An immigration law firm with a base of clients from around the world is migrating to bigger digs in the Tech Center.
Christine Swenson said her firm – Swenson Law – has been looking for a new place for the past six months because staff members are “tripping over each other” in their current office at 5231 S. Quebec St. in Greenwood Village.
Swenson Law will depart in January for a 3,500-square-foot office in Centennial that’s five times the size of the current space. The new office is at 5161 E. Arapahoe Road.
Since she started the practice four years ago, Swenson has grown the firm from one attorney to three full-timers. She said she hopes to make two more hires in 2016.
“We have a large family immigration practice and a growing business immigration practice,” Swenson said. “We’ve been able to increase our revenue by 50 percent to 60 percent for the last two years, and 2016 does not look very different.”
A former criminal prosecutor who worked in Douglas and Arapahoe counties, Swenson decided to start an immigration practice after adopting her daughter overseas. Even as a practicing lawyer, Swenson was shocked to find how befuddling the legal process was.
“We didn’t have advice from an attorney,” she said. “I thought, ‘My God, what happens to people that don’t have my experience or don’t have the strength – because they’re here illegally and afraid to be deported – to ask those questions,” Swenson said.
Since then, Swenson said her firm has grown thanks to professional connections and an easy-to-find website – she said half of all clients find her firm from Google.
Swenson has also carved out a niche working through the U visa process, a path to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally that cooperated in criminal proceedings. Tapping her connections as a criminal prosecutor in Colorado, she said she can navigate district attorney offices faster than many of her competitors.
About 60 percent of Swenson’s cases involve family members filing petitions for a spouse, parent or sibling to get a green card, she said. The remaining cases involve individuals working through stages of the naturalization process, U.S. businesses trying to hire a foreigner – like sound engineers, teachers or construction workers – or a foreign business, like a music group trying to tour in the U.S.
Swenson said the firm is especially well-versed in helping businesses bring in foreign athletes and entertainment workers.
“I’m disgusted at the political rhetoric in this country on immigration,” she said. “We need to get back in touch with the mythology of this country sheltering the tired, poor, huddled masses. And by God, I’m going to bring in as many of them as I can.”