Hans Meyer, Esq., Lead Attorney
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
- Resisting Empire: ICE Detainer Reform in Colorado, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Rap Sheet, Summer 2014.
- Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions, Immigration Law for the Colorado Practitioner, a publication of The Colorado Bar Association (2011-2014).
- Padilla v. Kentucky: The Duty of Defense Counsel Representing Noncitizen Clients, The Colorado Lawyer, March 2011, Vol. 40, No.3.
- Criminal Procedure 101 and Other Issues for the Immigration Attorney, Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook 2010, American Immigration Lawyers Association (co-authored).
- Immigration Detainers: Q&A, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Rap Sheet, Summer 2010.
- A Brave New World: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions, Recent Changes to the Analysis of Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude and Aggravated Felony Offenses, and New Fronts in the War of Attrition Against Immigrants, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Rap Sheet, Spring 2009.
- A Problem Worth Looking For: Immigration Related Employer-Investigations, Sanctions and Protection Plans,” The Advocate, Idaho State Bar, vol. 51, issue (6/7), June/July, 2008 (co-authored)
Presentations and Teaching Activities
- University of Denver Sturm College of Law Criminal Defense Clinic Guest Lecturer, Representing Noncitizens Accused of Crimes (2008-2014)
- University of Colorado Criminal Immigration Clinic, Immigration Consequences of Crimes (2011-2014)
- American Immigration Lawyers Association Conference, Analyzing Criminal Convictions CLE (2013)
- Defending Immigrants Partnership National Training, Immigration Consequences of Crimes (2011-2012)
- Colorado Bar Association, Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions CLE (2011)
- American Immigration Lawyers Association of Colorado, Trial Practice CLE (2011)
- American Immigration Lawyers Annual Convention, Dealing with Criminal Issues in Immigration Court CLE (2011)
- University of Colorado Summer Course, Lecturer on Criminal Immigration Law (2011)
- Colorado Bar Association Immigration Law Committee, Panel on the Expanding Use of Immigration Detainers by Immigration and Customs Enforcement CLE (2010)
- Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Road Show, Representing Noncitizens after Padilla v. Kentucky CLE (2010)
- American Immigration Lawyers Annual Convention, Criminal Procedure 101 and Other Issues for the Immigration Attorney CLE (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 of Criminal Convictions CLE (2008-09)
- Colorado Bar Association, Immigration Law and Procedure: Grounds of Inadmissibility and Removability and the Consequences of Criminal Convictions CLE (2008)
Awards and Recognitions
- Super Lawyers Rising Stars Award (2012-2014)
- Labor Council for Latin America Fred Ross Social Justice Award (2014)
- Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Board Member (2011-2014)
- Colorado Criminal Justice Coalition, Board Member (2012-2014)
- 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 (2008)