Definition of a "Young Lawyer" by CBA YLD standards are lawyers younger than 37 or who have been in practice less than five years.
Want to learn more about the CBA YLD? Come to an Executive Council meeting! We meet the first Monday of every month, 6 p.m., at the CBA, 1900 Grant St., 9th Floor. Contact Casey Kannenburg or Heather Folker if you have new ideas or questions about upcoming events. Let us know what we can do to serve you better. We hope that you will join us!
Casey is an associate at Hall, Prangle & Schoonveld, LLC. Casey is known for serving a wide range of clients from healthcare professionals and hospitals to long-term healthcare facilities, businesses, athletes, coaches, and other individuals, each with complicated and challenging legal - and in some cases, non-legal - problems. His litigation experience spans from pre-suit discovery through trial, and involves consistent evaluation (and reevaluation) of the full gamut of resolution prospects, including mediation, ADR, and trial, if necessary.
Joi is a partner at Johnson Kush, P.C. located in Colorado Springs, CO. She practices family law. Joi graduated from the University of Denver in 2007 and from Albany Law School in 2010. During law school, Joi was a judicial intern for the Honorable Robert Littlefield, U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court, a legal fellow at the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, Vehicular Crimes Unit, and an intern/research assistance for the Albany Law School Civil Rights and Disability Law Clinic. Joi has also lived and worked abroad in Beijing, China, Tokyo, Japan, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Hanoi, Vietnam and Dharamsala, India.
Tanya Sevy joined Hall & Evans as an associate in 2016. Since earning her JD, Tanya has clerked for the Honorable Ross B.H. Buchanan at the Denver District Court and was a Legal Resident Attorney at Sherman & Howard, LLC. While in law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Tanya was a Research Assistant and Teachers Assistant for Professor Alan Chen. Tanya also served as Survey Editor for the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy.
Patrick Hickey is a commercial litigator at Moye White, LLP. Mr. Hickey represents clients in administrative and judicial proceedings related to state and federal law. His experience includes defending employers against unemployment actions, Occupational Safety and Health Act wrongful termination complaints and Fair Labor Standards Act class action lawsuits. He has also litigated employment disputes regarding the termination of high level corporate executives. Mr. Hickey is also a member of the Art Students League of Denver Board of Directors and the Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Executive Council.
Jerry Bowman grew up on the east side of Detroit as one of seven children. He attended Grand Valley State University in 1999 on a swimming scholarship, where he competed at the highest level, breaking school records, and ranking nationally. After graduation, Jerry went to work for Congressman Peter Hoekstra in Washington DC. After a year, he returned to Detroit to attend Wayne State University Graduate School for an M.A. in Political Science. Shortly after graduation, he relocated to Aspen Colorado to bartend and teach at Colorado Mountain Community College. He then decided to return back to Michigan to attend Michigan State University College of Law. Since returning to Colorado in 2010, Jerry has helped grow a practice dedicated to providing quality and competent legal representation. He is proud to say that he has made a difference in how victims of personal injury are treated. Jerry enjoys coming to work because his work results in something positive for people.
Kevin Burns is originally from the greater Chicago area but moved to Denver in 2012 where has been an active member of the Colorado Bar Association. He practices employment law for Fisher & Phillips, where he focuses on trade secrets and non-competes. He is on the Executive Council of the YLD and serves as the liaison to the Employment Law Section where he is an active member.
Ben is an associate at Blacomb & Green who practices litigation in the areas of business, real estate and personal injury. Ben has experience prosecuting and defending claims in state and federal courts across the country, including claims for breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, consumer protection violations, negligence, strict liability, and many others. He also has experience successfully managing post-trial appeals in both state and federal appellate courts. Before joining Balcomb & Green, Ben built a foundation for his practice working in all levels of the legal system. He spent four years with a global-law-firm in Kansas City managing commercial and products liability litigation in various state and federal courts. He also spent time in New York City working at a global-law-firm where he handled mergers & acquisitions and counseled clients on corporate governance, securities laws, and financial regulations. Ben developed criminal trial experience while working as a prosecuting attorney for the City of St. Louis and gained extensive appellate knowledge while clerking for the Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.
Ryan Lake, a Colorado native, is a sports and corporate attorney at the Lake Law Group. Ryan has experience working with clients in a variety of industries including professional sports, entrepreneurs, tech and entertainment clients. Ryan also works as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law. Ryan is experienced working on a variety of issues including IP protection, player market analysis, contract negotiations, sponsorship and broadcast agreements, arbitrations, operating and governing policies, SafeSport matters, athlete disputes and athlete selection procedures. Ryan also has extensive experience in real estate matters.
Ben Norton is currently serving his third year on the CBA YLD Executive Council. he works at Fisher & Associates, P. C., where his practice consists primarily of personal injury litigation. In addition to his involvement with the Colorado Bar Association, he is an active member of the Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association, and the Denver Bar Association.
Lauren Johnson is an associate with Dufford, Waldeck, Milburn & Krohn, L.L.P. in Grand Junction. Her practice focuses on real estate law, general civil litigation, and natural resources law. Originally from Wyoming, Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Wyoming. After working for several years in a Wyoming high school, Lauren earned her law degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law. While in law school, Lauren was an article editor of the Wyoming Law Review and interned for the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Clinic. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys hanging out with her family, golfing, cooking, and visiting the local breweries.
Ryann Peyton serves as the Director of the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP), a program of the Colorado Supreme Court. Prior to joining CAMP, Ryann focused her law practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on LGBT civil rights. Ryann sits on the boards of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association Foundation, the GLBT Community Center of Colorado, and Center for Legal Inclusiveness. Ryann earned her law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and holds an LLM and undergraduate degree from the University of Denver.
Spencer Rubin is thrilled to have been appointed to his first year on the CBA YLD Executive Council for the 2017-2018 term. He hops that the Executive Council can serve as a conduit to connect Colorado’s young lawyers through diverse, unique, and engaging social networking opportunities. Spencer currently practices commercial transactions in software, IT, telecommunications and Internet at Sherman & Howard, LLC. He graduated college summa cum laude from Tufts University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Spencer recently obtained his JD from the University of Colorado School of Law. Spencer enjoys being outdoorsy, playing pub trivia, and exploring Denver neighborhoods in his free time.
Alan Schindler is a litigation attorney at Haddon, Morgan & Foreman, P.C. in Denver, CO. Alan’s practice ranges from white collar and non-white collar criminal defense to commercial litigation. He began his career as a public defender for the Legal Aid Society in Queens, New York, and then transitioned to a private practice as a commercial litigation attorney at White & Case, LLP, also in New York City. In 2015, Alan left New York and moved with his family to Denver, CO. He has not looked back.
Danaé D. Woody is the founder of Woody Law Firm. Since opening in 2014, the firm has grown from a solo practice into a boutique family law firm of four attorneys. Danaéand her firm have exceeded their commitment to provide 50 hours of pro bono service per year and have been recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court in 2015 and 2016 for this accomplishment. Danaérelocated to Denver from Minneapolis in 2010, and completed her law degree at the University of Denver in 2012. She is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, and is an Executive Council Member of the CBA Young Lawyers’ Division and Family Law Section. Danaéis also a member of the CBA’s Modern Law Practice Initiative. As a part of that group, she has given more than twenty presentations throughout Colorado on the practice of limited scope representation and co-authored the CBA’s unbundling toolkit, titled, “The Practical and Ethical Considerations to Integrating Unbundled Legal Services into Your Practice,” currently in its third edition. She also recently co-authored, “C’mon IN, the Water is Fine: Starting a Law Practice,” set for publication in the August/September 2017 issue of The Docket. Danae was also named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both 2016 and 2017.
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