1. Why did you become a lawyer?
Because my liver would not have survived if I continued in my chosen profession of bartending. And I like intellectual challenges.
2. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Listen to your instincts and don’t be afraid to leap before looking.
3. What have been some of the most rewarding aspects of your career?
I worked on great cases in the federal courts that tackled cutting-edge issues, which I loved. But since I’ve been back in private practice for the last two years, most of my clients have been individuals. Working to help real people solve their real-world problems has been more rewarding than anything I achieved earlier in my career.
4. What sparked your passion for volunteerism?
The free cookies. They always have the best cookies at volunteer events.
5. How did you get involved in Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans?
Helping veterans is a no-brainer for me. I was a brand-new lawyer when I met and married my husband, who was an active-duty soldier. We survived his 15-month deployment to Iraq and transition to civilian life but not without hurdles and hardships (including a battle with the VA over disability benefits). I’m intimately familiar with many of the struggles our veterans face and strongly believe that, as a society, we collectively bear the burden of helping veterans with the multitude of issues they face.
6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
7. If there were 25 hours in a day, how would you spend the extra hour?
Reading the Harry Potter books with my daughter. Or sleeping.
8. If you could change anything about Denver, what would it be?
This city could really use more beards and man-buns.
9. If you could be a superhero, who would you be and why?
Is there a superhero with teleportation powers? Or do I have to settle for Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz? I love the idea of clicking my heels and being at home.
10. If you weren’t a lawyer, you’d be:
A color commentator for college basketball. (Go Jayhawks!) D
More about you:
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
Lives in: Denver, Colorado (West Wash Park)
Lives with: My husband, daughter, dog, four rabbits and 20+ fish. And possibly a hamster, but she escaped a few months ago and hasn’t been seen since.
Works at: Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, P.C.
Practices in: Trial work — both civil and criminal.
Law School: Northwestern University School of Law
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