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Philip Alterman earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado in 1975 and earned his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1978.  Prior to Elkind Alterman Harston PC, Mr. Alterman was the principal of the immigration law firm Carter and Alterman for 21 years and a partner at Stern Elkind Curray & Alterman from 2007 to 2009.  His practice encompasses all aspects of business and family immigration, with a particular focus on deportation and removal defense cases.  He has practiced immigration law exclusively since 1985.   Mr. Alterman has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1985 and served as chair of the Colorado AILA Chapter in 1989.  He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America® in the field of immigration for over ten years, and has been selected for inclusion in Colorado Super Lawyers® Editions 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. He is also a recipient of the Special President's Award from the Denver Bar Association for pro bono work.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Shawn D. Meade

    I endorse this lawyer. In my interactions with Philip Alterman, I have found him to be very knowledgeable on all aspects of immigration law. He is an excellent lawyer, committed and diligent.


    Shawn Meade Immigration Attorney
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  • Kelly Lynn Ryan

    Phil is an amazingly creative lawyer. He thinks outside of the box even when he's on his feet.


    Kelly Ryan Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Elkind Alterman Harston PC

Blake Street Terrace
1860 Blake Street, Suite 420
Denver, CO, 80202


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
RecognitionColorado Super Lawyers2010
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2009
RecognitionColorado Super Lawyers2009
RecognitionColorado Super Lawyers2008
RecognitionColorado Super Lawyers2007
RecognitionColorado Super LawyersLawyers2006
Special President's AwardDenver Bar AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerElkind Alterman Harston PC2010 - Present
PartnerStern Elkind Curray & Alterman, LLP2007 - 2009
OwnerCarter & Alterman1985 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Colorado Chapter)Former Chair1989 - 1989
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1985 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Colmenares-Carpio v. HolderReverse and remand BIA decision
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Colorado LawyerSix of the Greatest2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of ColoradoN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of Denver Immigration SymposiumImmigration Reform2009