Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - BA English (1992) - Phi Beta Kappa
Georgetown University Law Center - Washington, D.C. - Juris Doctor (1996)
Juvenile Justice Clinic
Colorado State Courts (since 1997)
United States District Court of Colorado (since 2002)
In July of 2010, I attended the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers' College in Dubois, Wyoming. I spent 3 weeks from 9am to 9pm learning from and with the best trial lawyers in the nation. I practice the TLC method regularly with other Colorado TLC graduates. This method tells the story of the case successfully for my clients. It is the best way to get justice. For more information or to find a TLC lawyer in another state, please go to Trials Lawyers College Website
In 1997, I began my career as a Colorado Public Defender in El Paso county, and later worked the Adams county and Steamboat offices. My time as a public defender includes successful defense of 1st Degree Murder, Aggravated Robbery, DUI, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Violation of Custody Orders, Criminal Trespass and other felony and misdemeanor cases.
In 2002, I opened my own firm in Boulder, Colorado. I represent individuals against the government and other powerful entities. For over 12 years, 50% of my practice has been defending those accused of driving under the influence (DUI, DWAI, DWI, OUI). The remainder of the my practice has been defending Domestic Violence DV, sexual assault, sexual assault on a child, theft, drug possession/sales accusations and other felony and misdemeanor cases. I have helped many people obtain justice when they were injured due to the negligence of others.
I try cases at all levels of Colorado state courts and Federal court. I have been retained on cases from Hugo to Durango to Holy Oak to Rangely, but the majority of my work is in Boulder — Longmont (Boulder County), Broomfield (Broomfield County), Golden (Jefferson and Gilpin Counties), Ft. Collins and Loveland (Larimer County), Greeley (Weld County) and Brighton (Adams County).
I am an active member of Colorado NORML Board Member (currently serving as the Treasurer), National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), Colorado Criminal Defense Bar - Life Member, NORML Legal Committee , Colorado Trial Lawyers’ Association (Trial Talk Criminal Editor), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Boulder County Bar Association (Civil Law Section co-chair).
I am trained in Forensic Gas Chromatography for Blood Alcohol Testing by Axion Analytical Labs (Chicago, Illinois), a course sponsored and approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). This class instructs on the theory and practice of gas chromatography blood alcohol testing, including hands on testing labs. See here for more information.
I am certified as a Breath Alcohol Technician on the CMI Intoxilyzer 5000 by Industrial Training and Design, Ltd.
I am certified in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) by LaPier & Associates. This is the same course that police officers take to understand, perform and score the voluntary roadside maneuvers given if an officer suspects DUI or DWAI.
The Courts of Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties qualified me as an expert witness in criminal defense. The District Attorneys in those cases did not challenge or object to my qualification as an expert.