Kirby Gamblin Joseph, Esq.

Managing Partner
P:303-297-9171
E:kirby@immigrationissues.com
Kirby Gamblin Joseph, Esq.
Kirby Gamblin Joseph, Esq.

Kirby Gamblin Joseph is a graduate of the University of Denver, College of Law. Ms. Joseph is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and served on the Executive Committee for the Colorado Chapter of AILA from 2002-2007. Ms. Joseph has also served on the National Board of Governors for AILA and as an Ambassador to the American Immigration Council. In 2010, Ms. Joseph was appointed to serve on the national AILA Ethics and Law Practice Management Committee. In 2012 she became chair of the national AILA Law Practice Management Committee and served in this capacity until 2016, working with attorneys from around the country on management, marketing, finance and technology issues that impact law firms.  Ms. Joseph currently serves on the Finance Committee of the National American Immigration Lawyers Committee.

Prior to co-founding Joseph Law Firm, P.C., Ms. Joseph worked for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office as a criminal defense attorney. Ms. Joseph is a frequent lecturer on immigration topics and law office management on a local and national level. She has been nominated by the Denver Business Journal, Wells Fargo Bank and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) for the Outstanding Women in Business Awards. The Outstanding Women Business Awards recognize women for excelling professionally through innovation, perseverance, and leadership. Ms. Joseph was named a Colorado Super Lawyer by Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine (reserved for the top five percent of all licensed attorneys in the State of Colorado) in 2009 and 2010. 5280 Magazine also named Ms. Joseph a “Top Lawyer” in the area of immigration law in 2009 and 2010.

In 2015 Kirby Gamblin Joseph founded Strategy4Success, a Law Practice Management Consulting group. Kirby provides consulting services to law firms interested in changing the way that they practice law. Kirby’s personal desire to create balance in her own life, without sacrificing law firm profitability, sparked her quest to improve the systems in her own law firm, motivate employees to be the best that they can be, and improve client services. This success led to the desire to help other law firms to achieve best practices to maximize law firm potential and success without sacrificing client services. She has developed systems and formulas that have improved efficiency, and has developed compensation systems that reward hard work while acknowledging that today’s employees seek greater work/life balance. She is an expert in law firm management, revenue generation, law firm systems, strategic planning, branding and marketing, employee hiring and retention, and management systems. She is asked to speak frequently both locally and nationally on law firm practice management and represents law firms of all sizes throughout the United States.

In addition to her rewarding career, Kirby is the mother of two sets of twins, and enjoys participating in their activities, volunteering at their schools, donating her time to nonprofit work, cooking, traveling, and outdoor activities.

Education:

  • University of Denver, College of Law – J.D.
  • Kenyon College – B.A.

Civic & Community Activities:

  • Co-Founder of Strategy4Success
  • Co-Founder of Urban Nights Denver
  • Steering Committee for Urban Nights Denver
  • Treasurer of the Joseph Family Foundation

Bar Admissions:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

Court Admissions:

  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Service
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • Board of Immigration Appeals

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, Law Practice Management Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2015 - present)
  • Chair, Law Practice Management Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2012 - 2015)
  • Member, Ethics and Law Practice Management Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2010 - 2012)
  • Executive Committee, Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2002 - 2007)
  • Founder, Strategy4Success
  • Board Member, Joseph Family Foundation (2007 - present)

Honors & Awards:

  • Named Colorado Super Lawyer by Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine in 2009 and 2010.
  • Named “Top Lawyer” in the area of immigration law by 5280 Magazine in 2009 and 2010.
  • Nominated by the Denver Business Journal, Wells Fargo Bank and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) for the Outstanding Women in Business Awards.

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Firm News:

Publications:

  • “The Importance of a Mission Statement in Determining How Clients Perceive Your Firm”, for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Rocky Mountain Fall Conference, October 2015.
  • "Life and Death Consequences--Case Management in Removal Proceedings," For the American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, June 2015
  • "Scaling Your Practice and Preparing for Growth," January 2013
  • "Selecting the Right Case Management System for Your Practice," April 2013
  • "Hiring and Retaining the Right Employees for Your Firm," March 2014
  • "Protect Your Firm with the Right Financial Policies," December 2014
  • "Financial Management: Stay Out of the Red and In the Black", December 2014
  • "What benefits and creative compensation packages can you offer to retain top talent?" November 2014
  • "Considerations in Hiring Staff and Other Attorneys", 16th Annual AILA New York CLE Handbook (AILA 2014)
  • "Selecting the Right Case Management System for Your Practice", April 2013
  • "Hiring and Retaining the Right Employees for Your Firm," Immigration Practice News, Fall 2013 (Vol. 5, No. 1)
  • "60 Practical, Profitable and Ethical Practice Tips," January 2013
  • "Revenue-Based Compensation Plans for Associate Attorneys," September 2012
  • "Top Tips to Build a Practice Full of Great Clients," Immigration Practice Pointers, 2012-13 Ed. (AILA 2012)
  • "The Business Side of Running a Law Practice - The Importance of Strategic Planning and Partnering with Professional Consultants," Immigration Practice Pointers 9 (2011-12 ed.)
  • "The Business Side of Running a Law Practice," Immigration Practice News, Winter 2011 (Vol. 2, No. 2)
  • "Creative Compensation for Attorneys," Downloadable Recording, January 2011
  • Win-Win Compensation - Revenue-Based Compensation Plans for Associate Attorneys, AILA 2011
  • "The Entrepreneurial Lawyer: How to Run a Successful Immigration Practice," (AILA 2011)
  • "Attracting, Retaining, and Promoting Legal Support Staff and Associates," Immigration Practice Pointers 13 (2010-11 ed.)
  • "Attracting, Retaining, and Promoting Legal Support Staff and Associates," November 2010
  • "Diversifying Your Practice and Increasing Profitability," August 2010
  • "Tips on How to Survive and Even Grow in a Struggling Economy," 13th Annual New York Chapter Immigration Law Symposium Handbook (AILA 2010)
  • "The Immigration Law Firm Stimulus Package: Diversifying Your Practice and Increasing Law Firm Profitability Through Effective Billing Procedures," Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook 43 (2009-10 ed.)

Speaking Engagements:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Nevada Chapter, Shiny Happy People: Attracting and Retaining the Best Talent for Your Law Firm, 02/27/16
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Nevada Chapter, Show Me the Money: Best Practices for Getting Paid, 02/26/16
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Speaker, Fee Structures in the Modern Reality of Immigration Law Practice, 12/10/2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Rocky Mountain Fall Conference, Speaker, Strategic Business Planning for Immigration Practices, 10/15/2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2015 Paralegal Conference, Speaker, The Role of a Paralegal in Immigration Practice, 08/27/15
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2015 Annual Conference, Moderator, Case Management in Removal Proceedings, 06/20/2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association 2015 Annual Conference, Speaker, Networking and the Art of the Schmooze, 06/16/15
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Podcast, Speaker, Cases of Early Termination – Financial Conflicts & Ethical Issues, 05/05/15
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Texas/New Mexico/Oklahoma Chapter Spring 2015 Conference, Speaker, Ethics and Practice Management in the Digital Age, 04/23/15
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Rome District Chapter, Podcast, Speaker, Growing Your Practice: Recruitment Issues, 04/21/15
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Colorado Chapter, 60 Practical Profitable and Ethical Practice Tips
  • 16th Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association, New York Chapter Symposium, Speaker, 12/02/13
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2012 Annual Conference, Speaker, 06/13/12
  • 14th Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association, New York Chapter Symposium, Speaker, 12/01/11
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Solo & Small Practice Business School CLE Conference & Webcast, Conference Chair and Speaker, 10/27/11
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association 2011 Annual Conference, Speaker, 06/15/11
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, When a Lawyer Leaves a Law Firm: Ethical and Practical Issues for All, Podcast Speaker, 01/13/11
  • 13th Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association, New York Chapter Symposium, Speaker, 12/01/10
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2010 Annual Conference, Moderator, 06/30/10
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2009 Annual Conference, Speaker, 06/03/09
  • Fundamentals of Immigration Law Practice Conference, Speaker, 03/10/08