Kristin Knudson, Esq.

Founder

Kristin Knudson, Esq. represents businesses and individuals in their immigration matters. Her expertise stems from intensive experience practicing immigration law and representing diverse clientele, and her substantial involvement in the Spanish-speaking and immigrant communities.

Kristin started her career in immigration law at SafeHouse Denver, coordinating its immigration program to help immigrant victims of domestic violence. She represented asylum-seekers fleeing torture and persecution in their home countries. Kristin then spent a few years in federal business and securities litigation before returning to the field of immigration and nationality law.

Before starting her own practice, Kristin gained valuable experience in employment and family-based immigration, removal defense, and employer sanctions litigation at a Denver law firm.  She is a founding partner of Johnson Knudson LLC.

Kristin specializes in helping employers bring employees of extraordinary ability to the United States, advising and representing businesses on transferring workers to the U.S., and preparing petitions for investors and entrepreneurs. She provides high quality, compassionate representation to families, victims of crimes and immigrants in removal proceedings. Kristin speaks fluent Spanish and is able to provide efficient, effective service to Spanish-speaking clients.

Memberships

  • Chair of the Executive Committee of the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2016-present
  • Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Colorado Chapter of AILA, 2015-2016
  • Executive Committee Member, Colorado Bar Association’s Immigration Section
  • Member of the AILA Colorado U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Liaison Committee, 2014-2015
  • Chair of the AILA Access to Services Committee, 2013-2015
  • Member of the AILA Colorado Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 2014-2015
  • Chair of the U Visa Working Group, 2012
  • Member of the Spanish Speaking Lawyers Committee of the Colorado Bar Association, 2009-present

Presentations

  • Monthly presentations at Denver Public Library branches on Immigration and Naturalization Law for the Community, 2013-present
  • Colorado Organization for Victims Advocates (COVA) Conference, “U Visas for Law Enforcement and Victim Advocates:  Essential Considerations for Immigrant Crime Victims,” 2013-2015
  • Colorado Bar Association, "U Visa Basics: A How to Guide for Novice Practitioners," 2012
  • Colorado District Attorneys Council, “U Visa Certifications for Law Enforcement,” 2013

Licenses

Licensed Attorney before the Colorado Supreme Court     2009-present

Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado     2009-present

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José Caetano de Castro Hecht, Esq.

Associate

José Caetano is from São Paulo, Brazil and enjoys going back as often as he can. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, Colorado. A former prosecutor and an immigrant himself to the U.S., he has a great understanding of the fears and concerns of being accused with criminal charges in this country. His mission is to inform his clients and achieve the best possible outcomes for them. He is a native speaker of Portuguese and is fluent in Spanish. He enjoys taking advantage of all the wonderful outdoor activities Colorado has to offer including hiking, snowboarding, and kayaking. Like all good Brazilians, his love of football runs deep, and he is an avid supporter of the Brazilian national football team. He also loves to experience new cultures and cuisines by traveling whenever he can.

Memberships

  • Member of the Colorado Bar Association   2016-present
  • Member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association   2014-present

Licenses

  • Licensed Attorney before the Colorado Supreme Court   2016-present

Georgina Olazcon Mozo

Associate

Georgina is from Puebla, Mexico.  She moved to the United States at the age of fifteen.  She is a graduate of the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.  Before joining Johnson Knudson Law, Georgina worked as an attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle, Washington, a nationally recognized immigration defense non-profit organization.

As a first-generation immigrant, first-generation college student, and native Spanish speaker, Georgina has a deep understanding of the systemic barriers that exist for communities of color and is committed to serving immigrants such as herself.  As a former fellow of the JustLead Washington Leadership Academy, Georgina is proud to promote autonomy and agency amongst the most vulnerable members of our community, especially women and survivors.
Georgina and her husband decided to move to Colorado to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and sunshine.  On the weekends, you can find Georgina listening to Café Tacuba and spending time with her husband and their two dogs, Odiseo and Galilea.

Memberships

  •   Member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
  •   Member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  •   National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild  2018-Present
  •   Latino Bar Association of Washington  2016 -2017

Licenses

  • Licensed Attorney before the Missouri Supreme Court  2016-present

Mily Jelenik

Senior Paralegal

Mily Jelinek has been a Paralegal at Johnson Knudson Law since 2015. She is originally from Argentina, where she graduated from the Cordoba University of Law School. Mily is fluent in both Spanish and English. While in University, she worked with a law firm that specialized in Family Law. She enjoys working on family based immigration cases, and working with Hispanic clients. She has over seven years of experience as an immigration paralegal. Mily also really enjoys playing field hockey and practicing all kinds of outdoor sports.

Angelica Ontiveros

Paralegal

Angelica has been a Paralegal at Johnson Knudson Law since January 2018. Angelica was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and was raised in Denver, Colorado. She currently attends Metropolitan State University of Denver where she’ll be earning a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology. As an immigrant and DACA recipient, Angelica understands the complexity of navigating the immigration system. Angelica enjoys working with diverse clientele of many cultural backgrounds. She assists clients with their family based, removal defense, and employment based immigration cases. Angelica is fluent in Spanish and English. During her free time, Angelica enjoys spending time with her parents and siblings, drinking coffee, experiencing the great outdoors, and attending music concerts.

Hortencia Renteria

Paralegal

Hortencia joined Johnson Knudson in 2018. Prior to joining Johnson Knudson, Hortencia worked in a law firm setting for over 10 years focusing primarily in Family Law and Criminal Defense. During her time as a Criminal Defense and Family Law paralegal, she worked primarily with the Hispanic community.

Hortencia is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Denver obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in 2010. Hortencia graduated with her Associates of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies from Front Range Community College in 2012. Hortencia is fluent in Spanish and English.

Hortencia is a native of Colorado and enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with family, traveling and volunteering with her children in the community.

Joseph Doren

Legal Assistant

Joseph Doren has been our Legal Assistant since 2015. He’s usually the first person you’ll see when you walk in our door. Joe is bilingual Spanish-English. Prior to working at Johnson Knudson Law, he owned a wholesale business in Florida. His extensive employment history includes twenty years as a Civil Engineer, as well as excelling in sales. Joe loves animals and spending time with his family.

Lauren Rogers

Office Coordinator

Lauren is our Office Coordinator. Prior to Johnson Knudson Law, she worked in education both as an elementary school teacher in Denver as well as a campus coordinator for Southern Methodist University in New Mexico and Texas. Lauren was raised in Brazil and is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish. She is the proud owner of a St. Bernard rescue.