MEET OUR TEAM
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
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 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 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.
"IMMIGRANTS MAKE AMERICA GREAT"
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 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!