About Us

 Meet Your Immigration Legal Team

 

We work together to provide you personable, effective, and affordable advocacy for you, your family or your business.
Each of us brings our own passion for immigration that drives us to excel in this field.

 

Christine Swenson, Esq. – Attorney & Owner

Christine has practiced law for more than 20 years. More than five years ago, Christine opened her law firm and chose to exclusively handle US immigration law. The most important reason is because of her own experience with the US immigration system because she and her husband adopted their daughter. During that long process, she lived through – and survived! – the very same immigration system her clients do today. Just like so many of her clients, she brought her child to the US for the opportunities it can provide that her daughter’s home country could never provide.

In addition to her years of experience in criminal court as a prosecutor, when she handled hundreds of motions , and presented more than 100 jury trials and even more bench trials, Christine is passionate about educating fellow attorneys, judges, and the general public. Christine is honored to be a frequent conference presenter on issues relating to immigration law, particularly U visas, with prestigious organizations such as ASISTA, the Colorado State Judicial Education Department, and the Colorado Bar Association. She is also the Chair of the Colorado U Visa Working Group, which is a volunteer group that promotes education and advocacy of law enforcement agencies. Since the 2016 election, Christine has given “Know Your Rights” presentations to more than 100 people in schools and community organizations, and, in January 2017, she participated with a team of immigration attorneys who worked at the Denver airport to help those affected by the first Muslim ban. You can also hear Christine as a regular guest on Arriba Mi Negocio on Denver’s Radio Luz 1650 AM where she often shares the latest information about US immigration to its Spanish-speaking listeners.

Away from work in her top immigration legal firm, she enjoys spending time with her family enjoying all that Colorado has to offer. She is an enthusiastic college basketball, college and pro hockey, and pro cycling fan. Christine enjoys running, paddle boarding, SCUBA diving, and, during the winter, snowshoeing. Why snowshoeing? She freely admits skiing is not her sport; she pokes fun at herself saying “it’s better for everyone else that I don’t ski!”

 


Laura Sanchez – Senior Legal Assistant

Laura’s background is very diverse and this makes her a great asset to the firm. While working as a Police Dispatcher for a local police department she provided immediate help to individuals who were need of immediate, urgent police assistance. During these years, her love for community service and customer service grew with every opportunity to help every person who called 911. Later she transitioned into law enforcement for several years, where she had the opportunity to work with victims of many crimes in person. Through her sympathy and understanding of victimization she now helps our clients get through, what sometimes can be a very difficult, stressful immigration system. Her strong bilingual traits are a wonderful asset because she is able to tailor the customer’s needs individually.

Laura is no stranger to the immigration system herself. She successfully assisted her Spanish-speaking mother through her citizenship application from beginning to end. She and her husband also successfully completed his Legal Permanent Resident process. Her passion to serve the Hispanic Community in regards to immigration is contagious, and that’s what brought her to join the firm.

Outside of work Laura enjoys spending time with her family and friends doing challenging activities such as obstacle course race’s, snowboarding in the winter and going for runs with her German Shepherd, Zerk.


Jennifer Rhans – Senior Legal Assistant

Swenson Law Bio for Jennifer RhyansJennifer has a love and passion of helping people. She uses this passion daily to assist our client’s through, what can at times be, a very daunting immigration process. Jennifer was drawn to the area of immigration law after witnessing an immigrant being taken advantage of while trying to navigate the immigration system. Witnessing this treatment sparked in her a desire to learn all she can about the immigration system to help keep others from having a similar experience.

With a background in legal administrative work combined with legal training, Jennifer brings both experience and knowledge to the table. She has gain direct immigration experience assisting immigrants through several family and humanitarian processes. These experiences and her passion for being of service to other make her an asset to our team.

Being a Colorado native, in her free time, Jennifer loves being outdoors. You can often find her with her family hitting a trail or just taking a leisurely walk. She is an active member of her church and enjoys volunteering through its community service department.


Ely Johannes – Legal Assistant & Intake Specialist

Swenson Law Bio for Ely JohannesEly earned a law degree from the Federico Villarreal National University in Lima, Peru. Thereafter she practiced civil and corporate law. Ely has worked in immigration law since 2014 where she became experienced in applications for work permits, spousal petitions, adjustments of status, removal of conditions on residence, and naturalization. Ely is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Ely was born and raised in Lima, Peru and is the first of her family to immigrate to the United States and become a U.S. Citizen. From her own personal experience, she gained a passion for immigration law and wanted to help other through the complicated process.

Ely is a decorated international athlete in karate and represented Peru as a member of the national team! Because of this, Ely began her love of travel and to learn about other cultures. In her free time, Ely plays volleyball, practicing yoga, hiking, and spends time with her husband and family.


Paulina Hermosillo, Administrative Assistant

Paulina joined our team in the summer of 2018 to help families reach their American Dream and become more knowledgeable of immigration laws. Prior to Swenson Law Office PC, she worked as an Assistant Manager at a national bank for over four years. The experience she gained has allowed her to deliver great customer service and build client relationships. Paulina is currently a student at Colorado State University obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies. She has a passion for her work and is determined to continue her education to become an immigration attorney.

Being an immigrant herself, Paulina can relate and understand what immigrant families experience. Paulina was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and migrated to the United States with her family at an early age. The cultural change and experience allowed her to understand that every immigration situation is unique and deserves to be handled with a team of people who care.

During her free time, Paulina enjoys spending time with her husband, Jean, and their dog, Koda. You will often find them traveling, enjoying outdoor activities or spending time with their families. Paulina also appreciates photography, art, and community volunteer opportunities.