Ashlee Arcilla

Michelle Mieras

Mario Trimble

Kristina  Bergsten

Kristina knew she wanted to be an attorney at a very young age because her grandmother told her a story of how a lawyer won back "all the land" for the Native Americans in New York. The veracity of that story has yet to be ascertained (primarily because: grandma's always right...!), but the inspiration carried Kristina through law school at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. During law school, Kristina worked for the Franklin County Public Defender's Office in their Felony and Appellate Units. She also Externed for the Ohio State Supreme Court and worked on the Death Penalty Manual for Ohio Judges with the Honorable Lee Sinclair. Kristina also helped start the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at Ohio State. Fate and fortune carried Kristina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she settled in Delaware County and had a rewarding and challenging career with Berman & Asbel, LLP. The Partners of Berman & Asbel graciously allowed Kristina to expand the firm's areas of practice to include Animal Law and Environmental Law. In Delaware County, Kristina started the Environmental Law Committee with the Delaware County Bar Association and later moved on to become the youngest and "newest" Member of the Delaware County Bar Association's Board of Directors. She was also a class member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Bar Leadership Program.

Melissa Decker

Melissa Decker is the owner of Law for Locals, LLC, a law and mediation practice founded in 2010 that prides itself on offering affordable services for residents of the Western Slope. Melissa’s broad-based practice specializes in family law, civil litigation, bankruptcy, business law, probate, and criminal defense. Melissa is a mediator for Mesa County family court cases through the Colorado Office of Dispute Resolution, and in 2018, she will begin accepting appointments for Child & Family Investigator (CFI) work. Before opening her own practice, Melissa briefly dallied with Big Firm practice, worked as a water & public land attorney, ran a Vail public policy non-profit, and clerked for Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice during her first year on the Colorado Supreme Court. Melissa received her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1997, where she was an Articles Editor of the Law Review. She also holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. from Stanford University.

William Doutt

Bill’s practice focuses on personal injury, negligence, insurance bad faith, worker’s compensation and social security disability cases. He recently joined as a partner in the law firm of Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC, in Fort Collins. Since 2014, he has been a member of Larimer County Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee, which puts on a half-day ethics seminar in Fort Collins each spring. In the past, Bill served as the Treasurer and Vice-President of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Larimer County Bar Association. While at Temple, he worked in legal clinical positions at the Philadelphia Public Defenders’ Office and the City of Philadelphia Solicitor’s Office. Following graduation from Temple in 2005, Bill practiced law in Pennsylvania for approximately 5 years in a small general practice firm, where he handled a diverse caseload, including personal injury, family law, real estate disputes, bankruptcy (debtors), and court-appointed conflict appointments in criminal and dependency and neglect cases. Since moving to Colorado in 2011, Bill has practiced primarily in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury law. Bill is an avid cyclist and enjoys volunteering in support of local and regional bicycling in all forms. He has raced road and mountain bikes at the club level in the past, but these days he rides for fun, well-being, and transportation, often commuting to work by bike. He also enjoys hiking, running, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding. When he has a chance to get away, it’s usually to go camping with his wife and their two daughters.

Mark Evans

Mark Evans has practiced with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Appellate Division since 2009, handling appeals of felony convictions ranging from drug possession to first degree murder. In addition to directly representing clients, he has a special interest in developing policies to ensure involvement with the criminal justice system is not a lifelong impediment to individuals’ success. He has authored comprehensive guides on the collateral consequences associated with convictions and adjudications, helped pass legislation fortifying the pretrial diversion disposition option, serves on a committee that has facilitated the creation of numerous diversion programs statewide, and is working with the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to achieve meaningful reform of the state’s system of collateral consequences. Prior to joining the Public Defender’s Office he clerked for the Honorable James S. Casebolt of the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Jennifer Hall

Jennifer Hall has made it her mission to help others through their legal issues with both expertise and compassion. As a 2009 graduate of Howard University School of Law, Jennifer puts great emphasis on ensuring that her role as an attorney is used to bring about change and legal assistance where it is most needed. After graduating from law school, Jennifer had the opportunity to work with the Honorable Judge Cross of the 18th judicial District Court and held internships at the City and County of Denver.  Jennifer has been an attorney at both the United States Attorney’s Office and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and currently practices at the Gantenbein Law Firm where she primarily focuses on real estate, business, and foreclosure matters. Jennifer currently serves as the chair for the Young Lawyers Division of the Sam Cary Bar Association. When she is not practicing law she enjoys cooking, singing, laughing, and quality time with family and friends.





Tess Hand-Bender

Tess Hand-Bender is a senior associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP and focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, criminal defense, and internal investigations. She has represented clients from a variety of industries at all stages of litigation and confidential arbitration, from initiation of proceedings through trial and appeal. Ms. Hand-Bender has experience in a wide range of commercial disputes, including contract and business tort matters. Ms. Hand-Bender also maintains an active pro bono practice. In addition to working with the Colorado Lawyer’s Committee and serving as the chair-elect of its Young Lawyer’s Division, she first chaired a pro bono misdemeanor trial for an indigent client and served on the trial team representing nine Colorado couples who successfully challenged the constitutionality of Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage. Ms. Hand-Bender and the team were honored with a Special Recognition Award from the Colorado Lawyers Committee and the Visionaries in Action Award from the GLBT Community Center of Colorado. Before joining DGS, Ms. Hand-Bender practiced at Reilly Pozner. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and to the Honorable Philip A. Brimmer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Ms. Hand-Bender graduated from Berkeley Law, where she was Order of the Coif and served as the submissions editor for the Criminal Law Journal. She attended Stanford University, where she obtained a B.A. in philosophy and was Phi Beta Kappa. She is active in the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and Colorado GLBT Bar Association and has been named a “Rising Star” by Colorado Super Lawyers. She is admitted to practice in Colorado and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.


Bryon Large 

Bryon M. Large is an Assistant Regulation Counsel with the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining the office, Bryon worked in private practice as an immigration attorney for over nine years. Bryon is an elected member of the Board of Governors for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where he also serves on the Ethics Committee. He is a past Chapter Chair of the Colorado Chapter of AILA, a past Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, and is the Immediate Past President of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association. Bryon also currently serves on the Executive Council and the Board of Governors for the Colorado Bar Association. Bryon’s passion in life is being a father to his two children. 





Mary Linden

Mary Kominek Linden is an AV-rated attorney in private practice in Colorado Springs. Mary’s practice consists of representing small businesses and individuals in civil litigation, at both the trial court and appellate levels, and her focus, strength and passion lie in legal writing and analysis. Upon graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, then passing the California bar exam, Mary took the geographically-natural next-step of accepting employment with a law firm in Colorado Springs. Practicing law in what feels like a very small legal community has provided Mary with the opportunity to interact closely with talented attorneys and judges, and practice in an environment where professionalism and integrity to the ideals of justice, and the judicial process, are regularly discussed and explored. In 2015, Mary was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourth Judicial District. She has been a member and/or pupilage leader in the Ben S. Wendelken Inn of Court for over a decade. Mary is an active member of the Minority Over-Representation Sub-Committee of the Fourth Judicial District Juvenile Best Practices Court Committee, and was President of the El Paso County Women’s Bar Association in 2015-16. Mary is a Colorado native and a proud graduate of Arvada High School and the University of Colorado’s School of Business, in Boulder. For the past 4,500 days, Mary has enjoyed the adventure of practicing law with her husband/law partner at the Linden Law Group, and, most importantly, her three amazing children, ages 18, 17 and 15, keep her focused on the challenges and opportunities we are creating for future generations.





Kyle Martelon

Kyle J. Martelon, a Colorado native, is the Senior Associate Attorney with Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. His practice includes family law and general litigation matters, including dissolution of marriage, allocation of parental responsibilities, dependency and neglect, post-decree matters, and adoptions. Kyle attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and graduated in 2010. During law school, he served as a federal judicial intern to the Honorable Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. He also served as a legal intern in the Office of Legal Counsel for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., assisted low income clients with various civil controversies in the University's Civil Litigation Clinic, and worked as a teaching assistant for the University's legal writing program. Further, he worked as a law clerk, and then as a contract attorney, for Outten & Golden LLP, a New York City-based employment law firm. Upon graduation from D.U., Kyle was inducted into the Order of St. Ives and went on to serve as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Jane A. Tidball at the Jefferson County District Court, where he assisted Judge Tidball in managing her division's civil, domestic, and criminal dockets. Prior to joining Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., Kyle worked at boutique family law firm in downtown Denver, where he helped effectuate Colorado's first-ever dissolution of civil union action and engaged in substantial pro bono work, and then at the Denver District Attorney's Office. He enjoys running, travelling, skiing, and the local restaurant scene.


Thomas Neville

Thomas Neville is a Partner at Ogborn Mihm LLP. Thomas’ practice focuses on civil litigation, specifically insurance bad faith, personal injury, and legal malpractice cases. The son of a private investigator and a judge, Thomas grew up in Alaska, where he got his first taste of legal work as a student attorney with the Anchorage Youth Court. Educated at Gonzaga University, he spent six months studying at Oxford University, where he discovered his passion for the law. Thomas graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in the top 10% of his class. During law school, Thomas was a student attorney for the Colorado Public Defenders Office. After graduating from law school, he spent two years working as a law clerk for the Colorado Court of Appeals, where he clerked for the Honorable JoAnn Vogt, the Honorable Bob Kapelke, and the Honorable Robert Hawthorne. Thomas has been an active member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) since 2006. He has served on CTLA’s Board of Directors since 2011, and has co-chaired CTLA’s amicus curiae (Friend of the Court) committee since 2010. In 2016, Thomas and his co-chair received the Outstanding Service to CTLA Award for their work as amici. Thomas wrote the amicus briefs in Bedor v. Johnson, 2013 CO 4, 292 P.3d 294 and Kendrick v. Pippin, 252 P.3d 1052 (2011), the pair of cases that resulted in the judicial abolition of the archaic “sudden emergency doctrine.” While originally intended to ameliorate the harsh impact of common law contributory fault, in Colorado, the sudden emergency doctrine was more often used by negligent defendants to avoid responsibility for their actions by claiming that everyday events, like encountering icy roads in the middle of winter, constituted unforeseeable emergency situations.

Noah Patterson

Noah Patterson is a Senior Assistant Attorney General at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. There, he represents the Colorado Department of Revenue in corporate income tax litigation and performs general counsel work for the Department of Revenue. Mr. Patterson is also the Vice Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Patterson was a recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Performance in both 2014 and in 2017. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Patterson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Diana Terry on the Colorado Court of Appeals. Mr. Patterson also served as a Co-Chair of the Denver Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee from 2012 to 2017. He regularly volunteers with a Post-Decree Clinic co-sponsored by Metro Volunteer Lawyers and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Patterson has been a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program since 2010. Mr. Patterson is a 2010 graduate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a 2006 graduate from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA.


Hannah Proff

Hannah Seigel Proff is an experienced trial attorney whose practice is dedicated to representing adults and juveniles charged in criminal and delinquency cases. From misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies, Ms. Proff has represented hundreds of individuals in state and municipal courts across Colorado. Before joining Johnson & Klein as a senior associate in 2016, Ms. Proff was the policy director for the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center. In that role, she successfully lobbied for legislation in the Colorado General Assembly to improve the treatment of children and youth in the juvenile justice system in Colorado. Ms. Proff was instrumental in getting landmark legislation passed that authorized resentencing hearings for individuals sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed when they were juveniles. Ms. Proff previously spent seven years as a trial attorney in the Denver office of the Colorado State Public Defender. During that time, she defended thousands of individuals and tried over 50 cases to verdict. Ms. Proff has been invited to lecture at legal conferences and trainings across the country on topics ranging from litigating pretrial motions to best practices when defending children charged as adults. Ms. Proff is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Ms. Proff is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Colorado Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association. A volunteer mentor for Colorado Youth at Risk, she co-founded and serves on the board of directors for Learn Your Rights in Colorado (LYRIC), a nonprofit organization that teaches high school students about their constitutional rights.


Josh Raaz

Josh is a Senior Lead Deputy District Attorney with the Seventeenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Adams and Broomfield Counties. Josh has been with the office for over 10 years and was promoted to Senior Lead Deputy District Attorney in 2014. Josh manages four deputy district attorneys and is in charge of a district court divisional docket. In addition to the four attorneys, Josh coordinates the duties of the division with two support staff members, a victim advocate and an investigator. Josh began his career in prosecution in 2004 in the State of Missouri. For nearly two years, Josh prosecuted in in Missouri before moving to Colorado. Josh has an extensive background in prosecution and trial litigation with over a hundred trials. Josh obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004 and his undergraduate degree in History in 1999 from Truman State University. Josh is proud to be a new member of the 2018 COBALT class and looking forward to further developing his leadership skills in the coming months.

Kelley Rider Goodwin

Throughout her career, Kelley Rider Goodwin, has been dedicated to advocating for individuals encountering some of life's greatest challenges. She is a firm believer that no individual should ever have to confront a legal crisis on their own and has made it the mission of our firm to deliver unwavering support to our clients. Kelley began her career at Colorado Legal Services in December 2009, providing legal assistance to low-income Coloradans. There, she worked in the Consumer Unit and helped individuals with Chapter 7 Bankruptcies as well as providing representation for foreclosure defense or mortgage modifications. In June 2010, she transferred to the Family and Children's Unit, exclusively practicing Family Law in the 6 counties around the Denver Metro area. Realizing that providing compassionate and skilled guidance in the field of family law was indeed her calling, she left Colorado Legal Services in December of 2014 and established her own sole law firm, Rider Goodwin Law Offices LLC. Attorney Rider Goodwin graduated from Auburn University in 2005 with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Criminology, as well as a minor in Africana Studies. She then attended the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, class of 2009, and was admitted to practice law in Colorado in October 2009 and Illinois in May 2010.

  • 2017 Recipient of the Gary McPherson Young Lawyer of the Year from the Young Lawyers Division of the Colorado Bar Association
  • 2017 Colorado Coalition to Against Domestic Violence Purple Ribbon Community Ally Award of the in the Work to End Domestic Violence
  • Rising Young Attorney, 2017 and 2018
  • 2017 VIP Woman of the Year Circle Recipient, National Association of Professional Women
  • Board of Directors, kids 24/7
  • 1st Judicial Access to Justice
  • Adams County Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyer
  • Family Tree
  • Women in Crisis
  • Project Safeguard

Mallory Revel

Mallory is proud to be a trial attorney at Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher. She spent three years as a prosecutor in the Denver City Attorney’s office, and before that she was a deputy district attorney in Kansas City, MO and Springfield, MO. Mallory’s practice focuses on representing law enforcement officers in disciplinary, employment and administrative actions in Denver and throughout the state of Colorado. She also represents clients in criminal matters, and feels at home in the courtroom. Mallory is a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, and also spends time volunteering in the community.






Nicoal Sperrazza

Nicoal C. Sperrazza is an attorney with 3i Law in Denver, Colorado. She began her legal career in civil litigation before expanding her practice to include family law. After graduating from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2011, Nicoal served as the National Co-Director for a moot court competition funded by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. As part of Nicoal's community involvement, contributions to the legal profession, and leadership, she was awarded the 2013 Governor Ralph Carr Award from the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado. Nicoal currently serves in several leadership roles, including President-Elect for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado, Member At Large (Community Service) and Group Leader for the Minoru Yasui Inn of Court, and Treasurer for the Colorado Bar Association Litigation Section Council.





Anda Stephenson

Anda is a general business attorney and a business law instructor. She is also one of the founders of the Funkwerks brewery in Fort Collins. Her practice emphasizes representation of private, profit, and non-profit entities of all sizes in connection with business formation; brewery, winery, and distillery formation and licensing; mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts; borrowing, lending, and venture capital transactions; distribution, licensing, and franchise arrangements; employee matters; advising boards of directors; trademark, trade secret, and other intellectual property issues; and general contract drafting and negotiation. Anda is admitted to practice law in Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Lewis & Clark Law School, and her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University. Anda has actively supported several nonprofit organizations throughout her career, most recently The Family Center in Fort Collins, CO where she serves on the board of directors.