University of Denver, College of Law, Juris Doctor 1983 (Top 12 percent)
University of Colorado, B.S. 1971


United States Supreme Court
Supreme Courts of Colorado, California,  Texas and New York
United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits
United States District Court for the Districts of Colorado, the Southern District of Texas, and the Northern, Southern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California


Certified Specialist in Appellate Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Legal Practice:

Solo Practice
1999 to Present

Practice currently limited to civil and criminal writs and appeals in state and federal courts. 

Cox Buchanan Padmore & Shakarchy
1984 to 1999

Partner in business litigation firm with offices in California, Colorado, and New York from 1989 to 1999. Managing partner of the Denver office until March 1995. Opened and managed the Southern California office in June
1995. Partner in charge of the Southern California office and all of the
California case management until July 1999.

Chapman University School of Law
2002 to 2004

Adjunct Professor of Law for Legal Research and Writing

Martindale-Hubbell – AV Rated

Career Highlights

• Handled nearly 100 federal and state civil and criminal appeals. Just this year the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in her clients’ favor on two habeas corpus appeals. One of the clients has now been released from prison. Recently the United States Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari she filed. They vacated the judgment of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and remanded the matter. She is on the Criminal Justice Panels in the Central, Southern, and Northern Districts of California.

• Managed Cox Buchanan Padmore & Shakarchy's litigation, including coordinating litigation in Colorado, Texas, and California in which its client was involved in over thirty-three separate actions. She worked with Houston, Galveston, and Dallas law firms and did most of the Texas oral arguments. 

• Trial attorney responsible for what was, at the time, one of the largest verdicts in the State of California. The contractor client was awarded $13,316,000 essentially defending against the insurance company who had destroyed his business. Defended the verdict through the United States Supreme Court. In the end, the insurance company wrote a check to the client for $17,990,501.79.

• Learned the substantive background underlying a wide variety of commercial disputes such as: bunker fuel oil, torpedoes, dynamic positioning systems, securities fraud, IPO's, private placements, wireless data transfers, copyright infringement, trade secret theft, CGL insurance policies, pollution exclusions, security alarm monitoring, rebar manufacture, riparian rights, oil refining, structural engineering, pile-driving, business valuation, accounting practices, soils analysis, hostile work environments, lender liability, officer and director liability, real estate development, synthetic pheromones, computer games, corporate espionage, tax-free exchanges, hazardous waste, source codes, construction defects, oil tubular goods, charitable trusts and more.

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