Our Team

Litigation Committee

Litigation Committee

The Litigation Committee is composed of volunteer lawyers from Denver and around the country who are experienced in our areas of practice. The Litigation Committee evaluates each case based on criteria that includes fit with CREEC’s mission; assessment of impact beyond the interest of the litigants; assessment of potential negative impact if we do not prevail; and assessment of fit within CREEC’s existing case portfolio. 

Alan Chen

Alan is a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and his research includes federal remedies for civil rights violations, free speech doctrine and theory, and lawyering for social change. He is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Civil Rights. He has litigated several high-profile, pro bono civil rights cases in the federal courts, including two suits challenging so-called Ag Gag laws that criminalize efforts of activists and journalists to expose misconduct on factory farms, an excessive force case against law enforcement officers who used pepper spray to subdue peaceful environmental protesters, and a successful facial challenge to a Colorado law mandating that all students and teachers recite the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. Before entering teaching, Alan was a civil liberties litigator with the ACLU’s Chicago office, focusing primarily on cases concerning the First Amendment, police misconduct, and privacy rights. 

Linda Dardarian 

Linda joined Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho as an associate in 1991 and has been a partner since 1998.  Ms. Dardarian has extensive experience in litigating class action employment discrimination, disability access, and wage and hour cases. Linda was named California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in 2013 for her extraordinary work within the field of Disability Rights. Ms. Dardarian has been named a northern California “Super Lawyer” practicing employment law, and was named one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in 2009. She is also regularly listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America® and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Brian East

Brian is a Senior Attorney at Disability Rights Texas. Brian’s work focuses on the varied needs of people with disabilities in Texas. The scope of his work includes issues like accessibility, employment, housing, civil rights, transportation, and voting rights.

Eve Hill

Eve is a disability rights attorney at Brown Goldstein & Levy, LLP in Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC, where she litigates civil rights cases challenging disability and LGBTQ+ discrimination. She also leads Inclusivity Strategic Consulting, where she advises nonprofits, government agencies, associations, and companies about disability issues in employment, education, criminal justice, and technology. Prior to joining BGL, Eve was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

Arash Jahanian

Arash is the Director of Policy and Civil Rights Litigation at the Meyer Law Office, PC. He advises lawmakers, advocates, and stakeholders on proposed policies through the lens of the impact those policies will have on members of vulnerable communities, including immigrants and people impacted by the justice system. Prior to joining the Meyer Law Office, Arash worked as a staff attorney at the ACLU of Colorado, where he litigated and advocated on behalf of immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, prisoners, victims of police racial profiling, and people experiencing homelessness. He previously worked at the civil rights firm Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC, where he represented victims of police brutality, prison abuse, and employment discrimination. Arash was one of the attorneys in the Wyoming marriage equality cases and is currently president of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association and Vice Chair of the Denver LGBTQ Commission. He was recognized as the Colorado Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2015, and was part of three teams winning the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s Case of the Year Award. Arash has also worked as an associate in Crowell & Moring LLP’s Washington, DC office, a judicial clerk for the Honorable Wiley Y. Daniel of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and a middle school teacher in Chicago through Teach For America.

Darold Killmer

Darold is a founding member of Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP, a Denver law firm emphasizing civil rights, employment discrimination litigation, and criminal defense. Killmer has been selected for The Best Lawyers in America®, Labor and Employment Law from 1995 to the present. He was the recipient of the American Civil Liberties Union – Colorado Chapter’s Carl E. Whitehead Civil Rights Award in September 2010.  Mr. Killmer was named “Denver’s Best Civil Rights Lawyer – 2013” and “Best Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer – 2014” by The Best Lawyers in America®, and was selected as Law Week Colorado’s “Barrister’s Best Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer” in 2014 . He was an Adjunct Professor of Law at The University of Denver College of Law from 1990 to 2004.

AJ Kutchins

AJ has been handling criminal appeals and habeas cases — as well as the occasional employee class action — in the California and federal courts for 35 years. He is a graduate of the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley (then known as Boalt Hall), and served for two years as a law clerk to then-Chief Judge Lawrence K. Karlton of the United States District Court, Eastern District of California. After some decades in private practice, he joined the California Office of the State Public Defender in 2016, and currently serves as the Director of Non-Capital Litigation. He has published
articles in law reviews and the legal press; presented at various seminars on various subjects; and written and helped direct training films, principally for lawyers, on topics including ethics and invidious discrimination of all sorts in the judicial system and legal profession.

David Lane

David 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, he 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, including arguing the First Amendment case of Reichle v. Howards in the United States Supreme Court. 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. David is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Tony Lawson

Tony is the owner and founder of the Lawson Law Offices in Oakland, CA. He has litigated numerous discrimination class actions in state and federal trial courts. Mr. Lawson specializes in the representation of plaintiffs in individual and class employment/civil rights cases. His practice centers on representing plaintiffs and/or classes in civil rights actions.

Qusair Mohamedbhai

Qusair is a partner at Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC.  His practice is exclusively in the areas of plaintiff’s employment discrimination and constitutional civil rights litigation.  He advocates for the rights of employees in the workplace, and for the civil rights of all individuals against governmental and institutional abuses of power. He is also an adjunct faculty member teaching constitutional litigation at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  Mr. Mohamedbhai was recognized as a Colorado “Super Lawyer” in the area of Plaintiff’s employment litigation in 2014.  He holds the distinction of obtaining the highest civil rights payment in the history of the City and County of Denver, and receiving the CTLA’s 2013 Case of the Year.

Mari Newman

Mari is a Partner at Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP, where her practice emphasizes Civil Rights and Employment Law. She has consistently been voted among the Top 100 Lawyers in Colorado and Top 50 Women Lawyers in Colorado and has repeatedly been designated as a Colorado Super Lawyer. Mari has been recognized as the Lawyer of the Year in Denver for Employment Law – Individuals for both 2017 and 2014 by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mari is a 2016 recipient of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation’s “Raising the Bar” award honoring women lawyers who have made a difference and raised the bar for other women. In 2015, Mari received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Award celebrating “Content of Character,” the GLBT Bar Association Foundation’s Attorney of the Year award, and the Shorter Community AME Shoes of Justice Award honoring those who have “walked the walk of justice.” In 2014, Mari was named as a Lawyer of the Year by Law Week Colorado, and as a Top Lawyer in the areas of Civil Rights and Labor and Employment Law by 5280 Publishing. She was twice voted Law Week Colorado’s “Barrister’s Best” Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer, and was recognized as one of 7 Top Women Attorneys in 2013 by Law Week Colorado. She was honored with the Denver Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Entrepreneurial Woman of the year award.

Mari was honored with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado’s 2010 Carle E. Whitehead Award, celebrating those individuals who “stand on principle to defend our civil liberties.” Mari was also recognized with the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s 2010 Access to Justice Award, honoring “perseverance, courage and character shown over and over in cases of extraordinary circumstances.” Mari was a recipient of the Southern Center for Human Rights’ 2007 Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award for her representation of persons detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She was also recognized as the Colorado Legal Initiatives Project’s 2007 Barrister of the Year. Mari received the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s 2009 Case of the Year Award for leading her team in a case against the Colorado Department of Corrections on behalf of a female inmate who had been raped by a prison guard. Mari was also named as one of the Denver Business Journal’s 2009 “Forty Under Forty,” recognizing forty outstanding professionals under age 40 for their business success and community contributions. She received the Denver Bar Foundation’s 2008 Richard Marden Davis Award, presented to a Denver lawyer under the age of 40 who combines excellence as a lawyer with creative civic, cultural, educational and charitable leadership. She was recognized as the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s 2008 Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer of the Year. Mari has also been honored as a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation, a designation bestowed upon no more than five percent of the lawyers in Colorado 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.”

Ed Ramey 

Ed is a partner at Tierney Lawrence.  For three decades, Ed has represented Colorado businesses, government agencies, individuals, and public interest groups in state and federal court trials and appeals. Ed is widely recognized and respected for his work in constitutional, public interest, and civil rights litigation. Ed is a recipient of the ACLU of Colorado Edward Sherman Award recognizing his outstanding commitment to civil rights and civil liberties.

Laura Rovner

Laura, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, teaches at Denver Law’s Civil Rights Clinic where she also represents clients in cases involving prisoners’ rights, disability rights, and employment discrimination. Prior to joining DU’s faculty, she was the Director of Clinical Education and founder of the Civil Rights Project at the University of North Dakota School of Law. She also served as the Director of the Public Interest Law Firm at Syracuse University College of Law.

Michelle Uzeta 

Michelle is a civil rights lawyer and specialist in disability rights and fair housing law. She is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Davis Law School. Prior to starting her private practice at the Law Office of Michelle Uzeta, Michelle served as the Litigation Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center, the Legal Director of the Southern California Housing Rights Center and an Associate Managing Attorney with Disability Rights California. Michelle has been rated a Southern California Super Lawyer and Top Woman Lawyer in the area of civil rights for many years. She litigates civil rights cases throughout the state of California and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Disability Rights Bar Association (“DRBA”).

Kevin Williams

Kevin is the Legal Program Director for the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. In May of 1997, Kevin joined CCDC as counsel and, with the help of CCDC’s members and a very small staff, began building the Legal Program. Kevin litigates in most areas of law protecting the civil rights of people with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Air Carriers Access Act, and Colorado law.