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David Andrew Harston

Immigration Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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  1. Immigration
    Mr. Harston is a founding partner at the law firm of Elkind Alterman Harston PC where he practices exclusively immigration law, including business, family, asylum, and removal defense.

    25 years, 2,500 cases

Mr. Harston is a Founding Partner and the Managing Partner of the law firm of Elkind Alterman Harston PC where he practices immigration law, including business, family, asylum, and removal defense.   Since 1999, Mr. Harston's practice has focused primarily on business immigration, representing small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.  He also has worked with hundred's of families in the areas of family immigration, asylum, and removal defense.  Mr. Harston served on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Colorado Chapter's Executive Committee from 2004 to 2009 and served as the Chapter Chair for AILA Colorado and on the AILA Board of Governors from 2007-08.   He also served on the Executive Council for the Immigration Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association from (2009-11) and as Chair of the Section (2009-10).  Mr. Harston has been a member of the AILA USCIS Denver Field Office Liaison Committee since 2009 and served as Chair of the Committee (2012-13).  He is an author and one of the Managing Editors for "Immigration Law for the Colorado Practitioner, " a two-volume treatise published by the Colorado Bar Association and he speaks frequently around the country on immigration law issues.  Mr. Harston is a member of AILA and the Immigration Committee of the Colorado Bar Association and has traveled to Washington, DC to lobby Congress for immigration reform.  Mr. Harston earned a juris doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law as well a master's degree from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.  While completing his degrees, Mr. Harston interned in the Human Rights Program at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia founded by former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.  He also was a recipient of a Public Interest Law Group clerkship to work at the Center for Human Rights Advocacy in Boulder, Colorado.   Mr. Harston received a bachelor's degree in history and philosophy from Allegheny College where he won the Don M. Larabee Prize for best senior thesis on history and the Philosophy Faculty Prize for excellence in the study of philosophy.  He has studied abroad in Spain and Costa Rica and is fluent in Spanish.  Mr. Harston is licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado and limits his practice to Immigration and Nationality law.  Law Week Colorado named Mr. Harston an "Up-And-Coming" lawyer in 2007. 


Elkind Alterman Harston PC
Hudson Bay Centre
1600 Stout Street, Suite 700
Denver, CO, 80202

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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2008
Complicated Immigration case
I have been David’s client since 2003 to date and he has worked tirelessly to win all my cases that seemed impossible by my previous layers that I first contacted. David has the knowledge, humor and expertise to handle complicated cases like the ones I was faced with. He has always been on my side keeping me informed of every step and process that we needed to take. I can not say enough about him, nether can I thank him enough. But he is simply my hero. I’m a green card holder and happy to recommend David to all of you out three faced with very complicated immigration cases. He’s truly a winner and he works to win all cases.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2008
I strongly recommend Dave Harston
Dave Harston handled my pemanent residence case, after he had handled my H1-B case. He has worked my cases since 2001. All my cases(H1B & Permanent Residence) were handled in a very honest, professional, responsive & disciplined way. All his great work led to a successful approval, with no questions or request for additional evidence by the immigration authorities. I strongly recommend Dave Harston for any immigration case that you may have
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2008
He did his homework and made our life together possible
My husband had a very difficult case based on some issues that followed him from his home country. Our first lawyer did not properly inform us of his rights, nor did she do any homework to help immigration better understand his life situation. When we saw Dave for the first time, his firm had been recommended to us as the best in Denver, and he agreed to see us on only a day's notice. He reviewed our files and for the first time, properly informed us of what we were up against. However, rather than just give up on us, regardless of how difficult he knew our case to be, he represented us well, but most importantly, he did his homework by researching my husband's home country's laws, which ultimately made all the difference in the world for us. My husband became a permanent resident against all odds last May. Despite Dave's doubts, he never gave up on us, nor did he shirk his responsibilities. We now live in peace and with gratitude.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2008
I strongly recommend Dave Harston
Dave Harston worked my immigartion cases since 2001. All my cases(H1B & Permanent Residence) were handled in a very honest, professional, responsive & disciplined way. All his great work led to a successful approval, with no questions or request for additional evidence by the immigration authorities. I strongly recommend Dave Harston for any immigration case that you may have.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2008
Responsible Attorney
My company assigned Dave to handle my case and that turned out pretty lucky for me. He followed up with my manager after she "forgot" to send the paperwork back to Dave after a month. I think that was one of the thing, that enabled me to receive my green card 1 - 1.5 years ahead of my co-workers, who filed their cases around the same time. I have enjoyed working with him. He returned my calls/emails in the same day, if not immediately. Thanks Dave!
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2008
A great experience with an immigration expert
I worked with David in 2007/08 during my application for permanent residence. The whole procedure was effortless on my behalf, David is clearly an expert in this area. Throughout the process he helped me understand some of the more obscure aspects of immigration law in a friendly, yet professional manner. He kept me informed through the process and of course, it resulted in success! David is a pleasure to work with and I wholeheartedly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2008
The BEST Immigration Lawyer in Colorado -- very possibly in the USA!!
We have had the pleasure of working with Dave since mid-2001 and we cannot say enough wonderful things about him! Having moved to the USA (for our employer) 1 month prior to 9/11 taking place one can imagine how hard immigration was after this tragic event. We are so thankful that we had Dave and his team on our side! He has always been so helpful in explaining every single option to us, endlessly counselled both my husband/I and our then employer as to what our options were related to the stage that we were in our request to obtain our Permanent Residency. We have ALWAYS felt that w/out Dave and his team our case would have been hopeless, given the current state in which government agencies are in with everything being backlogged to the hilt. After 7.5 years my husband and I are the proud holders of greencards and without a doubt we have Dave to thank. If we had to do this all again we would absolutely use Dave again -- there is no way we could have successfully done this alone!
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2008
Client Review
Dave has handled all of my immigration cases since I arrived in the US in 2001. These have included H1-B visas (with 3 renewals), Employment Authorization, Travel Parole and the complete I-485 process, "US Green Card", recently completed in Sep 2008. Any one of these processes can be quite daunting to someone like me, who was new to the USCIS Immigration process. In addition, each case can generate an large amount of required paper work. With Dave’s diligence and extensive Immigration experience applied to each case and his expert advice, I really found the whole process seamless. I think the best testament I can offer is that all of these cases were successfully approved. Great job Dave.
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Posted by Hernan | November 6, 2008
Thank you !!!
David took my H1B case on 2001 and worked for 5 years doing more than one renewal of it and finally processing my Green card, all of this for myself, my wife and 2 kids. Finally, in June of this year (2008) we got the Permanent resident cards that brought to us plenty of hapiness and hope for a better life here in the States for me and my family. It was not an easy case, but David with his knowedge and experience was able to solve all of the roadblocks. I really feel lucky to be working with a solid immigration lawyer that get things done ! I am here to confidently recommend David for your immigration matters. With David's knowledge, attitude, follow up, experience and ALWAYS on top of case file(s) be sure you would have a sucess outcome. Give him a call !
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Posted by a.s. | November 6, 2008
Top Qualities: Great Results, High Integrity, Creative, Passionate
It is a great pleasure to place on record my deep and sincere appreciation and thanks to David Harston and team, for the services rendered to me in the processing of my H1b and Green Card applications - from the very beginning right up to our successfully being granted migration status. Everything went along in clock-work precision and I am happy to say that my every query, at times many, was responded to with prompt and accurate replies. I am delighted to have been associated with David and his team and wish him many years of fruitful business. I am happy to share I’ve already decided to avail his notable services for my upcoming Citizenship Naturalization application in 2010. Thanks once again and all the best for the remainder of 2008, and wishing you in advance, wonderful and great beginnings for 2009! P.S.: David, I wish to express my gratitude, appreciation and heartfelt thanks for the exemplary service and support rendered to me by you and your staff. I want to say how impressed I am with their superlative work. The word “WOW” isn’t enough to rate the excellent work, the constant guidance and support you have showed me throughout the process. I am heartily grateful to you for your personal efforts to make the applications successful. You made me feel at ease and gave me a positive answer every time I spoke with you, regarding the status of the applications. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me. I have already recommended your services to my family and friends and undoubtedly will tell more people in the future about the positive attitude, dedication and professional approach you and your team portrayed in being part of my happiness. You and your team will always be remembered fondly.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2008
Client Review
I have worked with Dave for over 8 years, and couldn't be more pleased. He is always honest about a case both strengths and potential issues. He gives clients options when an issue occurs. Dave is a good communicator and is responsive. I would recommend him as an attorney.
Posted by Shaun | November 6, 2008
Shaun Cranston, General Manager, Carma Texas Inc.
I moved to the USA from Canada in 2004 in an interoffice transfer. Dave had my L1A visa and my family's L2 visas approved within 14 days of application, and after moving here started my application for permanent residency. We made application for our Green Cards in summer 2005 and all 6 members of my family were approved by spring 2006. I have refered other Canadians working in the USA to Dave for their immigration issues, and everyone I have sent to him come back amazed by his speed and results!
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Posted by Paula Barton | November 6, 2008
Vice President, Human Resources
My company is an international software development company which was formed in Moscow, Russia many years ago. Corporate headquarters are now in Boulder, Colorado and the office in Moscow is still active. We regularly transfer scientists/software developers from Moscow to Boulder. We have had one other hire of a scientist from Morocco. The initial transfer group in 1998 was 21 employees and their families (63 people total) and on an ongoing basis we transfer 1 or 2 employees and their families each year. Dave Harston is our primary attorney point of contact for all of the immigration petitions that we file and he enables us to consistently and successfully affect these transfers. Over the years Dave and his law firm has helped us with 30+ immigrations cases and we have 100% approval success rate with these cases. We also have employees who regularly travel from Moscow to Boulder for business trips of 2-3 weeks and Dave has assisted us with this process also. Dave is intelligent, extremely knowledgeable of the law, a creative thinker, responsive, personable and always goes above and beyond to assist Parascript in meeting our business objectives relative to our staffing which is highly weighted on the R&D side. I consider him an "expert" in this area of law and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by George | November 6, 2008
Fast, efficient
Got my H1-B in days. Now I am in the proccess of getting Green Card, everything going well.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Elkind Alterman Harston PC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Stern Elkind Curray & Alterman LLP
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Carter & Alterman
  • 2000 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Rumi Engineer
  • 1999 - 2000
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  • University of Denver College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Denver
  • MA - Masters
  • 1998
  • Allegheny College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989


  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2009 - 2010
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Colorado Chapter)
  • Chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Colorado Chapter)
  • Executive Committee
  • 2004 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Chair Recognition Award
  • AILA
  • 2013
  • "Up and Coming Lawyer"
  • Law Week Colorado
  • 2007
  • Public Interest Law Group Clerkship
  • University of Denver Public Interest Law Group
  • 1998
  • Int' Human Rights & Criminal Justice AmJur Award
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Immigration Law for the Colorado Practitioner
  • Immigration
  • 2011
  • AILA National Conference
  • Strategic Choices in Marriage-Based Petitions
  • 2011
  • Immigration Law Essentials for Employment Law Attorneys
  • I-9 Compliance and E-Verify
  • 2010
  • AILA Fall Conference: Hone Your Immigration Expertise
  • L-1 Visa Issues
  • 2010
  • Immigration Panel
  • How to Choose Immigration Counsel
  • 2007
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Immigration Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a good friend and an incredible mentor. Ever since the day I met David he has been extremely generous in offering invaluable advices in various matters relating to the practice of law. He is not your typical attorney: he gives back to the community through participation in pro bono legal events. He is a truly great immigration lawyer with a big heart."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Dave is a great attorney with a good sense of humor. He's easy to work with--something that clients should take into consideration since some immigration cases may take a while to resolve."
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