Detail-oriented, successful, conscientious and organized Attorney with legal experience prosecuting cases in private practice and service on the bench in family law, criminal, and civil cases.
Operated civil litigation law firm for 22 years with extensive trial practice in personal injury and workers compensation and bankruptcy; AV rated litigator. Magistrate judge for 10 years: trial work, managed heavy dockets requiring organizational skills in criminal and family court. Extensive legal writing and analysis experience.
Served as President of the Colorado Bar Association, President of the Colorado Bar Foundation, President of the Weld County Bar Association, as well as service on the American Bar Association House of Delegates, Colorado Board of Governors, State of Colorado Public Defenders Commission Chair, Colorado Lawyers Trust Account Fund , Judicial Performance Commission, Judicial Nominating Commission and the local bar association board. Served as Chair, Colorado Rural Legal Services, Weld County Legal Services. Award recipient for service.
Served on community boards including North Range Behavioral Health, chair, United Way of Weld County, Chair of Board Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Greeley, Weld County Placement Alternatives. Commission,Greeley Redeye Rotary, Our Saviors Lutheran Church Foundation Board, Partners Mentoring Youth Advisory Council, University Schools Board of Education Chair, Youth and Family Connections Chair. Chair, Civil Justice Task Force (statewide); Chair, Transition Committee Judicial Section for Gov. Owens. Precinct, District and State Executive Committee, Democratic Party
As a magistrate judge, presided over a variety of cases involving family law complex matters, criminal, and civil matters. Responsible for deciding the merits of cases, hearing and evaluating evidence and witness credibility, analyzing laws and rules, making findings of fact and conclusions of law and issuing oral or written decisions and orders to resolve cases. Frequently addressed issues of public policy as adjunct to court proceedings. Administrative responsibility for the operation of the judicial division including supervisory accountability including scheduling and assigning work, quality control, conducting performance appraisals and providing input into and participating in discipline, hiring and dismissal of staff.
As civil litigation firm owner, managed average 100 cases on average through all phases of litigation specializing in personal injury, workers compensation and disability.Offered extensive case status explanations to each client.Presented and summarized cases to both judges and juries.Filed appeals in state and federal courts of appeal.Conducted legal research and facts investigation for case litigation.Instituted judicial and extra-judicial proceedings as necessary. Offered extensive case status explanations to each client. Conducted settlement conferences. Developed detailed litigation strategies for each case.Drafted all necessary motions relevant to each case based on legal research and facts investigation for case litigation. Selected jurors, argued motions and met judges during the course of a trial.Appeared for all legal proceedings and successfully conducted litigation.
Responsible for the organization of the business including supervisory responsibility for 9 person staff.
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