— Attorneys at Law —

Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP offers a diverse group of lawyers with many years of experience.  All of us emphasize representing people to ensure that their important legal rights are protected in the courts, the workplace and in our society.

  • Darold Killmer

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    • Present: Founding Member, Killmer, Lane & Newman, L.L.P., a Denver Colorado law firm emphasizing civil rights, employment discrimination litigation, and criminal defense.  
    • 1996-2002: Founding Member, Miller, Lane, Killmer & Greisen, L.L.P., a Denver Colorado law firm emphasizing civil rights, employment discrimination litigation, and criminal defense.  
    • 1995-96: Senior Trial Attorney, United States Equal Opportunity Commission, Denver District Office.  Lead Trial Counsel, EEOC, et al. v. Martin Marietta Corp.   Assist in developing Alternative Dispute Resolution program.  
    • 1990-94: Founding Member, Feiger, Collison & Killmer, P.C., a Denver, Colorado law firm emphasizing employment law and civil rights litigation

    EDUCATION

    • University of Denver, Juris Doctorate 1986
    • University of Wyoming, Bachelor of Science 1983
       

    BAR ADMISSIONS

    • United States Supreme Court
    • Colorado Supreme Court
    • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals United States
    • District Court, District of Colorado

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND AWARDS

    • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Denver College of Law, 1990 - 2004   
    • Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers    
    • Selected for The Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law, 1995 - present  
    • Selected, “Colorado Super Lawyer,” 2006 – present.  Selected “Top 50 Lawyers in Colorado” in 2010 edition of 5280 Magazine’s “Super Lawyers”;   Selected “Top 100 Lawyers in Colorado” in 2012 edition of 5280 Magazine’s “Super Lawyers”.  
    • Selected, Denver's Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment law, Best Lawyers®, 2012.  
    • Carl E. Whitehead Civil Rights Award, American Civil Liberties Union – Colorado Chapter, September 2010.  
    • Access to Justice Award, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2010  (Award honoring “perseverance, courage and character shown over and over in cases of extraordinary circumstances”) (co-recipient).  
    • 2010 Case of the Year Award, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association -- Timothy Masters v. Gilmore, et al. – Lawsuit brought on behalf of wrongfully prosecuted and imprisoned man alleging violation of constitutional rights.  Case resulted in settlement of $10,000,000 against the City of Ft. Collins, Colorado and Larimer County and their officials (co-recipient).  
    • 2010 Case of the Year Award Finalist, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association -- For pro bono representation of men imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (co-recipient).  
    • 2009 Case of the Year Award, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association -- Hall v. Zavaras, et al., against the Colorado Department of Corrections for the sexual assault of an incarcerated woman by a guard (co-recipient).  
    • 2008 Case of the Year Award Finalist, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association -- Rice v. City of Denver, et al., for the death of a young woman who was denied medical care while in the Denver jail (co-recipient). 
    • 2007 Case of the Year Award Finalist, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association -- Bonner, et al. v. City of Aurora, et al., against the City of Aurora, Colorado for the police shooting of an unarmed black man (co-recipient).  
    • Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award, Southern Center for Human Rights 2007 -- Recognition for pro bono representation of persons detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (co-recipient).  
    • 2006 - 2011 Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Legal Services Recognition -- Recognizing firms who provide at least 50 hours of pro bono services per year by Colorado attorneys primarily for indigent persons and/or organizations that serve indigent persons.  
    • Trial Talk Magazine, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association -- Employment Law Editor, 1989 - 1993;  Civil Rights, Constitutional Law Editor, 1993 - present.  
    • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) - Faculty, 1996 - present.    
    • National Employment Lawyers Association, Colorado Chapter, 1988 - present  (Co-President, 1990; Board of Directors, 1998 - present).

      PUBLICATIONS

    • "Faces of Guantanamo:  Indefinite Detention," © Center for Constitutional Rights, 2012 (contributing author).  
    • "Ramadan at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,"  FRONT RANGE MUSLIM NEWS, October 2011.  
    • “A Tortured Voice From Guantanamo,” Denver Post, May 31, 2009.  
    • “Violence Against Women Act:  A Civil Rights Tool Allowing Victims of Gender Motivated Crime to Strike Back,” The Colorado Lawyer,  September, 1999 (co-author).  
    • “Violence Against Women Act:  Valuable But Little-Known Civil Rights Statute Provides Necessary Remedies for Gender-Motivated Violence,”  Trial Talk, September, 1997, pp. 12-14.  
    • “Binding Arbitration as the Exclusive Forum For Addressing Sexual Harassment Claims:  A Further Erosion of Rights For the Victim,”  Trial Talk, September, 1997, pp. 6-11.  
    • “The Tentacles of Batson: The Supreme Court Prohibits Peremptory Challenges on the Basis of Gender,”  Trial Talk, November, 1994 pp. 20-22.  
    • "Survey of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing," with Lynn D. Feiger, Jeffrey Hyman and Sean Carman, 1991 Wiley Employment Law Update, Henry H. Perritt, Jr., ed., Wiley Publications, New York, 1991,  pp. 269-309.  
    • "Denver Jury Awards, Three Former Employees $990,000.00 Against Utility Company for Wrongful Discharge," Trial Talk, February 1990, pp. 33-34.  
    • "Federal Judges Define Scope of Civil Rights Statute," Trial Talk, March 1990, pp. 73-74.  
    • “Emerging Employment Torts and Their Application:  Defamation/Self-Publication, Negligent Misrepresentation, and Intentional Interference with Contract,” Lynn D. Feiger, Co-Author.  Paper presented to Committee on Employee Rights and Responsibilities, American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law, March 1989, Captiva Island, Florida.

      SEMINARS, CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

    • "Guantanamo Bay: The Failure of all Three Branches of Government,” South Asian Bar Association of North America, Leadership Retreat, October 5, 2013.  
    • "Effective Deposition Strategies and Techniques for Adverse Witnesses," National Employment Lawyers Association National Convention, San Diego, CA, June 2012.
    • "Attorney-Client Privilege Issues in Employment Law," Colorado Bar Association Employment Law Conference, Denver, Colorado, May 3-4, 2012.  
    • "Guantanamo Bay after Ten Years - Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going?" National Lawyers Guild, Denver, Colorado, April 18, 2012.
    • "Civil Rights Law," Aspen Academy, Greenwood Village, Colorado, April 3, 2012.  
    • "Guantanamo Bay - Ten Years and Counting," Washington, D.C., January 10, 2012.  
    • “Racism in the 21st Century,” National Association of Human Rights Workers, 64th Annual National Conference, Aurora, Colorado, September 21, 2011.  
    • “Police Brutality and Municipal Responses,” Sturm College of Law, Denver University, November 4, 2010.  
    • “Best Practices:  Depositions in Employment Litigation,” National Employment Lawyers Association Annual National Convention, Washington, D.C., June 2010.  
    • “Bringing and Defending Section 1983 and Other Civil Rights Claims against the Government,” Colorado Bar Association Employment Law Conference, Denver, Colorado, May 2010.  
    • “Pointers and Pitfalls in Civil Rights Litigation,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, Steamboat, Colorado, August 2009.   
    • “Deposition Goals and Strategies in Employment Cases,” National Employment Lawyers Association, Denver, Colorado, March 2009.  
    • “Strategies for Confronting Adverse Witnesses” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, Snowmass, Colorado, August 2008.    
    • “Strategies for Confronting Adverse Witnesses:  Putting the Corporate Executive on the Stand,”  National Employment Lawyers Association, Washington D.C., March 8, 2008.  
    • “Media Relations in High Profile Cases,” Faculty of Federal Advocates, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, December 6, 2007.    
    • “First Amendment Claims in the Workplace,” Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Retreat, Genesee, Colorado, August 25, 2006.    
    • “In the Trenches:  Trends and Developments in Discovery and Trial Practice,” Colorado Bar Association, Denver, CO, June 23, 2006.  
    • “Employment Claims Against Public Entities Under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Denver, CO, December 2, 2005.    
    • “Hot Topics in Employment Law,”  Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, November 17, 2005.  
    • “Assessing and Calculating Damages,” Colorado Bar Association, Denver, Colorado, April 21, 2005.  
    • Chair, Employment Law Program, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Snowmass, Colorado, August 11-14, 2005.    
    • “The First Amendment and Free Speech in Schools,” Littleton Academy, April 8, 2005.  
    • “Employment Law Claims Under Title 42 U.S.C. Section 1983,” Lorman Legal Seminars, Executive Tower Hotel, Denver, Colorado, December 10, 2004.    
    • “Tips for an Effective Cross Examination,” Colorado Bar Association 2004 Annual Employment Law Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 14, 2004.  
    • “The Do’s and Dont’s of Discovery Practice,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Steamboat, Colorado, August 13, 2004.  
    • “Litigating Civil Rights Cases in the Real World,” University of Colorado School of Law, February 26, 2004.  
    • “Trial of the Employment Law Case – Mock Jury Presentation,” Colorado Bar Association, Employment Law Program, October 24, 2003.  
    • “Mediating Employment Law Cases – Mock Mediation,” Denver, Colorado, September 9, 2003.  
    • “Civil Rights in the Workplace in the 21st Century,”  Denver University College of Law, October 10, 2002.  
    • “Mediating Legal Disputes in the Employment Setting,”  International Academy of Mediators, Boulder, Colorado May 3, 2002.  
    • “The Use and Abuse of Protective Orders and Confidentiality Clauses,”  Adam’s Mark Hotel, Denver, CO, December 14, 2000; Red Lion Hotel, August 15, 2002; Executive Tower Hotel, February 4, 2004.  
    • “How Juries Decide Employment Cases,”  Colorado Bar Association Employment Law Program, Denver, CO  November 30, 2000; October 3, 2002.    
    • “Lessons From the Pros – Leading the Jury to Favor Your Client,”  Colorado Bar Association Annual Employment Law Conference, March 8-9, 2001.  
    • “Obtaining Larger Verdicts In Employment Cases,”  Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, August 12, 2000.    
    • “False Claims, Whistleblowing & Civil RICO,” Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Denver University, May 22, 1998.    
    • “The New EEOC Regulations Regarding Psychiatric and Mental Disabilities,” Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Denver University, December 9, 1997.  
    • “The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 - An Opportunity to Fight Back,”  Denver University School of Law, Student Symposium, November 25, 1997.  
    • “42 U.S.C. Section 1983 and the Bad Faith of Self-Insured Governmental Agencies,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, July 1997.    
    • Instructor/Faculty, Second Annual Rocky Mountain Child Advocacy Training Institute, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, May 18-20, 1997.  
    • “How to Terminate Employees and Avoid Legal Liability,” The Cambridge Institute, April, 1992, September 1993, April 1994, May 1995, April 1996, April 1997, April 1998.
    • “Trouble in the Workplace:  Fixing Problems Before They Escalate,” The Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, University of Denver College of Law, February 29, 1996.    
    • “Through the Looking Glass: An Insider’s View of the EEOC,” Colorado Bar Association Labor Law Committee Forum, February 1996.    
    • “How to Handle Discovery, Expert Witnesses and Damages Issues Under the Americans With Disabilities Act,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, August 1996.    
    • “Hispanic Bar Association Advocacy Training Program,” National Institute of Trial Advocacy, November 1-2, 1996.  
    • “Trial Skills Workshop,” Instructor/Faculty, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, D.C.,  July 9-14, 1995.    
    • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, TAPS Seminars, Recent Updates and Developments Within the EEOC and Discrimination Law, August 16, 1995; Compensatory and Punitive Damages in Employment Discrimination Cases, 1999.    
    • “The Federal False Claims Act,” Colorado Bar Association Labor Law Committee Forum, 1994.    
    • “Employment Law – Developments in the Law, Analysis of Verdicts and Settlements, and Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc., May 1993.  
    • "What Every Employer Should Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act," Cambridge Institute, January 1991, April 1992, April 1993, May 1994.  
    • “Hot Topics in Employment Law,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, November 20, 1992.
    • “Sexual Harassment – Legal Status and Developments,” Doyle’s Inns of Court, January, 1992.    
    • “The Americans with Disabilities Act,” National Restaurant Association Risk Management National Meeting, August 1-3, 1991, Colorado Springs, Colorado.    
    • “What Every Employer Needs to Know About the American with Disabilities Act,” Rose Medical Center, June 19, 1991, Denver, Colorado.    
    • “A Topic of Some Interest on Employment Verdicts,” Presentation to Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, February 16, 1990.    
    • “The Impact of the Supreme Court’s 1988-89 Term on Employment Discrimination Law,” Presentation to the Labor Law Forum Committee, Colorado Bar Association, October 12, 1989.  
    • “Affirmative Action After Martin v. Wilks (the Birmingham Firefighters Case),” Presentation to Local Government Committee, Colorado Bar Association, July 19, 1989.    
    • “Drug Testing and Civil Liberties,” Bi-centennial of Bill of Rights Seminars, presented May 11, 1989 and May 24, 1989, Denver Public Schools.    
    • “Negligence Claims in Employment Cases:  The Next Frontier?” Presentation to Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, May 27, 1988.
  • David Lane

    PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

    David Lane 2 David A. Lane began his career as a public defender in New York City in 1980, representing indigent criminal defendants charged with crimes primarily in Brooklyn.  Mr. Lane is currently a partner at Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP.  He has been in private practice since 1987 both practicing criminal defense and civil rights litigation.  Over the course of his career, Mr. Lane has taken approximately 200 cases through jury trials in state and federal courts, ranging in length from two-days through months-long, complex trials including white collar crimes and death penalty cases.  He is also very experienced in the appellate arena having argued the First Amendment case of Reichle v. Howards in the United States Supreme Court.  He has appeared in numerous state Supreme Courts and many federal appellate courts.  Mr. Lane has been certified by numerous federal courts as “learned counsel” for federal death penalty cases. He has been retained by several foreign governments to represent their nationals in serious American criminal cases.

    He has also represented numerous individuals in First Amendment freedom of speech cases both in the workplace and in many other contexts.  His civil rights practice includes many lawsuits against the police, prisons and jails alleging police brutality, lack of medical care and other constitutional violations of human rights.  He also represents plaintiffs who are discriminated against in the workplace who have alleged race, age, sex, disability and religious discrimination.

    Mr. Lane has been an adjunct professor of law both at the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Denver School of Law, having taught Criminal Trial Advocacy, Professional Responsibility and, Death Penalty Jurisprudence for many years.

    Mr. Lane has appeared in the national news media countless times as an expert commentator on civil rights and criminal defense issues.  He has also received many awards for his work.

    EDUCATION
    David A. Lane received his B.A. in political science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, 1977; J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law), 1980.

    BAR ADMISSIONS
    David A. Lane is admitted to practice law in Colorado, New York, California, the United States Supreme Court and numerous federal Circuit Courts of Appeal as well as District Courts all over the country.

    AWARDS

    • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Jonathan Olom Award for exceptional service and sacrifice; Newsed Community Development Civil Rights Award  
    • Newsed Community Development Award  
    • Center For American and International Law Commitment Award  
    • ACLU of Colorado Carl Whitehad Award  
    • Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association Case of the Year Award  
    • Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Dan B. Davidson Award 

Lecturer:
      • NAACP Legal Defense Fund's Airlie Conference for death penalty defense attorneys  
      • Numerous bar conferences regarding criminal defense issues.  
      • Adjunct Professor of Law: University of Colorado School of Law, 1988-1995  
      • University of Denver School of Law, 1995-present.   

    PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
    Featured lecturer in over 75 criminal defense seminars throughout the United States including many national seminars devoted to various aspects of death penalty litigation and civil rights topics.  Mr. Lane has spoken extensively nationally regarding the Colorado method of jury selection in capital cases.  Frequent lecturer in law schools and in undergraduate colleges on topics involving civil rights and criminal defense.

    • Mr. Lane has been certified by numerous U.S. District Courts for accepting federal criminal appointments including death penalty cases at trial, on appeal, and in post-conviction.   
    • Board Member, Colorado ACLU, 1993-1994  
    • Legal Panel Member, Colorado, ACLU, 1993-1996   
    • Board Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, 1994-1998   
    • Member, Amnesty International   
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Mari Newman

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    Mari Newman is a civil rights and employment law attorney who has dedicated her entire career to advocating on behalf of the underdog and disenfranchised against the entrenched power of government and corporations. She has received numerous awards for her work.

    PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

    • The Best Lawyers in America®
      • Named as the 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” in Denver in the area of Employment Law - Individuals
      • Listed in the practice areas of Litigation - Labor and Employment, and Employment Law - Individuals
    • Top Women Lawyers, Law Week Colorado, 2013
      • Recognized as one of 7 Top Women Lawyers in Colorado
    • Colorado Super Lawyer (an honor limited to five percent of the lawyers in Colorado)
      • Top 100 Colorado Super Lawyers (2012 to present)
      • Top 50 Women Colorado Super Lawyers (2012 to present)
      • Top 25 Women Colorado Super Lawyers (2011) 
      • Colorado Super Lawyer (2009 to present)  
    • “Barrister’s Best” Plaintiff's Employment Lawyer, Law Week Colorado, 2012, 2011
      • Voted Best Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer
    • Denver's Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers®, 2012
      • Selected by Peer Recognition as one of Denver's Best Lawyers in the area of Labor and Employment law 
    • Carle E. Whitehead Award, 2010, American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado
      • Awarded for “dedication to defending civil liberties and the rule of law” (co-recipient)
    • Access to Justice Award, 2010, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
      • Honoring “perseverance, courage and character shown over and over in cases of extraordinary circumstances” (co-recipient)
    • Martindale-Hubbell Rating of AV-Preeminent®
      • Awarded the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards 
    • Richard Marden Davis Award, 2008
      • Recognizing a Denver lawyer under the age of 40 who combines excellence as a lawyer with creative, civic, cultural, educational and charitable leadership
    • Case of the Year Award, 2009, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
      • Hall v. Zavaras, et al., against the Colorado Department of Corrections for the sexual assault of an incarcerated woman by a guard (co-recipient) Click here to watch the video
    • Barrister of the Year, 2007, Colorado Legal Initiatives Project
    • Fredrick Douglas Human Rights Award, 2007, Southern Center for Human Rights
      • Awarded for representation of persons detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (co-recipient)
    • Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year, 2012, Colorado Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
    • Denver Business Journal Forty Under Forty, 2009
      • Recognizing forty outstanding local professionals under age 40 for their business success and community contributions  
    • Case of the Year Award Finalist, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
      • In 2010, Mari Newman was recognized for pro bono representation of men imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (co-recipient)  
      • In 2008, Mari Newman was recognized for her work in the case of Rice v. City of Denver, et al., for the death of a young woman who was denied medical care while in the Denver jail (co-recipient)  
      • In 2007, Mari Newman was recognized for her work in the case of Bonner, et al. v. City of Aurora, et al., against the City of Aurora, Colorado for the police shooting of an unarmed black man (co-recipient)    
      • In 2003, Mari Newman was recognized for her work in the case of Montez, et al. v. Owens, et al., a class action lawsuit against the Colorado Department of Corrections for improper treatment of disabled inmates (co-recipient)
    • Out Front Colorado Power List, 2011
      • Recognized as one of “45 LGBT leaders, volunteers and organizations that are making a difference.”  
    • Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow (2007 to present)
      • An honor bestowed upon no more than five percent of Colorado lawyers for “outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community, the traditions of the profession and the maintenance and advancement of the objectives of the Colorado Bar Association
    • Denver Business Journal Power Book (2013)
      • Recognized as one of “Metro Denver’s Top Business Newsmakers.”

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    • Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP, Denver, CO (7/02-present)
      • Partner of law firm emphasizing plaintiff-side civil rights, employment discrimination, and criminal defense (Associate, 7/02 to 1/03; formerly Killmer & Lane, LLP)
    • Miller, Lane, Killmer & Greisen, LLP, Denver, CO (12/98-6/02)
      • Associate attorney at law firm emphasizing plaintiff-side civil rights, employment discrimination, and criminal defense
    • Judge H. Jeffrey Bayless, Denver District Court, Denver, CO (9/97-8/98)
      • Judicial Clerk
    • Messing & Rudavsky, PC, Boston, MA (3/97-6/97)
      • Law Clerk at law firm specializing in plaintiff-side employment law
    • National Lawyers Guild, Boston, MA (5/96-3/97)
      • Street Law Clinic Coordinator
    • National Economic Development & Law Center, Oakland, CA (9/96-12/96)
      • Legal Intern
    • NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, New York, NY (3/96-6/96)
      • Legal Intern
    • Judge John W. Coughlin, Denver District Court, Denver, CO (9/95-12/95)
      • Judicial Intern
    • Natural Farming Network of Zimbabwe, Harare (1/93-12/93)
      • Project Officer
    EDUCATION
     
    Mari Newman received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1997.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1992.  
     
    BAR ADMISSIONS
     
    Mari Newman is admitted to practice law in the United States Supreme Court; the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals; the United States District Court, District of Colorado; the Colorado Supreme Court; and the California Supreme Court  
     
    PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
     
    Mari Newman participates in numerous pro bono activities, including the following: 
    • American Civil Liberties Union, Board Member, 2001 to 2007, 2011 to present; Legislative Committee Chair, 2001 to 2003; Legislative Committee, Cooperating Legal Counsel, 2001 to present    
    • Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Board Member, 2013 to present; Legal Panel, 2013 to present  
    • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member, 2008 to present    
    • National Institute for Trail Advocacy, Faculty, 2009 to present  
    • Colorado Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Chair, 2011 to 2013; Civil Rights Committee (formerly Bill of Rights Committee), Chair, 2006 to 2010; Bar Association Member, 1998 to present 

    • Faculty of Federal Advocates, Secretary, 2011 to 2012; Board Member, Model Employment Jury Instructions Committee, 2010 to 2012    
    • Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, Member, 1998 to present    
    • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Member, 1999 to present    
    • Colorado Lesbian & Gay Bar Association, Member, 1999 to present; Judicial Appointments Committee, 2013    
    • Community Resources, Inc., Academic Mentor, 2013, 2011   
    • Center for Legal Inclusiveness, “Dream Team” Member, 2009 to 2011    
    • 2010 Colorado Employment Law Conference, Planning Committee    
    • Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Commission for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, Mayoral Appointee, 2004 to 2009    
    • Denver Bar Association Mentorship Program, Mentor, 2009    
    • Arraj Inn of Court, Member, 2006 to 2008    
    • Colorado Legal Initiatives Project, Legal Panel Member, 1997 to 2002; Cooperating Legal Counsel  
    • Color of Justice, Board Member, 2004 to 2006    
    • Denver Mayor Wellington Webb’s Gay & Lesbian Advisory Committee, Mayoral Appointee, 1997 to 2003    
    • National Lawyers Guild, Boston, MA, Volunteer, 1995    
    • Zimbabwe Human Rights Association, Zimbabwe, Volunteer, 1993    
    • Santa Cruz County Planning Department, Santa Cruz, CA, Intern, 1992    
    • EarthSave, Santa Cruz, CA, Intern, 1992    
    • Rain Forest Futures, Santa Cruz, CA, Intern, 1991    
    • The Peregrine Fund, Northern CA, Hack Site Attendant, 1990  
    PUBLICATIONS
    • A Practical Guide to Negotiating Settlement and Separation Agreements In The Employment Context, Trial Talk, June/July 2013, Vol. 62, Issue 4 (Co-Author)  
    • Faces of Guantanamo: Indefinite Detention© Center for Constitutional Rights, 2012 (Contributing Author)
    • Creative Advocacy in Employment Discrimination Cases Involving Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, The Colorado Lawyer, March 2011, Vol. 40, No. 3  (Co-Author)    
    • The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison; Outside the Law, New York University Press, 2009 (Contributing Author)    
    • Workplace Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, The Colorado Lawyer, April 2006, Vol. 35, No. 4    
    • Constitutional Law Section, Annual Survey of Colorado Law, 1999 (Co-Author)    
    • VAWA: A Civil Rights Tool for Victims of Gender-Motivated Violence, The Colorado Lawyer, September 1999, Vol. 28, No. 9 (Co-Author)  
    PRESENTATIONS AND LECTURES
    • "Guantanamo Bay Panel Discussion," co-sponsored by the University of Denver Sturm College of Law's National Lawyers Guild, American Constitution Society, Children's Legal Advocacy Group, and Middle Eastern and North African Law Society, DU Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program, April 10, 2014
    • Case Assessment,” Employment Law 2014, co-sponsored by the CLE in Colorado, Inc. and Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, March 20, 2014  
    • Fly on the Wall: What Goes on in the Other Room During a Mediation?” Colorado Bar Association CLE on Workplace Discrimination, January 10, 2014  
    • Guantanamo Bay: The Failure of all Three Branches of Government,” South Asian Bar Association of North America, Leadership Retreat, October 5, 2013   
    • 10 Ways to Win Big in Employment Cases,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, August 1, 2013  
    • “Today’s Big Fight in Civil Rights: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Discrimination,” Panelist, National Employment Lawyers Association, Summit for Workers’ Rights, June 28, 2013  
    • “Employment Law 101: Mediation & Settlement,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, May 29, 2013   
    • “Judges Panel – Employment Litigation: Perspectives from the Federal and State Bench,” Moderator, 2013 Colorado Employment Law Conference, co-sponsored by the CLE in Colorado, Inc. and Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, April 5, 2013  
    • “To Engage or Not to Engage: Interviewing and Assessing Your Potential New Client and Legal Claims,” Employment Law Basics – Access to Experience, co-sponsored by the CLE in Colorado, Inc. and Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, November 15, 2012
    • "Governmental Abuse of Civil Rights in America," Judiasm in the Foothills, July 13, 2012  
    • “Making the Media Work for You: Whether You Want Them to Call You or Not,” Colorado Women’s Bar Association Annual Convention, June 9, 2012  
    • “The Top Ten Blunders Employers Make When Firing Employees,” Colorado Association of Corporate Counsel, May 24, 2012  
    • “Finding Your Pro Bono Passion,” 2012 Colorado Employment Law Conference, co-sponsored by the CLE in Colorado, Inc. and Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, May 3, 2012  
    • “Representation of Guantanamo Prisoners,” National Lawyers Guild Colorado, April 18, 2012  
    • “Obstruction to Justice and the War on Terror,” Social Justice Week, co-sponsored by ACLU Student Chapter, ACLU of Colorado, DU Law Constitutional Rights & Remedies Program, Latino/a Law Students Association, and National Lawyers Guild, March 29, 2012  
    • “Strategies for Deposing and Cross Examining Human Resource Professionals,” Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, March 9, 2012  
    • “Representing Unpopular Clients,” To Kill a Mockingbird Panel, October 26, 2011  
    • “Creative Advocacy in Employment Discrimination Cases Involving Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,” University of Colorado School of Law, October 18, 2011  
    • “Deposing Human Resource Professionals,” Roundtable Leader, Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, August 25, 2011  
    • “Tips, Traps and Timely Words of Wisdom from Veteran FFA Volunteer Lawyers,” Panelist for Faculty of Federal Advocates Training on How to Represent Pro Bono Clients in Federal Court, June 8, 2011  
    • “Expert Witness Issues,” 2011 Colorado Employment Law Conference, co-sponsored by the CLE in Colorado, Inc. and Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, May 24, 2011  
    • “The Accidental Activist,” University of Wyoming “Good Mule” Student Conference 2011, February 12, 2011  
    • “Settling an Employment Law Case,” Employment Law Practice Basics for Beginners, co-sponsored by the CLE in Colorado, Inc. and Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, et al., October 28, 2010  
    • Instructor, National Institute for Trail Advocacy, Public Service Attorney Trial Skills, July 27-28, 2010  
    • “Negotiating Severance Agreements,” 2010 Colorado Employment Law Conference, co-sponsored by the CLE in Colorado, Inc. and Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, May 26, 2010  
    • “Defending our Fundament Rights: The Guantanamo Bay Litigation,” Byron White Inn of Court, April 15, 2010   
    • “Getting A Great Job And Keeping It: What Attorneys Really Want From A Paralegal,” Colorado Bar Association Paralegal Committee, April 10, 2010  
    • Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence Presentation, Horace Mann Middle School, March 26, 2010  
    • Guest Lecturer, Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, March 2, 2010  
    • “Guantanamo Bay: Past and Future,” Denver Eclectics, November 11, 2009  
    • “Guantanamo Bay: The Civil Rights Violations Continue,” ACLU of Northern Colorado Annual Meeting, November 7, 2009  
    • “Representing Detainees at Guantanamo Bay,” ACLU of Colorado Lunch and Learn Series, Tuesday, October 13, 2009  
    • Instructor, National Institute for Trail Advocacy, Public Service Attorney Trial Skills, October 5-6, 2009  
    • “Evaluating Employment Law Cases For Settlement,” 2009 Colorado Employment Law Conference, co-sponsored by the CLE in Colorado, Inc. and Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, May 21, 2009   
    • “Navigating the Labyrinth of Guantanamo Bay,” Colorado Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers Association, May 8, 2009  
    • “Representing Clients Held in Guantanamo Bay,” Kaiser Legacy Highlands Regional Diversity Counsel, Global Diversity Series, March 20, 2009  
    • “Guantanamo Bay: Lies and Lessons,” Denver Rotary Club 31, February 6, 2009  
    • “Simmons v. General Steel, et al: War Stories and Lessons” Colorado Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers Association, October 30, 2008  
    • Guest Lecturer, Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, October 13, 2008  
    • “Free Speech Zones or Security Zones? Balancing First Amendment Rights and Security Concerns at the Democratic National Convention,” Moderator, Civil Rights Committee of the Colorado Bar Association, February 6, 2008  
    • “Representation of Yemeni Nationals Detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,” University of Colorado, Cultural Geography, November 6, 2007  
    • “‘Service above Self’ in the Rotary Tradition -- Representing Prisoners Detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,” Rotary Club of Cherry Creek, September 4, 2007  
    • “Resisting the Politics of Fear,” National Lawyers Guild Southwest Regional Convention, April 14, 2007  
    • “Marketing and Growing a Successful Law Practice,” Colorado Women’s Bar Association Convention, May 6, 2006  
    • Instructor, University of Denver School of Law, Moot Court competition, April 21, 2006  
    • “Litigating Cases of Employment Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Transgender Status,” Colorado Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers Association, September 23, 2005  
    • “Emerging Issues in Employment Law,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, August 13, 2005  
    • “Legal Developments and Civil Rights Implications of Same-Sex Marriage,” Women and the Law, Metropolitan State College, March 3, 2004  
    • Instructor, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2004 National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, February 21, 2004  
    • “Civil Rights Issues in Representing Claimants in Unemployment Proceedings,” Colorado Legal Services Continuing Legal Education Program, August 25, 2003  
    • “Survey and Analysis of the Rights of Transgender People in the United States,” Ladyfest Out West Activists and Artists Conference, June 20, 2003  
    • “Legal Rights Of Transgender People in Colorado,” Tri-S, May 17, 2003  
    • Instructor, University of Denver School of Law, Moot Court competition, April 18, 2003  
    • “Civil Rights Litigation,” University of Colorado School of Law, April 14, 2003  
    • “Constitutional Rights of Protesters,” Youth Activist Conference sponsored by KERPOW: Kids Engaging in Radical Patriotism Opposing War, April 12, 2003  
    • “Civil Rights Litigation Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Rights Of Female Inmates,” Denver University School of Law, November 20, 2002  
    • “Civil Rights of High School Students,” Centennial High School, March 19, 2002  
    • “Civil Rights Litigation,” University of Colorado School of Law, November 28, 2001  
    • “Sexual Harassment and the Law,” West High School, December 12, 2000  
    • “Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa,” University of Colorado at Denver, Spring 1994
    LEGAL TESTIMONY
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Workplace Fairness and Civil Rights Remedies Act, Senate Judiciary Committee, February 14, 2011  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Workplace Fairness and Civil Rights Remedies Act, House Judiciary Committee, March 1, 2010  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Employment Nondiscrimination Bill, Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs, Committee, January 29, 2007  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Employment Nondiscrimination Bill, Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee, February 1, 2006  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Domestic Partner Insurance Bill, House Business Affairs and Labor Committee, May 4, 2005  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Employment Nondiscrimination Bill, House Judiciary Committee, April 28, 2005  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Domestic Partner Insurance Bill, Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee, April 27, 2005  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Employment Nondiscrimination Bill, Senate Judiciary Committee, February 4, 2004  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Civil Unions Bill, House Technology and Information Committee, February 2, 2004  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Employment Nondiscrimination Bill, Senate Judiciary Committee, February 11, 2003  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Civil Unions Bill, House Technology and Information Committee, February 5, 2003  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Exemplary Damages Bill, House Technology and Information Committee, February 5, 2003  
    • Testified before Denver City Council regarding amendment to Denver Anti-discrimination Ordinance to include private cause of action, Human Services Committee, October 8, 2002  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Employment Nondiscrimination Bill, House State Affairs Committee, April 30, 2002  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on civil rights implications of Bill amending the Colorado Uniform Parentage Act, Senate Judiciary Committee, April 10, 2002  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on civil rights implications of Bill amending the Colorado Uniform Parentage Act, House State Affairs Committee, March 21, 2002  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Employment Nondiscrimination Bill, Senate Business Affairs Committee, January 23, 2002   
    • Testified before Denver City Council regarding amendment to Denver Anti-discrimination Ordinance to add protection against discrimination based on gender identity, November 5, 2001  
    • Testified before Denver City Council regarding amendment to Denver Anti-discrimination Ordinance to add protection against discrimination based on gender identity, Denver City Council open meeting, August 21, 2001  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Employment Nondiscrimination Bill, Senate Business Affairs Committee, April 26, 2001  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Employment Nondiscrimination Bill, House Judiciary Committee, February 14, 2001  
    • Testified before Colorado State Legislature on Employment Nondiscrimination Bill, House Judiciary Committee, February 15, 2000
  • Darren M. Jankord

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    Darren Jankord joined Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP in 2012. His practice includes civil rights, employment law, and criminal defense.

    Prior to joining Killmer, Lane & Newman, Darren was a legal fellow for the Center for Juvenile Justice where he advocated for Colorado youth in delinquency proceedings. For his efforts he was recognized as the organization’s volunteer of the year. During law school, Darren clerked in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, worked as a student-attorney in the American Indian Law Clinic, volunteered at the GLBT Community Center of Colorado, and interned with the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

    EDUCATION

    Darren received his law degree from the University of Colorado in 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from Luther College in 2008.

    BAR ADMISSIONS

    Darren is admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND RECOGNITION

    Selected for the 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Stars List.

    Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, and GLBT Bar Association Member.

    CU Law’s Marshall-Brennan Project and Constitution Day Volunteer.

  • Michael Fairhurst

    PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
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    Michael Fairhurst’s practice includes civil rights, constitutional law, employment discrimination, and criminal defense. Before relocating to Colorado, Mr. Fairhurst was a law clerk at the criminal defense/civil rights firm Sheppard, White & Kachergus, P.A., in Jacksonville, Florida.

    As a law student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Mr. Fairhurst interned for the ACLU of Northern California, as well as nonprofit organizations devoted to promoting open government and public health. Mr. Fairhurst also received several academic awards while attending Berkeley Law, was Senior Editor on the Berkeley Journal of International Law, and selected to be a member of the Board of Advocates Appellate Advocacy Team.

    EDUCATION 
    Mr. Fairhurst received his juris doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2012. He graduated magna cum laude from Williams College in 2007.

    BAR ADMISSIONS
    Mr. Fairhurst is admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

    LEGAL PUBLICATIONS
    Traffic-Light-Labeling on Restaurant Menus: A Call for the Communication of Nutrition Information Through Color-Coded Prices, 16 Quinnipiac Health L.J. 1

  • Danielle Jefferis

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    Danielle Jefferis joined Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP in 2013 after clerking for the Honorable Gale T. Miller of the Colorado Court of Appeals. Her practice includes civil rights, constitutional law, employment discrimination, and criminal defense.

    Previously, Danielle worked on litigation and legislative advocacy with the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, specializing in civil and human rights matters related to surveillance, law enforcement profiling, and privacy. She also worked on prisoners’ rights issues in occupied Palestine, where she monitored prison conditions and advocated for the rule of law, enforcement of rights, and just treatment of Palestinian prisoners and torture victims. Prior to law school, Danielle served as Program Manager for the Arab American Family Support Center in Brooklyn and was a member of the team that opened the Khalil Gibran International Academy, the first dual-language Arabic-English public school in the country.

    EDUCATION

    Danielle graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2012. She was a Public Interest Law Scholar, earned a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies, and was recognized for completing more than 175 hours of pro bono service during law school. She received her undergraduate degree in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from New York University in 2007, where she was awarded the Ibn Khaldun Prize for Excellence and Achievement in Arabic Studies.

    BAR ADMISSIONS

    Danielle is admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado, the State of New York, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

    LEGAL PUBLICATIONS

    Battlefield Borders, Threat Rhetoric, and the Militarization of State and Local Law Enforcement, 3 Nat’l Security L. Br. 37 (2012).

    Institutionalizing Statelessness: The Revocation of Residency Rights of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, 24 Int’l J. Refugee L. 202 (2012).

    The ‘Center of Life’ Policy: Institutionalizing Statelessness in East Jerusalem, 50 Jerusalem Q. 93 (2012).

  • Nicole Godfrey

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    Nicole Godfrey’s practice includes civil rights, employment discrimination, and criminal defense. Prior to joining KLN, Nicole spent several years representing prisoners in civil rights actions challenging their conditions of confinement. Nicole’s prisoners’ rights work began in law school, where she practiced as a student attorney in the University of Denver’s Civil Rights Clinic.

    After law school, Nicole worked as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and a staff attorney for Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York.  In 2011, Nicole returned to Colorado to co-found the Colorado Prison Law Project (CPLP), an organization dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of prisoners confined in Colorado. For her work with CPLP, Nicole received the 2013 Progressive Young Leadership Award from the Colorado Chapter of the American Constitution Society.

    EDUCATION

    Nicole received her law degree from the University of Denver in 2009. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Boston University, and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

    BAR ADMISSIONS

    Nicole is admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado, the State of New York, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

    Nicole sits on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Prison Law Project, and she is a member of the Colorado Bar Association.