Eric Johnson, Esq.

Partner

Eric grew up in New Orleans, LA, and is an Honors graduate from the Tulane University School of Law where he was named to the Order of Barristers for excellence in oral and written advocacy. A former career prosecutor, Eric represents businesses, professional athletes, artists, musicians, families, and individuals in immigration and criminal matters. 

Eric is routinely consulted by criminal defense attorneys representing noncitizens for expert advice on the immigration consequences of criminal pleas, strategic advice on saving the immigration status of their noncitizen clients, as well as how to best navigate State and immigration bond issues in achieving the goals of the noncitizen client.

Eric practices in front of numerous Federal and State courts and agencies including:

• 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

• Federal District of Colorado

• Colorado Supreme Court

• Colorado Court of Appeals

• State Courts (District and County) of Colorado

• Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”)

• Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (“OCAHO”)

• Executive Office of Immigration Review (“EOIR”)

• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”)

Memberships

Eric is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) and the Colorado Bar. He is currently head of the AILA Colorado ICE Liaison Committee and the chair-elect of the Immigration Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. Eric is a frequent lecturer on immigration and criminal matters

He has been qualified as an expert witness in county and district courts throughout Colorado where he has testified on the constitutional duties of defense counsel and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

Licenses

Licensed Attorney before the Colorado Supreme Court     1998-present

Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado     1998-present

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Kristin Knudson, Esq.

Partner

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

  • Treasurer 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

Breanon Cole, Esq.

Of Counsel - Steamboat Springs

Breanon “Bree” Cole specializes in representing immigrant victims of crime, immigrants in removal proceedings, and clients with family based immigration cases.

Born and raised in Farmington, New Mexico, Bree graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law with a dual law degree and master’s degree in Latin American Studies.  Bree relocated to Colorado with her family in 2013 and is very happy to call Steamboat Springs home.

Bree developed an expertise in criminal defense working as a public defender in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the felony and misdemeanor levels.  Through that work, she became skilled at navigating the intersection of immigration law and criminal law.  She regularly provided detailed guidance to her foreign-born clients, as well as her colleagues, regarding the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.  Bree brings her knowledge of criminal defense to her immigration law practice and excels at representing clients in each of those legal settings.  She is an active volunteer and has given her time to represent detained immigrants with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network in Denver since 2014.  She has also been an active member of the Immigration Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico, and has volunteered for the Homeless Legal Clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Locally, Bree has represented immigrant victims of crime through the Immigration Advocacy Program at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities, a non-profit agency in Steamboat Springs working to end domestic violence.  She speaks fluent Spanish.        

When she isn’t helping her clients achieve their immigration goals or defending their rights in court, Bree enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and being in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.  During hunting season she can be found wearing orange and tracking mule deer in the Routt National Forest.

Memberships:

  • Member in good standing of the State Bar of New Mexico, 2009-present
  • Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Colorado Chapter, 2016-present
  • Member of the Immigration Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar, 2009-present
  • Past President of the Immigration Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico, 2012 term
  • President of the Immigration Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico, 2011 term
  • Secretary of the Immigration Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico, 2010 term

Licenses:

  • Licensed attorney before the New Mexico Supreme Court, 2009-present

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

Mily Jelenik

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 in 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.

Michelle Lugardo

Paralegal

Michelle Lugardo has been with our office since 2016.  Michelle is currently attending Arapahoe Community College earning her Associate Degree of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies. She enjoys working and volunteering with the Hispanic community. Michelle is fluent in Spanish and English.

 

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.

 

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