I am an Aries, an unenrolled Lakota Sioux, a second degree black belt in karate, an environmentalist, a vegan, a runner, an animal-lover, a (pretty decent) cook, a risk-taker, a domestic violence survivor, and probably one of the most relatable, down-to-earth attorneys you will ever meet. I am a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Women's Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) Program, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the Denver Bar Association, and I serve on various committees for the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. I am a Director on the Board of Directors for Colorado Voters for Animals, a legislative animal interest group. I also serve on the Board of Directors for Rescue Ranch Animal Rescue. I volunteer for Metro-Volunteers at their Indian Legal Clinic. I participate in the Women's Leadership Roundtable. I volunteered and tabled at such events as VegFest Colorado and One Billion Rising. I work hard and I work ethically. I will fight for your rights and I will do so with integrity. When I win your case, or negotiate a fair plea or settlement, you know I did so in a respectful and professional manner. As your attorney, I represent you to prosecutors, judges, and opposing counsel; therefore, I believe I should conduct myself in a manner that you would be proud to stand behind. I keep you informed of the process the entire way. When you come into my office for an initial consultation, I am going to tell you my honest opinion and what I think your chances of success are. I am going to give you the truth. I would rather starve on my integrity than get fat off any lies. I know that when you come to see me, you are in the middle of the biggest crisis of your life. You deserve to be treated with respect and compassion. If you are still not sure whether you want to work with me, call 303-623-4000 and schedule an appointment to meet with me and see for yourself.
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- The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
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- Ohio State University - Columbus
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- A Primer on Veterinary Malpractice
1 March 2018
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10 January 2018
- Service Dogs and Denver's "Pit Bull Ban"
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- FREE Advice to Victims/Survivors of Domestic Violence
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- Q. If I have an ESA letter from a LCSW who is from out of state and not licensed in CO, is my ESA Letter still valid?
- A: It is legal. You could always call the company to ask them to add species information, but under the FHA ESAs are not limited to dogs and miniature horses like service animals are.
- Q. I really need to know if i can sue my dog because he is giving me a mean face and i am scared
- A: You should probably speak with local, Georgia attorneys on this issue. Your pug sounds like he means business, so it's best to discuss it with an attorney from your jurisdiction.
- Q. A friend gave us a dog and now wants her back after 9 months. We have paid all expenses. He changed his mind.
- A: If he gave you the dog, then it’s yours. He would have to sue you and win to get the dog back. However, because there are clearly some details that you did not post here, it would be best if you met either an attorney to go over all the facts to get your best resolution.
- Q. i gave a dog to some people 3 years ago and 3 weeks ago they gave her back. Can she take her back?
- A: It is unclear from your question what you are asking. Who is "she"? If you gave a dog to someone and they are returning the dog to you, it is up to you whether or not you take the dog back. If they gave the dog to a third person, they can do that because you relinquished ownership (based on your question) to the "some people."
- Q. I have an emotional support animal (dog) and I just moved into an apartment. I forgot to mention this to the complex.
- A: Potentially. You will likely need to provide documentation from a medical professional detailing your disability/emotional disability and that your dog alleviates these symptoms.
- Q. If I care(vet,food,etc.)for a dog almost its entire life(2 years), can the person who left her in my care take her back?
- A: He would have to sue you in small claims court and win to get her from you. Its possible he could call the police but they likely won’t get involved. You have a strong defense against his claims of Ownership, especially if the dog never lived with him and always lived with you.
- Q. My bf gave me a dog over two years ago I had him micro chipped and his shots can he take him from me in Colorado
- A: He would have to sue you and win in order to legally take the dog from you. But again, he would have to sue you and win in court.
- Q. Who legally owns a cat if one person has the vet records in their name and another has the microchip in theirs?
- A: Wow! That is quite the situation you are in! Since person B is the original owner, most likely the cat belongs to him/her. But if persona A and B made an agreement that person A is the new owner, then it belongs to person A. More facts are needed to properly analyze this question. Either way, it sounds like these people need to come to an agreement or take it to court to let the court decide who owns the cat.
- Q. Someone broke my fence, stole my dog and then called me to come get her because she thinks she's neglected.
- A: I’m confused by your last sentence whether you have your dog back, but if you do not you can call the police and ask them to help you get your dog back. You can press charges for theft, destruction of Propety (vandalism), and trespassing. The cops will likely ultimately decide what to charge this person with.