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 D. Woody is the founder of Woody Law Firm, a boutique family law firm in Denver. Danaé relocated to Denver from Minneapolis, MN and received her law degree from the University of Denver. She is Chair of the CBA Young Lawyers' Division, Treasurer of CBA CLE Board of Directors, and a DBA Representative to the CBA Board of Governors. Danaé has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2016 and has contributed articles to The Colorado Lawyer and The Docket. Danaé also Chairs the Solo Small Firm Institute 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, Danaé enjoys 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.
Philip is a law clerk for the Hon. S. Kato Crews at the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. In August 2020, he will be joining Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP as an associate in their trial group. Prior to moving back to Colorado, Philip was an associate at a boutique commercial litigation and real estate firm in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to serving on the CBA YLD Executive Council, Philip is the Co-Chair of the Judicial Endorsement Committee for the Sam Cary Bar Association, and a Mentor in the "Law School... Yes We Can!" legal pipeline program. Philip received his JD/MBA from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2017. During law school, he was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court team, Senior Editor on the Denver law Review, Managing & Production Editor of the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, and Contributor to the Race to the Bottom Blog. He received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 2012. During his free time, Philip enjoys spending time with his wife, Laura, playing and watching sports, reading, and travelling.
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.
Shane O’Connor| Denver
Shane is an associate at the Denver office of Snell & Wilmer, LLP. He currently maintains a broad practice in commercial litigation. Shane graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2019. During law school, he was a member of the National Moot Court Team and participated in the Civil Practice Clinic, where he served clients in divorce, immigration, and social security disability proceedings. Shane is a typical Denver transplant, spending most of his spare time either hiking in the mountains or out on the golf course.
Stephanie Dankel| Denver
Stephanie E. Dankel is an associate attorney at Cage Bucar Lewis, LLC. She went to college at Clemson University, and later attended University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Prior to becoming an attorney Stephanie was a Foster Care Social Worker, where she developed a passion for serving children and families.
Stephanie and her husband, Ben, enjoy vegetable gardening in their backyard, skiing, biking, and traveling. They are the proud new owners of five baby chicks, who will soon be laying farm fresh eggs. This year Stephanie and Ben are starting the process to become foster parents. Stephanie volunteers at Denver Rescue Mission, and Denver Presbyterian, and she is excited to be a part of the CBA YLD Executive Counsel.
Raquel Hernandez| Colorado Springs
Raquel V. Hernandez is an compassionate advocate who enjoys helping families navigate our complex judicial system. Raquel brings insight from behind the bench with her combined experience of a year and three months of being a law clerk. In the 19th Judicial District, Weld County, Raquel clerked for two judges and a magistrate, all of whom had domestic relations dockets. In her capacity as a law clerk, Raquel provided research memorandums and composed the first drafts of the Court’s orders, amongst other responsibilities. In the 4th Judicial District, El Paso County, as a law student, Raquel participated in the Court’s summer law clerk program; where she clerked for a judge with a mixed docket of criminal and domestic. In addition to her law clerk experience, Raquel has further insight in the Dependency and Neglect field, from when she interned, as a law student, for the Florida Department of Children and Family, Children’s Legal Services.
Raquel attended undergraduate school at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, earning a BA in History. For law school, Raquel attended Florida Coastal School of Law, receiving a certificate in Family Law studies and a Pro Bono certificate.
In her free time, Raquel enjoys hiking and camping in the mountains, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog. Raquel is also one of the At-Large Trustees of the El Paso County Bar Association. Additionally, Raquel gives back to the local community through her pro bono work via the Justice Center of the El Paso County Bar Association and clinics held at the courthouse.
Thomas is an antitrust attorney with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Denver. A native Coloradan, Thomas completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at Colorado State University after competing in collegiate hockey, football, and track. Thomas went on to earn his law degree at the University of Denver, where he served as Senior Editor for the Race to the Bottom. Thomas’s parents, Greg and Tracey, still live in Northern Colorado while his younger brother, Ben, is completing a degree of his own at CSU. Outside of the office, Thomas enjoys golfing, cooking, photography, and planning his next trip abroad. Thomas also spends his time volunteering with the Rocky Mountain Micro Finance Institute and Friends of Nathan Yip. Thomas further enjoys putting together teams to explore the potential for enhanced and new horizons for our community.
Eliza Steinberg is an associate attorney at Griffiths Law PC, where she practices family law. Eliza received her JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She was recognized as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Law Week Colorado in 2019 and named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2020. Eliza is a professional mentor at the Sturm College of Law and volunteers her time with several non-profit organizations including the Colorado Judicial Institute and ALIGHT. In her free time, she enjoys dining out, travelling and spending time with her husband in the Colorado outdoors. Eliza has summited 25 of Colorado’s 14ers with more summits to come.
Jared Ertle is an associate in the Corporate Finance Division of Stinson LLP, where he advises clients on a broad range of M&A, private equity, and capital formation matters. Prior to joining Stinson, Jared served as vice president and assistant general counsel for an NYSE-listed bank holding company, where he provided legal guidance on matters ranging from corporate governance and securities, to banking regulations and lending. Jared proudly serves as counsel on a pro bono basis to the Miracle League of Metro Denver, a nonprofit organization that provides children and adults who are living with various mental or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. In his spare time, Jared enjoys a good beer on a sun-drenched patio or getting in a round of golf.
Karen Hen is an associate attorney at Parker Lipman LLP. She works on a variety of civil cases including personal injury, sexual assault, premises liability, wrongful death and medical malpractice. Prior to joining Parker Lipman LLP, Karen clerked at the Second Judicial District Court for the Honorable Edward Bronfin. During her time at the court she had the opportunity to clerk in the civil, criminal, and domestic rotations.
Born and raised in California, at the age of seventeen Karen moved to Israel to enlist in the Israel Defense Force. There she served for two years reaching the rank of sergeant in the Field Artillery Division. She was the youngest ranked and only female to receive the 61StAnnual Israel Independence Day Grant for her service. Upon discharge from the military, Karen returned to California where she attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Immediately thereafter, she continued to law school at University of California, Hastings College of the Law. After law school, Karen seized the wonderful opportunity to clerk in the great state of Colorado. Upon her arrival, she quickly felt at home. During her free time Karen enjoys traveling, scuba diving, skiing, and playing with her dog, Chick Hen.
Max Hass practices entertainment and intellectual property law in his own solo practice, Hass Law LLC. Born and raised just outside Albany, NY, Max has been an avid musician since the age of 11, and channeled that passion into helping independent artists retain and protect their rights in their work. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, and then moved to New Orleans in 2012 for law school at Tulane University. Following law school, Max stayed in New Orleans for an additional four years, first working as a band manager, booking agent, and concert promoter (while also playing in a band), and then began his solo law practice in 2017. Max and his girlfriend relocated to Denver in October 2019, and they have adapted well to Colorado life, taking advantage of the many hiking opportunities practically every weekend. Max's parents still call the Albany area home, and he has two younger brothers, based in the New York City area, who also work in the entertainment industry (filmmaker and music producer). In addition to music and the outdoors, Max enjoys reading, yoga, baseball, the occasional craft beer, and good conversation with friends.
Robyn Clarke is an attorney Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. Robyn graduated from Stanford Law School with pro bono distinction, and then went on to clerk for the Honorable Jon D. Levy in the Federal District Court of Maine. During law school, Robyn was a member editor of the Stanford Law Review and a senior editor of the Stanford Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Journal. Robyn is a fourth generation Coloradoan, and she and her husband love spending their free time working out and exploring the mountains with their two very un-athletic dogs.
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