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Expert in Criminal Defense, Legal, Attorney

Expert ID: 735973 Colorado, USA

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I am a Criminal Defense lawyer based in Fort Collins, Colorado. I have previously worked as a Deputy District Attorney in many areas. I earned my JD at University of Denver Law School. I love animals and have some dogs and a cat who help us out in the office! Also, I love implementing legal tech in the office.

I own a property management business in Fort Collins, and a current criminal defense practice practicing throughout much of Colorado. Because the commercial property I manage is in Fort Collins, our law firm also lists a Fort Collins address (I mean, who wants to check more than one mailbox!?). In case you were wondering why there is a Fort Collins address associated with the law firm, that's why. But we help clients throughout about 1/4 of the state in reality and operate a technology-savvy virtual law firm.

We go to where criminal defense clients need us, and we make their problems ours, relieving the burden on them. We'd love to help any criminal defense client with their case, and you can reach out to us any time using the links here (our intake form and our website are right here for your ease of use). Hiring an attorney should NOT be the most stressful thing about criminal court.

Services Provided: DUI Law · Criminal Defense Law

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Loveland, Colorado - Greeley, Colorado

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2007 Degree: JD Subject: Law Institution: University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Year: 2004 Degree: BS Subject: Political Science and Accounting Institution: Colorado State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2019 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Partner Department: Responsibilities: Offers criminal defense clients a new kind of legal representation. Our partnership has extended since Moot Court days in law school and now to better serve Colorado criminal defendants. We are accepting clients throughout the Front Range, Denver Metro Area, and all of NE Colorado. Don't let our mailing address fool you! We go TO our clients, and meet them where they are at to better serve them and keep overhead (and therefore fees) low.
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: Responsibilities: Manage large commercial property including all aspects of accounting and marketing on a daily, monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis. Assist in tax preparation, major maintenance projects, and large-scale planning decisions by owners.
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Fellow Institute for Human Animal Connection Department: Responsibilities: Works on advocating for animals within the auspices of DU's Graduate School of Social Work's Institute for Human Animal Connection. Currently, she is working on developing a relationship with the University's Law School and exploring additional education options for law students and social work students alike. She also continues to lobby for animal cruelty education and resources statewide. As a Fellow for IHAC, she is available for trainings and seminars on animal cruelty topics such as the LINK and sheltering initiatives. For example, she taught new Colorado animal control officers on topics including investigating animal offenses,testifying for trial, and cost of care hearings as part of CCACO's initial licensing seminar.
Years: 2015 to 2019 Employer: Self Employed Title: Owner Department: Responsibilities: A small firm located in the Campus West Shopping Center immediately West of the Colorado State University campus and Moby Arena. But I regularly travel throughout the Central and Northeastern part of the state, and work from my home office in the Denver metro area. I maintain a solo practice so that I can guarantee all clients get extremely competent personal service. I have office hours by appointment only, but will be flexible as time and requirements allow--often doing intake via phone, FaceTime, or Skype. I maintain a mostly paperless office, and take care to utilize the latest and greatest in legal technology (or just tech, in general) to stay connected to my clients. Because I'm in court a LOT, please allow 72 hours for returning messages (don't worry, usually I'm faster than that, and if you leave me your email in your message, you'll get a personalized message very quickly). I offer legal help in criminal defense, landlord-tenant law, juvenile law, and animal law. I offer flexible payment arrangements, accept all major credit cards, and can offer most clients a flat fee rate so you know exactly what you'll pay in advance.
Years: 2011 to 2015 Employer: 18th Judicial District Title: Deputy District Attorney Department: Responsibilities: I prosecuted cases for the 18th Judicial District in Arapahoe County Colorado. I specialized in prosecuting all animal cases, including animal cruelty in four Colorado counties. I also prosecuted juvenile offenders in Arapahoe County. I have been the County Court lead attorney supervising all Arapahoe County Court DAs and interns in the past. I have expertise in habitual domestic violence cases and high profile and media cases.
Years: 2011 to 2011 Employer: ACLU of Idaho Title: Attorney Department: Responsibilities: I acted as a contract attorney for a class action lawsuit then pending in the state of Idaho. I was a member of the litigation team conducting detailed, class action discovery for prisoners of a privately ran prison in Idaho. I was intricately involved in planning litigation strategy, settlement talks, and depositions. I also donated time as a volunteer attorney for the ACLU of Idaho, helping with legal intake, research, and writing.
Years: 2011 to 2011 Employer: Martelle, Bratton and Associates Title: Associate Attorney Department: Responsibilities: I represented bankruptcy clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. I regularly appeared for Section 341 hearings before the Bankruptcy Trustee. I performed researching tasks for senior partners, and assisted with marketing for the firm on a part time basis. I worked on several mortgage refinancing cases during the initial Great Recession, and worked for tax relief for some of the firm's tax clients. I obtained certification necessary to represent clients before the IRS.
Years: 2010 to 2011 Employer: Idaho Industrial Commission Title: Unemployment Appeals Attorney Department: Responsibilities: I acted as an appellate judge on an overflow basis by writing unemployment appeals for the Idaho Industrial Commission on a regular, contract basis.
Years: 2007 to 2010 Employer: Ritsema & Lyon, P.C. Title: Associate Attorney Department: Responsibilities: Administrative Court litigation on workers' compensation matters for large insurers, third party administrators, and self-insured employers; subrogation research with respect to District Court cases against tortfeasors; daily client contact and file management; client education involving speaking at seminars, in-person one-on-one training for HR staff, and other engagements.
Years: 2005 to 2007 Employer: Robinson, Waters, & O'Dorisio, P.C. Title: Law Clerk Department: Responsibilities: Law clerk for 30+ attorney firm; practice areas of corporate litigation, family law, gaming law, and transaction work

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
State Bar of Colorado
Idaho State Bar
Larimer County women's Bar Association
Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
WOLF Pack (Women Owned Law Firms)
Solo/Small Firm Section of ABA & CBA
Fort Collins Rotary Club
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar

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