Deep CO Roots


We need a Congressman who will put our district ahead of party or politics – a representative who will stand up for the families of Colorado’s 6th Congressional District even if it means saying “No” to the demands of the Speaker of the House and the President of the United States.

I will always put Colorado families first.

I was raised in unincorporated Arapahoe County, grew up in what is now Congressional District 6, and am a proud product of Cherry Creek Schools. My parents were Republicans back then, but I am a Democrat and have convinced my parents to follow my lead. I went outside our state for college and law school and saw what there was out there. I moved back home to Colorado when my daughter was born because there was no place in the world I would rather raise my kids than here in Colorado.

My brave wife Karen giving chemo a less scary face with her best Doctor Evil impression.

My family’s story is like many others in Colorado.
When my amazing wife, Karen, was diagnosed with breast cancer, my son (Brynn) was five months old and my daughter (Sofia) was two years old. Who knew what the next few months would bring?  Would my children grow up not knowing their mother? If I lost my job, how long could I afford the health insurance we needed for her treatment? My wife would be either in cancer treatment or a cancer survivor, any lapse in coverage and what would we have? My daughter has Down Syndrome, what about her?

Now we have a President and a Congressman who supported Trumpcare, which would allow insurers to jack rates 30% if there’s any lapse in coverage. For many families in our district, a lapse in coverage is not because we choose to expose our kids to that kind of risk. In 2008 I did lose my job, we kept COBRA for a few months, but it was a struggle. If my wife hadn’t found full-time employment, I don’t know what we would have been forced to do. When she and I were looking, a part of every job interview was asking, ‘will your health insurance cover our pre-existing conditions?’ Hardworking Americans shouldn’t have to be limited in their jobs based on pre-existing conditions.

The idea that Representative Coffman would abandon families like mine and undermine the requirement that insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions, that our Congressman would support that, appalls me.  In the Colorado where I grew up, we take care of each other. My parents both served in Army and raised me to understand that we take care of the members of our community and our state.  We fight for what’s right, not just for what’s easy.  I strive to live those values every day both in my personal and professional life.

Professional Experience

Contracts Associate at University of Colorado – 2015-2017

  •        Negotiated clinical trial agreements with industry and non-industry sponsors on behalf of the University and its doctors
  •        Drafted memorandum analyzing application of antitrust laws to consortium of universities
  •        Met with doctors, researchers and study teams to investigate improving support from central offices

Principal of Mountfitchet, LLC – 2008-2015

  •        Advised parents in relation to educational dispute resolution.
  •        Provided consulting advice to client in arbitration on trade secrets, non-competition and other contract and property claims.
  •        Assisted client in disposition of time share.
  •        Drafted estate planning documents for clients.

Associate at Holme, Roberts & Owen LLP – 2007 – 2008

Associate at Ballard Spahr Andrews and Ingersoll LLP – 2004-2007

Associate at Herbert Smith – 2000-2004

Law Clerk to the Hon. Nan R. Shuker, Superior Court of the District of Columbia – 1999-2000

Law Clerk in the Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce
US Department of Commerce – 
1998-1999

Law Clerk at the American Bar Association – 1997-1998

Law Clerk at Dickinson Landmeier, L.L.P. – 1997-1998

Education / Certification

Member, Colorado Bar Association; Member, District of Columbia Bar Association (inactive)

JD,  Georgetown University Law Center, May, 1999.

BA, Bates College, Political Science and History

Leadership and Volunteer Experience

President, Augustana Lutheran Church Congregation Council

 – Former Chair of the ad hoc Constitution and Bylaws Sub-Committee

Vice Chair, Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Education Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Denver Foundation

Board Secretary, Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association

  – Chair of the Development Committee, Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and Chair of the Board Development and Governance Committee

Director, Augustana Early Learning Center

Member, Educational Dispute Resolution Committee to the Colorado Board of Education

Chair, Accountability Committee, Polton Community Elementary School

Chair, Accountability Committee, Challenge School

Member, Special Education Advisory Committee to the Colorado Board of Education

  – Co-Chair of the Legislative Policy and Analysis Sub-Committee

  – Chair of the Bylaws Sub-Committee

Member, District Accountability Committee, Cherry Creek School District

Volunteer, Augustana Lutheran Church, High School Sunday School Teacher

 

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