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Ian C. McKinley,  Founding Attorney
The founder of the firm, Ian C. McKinley, is a native of Boulder, Colorado, and the son of an immigrant (possibly undocumented) from Guadalaraja, Mexico, who earned a Ph.D in English, an MBA and a Juris Doctor  from Stanford University prior to tragically passing away in a house fire on Ian's second birthday. 

When Ian was a sophomore in high school in 1999, he went as an exchange student to live with a family in Puebla, Mexico, in large part in search of his lost Mexican heritage and also to learn Spanish. He ended up falling in love with Mexico’s people, culture and rythmn of life; so much so that after graduating high school, he moved back to Puebla where he began his undergraduate studies at one of Mexico's elite private universities, la Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP).

He earned a football scholarship at the UDLAP playing wide-receiver for the UDLAP Aztecas college football team, and thus completed the first three years of his undergraduate degree in International Affairs there, where a majority of his classes were taught in Spanish. After returning to Boulder to complete his undergraduate degree in International Affairs at the University of Colorado, he returned to Puebla and the UDLAP again to finish playing his final year of football eligibility and to earn a master’s degree in North American Studies in the department of Political Science, during which time he worked with Mexico’s former Secretary of Economy and of Foreign Affairs, Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista, his master’s thesis advisor.

Ian went on to marry the daughter of the family that hosted him when he was an exchange student in high school, and together they have three children, all three dual citizens of the United States and Mexico.

He knew going into law school that with such life experience, he was uniquely well-equipped to serve the Spanish-speaking immigrant  community living in Colorado and the surrounding Rocky Mountain region. While earning his Law degree at the University of Colorado, Ian's focused on immigration law, and he was awarded the Edward C. King Award in 2013, the only faculty-voted award for outstanding leadership and achievement.

Upon passing the Colorado bar exam in 2013, Ian founded the McKinley Law Group, L.L.C. He takes great pride in being able to provide exceptional legal service in the areas of immigration law,  family law, criminal, and civil law, to predominantly Spanish-speaking clients. The firm has rapidly grown to 3 attorneys and 7 legal assistants, and it has achieved such exceptional results that it can rightly call itself among the elite immigration law firms in Colorado and surrounding the Rocky Mountian region. 
“Justice? ― You get justice in the next world.
In this one you have the law.”​​  -  Some keen observer

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"Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it." -R. Waldo Emerson

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Anna Rivera Rodgers, Esq.,  Attorney
Anna joined the McKinley Law Group in 2016. She is our firm's most experienced removal defense attorney and she is dedicated exclusively to our firm's removal defense practice. She is one of Colorado's elite immigration attorneys, with hundreds of clients' deportation cases won, by drawing on her extensive experience in an array of different defenses, including cancellation of removal, asylum and withholding of removal, adjustment of status, administrative closures, and more. Her preparation for her clients' cases, as well as her understanding and presentation of the law, is second to none. She appears on behalf of clients in the Denver and Aurora Immigration Courts on almost a daily basis. You are in the best of hands if Anna is handling your or your family member's removal case. 

Anna is admitted to practice law in California and she is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Anna earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Vermont, with an emphasis in archaeology. During her undergraduate studies, Anna studied African diaspora in Ghana, Togo and Benin. She also attended an Archaeological Field School in Anguilla, British Virgin Islands. In 2010 Anna earned her J.D., graduating cum laude from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. While in law school, Anna was awarded with the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Pro Bono Honor Award and the California Bar Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services. 
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Tiago Guevara, Esq., Attorney
Tiago specializes in both removal defense and criminal defense. He appears on behalf of clients at both the detained and non-detained Denver immigration courts. He furthermore represents clients in criminal cases throughout the Denver metro area, striking plea deals that protect clients in their immigration proceedings, and taking cases to trial when necessary. During his first jury trial, he was able to prove through police testimony that the district attorney's office had committed a Brady (evidence) violation, and the judge dismissed the charges in the middle of the trial. He also handles our office's BIA appeals and appeals to the 10th Circuit. Tiago is a dual citizen of the United States and Panama, having grown up in Panama. He moved to the United Stated to go to college at the University of Nebraska, where he earned his degree in international studies in 2012. Upon graduating from the University of Colorado Law School and passing the Colorado bar exam in 2015, he immediately came to work with the McKinley Law Group. 
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Sabrina Yip, Esq., Attorney​​
Sabrina immigrated from Shenzhen, China, when she was fifteen. She is fluent in English and a native speaker of Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese. Sabrina earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, San Diego, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Psychology. She earned her J.D. from University of Colorado Law School. Upon passing the Uniform Bar Exam and obtaining her license, Sabrina immediately joined the McKinley Law Group. 

Sabrina specializes in dealing with USCIS affirmative applications, such as I-130 Petition for Alien Relative, I-485 Adjustment of Status, I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, N-400 Application for Naturalization, I-360 Petition for Special Immigrant (VAWA and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status), I-589 Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, I-918 Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, and I-914 Application for T Nonimmigrant Status.

Sabrina Yip叶律师15岁自中国深圳移民到美国,精通英语,普通话,粤语,和上海话。叶律师本科就读于加州大学圣地亚哥分校(UC San Diego),主修国际关系学,辅修心理学。叶律师的法学博士(JD)学历来自科罗拉多大学波德分校法学院(Colorado Law)。在通过统一司法考试取得律师资格证后,叶律师加入了McKinley律师事务所团队。

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Lynn Mulcare, Paralegal/Office Manager
Lynn acts as the office's jack of all trades. She keeps the office running smoothly and handles everything from accounting, to preparing individual client applications, to tackling IT issues. She attended Stanford University for her undergraduate degree, and earned a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado. She ran her own marketing business for almost 25 years and was happy to join the McKinley Law Group at its inception. She is the mother of four adult children, and the grandmother of five.  
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Carmen Mireles, Legal Assistant
Carmen is a native of Longmont, Colorado, and a well-known member of the community, having worked for many years at a local non-profit organization, El Comité de Longmont, which is dedicated to helping the local Latino immigrant population throughout Colorado. Carmen primarily provides support to Anna in handling cases for clients detained at the Aurora GEO Detention Facility, as well as helping to process clients' consular processing interviews. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and has worked part-time for many years as a bilingual funeral director at a local funeral home.   
Jessica Tena,  Receptionist
Jess is our awesome receptionist/translator. She is a first generation immigrant from Juarez, Mexico, but has lived in Colorado a majority of her life. She is a lawful permanet resident and aspires to become a citizen of the United States in the near-term future. She is completely fluent in Spanish and English and interprets legal documents on an as-needed basis. Jess knows first hand the kind of anxiety that an immigration legal case can cause clients, and she brings such personal empathy to all of her interactions with clients.  
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Teresa E. Villavicencio,  Legal Assistant
Teresa assists with our removal and asylum cases, and helps process our DACA, U-Visa and Employment Authorization applications. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and works closely with clients who walk into the office and those who are unable to because they are detained at the Aurora GEO Detention Center. A Colorado native, Teresa holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she focused on Art, Spanish, and International Affairs. When she’s not working, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her dog named Crosby, listening to podcasts or world news, hanging out with her incredible family, and traveling the world.  
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Raquel Limon Chavarria,  Legal assistant
Raquel is native of Boulder, Colorado and a first generation American citizen. The daughter of Mexican immigrants who are now both naturalized American citizens, she is proud to be part of a team that helps families like her own. Raquel has 8 years of customer service management experience and 3 years experience in an immigration law office. She is fluent in both Spanish and English, and lived several years in Juarez, Mexico. Raquel works with Ian in client management and also assists with handling anything from billing to translations.
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Alessandra Chavez,  Legal assistant
Alessandra is a Colorado native who recently received her Bachelor's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Legal Studies and a certificate in Criminal Investigation from the University of Northern Colorado. Alessandra is most interested in cases that have criminal aspects to them and helps conduct our firm's background research and records-gathering from various local and federal government entities. She helps handle our firm's U-Visa and VAWA case load, as well as asylum and cancellation of removal applications.