting individuals and families to live in the United States lawfully and qualify for better jobs. LinkedIn


Bar Admissions

  • Colorado

  • Hawaii

  • New York



  • Washington College of Law, American University, J.D., 2009

  • College of William and Mary, B.A. 2004

  • University of Morelia, Michoacán, 2002


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

  • Colorado Bar Association  (CBA)

  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA)

  • Continental Divide Bar Association (CDBA)

  • Summit Chamber of Commerce


Community Service and Leadership

  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN)

  • Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC)

  • AILA Access to Services Committee

  • CBA Environmental Sustainability Program






Shadi Kafi

Shadi Kafi is an Associate Immigration Attorney at Elevation Law. As an Iranian-American, Shadi enjoys hearing the stories of clients from culturally diverse backgrounds. She is passionate about helping clients navigate complicated legal issues and providing zealous representation. Shadi managed a private practice in Houston, Texas where she served clients as a criminal defense trial lawyer. Shadi’s career took her to Rochester, New York where she served as a leader in the field of education before returning to law practice. She has experience in naturalization, deportation, visas and asylum.



  •  Farsi, Spanish


Bar Admissions:

  •  Texas


Professional Associations:

  • AILA, American Immigration Lawyers Association

  • NAMI, National Alliance Mental Illness







Norma Camunez 


Norma Camunez was born and raised in Vail, Colorado. She moved to Summit County in April 2018. Norma is bilingual and has experience working with Law Enforcement, including the Eagle County Sheriffs Office and Police Explorer Program. She volunteers at events ranging from Wild West Day, National Night Out, Camp 911, and coaching soccer with the Youth Foundation. Norma loves to be involved with events in the community. For her to be part of Elevation Law has been her biggest motivation so she can use her knowledge to make a positive impact and build trust with our community.











Bianca Nuanes

Bianca is a legal assistant at Elevation Law, LLC in Aurora, Colorado. She is from Tucson, Arizona and loves living in Colorado. Before joining Elevation Law, LLC she held positions with an environmental advocacy group, a small immigration law office, and also ran her own business. She is currently pursuing her paralegal certificate. Bianca’s passion for unity and community gives her great motivation for the work she is doing with us today. 



  • Bachelor’s of Public Management 

  • Associate’s of General Studies

  • Associate’s of Liberal Arts










Viri Cruz

Viri has lived in Summit County for sixteen years. Her interest in law began senior year in high school when she took a Criminal and Justice class for a semester. The class took a trip to the Summit County Jail and while taking the tour, she realized how prisoners lose their rights to certain freedom which made her realize how much worse it could be in a immigration detention center. Shortly after her visit to the local jail, her cousin got arrested by ICE in Frisco, while he was meeting up with his probation officer. At this moment she realized the importance of immigration lawyers, because very few lawyers were bilingual and an open for a meeting within a few days from her cousin’s arrest.


After Viri’s high school graduation in May, she wanted to learn something new and start a new work atmosphere. Luckily, one of the job opportunities she found was related to immigration with Elevation Law. Viri is currently an Alpine Bank scholarship recipient, which pays for two years at CMC. Since she is a first generation student this means a lot to her starting her first semester in college. She is very caring, honest and open minded with a lot of energy to learn something new everyday!













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