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Philip M Alterman

Immigration Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 40 years
    Oregon - OR 45 years
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1978
    Resigned No misconduct found

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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.


Elkind Alterman Harston PC
Blake Street Terrace
1860 Blake Street, Suite 420
Denver, CO, 80202

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Posted by Zabi | October 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Lawyer In Denver...
Hello everyone))) My family and I know Mr. Phil since the beginning of 2012. He has helped my wife to get her citizenship when we had a very hard time. And now helping me to get mine. Thank you for all you did and all you are doing for us Mr. Phil.
Posted by Erik | January 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in Denver!
I just want to thank Phil and his amazing team from the bottom of my heart. I've had an ongoing case with another lawyer, who did absolutely nothing great for me. I decided that I didn't want that lawyer to represent me anymore due to the amount of stress I had. I was recommended to Phil Alterman by a friend who had an amazing experience with his law firm. When I met him he was very professional forward and to the point on what I needed to do to proceed with my case. After years, my case is finally approved. He fought so hard for me. I am so happy with the results and I couldn't thank Phil more. I will highly recommend him to anyone who needs a high experienced immigration lawyer.
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Posted by Lisa | October 28, 2013
Thank you Phil!
Thank you Phil for everything you did for us! Your support for the last five years, your knowledge and your advice helped us enourmously in getting a green card without too much hassle.
Posted by Roman | September 28, 2013
The best immigration lawyer in Colorado
It was a pleasure working with Phil and his staff. He pays attention to details, extremely professional and even in difficult cases keeps clients calm and reassured. I will be returning to Phil again for my immigration needs and would definitely recommend him to anyone.


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Elkind Alterman Harston PC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Stern Elkind Curray & Alterman, LLP
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Owner
  • Carter & Alterman
  • 1985 - 2007


  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of Colorado
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Colmenares-Carpio v. Holder
  • Reverse and remand BIA decision


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Colorado Chapter)
  • Former Chair
  • 1989 - 1989

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Recognition
  • Colorado Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Recognition
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
  • Recognition
  • Colorado Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Recognition
  • Colorado Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Recognition
  • Colorado Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Recognition
  • Colorado Super LawyersLawyers
  • 2006
  • Special President's Award
  • Denver Bar Association
  • N/A
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Immigration Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Alterman and I worked together on a crimmigration matter for a mutual client. He was not only unbelievably helpful, he is delightful and humbling to work with. His level of expertise in immigration law is exceptional. He is one of the most experienced immigration attorneys in Denver. He is thoughtful, deliberate, comprehensive, and ethical. I look forward to working with him again and I can say with absolute confidence that his clients are in the best hands available."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Phil is an amazingly creative lawyer. He thinks outside of the box even when he's on his feet."

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Denver Immigration Lawyer Philip M Alterman
Philip M Alterman
Immigration Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 45 years