Definifition of a “Young Lawyer” by DBA-YLD standards are lawyers younger than 37 or who have been in practice less than five years.

Want to learn more about the DBA-YLD? Come to an Executive Council meeting! We meet the second Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m., at the DBA, 1900 Grant St., 9th floor. Contact Klaralee Charlton if you have new ideas or questions about upcoming events. Let us know what we can do to serve you better. We hope you will join us!

2016–17 Board Members

klaralee-charltonKlaralee Charlton  (Chair) is an associate with Katz, Look & Onorato, P.C. where she practices in their tax and estate administration divisions. Originally from Montana, Klaralee earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Bryn Mawr College. She graduated from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law and received her Masters of Tax from the University of Denver. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dogs, creating healthy recipes, and watching classic “Frasier” episodes.
JimFoggJim Fogg (Chair Elect) is an associate with Ogborn Mihm, LLP.  His practices primarily in the areas of business litigation, personal injury, and legal malpractice.  Previously, Jim worked for a renowned Denver litigation firm and clerked for the Hon. James S. Casebolt on the Colorado Court of Appeals.  Jim graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and graduated in 2014. During law school, he was a member of the National Trial Team, served as an Articles Editor for the Water Law Review, and advocated on behalf of clients in DU’s Environmental Law Clinic. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In his spare time, you will find Jim spending time with his wife, Becca, fly-fishing a mountain stream with his dog, Gus, or searching for his golf ball.
Robin Hoogerhyde (Secretary) is a senior appellate law clerk to the Honorable Dennis A. Graham at the Colorado Court of Appeals. Since graduating law school from Michigan State University in 2008, Robin worked at the Court of Appeals for a variety of judges before accepting her permanent position with Judge Graham. During law school, she was managing editor of the Michigan State University Law Review where she published her student note. Prior to attending Michigan State, she graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and she was raised in Massachusetts where her parents, sister, niece, and nephew still reside. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband Ross and her dachshund Max, watching countless reruns of “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers,” and attempting home projects.
ArthurLoydArthur M. Loyd (Treasurer) is General Counsel and Due Diligence Analyst at Buttonwood Investment Services, LLC.  He represents the company in the analysis of non-traded alternative investment securities.   He previously worked in civil litigation in the Denver area.  Arthur graduated from the University of Tulsa with a combined J.D./M.S. in Corporate Finance in 2012.  Arthur grew up in Oklahoma, with a four-year stint living in Belgium and Zaire, and has always been committed to local public service through various organizations.  He enjoys climbing, biking, skiing, and just being outside, and hopes to bring young lawyers together in their enjoyment of what Colorado offers.  
Vanya Akraboff currently works as a law clerk for Justice Coats with the Colorado Supreme Court. Originally from San Francisco, California, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, and spent several years enjoying the mountain life in the Lake Tahoe region before moving to Colorado for law school; she graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2015. In her free time, she enjoys getting outside and taking on mountain activities with her dog, international travel, reading, and supporting Denver’s growing restaurant scene.
Matthew Broderick is a trial attorney at Fennemore Craig with a civil litigation practice in the areas of personal injury and business torts. His focus is professional negligence defense, including medical malpractice. Away from work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife enjoying a night out in Denver, or catching a Broncos or Rockies game.
Courtney-ButlerCourtney Butler is an associate attorney with the Joseph Law Firm, where she exclusively practices immigration law.  She joined the firm after a three-year stay in Vermont, where she primarily practiced land use and environmental law.  Prior to moving to Vermont, Courtney clerked with the Colorado Court of Appeals.  She graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2010.  While in law school, Courtney was active with the Spanish Speaking Lawyers Association, the Denver University Law Review, the Chancellor’s Scholars, and the Academic Achievement Program.  As a Colorado native, Courtney enjoys long distance running, hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, ultimate Frisbee, and international travel.
Raul-ChaconRaul Chacon, Jr. is an associate at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.  His practice is devoted to labor and employment law and litigation. Raul is a graduate of Middlebury College and Emory University School of Law. During law school, Raul held externships with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit under the direction of the Honorable Frank Hull.
Lara-GriffithLara Griffith Zarzecki is an attorney at Griffith Legal Group, a boutique Denver practice advocating for entrepreneurs, creative communities, and small businesses. She specializes in business and intellectual property law for companies across a wide array of industries. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Denver Law School after receiving her Bachelors in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis. She worked as an associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs prior to starting her own practice. Lara was born in Colorado and raised in Denver, and is happy to serve the Denver legal community on the YLD Board.
Laura-LissLaura Liss advises on franchise, general commercial, real estate, and trademark transactions and litigation matters, including preparing and reviewing franchise disclosure documents, buying or selling a business, commercial real estate and contractual matters, as well as trademark litigation. Laura graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and attended Tulane University in New Orleans for her B.A. after growing up in the Chicago area. Outside the office, Laura enjoys scenic hikes, cooking, and committing her free time to leadership positions in a variety of organizations.
Jill Mullen is the Civic Engagement Director for the Colorado State Senate Minority office. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jill earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. When she is not working at the Capitol, Jill can be found restaurant hopping around Denver, skiing, climbing a 14er or traveling.

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