John Vaught, Colorado Bar Association President
Carolyn P. Gravit is Director of Public Legal Education for the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations
2018 - 2019 COBALT Executive Committee
Katy J. H. Dunn, COBALT Chair, is Assistant General Counsel with Forest City Stapleton, Inc., the master developer for the former Stapleton International Airport. Her practice is primarily real estate development, including negotiation and drafting of purchase and sale agreements, brownfields regulatory issues, negotiations with the City and County of Denver on a variety of public-private development matters, managing outside counsel on a variety of matters, and due diligence issues. She serves on the Real Estate Section Council of the Colorado Bar Association. She is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management Advancing Leader certification program. Ms. Dunn obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of Law, and was Senior Executive Editor of the Law Review and worked in the Civil Justice Clinic during her time there, before graduating and being sworn in to the Colorado Bar in 2000. Prior to that, she worked at the biotechnology firm Genentech, Inc., in the Legal Department, after graduating from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Journalism. Katy is a proud member of the 2014 COBALT class, and the 2015 Sessions Committee. She was chair of the Sessions Committee for 2016, and is Chair-Elect of COBALT for 2017. She lives in Stapleton with her amazing husband and their equally amazing son.
Porya Mansorian, COBALT Chair Elect, a well-respected Colorado trial lawyer, focuses on personal injury, medical negligence, and nursing home abuse cases. Formerly a defense attorney, Mansorian has represented insurance companies, physicians, hospitals, nurses, medical device manufacturers and nursing homes. Moving to the Plaintiff’s side, he has become a tireless advocate for injured Coloradans. As a result of his commitment to his clients and the Colorado community, Mansorian recently was named the 2015 Colorado New Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. In 2014, Mansorian also received the Tommy Drinkwine Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Mansorian is very active in prevention and stopping of distracted driving in the community. He has presented to thousands of high school students about the dangers and consequences of driving distracted. His efforts, in collaboration with the organization EndDD, are saving lives across the State of Colorado and the United States. Mansorian is a trained biomedical engineer who had the privilege of supporting efforts to advance the care and treatment of children with cerebral palsy before attending law school. This and similar experiences in the medical industry, coupled with his rigorous training in litigation and trial advocacy, have enabled Mansorian to help obtain outstanding results for his health care clients as their trial attorney.
Mariana Vielma, COBALT Whisperer, currently practices with the Adams County Attorney’s Office. After two and a half years on the Child Welfare legal team, she currently works in the areas of child support enforcement and fraud recovery through civil & bankruptcy courts. As a prosecutor in the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s office from 2007 to 2013, she served Adams County in a variety of leadership roles within the office and on juvenile justice initiatives, both locally and State-wide. She clerked for the Honorable Judges Donald Marshall and John Popovich in Adams County District Court. Prior to law school, Mariana was a paralegal for many years while earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Management from the University of Texas at El Paso (2001). She earned her law degree at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN (2005). Mariana is active in the Adams/Broomfield Bar Association (ABBA) where she has served as Secretary, Treasurer, and President. Since 2008 she has served as the Treasurer of the 17th Judicial District’s Access to Justice Committee. Since 2009, the first year of the annual Access to Justice Sean May Memorial Run, Mariana has served as co-chair for the event. In 2009 she was honored by ABBA as the Volunteer Attorney of the Year, recognizing her commitment to community service, her leadership in youth ministry, and her contributions to local bar association projects, events, and community youth & service projects. Mariana has served on the CBA Nominating Committee, the Colorado Mentoring Program’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, and currently serves on the Chief Justice Commission and the CBA Executive Council. She is a member of the 2009 COBALT class, and has since served on COBALT Sessions and Executive Committees.
Leia G. Ursery, COBALT Immediate Past Chair, is a partner at Lindquist & Vennum LLP, who specializes in estate planning, estate and trust litigation/administration and probate protective proceedings, including guardianships and conservatorships. During her last year of law school, Leia served as the law clerk for the Honorable Judge C. Jean Stewart of the Denver Probate Court. Thereafter, she began her practice at Olsen & Traeger, LLP, in October 2004. In 2011, Leia helped to establish the Probate Practicum at the University of Denver, College of Law, which she continues to teach at this time. Additionally, Leia teaches Estate and Gift Taxation at the University of Colorado - Denver in the Masters of Taxation program. She is a member of the Statutory Revisions and Orange Book Committees of the Colorado Bar Association - Trust and Estate Section and a former member and Chair of the Colorado Association Young Lawyers Division Executive Council. Leia concentrates her volunteer efforts within the community by serving as a frequent volunteer for Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans, Senior Law Day, Lawline 9, the Pro Se Clinic at the Denver Probate Court, and the Wills Lab and Tribal Wills Clinic provided through the University of Denver, College of Law. Leia was selected for the Class of 2013 Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) program.
Amy Petri Beard, COBALT Sessions Chair, is currently employed with the Seventeenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office as a Senior Deputy District Attorney. She is assigned to prosecute cases involving child victims. In June 2016, she was elected Vice-President of the Adams Broomfield Bar Association. She is a 2016 COBALT graduate, on the Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial Committee, is the Adams/Broomfield High School Regional Mock Trial Coordinator, is a member of the Colorado Women's Bar Association, and is on the Broomfield Library Board.
COBALT Events/Programs Committee Chair
Miro Kovacevic, COBALT Alumni Committee Chair, is currently a member with the law firm of Fisher & Associates, P.C. He has a broad commercial litigation and real estate practice, and is the firm’s manager in those practice areas. After graduating from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2004, Miro completed a clerkship with the Honorable Hilda G. Tagle, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas. Miro is a graduate of the 2013 COBALT class. He currently serves on the COBALT Executive Committee and is a representative for the Denver Bar Association to the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors. Miro is also a loyal volunteer of the American Red Cross, currently serving as the External Relations Section Chief for the Region of Colorado and Wyoming.
2018 - 2019 COBALT Sessions Committee
Ashlee Arcilla- Currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC), a new independent agency within the State of Colorado Judicial Branch dedicated to protecting the fundamental right to parent by providing effective legal advocates to indigent parents in child welfare proceedings. Before assuming her current role, Ashlee served as the Training Director for the ORPC and was responsible for the development and coordination of all training and education requirements listed in Colorado state statute and mandates. Prior to the ORPC, Ashlee worked for the Office of the Child’s Representative where she worked to infuse adult learning theory principles into the state-wide training program for guardians ad litem (GAL) attorneys and served as the Staff Attorney providing oversight of and support to GAL attorneys in Denver. Ashlee is passionate about the field of family defense and she is active in the national ABA Parent Representation community, where she has dedicated time consulting with other states looking to establish parent representation programs similar to Colorado’s model. Ashlee is also a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and the CBA Juvenile Law Section. Ashlee graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law where she participated in the Juvenile Law Clinic, interned for the Children and Families Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures, and traveled to Ecuador to study children raised in the prison system with their incarcerated mothers. Ashlee is originally from Tucson, Arizona, where she received her bachelor’s degree and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona.
Hannah 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.
Kyle 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.
Mallory Revel- 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.
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.
Mario Trimble- is a partner in the public finance department of Kutak Rock LLP’s Denver office. He has concentrated his practice in the area of municipal finance in Colorado since 2005, acting primarily as bond counsel and disclosure counsel for various Colorado governments and related entities. Since joining Kutak Rock LLP, Mr. Trimble has represented an average of 30 different Colorado public entities of varying sizes per year on financings ranging in scope from $450,000 to $150,000,000. In addition to his legal experience, he serves as a member of the Executive Council of the Colorado Bar Association. Mr. Trimble is also a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, a Colorado nonprofit corporation dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession which has received national and local recognition for its continuing commitment to inclusive excellence. He is currently its Treasurer. With a background in client services, Mr. Trimble’s training and experience have facilitated his effective management of an array of successful municipal bond financings for his clients.
Michelle Mieras- is currently enjoying her self-imposed sabbatical while staying active within the legal community. Before embarking on this break (which she highly recommends that everyone try to work into their long-term plan), Michelle served as the Fiduciary Risk Manager for the Wealth Management division of a financial institution. Prior to working in the financial sector she was in private practice, concentrating on trust and estate planning and administration, wealth planning, and transfer taxation, and also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program teaching courses in Estate and Gift Taxation and Estate Planning. Michelle is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association Trust and Estate Section, serving on various committees, and was the past chair of the Orange Book Committee and served on the Executive Council. During her time off, Michelle is spending time with family, traveling, hiking, fishing, and learning how to code in Python because she's truly a geek at heart.