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 70 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.
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.
-Theft and Property Crimes
-Drug Possession and Distribution
-Sealing of Criminal Records
-Denver Municipal Public Defender Commission
-Colorado Criminal Defense Institute, Board Member
-National Lawyers Guild, Colorado Chapter Board Member
-Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
-Sentencing Reform Task Force, Member
-State of Colorado
-2022 Sam Cary Bar Association Courage Under Fire Award in recognition that practicing law is a difficult task but can be especially daunting when a lawyer is "under fire" due to an issue or case that is highly publicized.
-2022 Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Advancing Justice Award in recognition of organizing efforts during the 2020 BLM Uprising which had an exceptional impact on the criminal legal system.
-2014 - 2022 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.