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.

Bar Admissions



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


Katherine Popper


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

Before joining Elevation Law, Katherine 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 


Micah Laplante


Micah is a paralegal for Elevation Law. 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.


Norma Camunez

Legal Assistant

Norma  was born and raised in Vail, Colorado. She moved to Summit County in April 2018. Norma is a native Spanish speaker and has experience working with law enforcement, including the Eagle County Sheriffs Office and the Police Explorer Program. She involves herself with the community by volunteering at several local events ranging from Wild West Day, National Night Out, Camp 911, and coaching soccer with the Youth Foundation.

Working at Elevation Law gives Norma the opportunity to further serve her community. 


Lauren Airey

Legal Assistant

Lauren Airey was born and raised in Summit County, Colorado. After graduating from Summit High School, she began attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is in the process of completing a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs with a minor in Spanish.
Lauren has been working for Elevation Law for the last 5 years during her summer breaks. She has also been involved in the community through work with the Summit County Democrats and Mountain Dreamers. Lauren's passion for equality continues to bring her back to Elevation Law where she truly feels at home.