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
- J.D. (2012)
- Ohio State University - Columbus
- B.A. (2008)
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20 January 2018
- Please STOP Talking to the Police!
10 January 2018
- Q. If u own a dog & someone steals it, can u take it back if it end up in your possesion?
- A: This is a tough question to answer since there aren’t enough details. If the dog wanders back home to you, there is no harm or problem with that.
- Q. friend of mine bought a puppy at 8 weeks old & she handed puppy to me & I've been taking care of the puppy 24/7 for 8 w
- A: Unless this person gave you the puppy in writing or words, the puppy belongs to your friend and she can take it back any time. I would recommend searching for a puppy at a shelter to help ease the pain of your loss.
- Q. Are dogs considered personal property?
- A: Yes dogs are personal property and your mom retained her ownership in them if all she did was ask him to “dog sit” or “watch” the dogs. She can file a theft report, but it is possible the police will not get involved. If they do not, your mom will have to sue your brother in civil court to get the dogs back. It is possible your brother’s actions could be considered animal cruelty, but without more specifics, it is hard to say. As for a protection order, if he is making threats on her life and/or her dogs, it is possible she could get a protection order, but more information is needed. She should definitely talk to local law enforcement and/or an animal lawyer.
- Q. My dog died because the sitter gave it insulin shots meant for my other dog. What recourse can I pursue?
- A: You can sue this person in small claims court for the loss of your dog, the injury o your diabetic dog, and any and all vet bills and other related costs.
- Q. Can I legally steal my dog back from my dad because I have proof of ownership? He took my dog
- A: No, you cannot “legally steal” your dog back. You can sue your dad in court to get your dog back. The police will generally not get involved in these sorts of matters when there is family/relatives/romantic relationships involved.
- Q. Our neighbors dogs keep busting through the fence and entering our backyard. Can we open our gate and let the dogs loose
- A: I would highly recommend calling animal control and have them remove the dogs. This will accomplish two things: 1) animal control will safely and effectively remove the dogs and ticket the owners for letting them run loose; and 2) protect you from any lawsuits if you purposely let the dogs outside and they get injured or killed (even if the injury or death was accidental and not caused by you).
- Q. How can I get my dog back after my friend gave her to his girlfriend even though it was against our agreement?
- A: Wow! I’m sorry to hear all of this! Unfortunately, the only proper and legal way to get your dog back is to take this woman to court. You could try to reach out to her to negotiate the return of the dog by re-purchasing her from this woman - but that would be the only way to get the dog back.
- Q. My ex gave me a dog as a Christmas present. We lived together with the dog for 3 years, He's claiming rights to her now.
- A: If he gave her to you, then she’s yours. The only way he can legally get her back and keep her is if he takes you to court and wins. If you have all other documents in your name then you will have a good chance at court if he takes you to court.
- Q. Can I get my dog back if a person isn’t following a verbal agreement?
- A: A verbal agreement, or verbal contract, is enforceable in Colorado. If you gave the dog to this person verbally, then this dog belongs to that person. If you gave the dog away with conditions - and those conditions are not being met and the giving of the dog was contingent on those conditions, you have a good chance of getting the dog back. In other words, if this person will not voluntarily return the dog to you, then you will have to sue this person in court and win to get the dog back.