Our Team

Litigation Committee

Litigation Committee

The Litigation Committee is composed of volunteer lawyers from Denver and around the country who are experienced in our areas of practice. The Litigation Committee evaluates each case based on criteria that includes fit with Disability Law United’s mission; assessment of impact beyond the interest of the litigants; assessment of potential negative impact if we do not prevail; and assessment of fit within Disability Law United’s existing case portfolio. 

Alan Chen

Alan is a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and his research includes federal remedies for civil rights violations, free speech doctrine and theory, and lawyering for social change. He is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Civil Rights. He has litigated several high-profile, pro bono civil rights cases in the federal courts, including two suits challenging so-called Ag Gag laws that criminalize efforts of activists and journalists to expose misconduct on factory farms, an excessive force case against law enforcement officers who used pepper spray to subdue peaceful environmental protesters, and a successful facial challenge to a Colorado law mandating that all students and teachers recite the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. Before entering teaching, Alan was a civil liberties litigator with the ACLU’s Chicago office, focusing primarily on cases concerning the First Amendment, police misconduct, and privacy rights. 

Brian East

Brian 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.

Darold Killmer

Darold 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 The 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.

David Lane

David 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, he 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. David is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Tony Lawson

Tony 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.

Qusair Mohamedbhai

Qusair 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.

Mari Newman

Mari is a Partner at Newman | McNulty, where her practice emphasizes Civil Rights and Employment Law. She has consistently been voted among the Top 100 Lawyers in Colorado and Top 50 Women Lawyers in Colorado and has repeatedly been designated as a Colorado Super Lawyer. Mari has been recognized as the Lawyer of the Year in Denver for Employment Law – Individuals for both 2017 and 2014 by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mari is a 2016 recipient of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation’s “Raising the Bar” award honoring women lawyers who have made a difference and raised the bar for other women. In 2015, Mari received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Award celebrating “Content of Character,” the GLBT Bar Association Foundation’s Attorney of the Year award, and the Shorter Community AME Shoes of Justice Award honoring those who have “walked the walk of justice.” In 2014, Mari was named as a Lawyer of the Year by Law Week Colorado, and as a Top Lawyer in the areas of Civil Rights and Labor and Employment Law by 5280 Publishing. She was twice voted Law Week Colorado’s “Barrister’s Best” Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer, and was recognized as one of 7 Top Women Attorneys in 2013 by Law Week Colorado. She was honored with the Denver Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Entrepreneurial Woman of the year award.

Mari was honored with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado’s 2010 Carle E. Whitehead Award, celebrating those individuals who “stand on principle to defend our civil liberties.” Mari was also recognized with the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s 2010 Access to Justice Award, honoring “perseverance, courage and character shown over and over in cases of extraordinary circumstances.” Mari was a recipient of the Southern Center for Human Rights’ 2007 Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award for her representation of persons detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She was also recognized as the Colorado Legal Initiatives Project’s 2007 Barrister of the Year. Mari received the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s 2009 Case of the Year Award for leading her team in a case against the Colorado Department of Corrections on behalf of a female inmate who had been raped by a prison guard. Mari was also named as one of the Denver Business Journal’s 2009 “Forty Under Forty,” recognizing forty outstanding professionals under age 40 for their business success and community contributions. She received the Denver Bar Foundation’s 2008 Richard Marden Davis Award, presented to a Denver lawyer under the age of 40 who combines excellence as a lawyer with creative civic, cultural, educational and charitable leadership. She was recognized as the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s 2008 Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer of the Year. Mari has also been honored as a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation, a designation bestowed upon no more than five percent of the lawyers in Colorado for “outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community, the traditions of the profession and the maintenance and advancement of the objectives of the Colorado Bar Association.”

Ed Ramey 

Ed 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

Laura, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, teaches at Denver Law’s Civil Rights Clinic where she also 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 also served as the Director of the Public Interest Law Firm at Syracuse University College of Law.

Kevin Williams

Kevin 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.