Experience

 

You are more than a case number.

I value both your unique personal experience and your specific legal situation.  Because of my experience as a public defender and a civil rights attorney, I am able to provide you a strong defense, and also advise regarding potential civil claims, such as police brutality or retaliation for exercising your freedom of speech. 

 

As a public defender, solely practicing criminal defense, I gained invaluable experience.  I have tried over 65 jury trials.  I am skilled in trial litigation: arguing suppression issues, selecting a jury, crafting exacting cross-examinations, and making persuasive closing arguments.  Further, I am a tenacious advocate and negotiator.  As your defense attorney, I will assess your criminal charges, negotiate with the district attorney, identify the legal issues, research and file motions, and follow through with necessary investigation and experts.  I know the extreme stress and the devastating consequences that being charged with a crime can bring about.  Whether you decide to resolve your case with a plea bargain or choose to take your case to a jury trial, I will explain each step and guide you through the complicated and frustrating system, with knowledge and familiarity.  

Education

 

I graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2007, and received my undergraduate degree from Calvin College in 2003.  While in law school I had the opportunity to work for the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, GA, the American Civil Liberties Union, here in Denver, CO; and the Legal Aid Society in Queens, NYC.  Each experience has shaped me into the attorney I am today, someone who prioritizes human dignity and values civil rights.

Professional Affiliations

 

-Colorado Criminal Defense Institute, Board Member
-National Lawyers Guild, Colorado Chapter Board Member

-Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Member

-Age of Delinquency Task Force, Co-Chair

Bar Admissions

 

-State of Colorado

Practice Areas

 

-Municipal Violations
-Traffic Offenses
-DUI/DWAI
-Domestic Violence
-Theft and Property Crimes
-Sexual Assaults
-Child Abuse
-Drug Possession and Distribution
-Homicides
-Violent Crimes
-Probation Violations
-Sealing of Criminal Records

Awards

 

-2014 - 2019 Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Stars, an honor limited to 2.5 percent of attorneys in Colorado.

 

-2015 LYRIC Volunteer of the Year

 

-2009 Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Gideon Award for remarkable effort to fulfill the promise of Gideon v. Wainwright and dedication to advocacy on behalf of the poor.

Awarded Super Lawyer's Rising Star every year since 2014.