Litigation Committee

Alan Chen

Linda Dardarian  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 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

Arash Jahanian 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 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 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

David 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, 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. Mr. Lane is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Tony Lawson 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 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

Ed Ramey 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, 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 has also served as the Director of the Public Interest Law Firm at Syracuse University College of Law.

Michelle Uzeta 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 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.

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