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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. 


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    17 years, 2.5 thousand cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    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.


    Jay Hsu Business Attorney
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  • Kelly Lynn Ryan

    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.


    Kelly Ryan Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Elkind Alterman Harston PC

Blake Street Terrace
1860 Blake Street, Suite 420
Denver, CO, 80202-5964


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Chair Recognition AwardAILA2013
"Up and Coming Lawyer"Law Week Colorado2007
Public Interest Law Group ClerkshipUniversity of Denver Public Interest Law Group1998
Int' Human Rights & Criminal Justice AmJur AwardUniversity of Denver Sturm College of Law1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerElkind Alterman Harston PC2010 - Present
PartnerStern Elkind Curray & Alterman LLP2007 - 2009
AssociateCarter & Alterman2000 - 2007
AssociateLaw Office of Rumi Engineer1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - Present
Colorado Bar Association, Immigration Law SectionChair2009 - 2010
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Colorado Chapter)Chair2007 - 2008
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Colorado Chapter)Executive Committee2004 - 2009
Publication nameTitleDate
Immigration Law for the Colorado PractitionerB-1/B-2 Visas and the Visa Waiver Program2011
Immigration Law for the Colorado PractitionerTrade NAFTA (TN) Nonimmigrants2011
Immigration Law for the Colorado PractitionerEmployment-Based Priority Workers: Multinational Executives and Managers2011
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)L-1 Visas: Getting Them and Keeping Them2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of DenverInternational StudiesMA - Masters1998
Allegheny CollegePhilosophy/HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AILA National ConferenceRecruitment in PERM Labor Certification Cases2013
AILA Colorado Fall ConferenceH-1B Visa Alternatives2013
AILA National ConferenceNonimmigrant Visa Options2012
Immigration Law for the Colorado PractitionerImmigration2011
AILA National ConferenceStrategic Choices in Marriage-Based Petitions2011
Immigration Law Essentials for Employment Law AttorneysI-9 Compliance and E-Verify2010
Immigration Basics and Hot TopicsBusiness Immigration Basics2010
AILA National ConferenceFundamentals of U.S. Permanent Residency2010
AILA Fall Conference: Hone Your Immigration ExpertiseL-1 Visa Issues2010
Ya Es Hora Citizenship DriveLegal Training for Naturalization Drive Volunteers2009
U.S. - Canada Cross Border Business ForumU.S. & Canada Immigration2009
Immigration PanelHow to Choose Immigration Counsel2007