Litigation Committee

Julia Campins is a founding partner of Campins Benham-Baker in San Francisco, CA. In 2013 and 2014, Julia was named a Northern California “Super Lawyer.”  (In 2011 & 2012, Super Lawyers magazine named her a “Rising Star” among Northern California attorneys.)  Julia is a frequent speaker and writer on employment and civil rights issues, including disability discrimination.

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.

Dan Goldstein is a partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy. Goldstein has represented the National Federation of the Blind since 1986, and now focuses on access to technology and digital content. Dan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been listed among Maryland’s Top 50 Super Lawyers, and is a 2010 winner of The Daily Record‘s Leadership in Law Award. In 2011, Dan received the American Bar Association’s Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights.

Arash Jahanian is a staff attorney with the ACLU of Colorado. 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.

Martha M. “Martie” Lafferty is an associate litigator with Stein & Vargas, LLP and has a wealth of experience litigating important rights on behalf of individuals with disabilities pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Fair Housing Act. Immediately prior to joining Stein & Vargas, Lafferty served as Legal Director at Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) where she was on staff for thirteen years. Among many significant cases, Lafferty served as co-counsel for the plaintiffs in Lane v. Tennessee, negotiating twenty-six historic settlement agreements and monitoring compliance to ensure access to the courts for individuals with disabilities in the State of Tennessee. Lafferty has also secured important victories overturning restrictions on assistance animals in housing, medical, business, and educational settings. Lafferty has litigated numerous cases against hospitals and other health care providers for failing to ensure effective communication with deaf patients and their companions.

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.

Carrie Lucas is the Case Strategy Director of Colorado’s Office of Respondent Parent Counsel and is also the founder and Executive Director of Disabled Parent Rights. Ms. Lucas is a nationally recognized advocate for people with disabilities, was lead plaintiff in an epic seven-and-a-half year suit against Kmart that resulted in the most far-reaching accessibility class-action settlement in history before founding Disabled Parent Rights. As a single adoptive parent to four children, Ms. Lucas is passionate for the rights of parents who have disabilities. Ms. Lucas has been a recipient of an Equal Justice Works fellowship and a Petra Foundation fellowship. Prior to founding DPR, she worked at the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition for over twelve years.

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.

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 is the Ronald V. Yegge Clinical Director and Professor of the Law School Clinical Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  Prof. Rovner is the director of Denver Law’s Civil Rights Clinic, which 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 disability rights and fair housing law specialist. Through her practice the Law Offices of Michelle Uzeta, she writes and lectures on disability rights and fair housing law as well as litigates cases with the Center for Disability Access and the Housing Access Project. She is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute, and since 2013 has chaired the Institute’s California Special Education Law Program.

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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