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About Novo Legal

Our Firm

We are community and family advocates in Denver, CO

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Novo Legal represents individuals and families nation-wide. Our firm focuses on the needs of everyday families, from speeding tickets while driving without a license to obtaining permanent lawful status in the United States.

We take tough cases

We monitor the evolution of all areas of law that impact our community to inform our own legal approaches – all to give you exceptional advice. We bring extensive experience and professionalism to every case and customize our support to your individual needs and concerns. Get in touch with us now to set up a consultation.

Our Team

Aaron Elinoff

Novo Legal Partner

Aaron has represented individuals from all walks of life in Criminal, Family, Immigration and Civil matters in front of tribunals ranging from municipal court to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Aaron prides himself on staying ahead of the law’s frequent changes to achieve results.

Jessica Villalobos

Firm Manager

Jessica was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and raised in northern Colorado after her parents immigrated to the United States when she was just a child. As a former DACA recipient, Jessica has been working with immigrants since 2013 starting as a receptionist for a local firm, and quickly rising to the position of a supervising paralegal, all while persevering as the mother of a very busy ten-year-old karate black belt. Jessica has seen and understands the struggles of immigrant single parents and has been actively involved with organizations around the Denver metro area to advance their interests. Jessica joined Novo in 2018.

Bryce Downer

Novo Legal Partner

While our primary offices are located in Denver Colorado, Bryce regularly travels throughout the US representing clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) , the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and the Department of State (DOS). Bryce is passionate about immigrants’ and workers’ rights, and works closely with Labor Unions in assisting their members with immigration issues. Bryce is often featured on local news and radio programs in providing legal analysis and explaining immigration law and policy.

Bernabe Soto

Paralegal

Bernabe was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Bernabe came to the United States as a child and has been a beneficiary of DACA. In 2013, Bernabe began his career in the immigration law field in various roles. Since then Bernabe has continued to provide assistance to the immigrant community while simultaneously working on completing his university degree. Bernabe will graduate from the Metropolitan State University of Denver this fall with a degree in Chicano Studies with an emphasis in Social Practice. Bernabe hopes to continue his education to become an attorney. Outside of the office Bernabe is involved with various organizations to promote civil rights, immigrant rights and LGBTQ issues.

Jeff List

Associate Attorney

Born and raised in Colorado, Jeff earned a degree in Economics from DePaul University in Chicago. After a career in the Chicago Hotel Industry, Jeff pursued his law degree in Washington, DC. He is an experienced professor of law and practitioner, having taught U.S. Law in Instanbul, Turkey before returning home to fight for the rights of the accused. Jeff is fluent in Spanish and Turkish, and conversational in German.

Priscilla Gil

Paralegal

Priscilla was born in El Paso, TX and was raised in Juarez, Chihuahua, MX. Her family immigrated to Thornton Colorado when she was eight years old. She graduated from Metropolitan State University in 2018 after completing her bachelor’s degree with a major in sociology and a minor in criminal justice. Priscilla hopes to continue her education to become an attorney. Priscilla is an active advocate of the immigration community, she was amongst the volunteers who contributed in the collection of thousands of signatures as an initiative allowing the local SB 251 License For All to become a law. Priscilla loves to spend her free time with her family and her pets that include three horses and two Alaskan Malamutes. She joined our Novo team while pregnant as she completed her internship in 2018. Subsequently, Priscilla became a crucial member of our removal defense department in January of 2019.

Danielle Jefferis

Novo Legal Of Counsel

Danielle was the Nadine Strossen Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project in New York. There, she worked on issues related to post-9/11 racial and religious discrimination and the intersection of national security and criminal justice. Before that, Danielle worked as an associate attorney with Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP, where her practice focused on law enforcement misconduct, employment discrimination, and prisoners’ rights. With Novo Legal, Danielle spearheads matters involving state and federal detainees ensuring they receive proper access to medical care. Danielle also serves as the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Civil Rights Clinic’s Clinical Fellow.

Fernanda Soto

Paralegal

Fernanda was born in Santiago, Chile. She came to the United States at the young age of 2. As an immigrant herself she understands the struggles and is committed to fighting for our clients. Since working at Novo, Fernanda has been able to fulfill her desire to assist the immigrant community. As such, she has grown from being our receptionist in 2018 to now being our Domestic Relations and Criminal department paralegal. Fernanda is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree demonstrating to her younger siblings the value of education and career perseverance..

Olivia Kohrs

Associate Attorney

Olivia Kohrs is an associate attorney at Novo Legal whose practice area focuses on civil rights litigation. Her work focuses largely on immigrants’ rights, both in and out of immigration detention, and has experience litigating conditions of confinement cases in federal court on behalf of ICE and USMS detainees at the Aurora Detention Facility. Olivia went to law school at the University of Denver, where she earned a certificate in Constitutional Rights and Remedies. She graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif and with distinction for her commitment to the public good. There, she spent two years as a student attorney in the Civil Rights Clinic litigating prisoners’ rights cases in federal court. In that capacity, she fought for her clients’ access to adequate medical care and accommodations while in state and federal prisons, including successfully arguing a case before the Tenth Circuit.  As a result of her work on those cases, she was awarded the Outstanding Student Lawyer Award and was the inaugural recipient of the Arnold and Porter Civil Rights Scholarship Award.

Jacqueline Soria

Receptionist

Jacky was born and raised in Denver, CO to immigrant parents. Throughout her college career she worked front desk for a ministry and worked with low income/high risk families. Jacky also spent a year working as a deputy probation officer for Boulder county where she had the great opportunity to work with clients and learn about the system. Jacky is now our  receptionist at  Novo Legal Group. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Northern Colorado, she decided to  enter the workforce to explore her passion for law and assisting others. She is very passionate about learning and understanding how state laws and regulations work, and hopes to one day work for law enforcement. Novo Legal Group strives to support her as she moves towards fulfilling her ultimate career goals.

Novo Legal Interns

Victoria Venzor

I grew up in Colorado Springs, where I got my bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Colorado. I am currently a 2L at the University of Colorado Law School. I was initially led to law school in hopes of becoming…

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Cindy Tsuei

Cindy is a graduate of Penn State Law and was recently admitted into the Colorado bar. During law school, Cindy was a student attorney at the Penn State Family Law Clinic, where she represented victims of domestic abuse…

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Edgar Chavarria

I graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2018. I moved to Denver for law school because of the experiential learning opportunities the school offers, and because I enjoyed Colorado from previous family ski trips here.

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Skylar Larson

I am a 2L at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In addition to interning at Novo Legal I am also a student attorney with the Immigration Law & Policy Clinic at the law school. I am passionate about…

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Emma Carroll

Emma is currently a 2L at the University of Colorado Law School and hopes to pursue a career in immigration law. During her summer internship with Novo, she researched a number of novel and relatively unexplored…

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