Staff Profiles

DAVID N. SIMMONS, Esq., Lead Attorney, has practiced immigration law in his native Denver since 1986. He represents a broad variety of immigration clients from all countries in the world. Bilingual in English and Spanish, he teaches Immigration Law in Spanish as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver’s Spanish in the Law program. He is a former Chair of the Colorado Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association. He serves as Honorary Legal Counsel to the Mexican Consulate General in Denver. He is active in a number of pro-bono projects.

“I find serving immigration law clients to be both enjoyable and rewarding. My clients come to me for help in building a dream for themselves, their employees, or their families. It is both a privilege and a great responsibility to help make that dream come true.”

MARLENE TAYLOR, Client Contact Administrator, grew up in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and has since resided in all three countries of North America. She has worked providing health care services to rural Mayan villages in Yucatan, Mexico, tree planting in British Columbia, Canada, teaching Latin and Spanish, and organizing and guiding mission trips in the United States and Mexico. Marlene holds two Bachelor of Science degrees and completed three years of graduate studies in Biochemical Engineering. She loves to travel and once took a six-month trek from Edmonton, Alberta to Mexico in a 1971 VW Combi. She enjoys gardening, watching a good movie, catching up on the latest news from the Marvel Universe, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

“My job allows me to interact with a vast array of people and gives me the opportunity to be part of a team that makes a positive difference in their lives.”

Has been working as an immigration paralegal for several years. She is actively pursuing a degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in sociology with a minor in legal studies. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is working towards being trilingual and has been studying and learning French for over a year and a half. Joanna enjoys spending her free time with her family and with her dog, Bailey. She is a big baseball fan and enjoys keeping up with the New York Yankees. Whenever she has free time, she enjoys traveling to other states and looks forward to spending more time in Europe.
Was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science with a minor in legal studies from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. Elizabeth enjoys cooking and travelling the east coast of the United States. She is considering pursuing a law degree.
Onix has been a fixture at the office since 2017. She enjoys taking walks, receiving treats, and sleeping under desks. She is often the first to greet visitors to the office, although she is always respectful and keeps her distance.