Paula Kohoutek works as a legal assistant at Pikes Peak Immigration. She is originally from Colombia. She moved to Idaho in 2002 and married a military service member in 2014. Paula and her husband have three children together. The Army brought her and her husband to Fort Carson, Colorado in 2014.
Paula graduated from the University of Colorado Denver in 2020 with a BA in Criminal Justice. She is passionate about helping our community members. Paula is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has experienced first-hand the struggles of our immigration system. This has inspired her to work to help immigrants here in Colorado. Paula cares about immigrants and she understands the challenges of U.S. immigration because she immigrated to the United States. She has a great rapport with our clients, and she works hard to help families stay together.
Paula enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, trying new foods, and helping others.
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONSHe is licensed to practice at U.S. Supreme Court, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal District Court for the District of Colorado, the BIA, all immigration courts, and all courts in Colorado.
EXPERIENCEAlex has experience in all types of immigration cases including business immigration, family immigration, consular processing, and removal (deportation) defense. In addition, he specializes in victim-based cases such as U-Visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, VAWA, and asylum. Also, we have substantial experience representing criminal defendants who are not citizens. We do post-conviction relief cases, advisements to criminal defense attorneys, and appeals related to the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. He has experience regarding immigration business visas such as R, H1-B, H2-B, EB-1, E-2, TN, L-1, EB-2, EB-3, and O-1 visas. He is one of a handful of immigration attorneys in Colorado who litigates immigration cases in the federal district courts and at Circuit Courts of Appeals, such as the Tenth Circuit and Fifth Circuit. He is admitted to practice at the U.S. Supreme Court as well. He is considered an expert in immigration law in Colorado and has been cited by or mentioned in the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO, the Denver Post, and Colorado Public Radio. He has public speaking experience and has taught a number of Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) presentations that fellow lawyers take for credit to continue their education. These presentations include a wide array of topics including Federal Litigation, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, the intersection of family law and immigration law, the immigration consequences of certain criminal convictions, motions to reopen, motions to suppress, and motions to terminate.
EDUCATIONUniversity of Denver Sturm College of Law J.D., 2012 Marquette University M.A. in International Relations, 2008 Boston College B.A., 2005 Magna cum laude Major in International Studies Major in History Minor in Hispanic Studies
RECOGNITION2023 Super Lawyer 2022 Rising Star From Super Lawyers 2021 Rising Star From Super Lawyers 2020 Rising Star from Super Lawyers A Top Attorney in Colorado Springs per Colorado Springs Style Magazine A Superb 10.0 rating from Avvo An A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau
NEWS AND INSIGHTSAlex McShiras quoted in Boulder Weekly, "A Man Without A Country" (View Article) Alex McShiras quoted in Channel 4 CBS Denver, "Colorado Teen Facing Deportation Allowed To Graduate High School" (View Article) Alex McShiras quoted in The Denver Post, "Deportation ruling will let student graduate" (View Article) Alex McShiras quoted in Boulder Weekly, "Deported to death" (View Article) Alex McShiras quoted in KRDO News, "Supreme Court declines DACA case" (View Article) Alex McShiras quoted in KRDO News, "Colorado Springs’ Dreamers react to judge’s recent DACA ruling" (View Article) Alex McShiras quoted in KRDO News, "DREAMers in Colorado Springs say the inaction of lawmakers has left them living life in limbo" (View Article) Alex McShiras quoted in KRDO News, "DACA teacher in Colorado Springs faces uncertain future" (View Article) Alex McShiras quoted in The Gazette, "Just before DACA decision, Colorado Springs 'Dreamer' opens up" (View Article) Alex McShiras quoted in The Gazette, "Four Colorado Springs churches form coalition to safeguard immigrants facing deportation and assist with legal process" (View Article) Alex McShiras quoted in Colorado Springs INDY, "Progressive churches prepare to protect immigrants in the heart of Trump country" (View Article) Alex McShiras quoted in Denverite, "Immigration lawyers will monitor international arrivals at DIA" (View Article)