Hans Meyer, Esq., Lead Attorney

hans@themeyerlawoffice.com

Hans Meyer is the founder of the Meyer Law Office, P.C.  His practice specializes in immigration law and removal defense, criminal defense and postconviction relief, the immigration consequences of crimes, and the civil rights of immigrants.  Hans advocates for the statutory and constitutional rights of immigrants before various immigration agencies and state and federal courts, often against governmental and institutional abuses of power.  He is a former trial attorney with the Colorado State Public Defender, where he became an expert in the field of crimmigration law and developed a statewide immigration advisement system for indigent noncitizen defendants.  Hans also served as the former Director of Public Policy for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, where he focused on local, state, and national immigration policy.

As a nationally recognized expert, Hans frequently lectures, publishes, and appears in the press on issues related to immigration law and the criminal justice system.  He also serves as an expert on immigration consequences for the Alternate Defense Counsel throughout Colorado.  Hans has been honored for his public interest litigation and advocacy by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (CCDB), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Colorado Hispanic Bar, among other organizations.   He is an active member of AILA, CCDB, National Immigration Project, National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU of Colorado, and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and serves on the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including the CCDB and the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition.

Hans grew up in Aurora, Colorado, and is a 2006 graduate of the evening program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  Prior to his career as an attorney, Hans was a forest firefighter, construction worker, and Outward Bound instructor.  He also spent several years living, working and traveling in Latin America, focusing primarily on human rights issues in Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico.

Bar Admissions and Practice Areas

Hans is admitted to practice by the Colorado Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He regularly appears on behalf of immigrants before agencies including United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, as well as in immigration cases before the Denver Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Hans also represents noncitizen defendants in criminal cases and petitioners in postconviction matters in state district courts, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the Colorado Supreme Court.

Writing and Publications

Presentations and Teaching Activities

  • Colorado Judicial Conference, ICE Infiltration of the Criminal Justice System for Enforcement (2017)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Convention, Immigration Consequences (2017)
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Immigration Consequences of Crimes (2016-18)
  • University of Denver Criminal Defense Clinic, Representing Noncitizen Defendants (2008 – 2018)
  • University of Colorado Criminal Defense Clinic, Immigration Consequences of Crimes (2011 – 2017)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Convention, Analyzing Criminal Convictions (2013, 2017)
  • Adams and Boulder County Judicial Training, Immigration Issues in Criminal Cases (2013, 2017)
  • Colorado Bar Association, Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions (2011, 2015, 2017)
  • Defending Immigrant Partnership, Immigration Consequences of Crimes (January 2011 and May 2012)   
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association of Colorado, Trial Practice CLE (November 2011)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Convention, Criminal Issues in Immigration Court (June 2011)   
  • Colorado Bar Association Immigration Law Committee, Panel on the Expanding Use of Immigration Detainers by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (November 2010)
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Representing Noncitizens after Padilla v. Kentucky (October 2010)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Annual Convention, Criminal Procedure 101 and Other Issues for the Immigration Attorney CLE (June 2010)
  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Immigration Consequences of Crimes CLE (2009)
  • Defending Immigrants Partnership National Training, Immigration Consequences of Crimes CLE (2009)
  • Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Immigration Consequences (Fall 2008-09)
  • Colorado Bar Association, Immigration Law and Procedure: Grounds of Inadmissibility and Removability and the Consequences of Criminal Convictions CLE (Spring 2008)

Awards and Recognitions

  • NEWSED Civil Rights Leader Award (2018)
  • Top Immigrant Lawyers in Colorado, 5280 Magazine (2014-18)
  • Super Lawyer in Immigration Law, Colorado Super Lawyers (2014-18)  
  • Best Immigration Lawyers in Colorado, Colorado Law Weekly (2014-18)
  • Fred Ross Community Achievement Award, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (2014)
  • The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Outstanding Community Service Award (2010)
  • The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Gideon Award (2009)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Colorado Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2007-08)