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




Claudia Hurtado-Myers

Claudia Hurtado-Myers brings over two decades of experience working with diverse immigrant populations helping them address their most pressing, violent, and complex needs ranging from recovery of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, refugee resettlement, Asylum representation, protecting abused abandoned, and neglected children to services for human trafficking victims.


Claudia has extensive experience building coalitions to educate the public and judicial system to the plight of immigrants that are crime victims in the United States and abroad. Claudia conducts “know your rights” presentations and discusses victim-based immigration relief for the community and for other professional stakeholders.


Along with community outreach, Claudia regularly does pro bono work. She was a pro bono volunteer attorney for the family detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico. She and other attorneys involved in the project where recognized by receiving the Oregon AILA Pro Bono Award for 2015 and the 2015 AILA Michael Maggio Pro Bono Award.


Before coming to Colorado she worked as the Senior Staff Attorney for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in the state of North Carolina, where she supervised all legal work, advocating for the protection of unaccompanied children both locally and nationally, and engaging in impact litigation.


While her caseload varies, her primary focus is providing representation to victims before various government agencies and judicial systems. 


Claudia's passion for serving vulnerable communities and advocating for social justice has been largely inspired by her own asylum journey and the oftentimes difficult but profound stories of her clients.


Claudia decided to become an attorney when her family were victims of Notario fraud and where almost placed in deportation proceedings until her mother, an attorney in Colombia, took over the family's case pro se and ultimately won it. Claudia is a proud United States Citizen since 2000. She graduated with honors from North Carolina Central University - School of Law in 2010 and was licensed by the state of North Carolina that same year.


Claudia lives in Vail, Colorado with her husband, Greg, their son, Zane, and their dog, Yoda. She likes to snowshoe and hopes to learn how to ski now that she lives next to the mountain declared to be “Like Nothing on Earth.”


Claudia is Licensed in North Carolina and her services are exclusively in the field of Immigration and Naturalization Law.







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


Micah Laplante

Originally from Maine, Micah became interested in the Spanish-speaking community after extensive travel to Central and South America. She has a degree in International Spanish for Business from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Certificate in Translation Studies from the University of Denver. She has worked in Nicaragua educating communities on the importance of nutrition, and is also a Spanish interpreter for the Summit School District. She is passionate about immigration law and the significant role it plays in helping our diverse mountain community. When not in the office, you can find her skiing, rafting, or traveling.












Katherine Popper

Katherine Popper practices immigration and deportation law with Elevation Law in Denver and Aurora, Colorado. Her practice includes defense in deportation, citizenship and naturalization, green card and adjustment of status, and related immigration legal services.


Before joining Elevation Law, Katherine opened the Denver office and served as the managing attorney of another immigration law firm from 2017-2020. Katherine's passion for immigration law began as a paralegal when she worked on a pro bono U Visa case, providing translation services, case assistance, and communicating with the client. During law school, she was a student attorney with the Women and the Law Clinic where she provided pro bono representation for a T Visa client. After passing the bar, Katherine joined a law firm practicing transactional securities litigation while continuing to provide pro bono immigration legal services to clients in Colorado.


Katherine grew up near Washington, DC. She received her bachelor's degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado in 2009. She spent six months of her undergraduate program studying abroad at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico and a summer studying Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied law at the American University Washington College of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor in 2014. While in law school, Katherine wrote for the Legislation and Policy Brief, represented clients with the Women and the Law Clinic, and published a tax policy article in the Bloomberg Tax Management and Real Estate Journal. Katherine is a member of the Minnesota Bar and an active participant in the Denver immigration legal community.





J.D., American University Washington College of Law 2014


B.A. International Affairs, University of Colorado Boulder 2009





Minnesota 2016

Colorado Admission Pending 






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