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 third Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m., at the CBA, 1290 Broadway, Ste. 1700, Denver, CO 80203. Contact 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!
Danaé is the founder of Woody Law Firm, a boutique family law firm in Denver. She relocated to Denver from Minneapolis, MN and received her law degree from the University of Denver. She is a member of the CBA CLE Board of Directors, a DBA Representative to the CBA Board of Governors, and an Executive Council Member of the CBA Family Law Section. Danaé has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2016 and has contributed articles to Colorado Lawyer and the Docket. Danaé presently heads up the “Unbundled Roadshow” project for the CBA’s Modern Law Practice Initiative and is a regular presenter of Continuing Legal Education seminars for lawyers and law students on topics ranging from ethics and civil procedure to the business of law. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteerism and traveling with her family.
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 and obtained his JD from the University of Colorado School of Law. He enjoys being outdoorsy, playing pub trivia, and exploring Denver neighborhoods in his free time.
Joi is a partner at Johnson Kush, P.C. 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 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.
Jim is an associate with Ogborn Mihm, LLP. He practices primarily in the areas of business litigation, personal injury, and legal malpractice. Previously, Jim worked for a renowned Denver litigation firm and clerked for the Hon. James S. Casebolt on the Colorado Court of Appeals. Jim graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2014. During law school, he was a member of the National Trial Team, served as an Articles Editor for the Water Law Review, and advocated on behalf of clients in DU’s Environmental Law Clinic. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In his spare time, you will find Jim spending time with his wife, Becca, fly-fishing a mountain stream with his dog, Gus, or searching for his golf ball.
Maral is an associate at Dworkin, Chambers, Arjomandi Denver specializing in workers’ compensation defense. Maral received her JD from Case Western University School of Law, where she was an executive editor of the school’s Journal of Law and Medicine and a senator of the Student Bar Association. She returned to Colorado after her studies and is excited to help foster the legal community here. She enjoys hiking, camping, attending concerts, and traveling.
Kevin is the co-founder and managing partner of Cheney Galluzzi & Howard, LLC, which specializes in personal injury and criminal defense litigation. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School, where he was a member of the National Mock Trial and National Moot Court teams. While working in the Criminal Defense Clinic, Kevin successfully argued that a Boulder ordinance was unconstitutional, prompting the Boulder City Council to amend the law after it was struck down. Kevin is co-chair of the New Lawyers Division of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and a member of its Lobby Council. He is active in the community, regularly teaching classes to local high school students through Learn Your Rights in Colorado. He enjoys playing poker, going to Red Rocks, and being active in politics.
Mallory is an associate in the Denver office of Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. where her practice focuses on probate, estate planning, and oil and gas title matters. In addition to serving on the Executive Council of the CBA Young Lawyers Division, Mallory is the Young Lawyers Division liaison for the Elder Law section of the CBA and the Secretary of the Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers. Mallory is a native Oklahoman and proud alumna of The University of Oklahoma who doesn't miss a chance to cheer on the Sooners, and in her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and exploring Colorado with her husband and their dog. She looks forward to giving back to the Colorado legal community as a member of the Executive Council and to connecting with other young lawyers around the state.
Jeff is an attorney at The Hustead Law Firm, focusing on construction law, business disputes, creditors’ rights, and a wide variety of complex litigation. He obtained his JD from University of Miami’s School of Law in 2011. Jeff, his wife Kyra, and their two children returned to Colorado from Florida in 2017. Jeff is passionate about serving the community, and specifically in supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and charities benefiting children and families.
Jack is a second year student at the University of Colorado Law School. He is pursuing a career in litigation, and plans to practice in Denver after graduating. Prior to law school, Jack earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science at the University of New Mexico. He is originally from Albuquerque, and in his spare time loves to ski, golf, and explore art museums.
Nick is an attorney at Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC. His practice focuses on civil rights, employment discrimination, and criminal defense. In addition to serving on the Young Lawyer’s Division Executive Board, Nick also serves on the board of the University of Denver’s Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), and maintains active membership in the Denver Bar Association, Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer’s Association, and the Civil Rights Section of American Association for Justice. Nick is a recent graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. During law school Nick represented prisoners in federal civil rights actions as part of the University of Denver’s Civil Rights Clinic. He also acted as the Online Editor of the University of Denver’s Criminal Law Review. Nick served as a legal extern with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and as Certified Legal Extern with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Trial Division.
Ben 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 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 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.
Bailey is a third year evening student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Bailey served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Richard L. Gabriel at the Colorado Supreme Court and currently works as a medical malpractice law clerk at Leventhal Puga Braley, P.C. Prior to law school, Bailey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Studies and competed on the college rodeo team at Tarleton State University. Bailey is also a member of the Minoru Yasui Inn of Court, Colorado Women's Bar Association, and a mentor through Law School Yes We Can.
Alan 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.
Dan St. John | Fort Collins
Dan is an associate attorney at Gast Johnson & Muffly, PC in Fort Collins, Colorado. He practices real estate and business law, with an focus on litigation. Prior to joining the Executive Council, Dan was the president of the Larimer County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. He is also a member of The Law Club, an organization dedicated to song, satire, and legal ethics. As a practitioner in greater Colorado, Dan's focus on the Executive Council will be on connecting the CBA YLD to lawyers outside the Denver metro area. Dan eagerly awaits the first flakes of snow to hearken in ski season each year. But since he can't ski year-round, he enjoys disc golfing and telling people that he fly fishes. If you have an idea for how the CBA can better serve young lawyers outside of the Denver metro area, please let him know!
Kaela is an associate attorney at Willoughby & Associates, where she practices domestic relations litigation and drafts prenuptial agreements. A Colorado native, Kaela is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and was editor in chief of DU’s Criminal Law Review. During and following law school, Kaela clerked for the Honorable Robert L. McGahey, Jr. in Denver District Court. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world with her trusty backpack and exploring the Denver brunch scene.
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