Jeff D. Joseph - Joseph Law Firm, P.C.

Jeff D. Joseph

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 303-297-9171

Jeff Joseph is a graduate of the University of Denver, College of Law.  He is a past Chapter Chair of the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a past elected director on the AILA National Board of Governors.  Mr. Joseph currently serves on the national liaison committee between US Citizenship and Immigration Service Field Operations Division and AILA.  He has formerly served in numerous leadership positions in AILA including as Chair of the AILA National 2011 Annual Conference, the AILA National Liaison Committee with the headquarters of the Executive Office for Immigration Review for two years, two terms as chair of the AILA Amicus Committee, for three years as a member of the National US Citizenship and Immigration Services Liaison Committee and for five years as a member of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Liaison Committee.  Mr. Joseph was on the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council from 2006-2012 and served as Chair of the Litigation Action Committee.  In 2004, he received the Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award from AILA.  In 2005, he was named a finalist in the Denver Bar Association/Denver Business Journal Best of the Bar Awards. In 2008, Mr. Joseph was nominated by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver's "Forty under 40" which recognizes forty young entrepreneurs for their business skills, leadership and community service.  In 2009-2016, Mr. Joseph was selected by his peers for inclusion into the Best Lawyers in America in the field of immigration.  And, in 2015 was named Best Immigration Lawyer of the Year in Denver by Best Lawyers.  In 2006 through 2016, Mr. Joseph was named a Colorado Superlawyer by Colorado Superlawyer Magazine.  5280 Magazine also named Mr. Joseph a “Top Lawyer” in the area of immigration law for 2006 through 2016.  Joseph Law Firm, P.C. has also been ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in the field of Immigration Law by U.S. News and World Reports.  In 2008, Mr. Joseph was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to the Colorado Nonimmigrant Agricultural Seasonal Worker Pilot Program Advisory Council.  He has been qualified as an expert witness before the state and federal courts on employment-related and criminal-related immigration issues, and is a frequent local and national lecturer on various immigration topics. Mr. Joseph has been a speaker at the annual AILA conferences every year since 2001, and he has also addressed numerous other regional and state immigration conferences.  In addition to his immigration experience, Mr. Joseph also serves as Secretary of the Board of the Mexican Cultural Center, as founder and co-chair of Urban Nights Denver to benefit Urban Peak and as Secretary of the Joseph Family Foundation.  Mr. Joseph is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Bar Association, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and the Colorado GLBT Bar Association.  Mr. Joseph has represented clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and the Circuit Courts of Appeals, and has published several opinions in those courts.  He is an adjunct professor of immigration law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  He is bilingual in Spanish.

Wake Forest UniversityBA 1993University of DenverJ.D. 1997
Mexican Cultural CenterColorado Hispanic Bar AssociationJoseph Family FoundationUrban Nights Denver - Fundraiser for Urban Peak of ColoradoColorado Bar Association, Balanced Legal Career Committee Colorado Supreme Court, Colorado Bar AssociationMile High Young Professionals, Philanthropy CommitteeUniversity of Denver Sturm College of LawColorado Criminal Defense BarAmerican Immigration CouncilAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association

Case History

Ballesteros v. Gonzalez, 482 F.3d 1205 (10th Cir. 2007) — Remanding a case to the Board of Immigration Appeals after reversing a finding that simple possession of drugs constitutes an aggravated felony.
Riley v. INS, 310 F.3d 1253 (10th Cir. 2002) — Establisehd the right to habeas review in non-criminal as well as criminal immigration cases and established the right to effective assistance of counsel in immigration proceedings.
Valdez-Sanchez v. Gonzalez, 485 F.3d 1084 (10th Cir. 2007) — Holding that it is constitutionally impermissible to retroactively apply the reinstatment of removal proceedings to adjustment of status applications filed before 1997 when all of the qualifying conduct took place before the 1997 changes to the law.
Vo v. Greene, 109 F.Supp.2d 1281 (D. Colo. 2000) — Struck down mandatory detention pending removal proceedings as unconstitutional.  Later reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court in a different case.
Nahatchevska v. Ashcroft, 317 F.3d 1226 (10th Cir. 2003) — Regarding the mailbox rule in immigration proceedings. 
Yuk v. Ashcroft, 355 F.2d 1222 (10th Cir. 2004) — Cited for the proposition that it does not offend due process for the BIA to affirm the decision of the immigration judge without opinion.
Berrum-Garcia v. Ashcroft, 390 F.3d 1158 (10th Cir. 2004) — Going the opposite way of the Ninth and Eight Circuits and finding that reinstatement of removal does not offend due process.
Pineda v. Ashcroft, Docket Nos. 03-9501 and 04-9590 (10th Cir. Oct. 26, 2005) — Regarding equitable tolling on motions to reopen.
Ballesteros v. Ashcroft, 452 F.3d 1153 (10th Cir. 2006) — Found client to be an aggravated felon, but overturned on rehearing and the court found that multiple drug possession offenses do not constitute an aggravated felony and remanded the case for a new hearing.
Iliev v. Holder, Docket, No. 09-9517 (10th Cir. July 19, 2010) — Finding that federal courts retain jurisdiction to review denials of good faith marriage determinations in petitions to remove conditions on residency.
Al-Karim v. Mukasey, Docket No. 08-00671, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28815 (D. Colo., March 25, 2009) — Found jurisdiction over mandamus suit in delayed residency application based on alleged terrorism related inadmissibility and ordered the government to adjudicate the case in 60 days.

Client Comments

"Jeff is very personable and responsive. I was able to speak with him directly when I contacted the offices. He demonstrated knowledge and integrity in our case. I am confident in relying on his professional advice."

-Monica Borsch
Cordillera Resort

"Jeff Joseph is bilingual. He is great with clients and has the ability to truly listen to them. Jeff explains with extraordinary clarity the legal aspects of each case."

-Rafael Rico
Mexican Consulate of Denver

Office Location

12203 East Second Avenue
Aurora, CO 80011
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Immigration Law of the Denver Metro Area
Jeff D. Joseph has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Immigration Law

Other Information

Gender: Male