Meet the beautiful and bold Christine Han @Christine_DenverLawyer a first generation Korean American top attorney in Aurora, Colorado. Recognized as one of the best in her game, with multiple rewards and winning cases to prove it. Ms. Han comes from a family of immigrants and watching the struggle of her family gain immigration status shaped her dedication to her immigration clients and the community. With specialties in immigration, family and criminal law the Han Law Group takes pride in giving the utmost quality in service to ensure you are satisfied with your personal or professional legal issues. In our latest interview, President and founder of Han Law Group, Attorney Ms Han gave us an insightful background on her endeavours running a firm that federally covers legal issues in all states.
Tell us what brought you into the law?
So I am a first generation Korean American, my parents immigrated here in the United States in the early 1980s making me the first generation everything basically. All I ever wanted to is to become an attorney. I’ve seen a lot of immigrant’s struggles, including my parents in my community. That is why I chose immigration law which came very natural to me. I also come from a family business background. So I already knew that I wanted to have my own law firm. Entrepreneurship is second nature to me. I have other businesses outside of this law firm that I do. Brother is a dentist; he has a couple of businesses. So yeah, that’s kind of my background. I think I’ve always been super independent, playing that leader role, After I graduated from law school, I passed the bar and my 90th percentile, and then I opened it my firm not too long after. And we have four full time employees. We are expanding now. I ultimately knew I wanted to own my own law firm; it was just a matter of time. Okay, I wasn’t sure if I should gain more experience and a big firm and then start my own. My parents really molded me and my dad is like my biggest model. A month after passing the Bar school I had my firm with an office and employees.
What was one of the biggest challenges you had to face?
I think being an attorney, itself, being a very young attorney, and actually practicing law is a very scary thing, because these are real clients, real problems that you have to solve versus textbook fake clients fake scenario, right? So not only are you dealing with real life clients, and you’re adjusting and learning how to be an attorney, I must worry about finance, the business and I have to make money and bring in clients on so the firm thrives. Those are the biggest challenges. But you learn as you go. And as like a young professional, young entrepreneur, everything is scary, you know where to invest in what you should be spending your time and money and energy on what type of type of network you want to be associated with and having to make those judgment calls. Because not every network is going to benefit you. So a lot of first time business decisions were very scary to me.
Did you have any business mentors?
My dad was really the go-to mentor in all aspects of my life. Even if he wasn’t an attorney, I just learned so much of entrepreneurship. He’s a self-made millionaire. That successful immigrant story – I’ve seen my parents live it. He’s always been my biggest cheerleader. He’s showed me the way and really helped me navigate so many of my business issues in the beginning.
What are some of the biggest lessons you learned?
I have learned so much about myself. But I would say, don’t be afraid to take risks, don’t be afraid to take risks. If you play small, you will be ending up small. Really knowing your niche, you know, and your type of audience, your clientele, and not to try and be everyone’s lawyer, everyone’s go to businessperson. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to be different. And this was very scary to me, in our profession, you know, we’re lawyers, we’re expected to look a certain way, act a certain way, things like that, especially as female attorneys, because it’s a male dominant industry. So being different having your own personality, wearing pink to court, you know, wearing pink today, I can’t see it. So, um, yeah, those things are very can be scary. But it worked for me in the long run. And it’s really being true to yourself, and you know, being different and standing out, those things are good. And at first, you may think otherwise, because there are older male white attorneys who dominate this industry, and you feel like you must fit in, you know, like that. But it’s not really the case. You can really do your own thing. There is a piece of pie for everyone. And I think you learn as you go. And that’s where like social media comes in, and all that stuff, too.
What field of law do you specialize in?
I specialize in three different areas. First one is immigration. Of course, immigration law is my baby. So with that, because it’s federal law, I represent clients all over 50. States and abroad. I have clients and you know, Venezuela, Peru, South Korea, Vietnam, whoever wants to immigrate to the United States and get a US visa. I would say half of my clients are outside of Colorado, New York, LA Atlanta everywhere. Inside Colorado because I’m a licensed attorney in Colorado. I do domestic relations. I do a lot of custody and divorce. I’m like a litigator and I’m always in court. Lastly, I do criminal defense. When I started, actually, um, when I did an interview with lawyer stories actually asked me the same question. So why these three areas? I started with immigration at first. I was again, my parents come from immigrant, the immigrant community, I’ve, I’ve always wanted to help the immigrant community and naturally I’m like, okay, green cards and citizenship which comes naturally to me. I’m very passionate about it, because I’ve seen a lot of people struggle, including my parents to gain status. But as my business expanded in the first year, I realize a lot of these people in the immigrant community need more legal help, besides immigration, and I could see a lot of domestic matters, like family matters. the biggest being divorce and custody. You know, everyone’s getting divorced. Everyone needs a custody order. There’s domestic violence situations and things like that with criminal law. It’s interesting. Again, those three areas really tie together because again, my clients are the ones getting arrested, if you get a DUI, if you get some type of charge, they will be deported, because they’re not US citizens yet, right. So they shouldn’t go to a regular criminal attorney.
How do you manage clients’ expectations?
My philosophy is to be upfront with my clients. My success rate is very, very high. Clients constantly come back to me and my referral rate is over the roof. And I think, yes, I work hard, and I’m a good attorney, but I’m very personable to all my clients, they can relate to me, I’m like, a real person to them. And that includes initially when I get retained, get hired to represent them on a case, I’m very honest with them, I say, hey, look, these are the chances we can make this happen. I’m not saying I’m God, and I can magically, you know, take away your criminal record. But this is what we need to do. You need to follow my advice and be honest with me and do everything you can, then this is going to be the best outcome. And I think they really appreciate that transparency versus a lot of attorneys, they don’t hear back from them after you cut them a check. Unfortunately, my clients all know my cell phone number and they use it.
What is your five-year plan?
My goal is so I have an office here in Denver, but because I have tons of clients in LA, Atlanta and New York, my goal is to expand.
How do you balance your life?
As an attorney, you have to be at your best highest self, to be able to solve other people’s problems and other people’s other clients, you know, they’re going through trauma, they’re in their worst place in their life. And it’s a lot of complex thing to solve and if you don’t take care of yourself, you’re not going to be able to adequately represent them. For me as lawyer, as a very successful courtroom litigator, I need to fuel myself and take care of my mind, my body and my soul to come up and show up for my clients. Traveling is a must for me. You really need to be at your best to give your best therefore you must always put yourself as a priority because if you don’t than how can you serve your clients at your best.
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