2020–21 Board Members
Matt Deegan (Chair) is an attorney for CenturyLink Communications, LLC, and has been on the DBA YLD Executive Council since 2016. Previously, Matt was an attorney at Brown & Kannady, LLC, and clerked for the Consumer Protection Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. Matt attended law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he was managing editor of the Denver Law Review. Prior to attending DU, he graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, attending Rockies games, and exploring Colorado’s vibrant brewery scene.
Liz Hutchinson (Chair-Elect) is an associate attorney at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP. Liz concentrates her practice in business litigation, handling matters at every phase from pretrial counsel to appeals. In addition, she brings her clerkship experience to bear by assisting clients with class actions and complex litigation nationwide. Prior to joining the firm, Liz served as a law clerk to Judge Gregory Phillips of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Justice William Hood of the Colorado Supreme Court, and Judge John Webb of the Colorado Court of Appeals. Liz also took some time to give back before entering private practice by serving as a staff attorney and pro bono coordinator at Equal Justice Wyoming, where she addressed access-to-justice issues and expanded legal services for people in poverty across Wyoming. Liz attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and earned her Bachelor of Arts with honors at the University of California at Davis. During undergrad, she was also a member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Team. In her free time, Liz can be found at yoga or adventuring in the mountains with her husband, John
Matthew Broderick (Immediate Past Chair) is an associate attorney at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP. Matt’s practice focuses on health care and professional liability litigation, including medical malpractice and legal malpractice. In addition to his practice, Matt serves on the Community Service Committee in the Denver Office of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP. Matt has served on the DBA-YLD Executive Council since 2015, and he will serve on the DBA Treasury Committee this year. Matt graduated DU Strum College of Law in 2012 and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2008. For fun, Matt enjoys camping and backpacking with friends and family, watching the Rockies with his wife, and spending time with his kids.
Nick Peppler (Secretary) is an associate in Armstrong Teasdale’s Litigation practice group, where he handles disputes for companies of all sizes. Prior to joining the firm, he interned for the Hon. Ann Aiken of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon and clerked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Nick attended the University of Oregon for law school and undergrad.
Josh Fitch (Treasurer) is a corporate transactional attorney with the law firm of Troxel Fitch, LLC. He graduated from CU Law in 2017 and now practices in Denver working with startups and other small to medium sizes companies. His practice focuses on business formations, equity and debt financing, and mergers and acquisitions. Before attending law school Josh graduated from the University of Florida. When he's not in the office, he can be found in the mountains snowboarding or hiking.
David Coats is a Deputy District Attorney in the Denver DA's Office. Prior to this, he spent a year as a law clerk for the Colorado Court of Appeals, and another year as a Fellow at the Attorney General's Office. David earned both his JD and his BA at the University of Denver. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with this three young sons and his wife. He is also an avid Broncos and Rockies fan and enjoys spending time outside any time of year.
Dana Dobbins is an associate at Husch Blackwell, where she focuses her practice on commercial litigation and employment law. She is originally from Tucson, Arizona and went to law school at Boston University, so she is thrilled to have the best of both worlds in living in Denver. As a law student, Dana interned for the Hon. Erik Markovich in the U.S. District of Arizona and spent her final semester as a New York Pro Bono Scholar at Southern Arizona Legal Aid. When she has free time, she enjoys live music, helping her fiancé with home improvement projects, trying to keep her houseplants alive, and listening to audiobooks.
Paul Jordan is an associate attorney with the civil litigation defense firm Sutton | Booker | P.C. His practice focuses on premises liability, bad faith, and first and third-party insurance claims. Paul previously clerked at the Denver District Court and during law school was the business editor for the Denver Law Review and the president of the University of Denver Student Bar Association. Before law school, Paul served as a Peace Corps Volunteer focusing on health education and community organization in rural El Salvador. In his spare time, Paul enjoys traveling, taking advantage of Colorado’s parks, and spending time with his family, friends, and dog.
Katharine Lum (Katy) is a senior associate with Lass Moses Ramp & Cooper, LLC. Her practice focuses on family law at both the trial and appellate level. Katy is a member of the Family Law Section Executive Council, where she co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee. She is an active volunteer with Metro Volunteer Lawyers and previously served as a DBA representative to the CBA Board of Governors. Prior to joining Lass Moses Ramp & Cooper, Katy was a law clerk for former Colorado Supreme Court justice Gregory Hobbs. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. In her free time, Katy enjoys hiking, climbing, baking, and playing the cello.
Sarah McEahern was born and raised in Colorado and is excited to be joining the DBA YLD Executive Counsel. She works as an associate attorney at Zaner Harden Law, LLP, focusing her practice in plaintiffs' personal injury and insurance bad faith. Sarah graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, WA. When she isn't practicing law, she enjoys yoga, traveling, and cooking.
Kelly Page is an associate attorney at Recht Kornfeld where her practice focuses on representing individuals in all areas of criminal defense. Prior to joining Recht Kornfeld, Kelly worked as a trial attorney in the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. Kelly earned both her JD and BA at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In her free time, Kelly enjoys traveling the world, hiking and attending live music events.
Gurney Pearsall is an attorney at Pearsall Law Firm, P.C., where he handles appeals and personal injury cases as a plaintiffs' attorney. He also serves as a military officer in the US Army Reserves JAG Corps as a legal assistance attorney. Gurney graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law. Outside of the office, he enjoys piano and photography.
Noel Trujillo is a third year law student at the University of Denver - Sturm College of Law. Prior to law school, she was a stay-at-home mom to her four children and worked at the Colorado Department of Labor in the Unemployment Appeals section. Noel currently serves as a staff editor for the Water Law Review Journal and is working on the Veterans Advocacy Project. Previously, she also worked as a student attorney in the Civil Litigation Clinic. Noel is interested in business litigation after graduation.