Shelly K. RosnikManaging Partner
Anna L. BurrOf Counsel
Joseph DeGiorgioAssociate Attorney
W. Allen HazlipAssociate Attorney
Michael KeillyAssociate Attorney
Cale KennamerAssociate Attorney
Ezra M. KramerAssociate Attorney
Jennifer LoudAssociate Attorney
Andrea PaprzyckiAssociate Attorney
Jim SwihartAssociate Attorney
Drew ThomasAssociate Attorney
Joe TolmanAssociate Attorney
Johna VartyAssociate Attorney
RaQwin YoungAssociate Attorney
Alex YorkoaLaw Clerk
Alexandra RosnikHead Paralegal
Kelli MarincinLegal Secretary
Prior to attending Denver University Sturm College of Law in 2004, I worked as a paralegal in premier Colorado law firms since 1999. My decision to become an attorney stemmed from my heartfelt passion for the law as I became more familiar with the legal field. During law school I had the opportunity to clerk for the 4th Judicial District in Colorado Springs. Also, I was the head legal advocate at Safe House Denver assisting survivors of domestic violence gain citizenship through VAWAs and UVisas.
Upon passing and being sworn into the Colorado Bar in 2007, I immediately opened my own practice. My practice continues to grow primarily from a wide referral base and community involvement. My firm is dedicated to serving Colorado with the passion and enthusiasm required to become the most sought after legal counsel. For 2010 – 2016, I have consistently received various awards for my quality of service, overall value, responsiveness, and communication ability.
My compassion and ability to help clients through the difficult legal system while maintaining a personal touch, sets me apart from other legal counsel. I am dedicated to providing personalized professional service with excellent communication, resources, and commitment that my clients and my community need and deserve. I am passionate about creating a quality oriented professional service firm by maintaining flexibility to meet the ever changing needs of our community. I am committed to the success of my clients by providing creative counsel, services that consistently exceed expectations, timely service at the highest quality standard, personalized services built on business relationships, and a networking base in the business community.
Anna L. Burr
Anna Burr is a Colorado native born in Greeley and raised in Loveland. Anna received her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and was conferred her Juris Doctorate degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Illinois. Her decision to go to law school came from her father, who taught her to be a leader and offer help where it is needed.
Early in her career, Ms. Burr worked as trial counsel for one of the largest insurance companies in the nation. From that experience, she learned from the inside how the insurance companies work and how to fight against the tactics they use to diminish injury claims. After practicing civil litigation in Chicago, she and her family relocated back home to Denver where she started representing injured people against insurance companies large and small.
Ms. Burr has extensive experience managing, settling, and litigating cases for injured tort victims. She has successfully tried numerous injury cases throughout the Denver and Chicago areas.
Ms. Burr has a reputation for high quality representation; she prides herself on her integrity and straight-forward, practical approach. Ms. Burr’s goal is to aggressively assist those who have been injured or wronged by others. Ms. Burr is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association.
Joseph (“Joe”) DeGiorgio has been a practicing attorney since 2007 and is currently licensed to practice in both Colorado and Ohio (and in Federal Courts in both states). He has spent most of his career in the litigation arena, both as a litigator spending his days making court appearances and as an in-house Corporate Counsel.
After graduating law school in Cleveland, Ohio in 2005, he spent a brief period working in-house for a local Credit Union and then transitioned to a large creditors’ rights law firm (at the time the largest in the nation). Working on behalf of mostly creditor clients, he spent much of his time in court during his nearly five year tenure.
Joseph then relocated to Colorado in 2012, where he worked in-house as a Corporate Counsel in the litigation department of a loan servicing company. He handled real estate and general litigation on behalf of the company during his three and a half years working in-house.
Joseph then opened a solo practice in 2017, The Law Office of Joseph DeGiorgio, prior to coming on board at Columbine Law Group.
Having practiced at both a large law firm and in an in-house legal department, Joseph is able to offer a unique perspective on all aspects of the litigation process.
In his spare time, Joseph enjoys the usual Colorado activities, although he prefers the mountain environment in the summer over the winter; he is more likely to be found on his mountain bike during the summer months than on the slopes during ski season. He is an avid reader and self-described “terrible” guitar player, enjoying the local live music scene in Denver every chance he gets.
W. Allen Hazlip
My two decades’ journey in the law has taken me from a mini-pupilage in barristers’ chambers at the Inns of Court in London to a civil litigation practice in San Francisco, California. Then to the Pacific Island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, where I served as a special assistant to the judiciary in the management of a high-profile international probate litigation and later worked as a litigator in the Office of Attorney General and as assigned general counsel to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, the island’s government-run health care system. At last I have come home to Colorado and been delighted to discover a like-minded group of professionals at Columbine Law Group, PC, attorneys who share my old-fashioned commitment to dedicated, diligent and personalized client service.
I must confess that, due to the negative stereotypes of lawyers in the popular culture, I did not immediately set out to become one. After graduating with a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, I matriculated to Oxford University to pursue a doctorate in Philosophy. Midway through my graduate studies I had the epiphany that the law would provide an avenue by which I might employ my talent for logic and critical reasoning to the actual material benefit of individuals and perhaps society at large. While still a student at Oxford, I enrolled in the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California, completing my Juris Doctorate in 1991.
For the next four years, I broadened my knowledge of the law by working behind the bench as a judicial research attorney for the Superior Court of Yolo County, California, advancing to the position of General Counsel to the court. There I analyzed, briefed and prepared written decisions of the court for hundreds of cases covering every variety of civil motion practice, as well as appellate, criminal, probate and family law matters. Handling these cases from the perspective of the bench also taught me what is, and is not, good lawyering. Eventually. I would move on to represent private clients in civil litigation, probate and estate planning, but I have retained the core lessons learned from my experience that effective lawyering demands compassion, commitment to understanding the unique needs of each client, and determination to guide each client through the legal process to the attainment of their specific goals.
In 2003, I obtained an LL.M. degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University School of Law with the goal of better serving my estate planning clients. I am licensed to practice law in both Colorado and California. I currently live in Douglas County with my wife, Jennifer, and teenage son, Cameron, and we are all enjoying the fabulous hiking trails that Colorado has to offer.
I returned to the Colorado Front Range after obtaining my undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Upon my return, I attended the University of Denver College of Law. During law school, I clerked for a small firm in Denver and stayed on at that firm following graduation and later started my own practice. I obtained valuable experience in civil litigation, small business matters, estate planning, immigration, and family law. I had valuable courtroom experience and had the opportunity to participate in several appeals, including successfully arguing a case before the Colorado Supreme Court. During the time prior to attending law school and practicing law, as well as after closing my office, I have had a great deal of broad ranging experience dealing with people and their problems in a day-to day practical fashion. In 2018, after almost 16 years running a successful restaurant, I decided to return to the practice of law to use my legal training and my experience to help people and businesses solve their problems that have arisen in the legal arena.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I moved to Colorado after a two week vacation at the age of 21. I fell in love with the people, landscape, and climate of Colorado and can hardly imagine living anywhere else. I enjoy traveling around Colorado and the Southwest. Both when I travel and at home, I enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, and cycling. I am also an avid nature photographer.
Cale Kennamer grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast, where he was fortunate enough to have a unique upbringing. Cale’s mother was an artist, photographer, English teacher, and a gymnastics and ballet instructor. His father was lawyer, a farmer, and an athlete. All of this rubbed off on Cale who grew up in the rice fields and the gym with his dad and tagging along with his mother on various art projects she would be working on while pursuing her masters degree in art. Cale also helped his mother rehabilitate orphaned raccoons through the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition.
Losing both of his parents at a young age (mother at 19 and father at 25) after having such close relationships with both of them taught Cale to truly value people and relationships and take no time for granted. These experiences strengthened his resolve and molded a compassion that he strives to deliver to each of his clients. One of his goals as an attorney is to apply these values to work everyday so that he can help people who are going through tough experiences and need someone on their side.
Outside of work, Cale enjoys learning about and experiencing nature and the outdoors. Cale is a member two zoos and is an avid animal lover. He has always spent as much time outside as possible. So, it was natural for Cale to fall in love with Colorado’s natural beauty. He traded the ocean for the mountains and moved here to live in and care for one of the most beautiful places in the country and its citizens. As a “transplant” he deems it extremely important to demonstrate his dedication to contribute Colorado and its people in a meaningful way, which his work at Columbine Law Group gives him the opportunity to do.
Cale spends as much of his free time as possible exercising or doing some type of outdoor recreation. Camping, backpacking, skiing, paddling, fly fishing – you name it, Cale wants to do it. He loves traveling to new places and experiencing different cultures.
Cale also loves baseball. He was lucky enough to have the opportunity to walk on the baseball team at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Someday, in some function, he would love to get involved in athletics again.
Cale spent his law school years in Oklahoma City, OK where he attended Oklahoma City University School of Law. During this time, he interned at the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office and did an environmental internship at Conservation Law Foundation in Providence, RI. Cale also worked with his father to prepare SEC filings for a renewable energy startup seeking to construct solid waste recycling facilities across the country. Most recently, he worked at a large personal injury firm in Denver, CO.
Cale is very excited to bring this unique mix of experiences and his impassioned perspective to Columbine Law Group and looks forward to being a member a dynamic practice.
Law School: Oklahoma City University School of Law
College: Lamar University
Ezra M. Kramer
Ezra is excited to begin his career with the Columbine Law Group and eager to establish himself as a trusted advocate and advisor in the Greater Denver Area. During law school at the University of Wisconsin, Ezra became interested in Business Law because it offered a way to use his creativity to solve any problem a business might face. Always looking for an adventure, he spent the summer after his first year interning for an international law firm in Hanoi, Vietnam called YKVN where he learned how to handle a variety of issues a company faces when trying to expand into a new market. The following summer he worked in the in-house legal department at a large consumer goods company called Spectrum Brands, Inc. where he focused on the company’s antitrust concerns as well as a number of employment law issues.
Before attending law school, Ezra received his B.A. in Humanities from Florida State University. Through his study of Religion, History, and Philosophy, Ezra became fascinated with how people understand their existence and how people find meaning and purpose in their lives. He sees business (either for profit or nonprofit) as the vehicle society has created through which people can carry out their interests and pursue their goals.
Having lived in several different places growing up, Ezra decided to settle in Colorado for reasons that are obvious to all who live here. As an avid outdoorsman, Ezra found Colorado to be the perfect place to pursue his passion for hiking, camping, skiing, and mountain biking. Furthermore, Ezra sees Denver as the perfect place to practice Business Law due to its rapid growth and strong business environment.
Jennifer Loud, licensed for more than 20 years, specializes in family and divorce law matters. Jennifer is not only a seasoned and dedicated attorney, but she cares deeply about the needs of her clients bringing sensitivity and thoughtfulness to her practice. Her approach blends her extensive legal background, along with her personal experience of having gone through her own divorce involving her two children. Her comprehensive legal background includes family law, corporate/business matters, real estate development, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, employment law and private equity finance. She has also worked as a legal consultant, law professor and owned her own business.
Jennifer has lived in Colorado since 1988, after spending her childhood in Michigan and Connecticut, and attending boarding school there. She moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her B.A. in philosophy. Before receiving her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1997, she lived in London, England working for the criminal courts; lived in Chambery, France studying French as the only American student in a French university; and hiked and camped for 30 days in the Wind River Wilderness in Wyoming.
Always driven by wanderlust, she has traveled extensively to many countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, India, Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Venezuela, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Prague, and Switzerland. Although an avid skier, her two teenaged children take the spotlight now; William and Caroline are competitive “big mountain” extreme skiers, conquering terrain that terrifies her.
Andrea Paprzycki is a 1994 graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, OH. She received her undergraduate degree from Case Western in 1991, having graduated with Cum Laude honors in three years. Ms. Paprzycki started out as a general practitioner and moved into insurance defense litigation, including appellate work. She has managed her own collections firm and in that capacity, successfully defended an appeal to the Utah Supreme Court. As general counsel for a large privately held staffing company in Utah, she practiced business, transactional and employment law. Most recently, Ms. Paprzycki has worked in the area of social security disability law.
Ms. Paprzycki has been a resident of Colorado for 13 years. She is licensed in both Utah and Colorado. She enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking and her children and dogs. She is dedicated and energetic and is committed to treating her clients like family.
I bring more to the legal practice than just the law. I am originally from Elkhart, Indiana and graduated in 2001 from Indiana University, Bloomington with a BA in English and minor in Medieval Studies. During my undergraduate career I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. However, the 9/11 attacks occurred during my final semester of school. I then decided to follow my father’s footsteps and enlist in the US Air Force to serve my country in a time of war. I served in the Air Force from 2002-2006 logging more than 1800 hours as a C-17 Loadmaster and completed numerous missions supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
I attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and graduated with a JD in 2012. During my time at DU, I interned at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. I also spent a year in the Civil Rights Clinic working an 8th Amendment claim which resulted in a settlement with the State of Colorado. After law school, I joined the Arvada Police Department as a patrol officer. My duties as an officer gave me the opportunity to help those in crisis and resolve difficult problems. My desire to solve problems prompted my return to the legal profession.
That brings me to today, and what that all means to you, the prospective client. My experience has proven to me that the Golden Rule is true. Treat others the way you want to be treated. To that end, I am a client-focused attorney with an emphasis on respect and communication with the client. My goal is to not only solve your case, but to put you at ease while the matter is being handled.
I spent the first eighteen years of my life in California. After graduating high school, I attended the University of Oregon where I graduated with a degree in political science and a minor in business administration. I then attended Willamette University College of Law, graduating in the top quarter of my class. I decided after graduating to make the move to Colorado where I passed the bar exam and became a licensed attorney in 2016.
I have worked in various areas of law both advising and in litigation. After finishing my first year at law school I worked for a law firm that specialized in defending registered brokers in FINRA arbitrations. I then moved on to work for the City of Denver Attorneys Office where I spent my time advising city agencies. I learned what it means to be both an attorney and counselor at law. Being able to counsel clients on which decisions to make is just as important as understanding the law.
I have also worked on behalf of indigent clients, assisting in family law matters through my law school’s clinical program. I have helped families finalize adoptions as well as helped spouses in need collect spousal support.
I have a passion for the outdoors and live music. In the summer you can find me in the mountains hiking or at Red Rocks enjoying a concert.
Joe Tolman has recently returned to Colorado after finishing law school in Richmond, Virginia. While in school, Joe focused on experiential learning by joining the University of Richmond’s Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic that focused on business entity formation and intellectual property issues. He worked as an intern prosecutor with the Brunswick County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted misdemeanor cases. Joe also interned with the Virginia Department of Health Professions in administrative proceedings.
Joe recently joined the Colorado Bar after earning his J.D. from the University of Richmond in 2017, and his B.A. from the University of Colorado, Denver in 2014. While in law school, Joe was active in multiple clubs and organizations, including the University of Richmond’s Veterans and Military Law Association, Student Intellectual Property Association, Moot Court Board, and Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity.
In his free time, Joe enjoys spending time with family and friends in any capacity, whether it is hiking along the Front Range, going to the newest hot movie, or staying at home and snuggling with his wife, daughter, puppy, and kitten.
I graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2013 with a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. During law school, I was a member of the Editorial Board of the Water Law Review, publishing numerous scholarly writings related to water and environmental issues. Since graduating, I practiced oil and gas law for a couple years and then transitioned to a general law firm. I have experience in almost every area of civil law from business formation, contracts, and divorce to parenting plans, bankruptcy, and water permits.
Throughout my practice, I have learned that compassion and taking care of the whole client is often what is most important to a client. As an attorney, I love that my representation can be a tool for a client towards building a better life for themselves. Towards that end, I take immense pride in being both a zealous advocate for my clients and an educator who teaches her clients the framework they must operate in to be successful.
In my free time, I thoroughly enjoy many of the activities the Colorado outdoors have to offer. My favorite hobby is rock climbing, but it would not be surprising to find me participating in triathlons, road cycling, ice climbing, snow shoeing or hiking with my adorable rescue dog, Peter Pickles Fuzzybottom.
Prior to joining Columbine Law Group, PC, I worked in Washington, DC, and Florida on civil litigation matters, and served as a United States Legal Consultant for an international law firm in San José, Costa Rica. Working in different geographies with a diverse set of clients and colleagues has given me a great appreciation for the uniqueness of each legal matter presented, and has provided valuable experience in tailoring my legal services to address clients’ specific needs and goals. Now licensed in both Florida and Colorado, I am honored for the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills I have gained from my broad experiences to my practice of law in Colorado.
My legal representation is founded on a strong work ethic driven by compassion and a dedication to producing quality work. I want clients to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing they are being represented by a passionate advocate who is working diligently on their behalf and is accessible to provide clear and thorough information through every step of the legal process.
Educationally, I graduated with honors from Florida State University’s College of Law in 2012. During law school, I was a law clerk for a civil litigation firm and a member of the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy. I also hold a Master’s Degree in International Business from the University of Florida and a B.S. in Multinational Business Operations from Florida State University.
I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, playing soccer and spending the summers working on my family’s farm. After living and working in various cities along the East Coast and abroad, I am delighted to call Colorado home. Hiking beautiful trails, meeting friends for yoga, reading, and trying new recipes are ways I enjoy spending my spare time in this wonderful state.
Alexandra is a University of Colorado Alumni where she obtained her English Writing degree with a minor in Anthropology. Alexandra has been working in the legal field for 10 years. She started out at the age of 14 helping in secretarial duties and was eager to learn what it would take to become a general practice paralegal. Alexandra is now well versed in many areas of law including, family law, estate planning, criminal defense, probate, personal injury, bankruptcy, and business formation.
In her spare time, Alexandra loves to create new vegan recipes and read anything from Shakespeare to Dan Brown. She is a blogger for her site, Entertaining Vegan, where she shares her recipes and tips on vegan hosting. She is an expert on etiquette and loves to entertain. She is a supporter of Rainforest Alliance and Mercy for Animals. Alexandra is also an active member in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Smoky Hill Trail Chapter where she is on the committee for Project Patriot, Literacy Promotion, and Junior Membership. She is a passionate supporter of our Country and helping to educate our citizens about the history and responsibilities of being an American.