Liz Hutchinson (Chairperson) 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 experiencing 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, and son, Caleb.
Sarah McEahern (Chair-Elect) was born and raised in Colorado. She works as a trial attorney at Zaner Harden Law, LLP, focusing her practice in plaintiffs' personal injury and insurance bad faith. She also has experience in consumer protection, spending three years bringing class actions, arbitrations, and individual cases on behalf of consumers. Sarah graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, WA and returned to Denver to enjoy the sunshine and be closer to family. When she isn't practicing law, she enjoys yoga, traveling, karaoke, and cooking.
Matthew Deegan (Immediate Past 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.
Dana Dobbins (Secretary) is currently serving a two-year term as a law clerk for Magistrate Judge Hon. N. Reid Neureiter in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Prior to her clerkship, she was a commercial litigation associate in Husch Blackwell LLP's Denver office. 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 Magistrate Judge 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, camping and hiking, trying to keep her houseplants alive, and listening to audiobooks.
Jessica Dowty (Treasurer) is a real estate and tax attorney in the Tax Credits group at Kutak Rock LLP, primarily representing investors and syndicators in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit transactions. She is originally from Kansas City and comes from a very large, blended family with 12 kids. She received her undergraduate degree in Finance and Marketing from NYU Stern School of Business, and her J.D. and LL.M in Taxation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. In her free time, Jessica can be found hiking with her husband and two dogs, skiing when she gets the chance, travelling and exploring new places, cheering on KC sports (Go Chiefs!), and spending time with her family and friends.
Gurney Pearsall (Docket Representative) 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.
Jessica Isabel Cordero is a first-generation Hispanic college and legal graduate. After working in Big Law, she discovered her passion for building bridges between majority groups and underrepresented diverse communities. Therefore, she started a diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm at JCordero Consulting Solutions, LLC. At JCCS, she partners with organizations and professionals as they navigate moral and ethical challenges, manage stress, and overcome communication barriers to build better and more sustainable practices. She is also a Board Member at the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Foundation and a C-PTSD, and LQBTQ+ advocate.” to LGBTQ+.
Josh Fitch 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.
Josh Mangiagli grew up in Denver and graduated from Denver East High School before going to college at the University of Vermont where he studied political science. After college, he moved to New Orleans to teach middle school social studies, and met his wife, Hilary. Josh and Hilary have two kids - Theo and Lark. In 2018, Josh graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He is now an attorney at Alderman Bernstein where his practice focuses on eminent domain law, real estate litigation, and real estate transactions.
Katharine Lum (MVL Representative) 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.
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.
Marika Rietsema Ball practices in corporate, securities, and business transactions, as well as trusts & estates law at Jones & Keller, P.C. Marika is a 2018 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She also serves as the Chair-Elect of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness’ YLD, Co-Treasurer of the Colorado Pledge to Diversity, and as a member of the Planning Committee for the Colorado Diverse Attorney Community Circle program. If she wasn’t a lawyer, Marika would be a lighthouse keeper. Her favorite hobbies are hiking, knitting, and hanging out with her husband, Mike, and her dog George.
Law Student Liaisons
Henali Patel is a 3L at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and expects to graduate in the Spring of 2022. Henali serves as a staff editor for The Race to the Bottom Blog and is an assistant to the Dean of DEI. Previously, she was a student-attorney for the Community Economic Development Clinic. Henali’s legal areas of interest include a variety of transactional work, but she is specifically interested in the corporate world. She received her undergraduate degree from Austin College, a small liberal arts school in Texas, and earned her B.A. in non-profit organizations and public service with a minor in environmental studies in 2017. Henali is a Texan by birth; however, she now calls Colorado her home. Like many fellow Coloradans, most things involving mountains interest her, including hiking, skiing (poorly), climbing, and via ferrata.
Rachel Green is a third-year law student at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law. Prior to law school, she earned her B.A. at the University of Iowa. Rachel currently serves as a Production Editor for the Denver Law Review and the Vice President for Law Students Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. She also plans on working as a student attorney in the Civil Litigation Clinic this upcoming fall. Previously, she served as the Logistics Coordinator for the 2021 University of Denver Civil Rights Summit. After graduation, she is interested in civil litigation and victims' rights advocacy. Outside of law school, she enjoys hiking, reading, and enjoying Denver's breweries.