Carol Hildebrand


Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303.299.8106

Fax: 303.298.0940

Areas Of Emphasis


  • Juris Doctor, University of Texas School of Law, 1974
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 1971
    • with distinction

Carol Hildebrand has practiced immigration law with Sherman & Howard’s Business Department since 1982.

Carol represents an array of domestic and international companies, research institutes, and colleges pursuing work authorization and visa acquisition for foreign professionals, managers, executives, skilled technicians and lesser-skilled workers from across the globe. She also handles investment-related visa matters, family immigration matters, naturalization, and matters being litigated in immigration court. Carol represents employers on I-9 employment eligibility verification questions and on inspections by U.S. and state agencies challenging an employer’s immigration law compliance. For clients sending U.S. employees abroad, she coordinates with foreign counsel on the re-assignment.


  • Advises human resources, legal and technical personnel of companies, colleges and research institutes on work visas for foreign professionals, managers, executives, skilled and unskilled workers.
  • Advises employers on complying with employer sanctions aspects of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
  • Negotiates with U.S. government officials in the Departments of Labor, Justice, Homeland Security and State on behalf of clients.
  • Assists foreign investors with U.S. immigration planning.
  • Develops visa strategy for short and long-term U.S. work assignments for key foreign personnel.
  • Advises on employee transfers outside the U.S.
  • Analyzes U.S. immigration law and policy developments for legislative liaison and advocacy meetings with members of Congress and their staffs.
  • Cooperates with industry groups in advocating legislation to members of Congress.
  • Advises on family-related immigration matters, citizenship, deportation and exclusion matters.
  • Speaks to employer, university and public interest groups on immigration law requirements.
  • Advises clients on U.S. import and export regulatory law.

Publications & Presentations


  • DACA Impact on Immigration
    KOA News Radio | September 6, 2017
  • Global Migration, Lawful Employment, and U.S. Immigration Law
    The Colorado Lawyer | October 2006
  • Foreign Students Hot Recruits, but Watch for Legal Pitfalls
    The Denver Business Journal | March 26 1993
  • Immigration Act Visas Employers to Seek, Hire Foreign Professionals
    The Denver Business Journal | April 12, 1991
  • Trade Pact Opens Border for Canadian, American Professionals
    The Denver Business Journal | May 14, 1990
  • Hiring Foreign Workers Could be Worth the Hassle for Some Firms 
    The Denver Business Journal | August 8, 1988



  • H-1B “Professional” Work Authorization for Foreign Recruits
    Sherman & Howard Labor & Employment Blog | January 2020
  • Time to Prepare H-1B Petitions
    Sherman & Howard Labor & Employment Blog | February 2018
  • Employers Must Start Using New From I-9 on September 18
    Sherman & Howard Labor & Employment Blog | September 2017
  • Time to Prepare H-1B Petitions
    Sherman & Howard Labor & Employment Blog | January 2017
  • New I-9 Mandatory On 1/22/2017
    Sherman & Howard Labor & Employment Blog | January 2017
  • One Less Mandatory Affirmation
    Sherman & Howard Labor & Employment Blog | July 2016
  • Guidance on Internal I-9 Audits
    Sherman & Howard Labor & Employment Blog | December 2015
  • Legal Foreign Guestworkers Fill Gaps
    The Associated General Contractors of Colorado | February 2003
  • Construction Law: Avoid Fines; Make Sure Your Employees are Authorized to Work
    The Associated General Contractors of Colorado | November 1995
  • Entering the United States–An Overview of U.S. Immigration Law“, Chapter 6 in Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Colorado: A Handbook for Foreign Investors, prepared by Sherman & Howard in cooperation with the International Trade Office for the State of Colorado, 1989, and Chapter 6 in Trade and Investment in Nevada: Legal Considerations for International Businesses, prepared by Hill Cassas deLipkau and Erwin in cooperation with the Nevada World Trade Council | 1990
  • Immigration Alternatives for Terminated or Laid-off Aliens Working Temporarily in the United States
    Personnel Administrator (with Duncan A. Campbell) | July 1984



  • Help Wanted!  Workforce Shortages and U.S. Immigration Law
    Sherman & Howard Construction Law Webinar | April 2016

Professional Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
    • Former Chair, Colorado Chapter
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • International Law Committee
      • Former Chair
  • Former Director, International Business Association of the Rockies
  • Former Member, Trade Policy and Advocacy Council of the Denver World Trade Center




  • 5280 Magazine, “Top Lawyer,” Immigration (2015-2020)