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About Novo Legal

Our Firm

We are community and family advocates in Denver, CO, and Seattle, WA

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and Seattle, Washington, 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.

Kassandra Vazquez

Legal Assistant

Kassie is a native to the Seattle area. As a first-generation Mexican-American growing up in a mixed status family, she’s able to relate to the uncertainty, anxiety, and desperation the lack of legal status creates. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Washington, in Seattle, with a double-major in American Ethnic Studies and Sociology, and a triple-minor in Diversity, Spanish, and Law, Societies & Justice. She was awarded the Academic Achievement Scholarship and the Global Opportunities Scholarship during her undergraduate career. In 2018, she also took up the opportunity to study abroad in Greece through the Jackson School of International Studies, where she spent two months learning about immigration and tourism and conducted research on the Roma community. Kassie’s experiences, in conjunction with her academic knowledge, have heavily influenced her goal of helping individuals from underrepresented communities.

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.

Angelica Sanches

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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.

Alma David

Of Counsel

After working with Rios & Cruz, P.S., as an Associate Attorney and Partner for six years, and a partner at Global Justice Law Group for three years, Alma joined IALC in 2018. Alma practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. She has worked in private practice and volunteered her time with various non-profits throughout her career. Prior to attending law school, Alma worked in human rights advocacy. Alma is admitted to the California State Bar Association and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Alma is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where she has served on the Executive Committee and Co-Chaired the ICE Liaison committee of AILA’s Washington chapter. She has been a presenter and speaker at various AILA events and conferences. Her practice focuses on removal defense, U visas, asylum, family-based petitions, and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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..

Mayra Mercado

Coming Soon

Luis Cortes

Partner

Luis Cortes Romero is the managing partner in Novo Legal Group’s Washington Office where he practices exclusively in immigration litigation. Mr. Cortes Romero is a trial and appellate lawyer who has represented clients in a wide variety of immigration-related cases, including constitutional issues, challenging immigration detention, immigration consequences to criminal convictions, and seeking waivers of inadmissibility. He has represented clients in high-profile constitutional litigation involving equal protection and due process claims. He also represents clients in connection with governmental investigations.

A DACA recipient himself, Luis served as co-counsel in the landmark case DHS v. Regents of the University of California before the US Supreme Court, which struck down the Trump administration’s 2017 decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Additionally, Luis serves as an adjunct professor of law with the University of Minnesota Law School and a board member of the National Immigration Project. With Novo Legal Group, Luis continues his focus on impact litigation and zealously advocates for expansion of immigrant rights and protections throughout the United States.

Alyssa Martin

Associate Attorney

Alyssa Rachelle Martin is an associate attorney at Novo Legal with experience in international law and domestic relations. After graduating law school with a certificate in International Law, Alyssa spent a year working as a legal fellow with International Justice Mission in Kampala, Uganda. While there, Alyssa’s work focused on cases involving intimate partner violence and sexual violence againt children. Upon returning to the United States, Alyssa completed a Judicial Clerkship for the domestic relations bench in Weld County, Colorado.

Jaqueline Vizcarra

Paralegal

Jaqueline is originally from Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua México. She has lived in Denver Colorado since 2002. After graduating from North High School in 2006, she had to face many challenges on account of her living in the United States as an undocumented immigration: lack of options to pursue higher education and the deportation of her father in 2011. She persevered through these hard times and never gave up. In 2013 her life took a turn when she obtained her employment authorization under DACA and right away started attending college part-time while working full-time in the education field and raising a family of four. Jaqueline started working as a paralegal before graduating college and even had the opportunity to intern at an immigration law firm. In 2019, Jaqueline obtained her Associates of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies from Arapahoe Community College, an ABA approved institution. She joined Novo Legal Group in February 2021 and is very excited to be able to work and help the immigrant community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her 3 children and husband.

Novo Legal Interns

Caroline Turner

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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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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