Metro Volunteer Lawyers’ Board oversees the organization’s operations. The Board is comprised of eighteen volunteer attorney members from the Denver Bar Association, Douglas/Elbert Bar Association, Adams/Broomfield Bar Association, Arapahoe Bar Association, and First Judicial District Bar Association. The Board is as follows:
Designees from the Denver Bar Association:
Designees from the Douglas/Elbert Bar Association
Designees from the Adams/Broomfield Bar Association
Designees from the Arapahoe County Bar Association
Designees from the First Judicial District Bar Association
Andrew “Andy” Hart, Board President;
Andy got involved with Metro Volunteer Lawyers after obtaining his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2007. Andy was then employed with Metro Volunteers Lawyers as the Family Law Court Program Coordinator for two years before going off into private practice. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2012.
In his spare time, Andy spends time with his family exploring Colorado and all it has to offer - hiking, backpacking, cycling, and skiing all over the state. When not engaged in outdoor pursuits, Andy enjoys spending time with friends, family, a good book, and rabidly cheering on the University of Oregon Ducks.
Andy remains grateful for the opportunity to have worked for an organization that helps so many people who lack the resources to hire an attorney, and continues to support their efforts as a volunteer.
At a young age, he learned that the practice of law is an honorable profession full of good, dedicated people. Andy is currently an associate at the family law firm of Pelegrin & Radeff, P.C. (http://prfalaw.com/) in Lakewood.
Smith & Cook LLC
8441 W. Bowles Ave, Ste 210
Littleton, CO 80123
Loren M. Brown is a shareholder with Ciancio Ciancio Brown P.C., a litigation law firm serving clients in the Denver metro area, and along the front range, and surrounding areas of Colorado. Loren started his career as a law clerk Gene and Cyndy Ciancio while in law school in 2001, and remained with the firm after becoming a licensed attorney in 2003. Loren attended the University of Denver, College of Law, and in 2003 was a member of the school's American Association for Justice trial team that won a national championship.
Loren has a statewide practice, focused on litigation, including wrongful death and personal injury, criminal defense, probate litigation, and civil/commercial litigation. Loren also handles liquor license matters, including applications for new licenses, and defense of clients related to liquor license violations.
Loren also served as President of the Colorado Bar Association, 2015-2016. In addition to practicing law, Loren is passionate about involvement in the bar association, helping shape the future of the bar and profession.
Loren M. Brown
Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.
Kyle W. Brenton is an attorney at the law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP. Mr. Brenton is a litigator specializing in appeals and complex commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in appellate litigation in state and federal courts in Colorado and across the country. In addition to his professional work, Mr. Brenton serves as the Co-Chair of the Associate's Advisory Board of the Legal Aid Foundation and on the Screening Committee for the Colorado Bar Association's Pro Bono Appeals program.
Jamie L. Cage is a shareholder with Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. Jamie has been with CCB since her admission to the Colorado Bar. Jamie attended Colorado State University to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Journalism. Thereafter, Jamie attended the University of North Dakota School of Law to obtain her Juris Doctor. Jamie focuses her practice in the area of family law, including divorces and legal separations, allocation of parental responsibility actions, child support modifications, adoptions, paternity actions, and protection orders.
Gregory Deemer, JD MBA got involved with MVL after he was admitted to the bar by looking for ways to help give back to the community.
Attorney at Law
Mobile (303) 525-2789
Office (303) 386-7288
Licensed in CO, DC, MO, MT, ND, NE, and WY
JD: Appalachian School of Law
LLM (tax): University of Denver (currently attending)
Area of Practice: Business and Estate Planning
Dodson & Associates, P.C.
Rocco Dodson is a commercial litigation attorney with his firm, Dodson and Associates, P.C. A strong believer in equal access to justice, without regard to ability to pay, he has served as a volunteer attorney for Metro Volunteer Lawyers since he first passed the Colorado Bar in 1981, and was the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Denver firm of Fairfield and Woods, P. C., before joining the MVL Board. He is also Vice President and a Member of the Board of Directors of Peruvian Hearts, a nonprofit organization that supports the education, empowerment and leadership training of young women in Peru. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund, and was President and Chairman of the Board from 2001 – 2009. Rocco has also been an active member of the Evergreen Colorado Rotary Club since 2001 and served on the Board of Directors of AfricAid, an organization that helps Tanzanian girls receive secondary level education, until 2016.
-I have a 9 year old son, I am married, I have two basset hounds named Tom and Jerry. I have lived in Denver since 1991. I was a member of the MVL Board back in like 2000 probably until 2004 and then took about a 4 year hiatus. In my spare time I enjoy riding bicycles and playing sports with my son.
Practice areas: Family law, Child custody, Divorce, Traffic violations, Driving while intoxicated and Personal injury
Admitted Colorado, 1995; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1998
Education University of Denver, J.D., 1995; State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., 1991
Teresa Locke has successfully represented clients through a broad array of legal challenges for more than 20 years. Recently, she has focused her practice on counseling clients in the healthcare industry. Clients recognize Ms. Locke’s commitment to finding favorable and creative solutions to their legal needs . Throughout much of her career, Ms. Locke has used her trial and appellate experience to represent entities and individuals embroiled in disputes, ranging from domestic relations to commercial litigation. She has handled highly contentious family law matters as well as multi‐million dollar cases involving resort condominium redevelopment projects, construction defects, family partnership disputes, and breach of contract actions.
Faegre Baker Daniels
charles.mao@FaegreBD.com 3200 Wells Fargo Center, 1700 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80203
Charles Mao is a real estate lawyer who advises on commercial transactions, including acquisition, development, land use, leasing, and financing and management. Charles' previous experience as a real estate broker in Southern California, representing investors both domestic and abroad, provides a solid understanding of how to best support each client's financial and real estate needs. Charles' previous brokerage experience includes representing and consulting with clients from the Greater China Region seeking to invest and/or relocate in the U.S.
Ric Morgon has long been deeply involved in Access to Justice programs, and was the founding co-chair of the 18th Judicial District’s Access to Justice Committee. Over the past dozen years, he developed and supported Pro Se Clinics and Domestic Violence programs in four nearby counties, and his practice focuses on assisting Pro Se litigants and Pro Bono clients in a wide range of legal issues.
In 2013, he founded the Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) program, which is a public-private collaboration delivering free monthly legal clinics to local libraries in 26 Colorado Counties, by computer link. The program provides self-represented litigants with a one-on-one discussion with a knowledgeable volunteer attorney, on any civil issue. In October, 2016 the VPC program delivered its’ 500th free monthly legal clinic since stand-up in 2013. In 2011, he coordinated efforts to set up a new Veterans Treatment Court in the 18th Judicial District, which was funded, established, and had its first graduates in 2015. Ric also provides Pro Bono legal counsel for various local non-profit organizations, including farmers & ranchers organizations, veterans groups, municipal districts, local citizen's groups, and governmental bodies.
Ric retired from the US Navy in 1999. Since 1999, Ric volunteers as the Elbert County Veterans Services Officer, helping Elbert County’s 3200 veterans and their families get the VA benefits they deserve. He also represents veterans across Colorado in their appeals against the VA, including before the US Court of Appeals of Veteran's Claims. He and his wife operate a small dairy goat farm in rural Elbert County, and they have two grown sons, and three grand-daughters. In addition to his other interests, he lectures on genealogy DNA testing & analysis; on Colorado's Indian Wars; and is a certified firearms instructor, an avid carpenter, beekeeper, and history student.
Jon S. Nicholls, Esq.
Nicholls & Associates, P.C.
836 Saint Paul Street
Denver, CO 80206
Jerremy Ramp is a partner with the firm Lass Moses & Ramp LLC, where his practice focuses on family law. Jerremy grew up in Indiana but has been in Denver since graduating from Notre Dame Law School in 2003. Jerremy serves on the board of Metro Volunteer Lawyers, the Family Law Section Executive Council, and the Family Law Section Legislative Committee. He has been named as a Colorado Super Lawyer, 5280 Top Lawyers and to the Best Lawyers in America. After college, Jerremy spent a fascinating and rewarding year in Jerusalem doing archaeological work and volunteering at a hospital, and he spent his second year of law school in London studying international law. In his free time, Jerremy enjoys house projects, playing in the mountains, and most of all, tries—often unsuccessfully—to keep up with his three little kids.
Tausha Riley is the founder of Signature Law Firm, a litigation firm that focuses on Family Law, Criminal Defense, Taxation, and Bankruptcy. Tausha began her career over fifteen years ago in accounting and finance, working mainly in large publicly traded companies. In addition to her corporate work, Tausha has been involved in multiple startups in the real estate, hospitality, and non-profit industries. She obtained her B.S. in Accounting from Barry University and Master of Accounting from Nova Southeastern University. Tausha then decided to achieve her original goal of becoming a lawyer and received her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver. While in school, Tausha helped clients through the Denver Low Income Taxpayer Clinic as well as the Mediation Clinic. She deeply enjoyed giving back to the community, which inspired her to participate with Metro Volunteer Lawyers. In her spare time (if there is such a thing) she enjoys spending time with family and cooking. You can reach Tausha at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.thesignaturelawfirm.com
Tanya Akins brings a unique perspective to Sherr Puttmann Akins Lamb PC through her extensive background as a Master of Social Work (MSW). Prior to graduating cum laude from DePaul University College of Law, Tanya spent eight years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker conducting custody evaluations and providing courtroom testimony of her custody findings and recommendations. Her experience gives her special insight into cases involving mental health and substance abuse issues, as well as complex dependency and neglect actions. Tanya recently completed her first Appeal and successfully overturned the District Court’s decision.
Tanya is a founding shareholder of the firm and is the Chief Financial Officer. She is well versed in managing intricate financial issues in high asset cases and her broad perspective is invaluable in the often-complex world of family law.
Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Liaison
Courtney Butler is a graduate of the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, where she graduated first in her class. After law school, Ms. Butler clerked for the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Vermont Environmental Court. She then spent two years working for a private Vermont law firm representing clients in environmental and land use matters before returning to Colorado, her native state. Ms. Butler is currently an Associate Attorney at the Joseph Law Firm, PC, a boutique immigration law firm. Ms. Butler represents clients in all immigration matters, including removal defense, family immigration, asylum, and corporate immigration.Ms. Butler is a member of the Executive Council of the Young Lawyers Division of the Denver Bar Association, and she is currently the liaison between the DBA YLD and Metro Volunteer Lawyers. In her free time, Ms. Butler enjoys international travel, long distance running, ultimate Frisbee, camping, hiking, snowboarding, and photography.