SPRINGER AND STEINBERG - Key Persons
Aaron Acker practices primarily in the areas of real estate litigation and transactions, construction litigation, and commercial litigation at Springer & Steinberg, P.C. He has a decade of legal experience and is committed to securing the best outcome for every client.
"As a third-generation lawyer, I developed a nose for the law at an early age. Having to hire a lawyer to enforce your rights or to defend yourself can be an intimidating and emotional process. The emotional component of each case is not lost on me and I strive to guide my clients through difficult situations by providing candid analysis and offering practical and pragmatic solutions. I have extensive experience in real estate, construction litigation, and administrative law matters. I enjoy that the law brings me in touch with people from all walks of life, with their own unique stories to tell. When not practicing law, I can often be found in the Colorado outdoors backcountry skiing and fly-fishing." - Aaron Acker
J.D., Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, 2007
B.A. (History), University of Pittsburgh, 2003
AJ is a legal assistant at Springer & Steinberg in Denver, who joined the firm in 2021. AJ is a focused, detail-oriented person, which allows AJ to provide immeasurable assistance to our paralegals and attorneys.
Originally hailing from outside of Philadelphia, PA, he got his start working with various firms focusing on corporate law. Currently he primarily works on domestic relations matters but doesn't hesitate to jump in and provide help where needed in other areas of law, including personal injury and civil litigation as a whole.
In his spare time, AJ is a local artist who creates metal sculptures as well as an avid disc golfer.
- Key Member of the Team at Springer & Steinberg
- Special Counsel
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and with 27 years of legal experience, Amy M. Springer is a key member of the team at Springer & Steinberg, P.C. She primarily focuses on divorce and family law matters and strives to provide the personalized attention and aggressive counsel her clients need in these sensitive, important issues.
"I graduated from DU in 1991, after finishing my undergraduate education at CU Leeds College of Business. I have experience in general litigation, bankruptcy law, and family law domestic matters. I also am an occasional guest columnist for the Glendale Chronicle. When I'm not practicing law, I am an avid tennis player, enjoy traveling and spending time with my family." - Amy M. Springer
J.D., University of Denver, 1991
B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1988
Austin G. Miller is an attorney at Springer and Steinberg, P.C. who primarily focuses on representing clients in complex civil and criminal matters. Before attending the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Austin received his degree in Business Economics from the University of Arizona where he was a manager for the Men's Basketball Team. During his time with the team, Austin was inspired to pursue a career that would allow him to help advocate for people facing difficult situations.
- Civil Litigation Attorney
- Senior Paralegal
- Senior Paralegal at Springer & Steinberg
Charleen Castro is a senior paralegal at Springer & Steinberg, P.C. in Denver. She brings years of legal and industry experience to each case she helps handle with our attorneys.
Growing up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Charleen would later attend Temple University to complete her BA in Communications. After a busy career as a regional sales manager for ferrous metal castings, she sought a change in professions, and the law caught her attention. She completed her paralegal certificate with the intention of assisting corporate law firms but found that she was drawn to cases for people in need, not corporations. She now assists our firm with family law, criminal defense, and personal injury cases, as well as appellate cases handled in local, state, and federal courts.
B.B. Temple University
- Lawyers Association Member, Board of Directors
Craig L. Pankratz has been recognized as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers and as a Top 40 under 40 attorney by National Trial Lawyers and American Society of Legal Advocates. Before joining Springer & Steinberg, P.C., he practiced law in Utah and served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger at the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. He has substantial trial and appellate experience.
"Growing up on a farm taught me the value of hard work, tenacity, and integrity. These values have shaped my life and continue to motivate me as an attorney. I've worked in the public and private sectors and have handled a broad range of cases involving criminal law, real property disputes, employment discrimination, employment termination disputes, breach of contract, civil rights, family law, personal injury, and wrongful death. My rural upbringing and broad exposure to the law have given me a unique perspective that I use to get the best possible results for my clients." - Craig L. Pankratz
J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Baylor University, 2008
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Brigham Young University, 2004
Senior Litigation Attorney, Springer & Steinberg, P.C., 2018-Present
Emily's practice is devoted to defending individuals in criminal cases in the state of Colorado. Emily's approach is client-centered and built around supporting clients during one of the most difficult and daunting periods in their lives. From successfully litigating constitutional motions to securing excellent results through negotiation, investigation, and mitigation, Emily fights relentlessly to obtain favorable outcomes for clients at the trial and pre-trial stages of criminal prosecution.
Emily began her legal career in criminal defense as a Colorado State Public Defender. She has extensive experience and has zealously defended clients who were facing criminal charges ranging from traffic and misdemeanor offenses to sex assaults and homicides. During her time as a public defender and after, Emily has handled hundreds of cases and tried dozens of cases to juries, obtaining favorable outcomes for her clients.
In practice since 2006, Erick Arriola has represented all manner of clients throughout the Denver metro area, the front range, and beyond with a focus on commercial litigation and real estate matters. From major national banks, businesses (big and small), and individuals, Mr. Arriola knows that every client's needs are unique and every problem benefits from a fresh approach. Mr. Arriola focuses with intention of providing solutions in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible while staying ahead of the curve on developments in the law. Never stagnate.
Mr. Arriola joined Springer & Steinberg, PC as Special Counsel in 2022 after running his own successful commercial litigation firm for eight years.
B.A., Political Science and History, Azusa Pacific University, 2000
J.D., University of Denver's Sturm College of Law, 2006
Evan Healey is a litigation attorney with broad experience across civil and criminal practice areas. His litigation experience includes cases in state and federal courts around the country, including Nevada, Georgia, Texas, California, and, of course, Colorado. Prior to joining Springer & Steinberg, P.C., he served as a law clerk to a district court judge in Jefferson County and interned at an Oregon-based nonprofit litigating groundbreaking cases in the highest courts of various jurisdictions, including the United States Supreme Court.
Evan's background in natural sciences provides him with the ability to analyze cases and interpret evidence in a way that few other attorneys can. His combination of legal and scientific expertise has resulted in favorable settlements in civil matters for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Evan has experience that includes a broad scope of civil litigation matters for both plaintiffs and defendants, including personal injury, business disputes, government contracting, municipal taxation, and employment. He is also quickly developing a reputation as a specialist in cases brought under Colorado's Dram Shop Act against bars, restaurants, and other liquor license holders. His criminal law experience is equally broad and ranges from minor traffic infractions to felony cases with charges of assault, menacing, and child abuse.
Evan was born and raised in the Denver metro area and is a lifelong lover of outdoor sports. He is an accomplished cyclist and runner and has competed in dozens of triathlons around the country, including national championships.
"It has been said that if there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers. I've found this to be true because in law, as in life, power is too frequently given to people who abuse it. I enjoy practicing law because it allows me to give a voice to the voiceless and stand up in the face of overzealous insurance companies and prosecutors. My ultimate goal as an attorney is to equalize the balance of power and help my clients navigate through and successfully overcome what are often the most difficult times in their lives."
J.D., University of Denver, 2019
M.S., Northern Arizona University, 2015
B.A., University of Colorado, 2013
Harvey A. Steinberg is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell®, selected for The Best Lawyers in America®, and is ranked in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. After serving as a Deputy District Attorney in the 18th Judicial District, Colorado from 1978-1985, Mr. Steinberg and Mr. Springer joined forces to form Springer & Steinberg, P.C. and have been succeeding in the most complex and difficult cases ever since.
"I became a lawyer because I could talk my way out of anything. It is important that somebody stands up to the system otherwise the system will roll over everybody; The system demands that we hold it in check. I do it for the satisfaction that comes with making sure my clients get the best results possible." - Harvey A. Steinberg
J.D., University of Colorado, 1978, with distinction
B.A., University of Colorado, 1975
Jason C. Astle joined Springer & Steinberg, P.C. in 2013 and primarily handles appeals, personal injury, and business law, and litigation of small business, general, and complex commercial matters such as breach of contract claims, employment issues, non-compete agreement, and property disputes. His professionalism and integrity, along with his work ethic, enable him to effectively represent his clients' interests in the most complex cases.
Mr. Springer is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell®, has been selected for The Best Lawyers in America® and "Super Lawyers," is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and is ranked in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers.
"I became a lawyer to pursue justice for my clients. We founded Springer and Steinberg so when someone is injured or needs the scales of justice to be balanced in their favor we use our considerable experience to get them the results they deserve. Over the years I've litigated hundreds of cases in the Denver area and throughout the country. I'm proud of what I accomplish for my clients and the tens of millions of dollars that I have recovered on their behalf." - Jeffrey A. Springer
J.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1975
A.B., Princeton University, 1972
2022 Recognized by Best Lawyers for:
Personal Injury Plaintiff
Personal Injury Defense
White-Collar Criminal Defense
Born and raised in Colorado, Jennifer Hayes is a perfect fit here at Springer & Steinberg, P.C. in Denver, where she acts as a legal assistant. Our attorneys know they can always depend on Jennifer whenever a case needs an extra set of eyes or hands. Although she can assist with all types of cases, she prefers to focus on the criminal defense cases we accept.
Jennifer holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree and a paralegal certification. In other words, she is more than prepared to get into the finest details when assisting with a case.
Known by her friends, family, coworkers, and even our clients as a friendly and attentive individual, it is no surprise that Jennifer loves to read in her spare time. She also enjoys quiet days with her family and her dogs.
JoAnne is an experienced and respected litigator with over three decades of experience in Colorado courts and the Denver legal and non-profit communities. She began her legal career as an appellate law clerk at the Colorado Court of Appeals, after which she practiced with and became a partner at a 50 plus attorney litigation firm in Greenwood Village. Her practice in the insurance group focused on a wide range of insurance coverage issues and claims, including general liability, disability (individual and group), health, automobile/significant personal injury and life. This initial work experience with and for insurers provided extensive background into the day-to-day operations of the insurance industry, its' regulators and claims handling and remains a major focus of her continuing work
For the past 20 plus years JoAnne has focused her practice on representing insureds-assisting them in making and perfecting insurance claims and litigating claims after improper denial or delay by their insurer. She has also litigated hundreds of commercial, negligence (including legal malpractice), and education related claims in federal and state courts. Her knowledge of insurance law and bad faith, coupled with her extensive litigation experience has been pivotal in her representation as personal counsel of physicians, attorneys and other professionals and insureds, in assisting them in obtaining insurance benefits.
JoAnne appreciates that when making or pursuing a claim, clients often face multiple challenges beyond the insurance claim at issue. She is experienced in working cooperatively with other counsel, agencies and experts to maximize the potential success of each claim or case.
JoAnne is admitted to practice in Colorado, Wyoming, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She is rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubble. She is a member of the Colorado and Arapahoe Bar Associations, including the Insurance and Health Care Sections. She has served on several Colorado non-profit boards including the Colorado Ballet (2010-present), Developmental Pathways (2012-2021) and Adam's Camp ( 1999-2009); tutored and mentored at the University of Denver Bridge Project and Denver Public Schools truancy education and reduction program. She holds an MS in Special Education and Reading and a Type D Certificate in School Administration and previously taught in Littleton Public Schools.
Attorney Keith Scranton is an experienced litigation attorney who has handled cases in various state and federal courts across the country, including the Colorado Supreme Court, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Much of his work is focused on complex, commercial, appellate, and class action litigation.
Growing up in Montana, Keith gained an appreciation for both the outdoors and the importance of community. He was first introduced to the legal system in middle school where he volunteered for a Peer Court program as a student attorney. There, volunteers worked with first time youth offenders to take accountability for their actions and repay their debt to society. Keith's passion for law quickly grew, and he decided to become a lawyer, a profession that would allow him to stand up for people in need, which rang true with his core principles. He completed his undergraduate studies in New York and then headed to the University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder for his JD.
Keith's practice is primarily focused on representing plaintiffs. Throughout the years he has striven to give each client personalized attention and compassionate representation. By treating clients like friends, not case numbers, he helps them navigate the stressful world of litigation. This deliberate approach to casework also helps uncover truths behind each case and strengthens his ability to effectively represent and pursue each client's objectives.
There have been many defining moments in Attorney Scranton's legal career. He has presented oral arguments in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a putative class action against an international tech company; he has secured an $11.5 million verdict for a brain injury client injured by a defective product; he helped a grieving mother find closure and financial stability by securing a confidential settlement after her 5-month-old was killed in a crash; and, he has gone head-to-head with major insurance companies and their attorney lobbyists in front of the Colorado Supreme Court in Calderon v. American Family Insurance.
In his free time, Keith often enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. For quieter recreation, he practices photography.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY - BS in Science, Technology, and Society with Minor in Technological Entrepreneurship - 2006
University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, CO - JD - 2010
- Denied over Judge's Fear He 's Like Tom Cruise
Kenneth M. Harmon focuses primarily on representing individuals and businesses in white-collar criminal and related regulatory matters; and in civil matters involving investment and business-related disputes and torts, as well as whistleblower-related litigation. Ken is a former federal prosecutor who recently left the U.S. Department of Justice after a twenty-eight-year career in federal criminal law enforcement, serving eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida and the balance of his time as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Colorado.
Ken began his career investigating and prosecuting complex white-collar matters in the mid-1990s, when he was appointed to a four-member securities fraud task force in the Southern District of Florida charged with investigating and prosecuting complex, securities fraud-related offenses. After training with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Ken went on to serve in this task force with cross-designated attorneys from the SEC's Enforcement Division and investigated and successfully prosecuted, among others, executives of publicly traded companies engaged in accounting fraud, and a network of stockbrokers involved in a nationwide broker bribery scheme.
Ken continued handling complex white-collar matters after coming to Colorado in 1998, leading investigations and prosecutions involving a broad spectrum of subjects and offenses, including numerous investment fraud, tax fraud, and government program fraud cases, and typically working these matters in close coordination with a variety of federal law enforcement and federal civil regulatory agencies. Ken's experience as a white-collar prosecutor also included a number of matters with international dimensions, including a series of undercover investigations targeting foreign internet pharmacy operations trafficking in dangerous counterfeit and unapproved pharmaceutical drugs and the foreign nationals behind these operations.
Ken began his legal career as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City, where he assisted in a variety of federal civil litigation and regulatory matters.
Mr. Harmon also holds an executive position with an industry-leading finance firm.
"Whether it be cross-examining a South Florida doctor claiming to have found a wonder cure for cocaine-addiction as a defense to drug trafficking charges - investigating and figuring out a sophisticated insider trading scheme - or tackling GAAP accounting principles as part of accounting fraud investigations of publicly traded companies - the challenge and thrill of learning and understanding new and complex things - and then presenting them in an understandable, simple and persuasive way in the context of a legal dispute - was what invigorated me over the course of almost three decades investigating and prosecuting white-collar matters.I look forward to taking on these same types of challenges with the same vigor and enthusiasm for my clients now in the private sector and to helping them successfully navigate and overcome the challenges presented by an increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment." - Kenneth M. Harmon
J. D., Harvard Law School, 1985 (cum laude)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1982 (magna cum laude)
Logan R. Baseley is a former prosecutor in the 21st Judicial District and in the City of Aurora. He has argued over twenty jury trials to verdict.
Logan prides himself on being a skilled divorce lawyer who keeps the case moving forward as amicably and efficiently as possible and resolving it in a dignified manner with minimal animosity. His even temperament helps guide clients through the challenges of a family law case. Logan's wealth of experience and prioritization of his clients means he is always available to answer his clients' questions and address their concerns. He is accessible and responsive to his clients by phone, cell, and email.
Matthew Holycross is a tireless crusader for the average person. He believes that no single voice is more or less important than another and that everyone deserves to have their voice heard.
Matt came to Springer & Steinberg, P.C. from Ohio in 2009 and started his legal journey here in Colorado as an understudy to Jeff and Harvey-two of the brightest legal minds in the state. Nearly ten years later, Matt has established himself as a respected and revered member of the legal community and has become an integral part of continuing the firm's vision. Matt strives every day to right the wrongs that his clients have suffered and has been successful in doing so. When Matt is not pursuing his clients' cases, he spends his time in Colorado's wilderness skiing, hiking, fly-fishing, and backpacking, or in its many concert venues enjoying great music.
"Sometimes the average person can only be heard when someone strong and confident stands behind him and yells in unison. But, I don't always have to be the loudest voice in the room to help my clients to be heard. Respect-for myself, for my clients, and for my opponent-often break down communication barriers, opens eyes, ears, and hearts, and allows the other side to see my clients as human beings and not numbers on a page. If not, I won't hesitate to help the jury make that link for the other side at trial. I enjoy connecting with my clients professionally and personally because I have found that when I know my clients as people, I can better advocate their position and help them level the field to get them great results, even when they are at a disadvantage." - Matthew Holycross
J.D., University of Akron, 2008
B.S.B.A., Bowling Green State University, 2004
- Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates
Mr. Giacomini is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization whose elected members are trial lawyers of high personal character and honorable reputation. Members must have first-chaired at least 10 civil jury trials. Matt has first-chaired many civil jury trials, as well as many criminal jury trials. Matthew R. Giacomini is a former Deputy District Attorney who has earned a stellar reputation as a civil and criminal trial lawyer. He has an AV Preeminent®️ Rating with Martindale-Hubbell®️ and has been selected for inclusion as a Super Lawyer. His trials include acquittals for clients charged with serious criminal offenses, including sexual assault on a child. In one high-profile sexual assault case, Mr. Giacomini's client, a principal of a school, was found not guilty by a Jefferson County jury.
His personal injury cases include 7-figure settlements as well as significant jury awards in motor vehicle accident and employment discrimination cases. Consistent with his experience in both criminal and civil law, Mr. Giacomini has successfully represented clients before licensing and other administrative agencies. His litigation and trial experience includes defending clients in civil actions facing allegations ranging from fraud and personal injury to business disputes, which makes him well-qualified to represent plaintiffs, the focus of his civil law practice.
"I'm a third-generation Colorado lawyer and my practice is both criminal defense and civil litigation. My criminal defense practice has allowed me to fight for folks who face criminal charges. On the civil side, I represent injured people whose lives have been changed by injury. My representation of these clients is enhanced by my experience having tried hundreds of cases both as a former prosecutor and as a former insurance defense attorney." - Matthew R. Giacomini
J.D., University of Colorado, 1984
B.S., University of Colorado, 1980
M.S., University of Denver, 1981
Deputy District Attorney, Adams County, Colorado, 1984-87
Mattson Smith is a passionate advocate who believes in working not just for the client, but with them, to find the best outcomes at each stage of the criminal process. Mattson was raised in a small town in South Carolina, where he learned early that our justice system cannot function without dedicated attorneys who will not only represent their clients, but passionately advocate on their behalf. This passion followed Mattson to college at Furman University where he interned with an International Human Rights Group in Brussels, Belgium, as well as at a legal non-profit in Columbia, South Carolina, dedicated to indigent rights. Following college, Mattson moved to Colorado to pursue his law degree at the University of Denver, where he focused his energy into criminal defense. He spent a year working in the criminal defense clinic at DU and interned with the Colorado Public Defender's Office.
As an attorney, Mattson hit the ground running, winning both his first trial and first appeal. Since then, Mattson has negotiated sex offenses to dismissal, and litigated assault cases to not guilty verdicts, securing numerous victories for his clients in between. Whether meeting with a client, negotiating with a district attorney, or duking it out in trial, Mattson fights for his client's rights, their liberty, and their intrinsic humanity.
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, J.D., 1984
Colorado State University, M.A., 1981
State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A., 1974
- Office Manager & Paralegal
There is not much Michaela Lloyd can't do. As the office manager and lead paralegal at Springer & Steinberg, P.C. in Denver, she is always there to support our attorneys, staff members, and clients. Not only is she capable of completing any task she puts on her to-do list, but she also does everything with a genuine smile and a positive attitude.
Our clients have come to know Michaela as someone they can relate to and trust, no matter what they are going through. She has been in many of their same situations, which lets her put herself in their shoes. She sees her job as one-part legal work and one-part reassuring and guiding clients through tough times.
Michaela joined our law firm in 2011 after a career with another law firm, which followed a career in the food industry. Her culinary background was not quite where she wanted to be, so she shifted gears to find her true passion: legal work for people in need.
When she has some free time, Michaela spends time with her son and cooking around the house. Her chocolate chip cookies are a favorite among our firm and our clients!
"I love learning new things about the law and about people through the work I do with our clients. Any given case may have a major impact on that particular client's life, so I approach my work with the understanding that it's not just a bunch of paperwork, but someone's life and future I am dealing with. After over 15 years in the legal field, I have worked first hand on some of the most difficult cases involving horrifying events and circumstances imaginable. I take great pride in knowing that my work is helping people to heal and move forward on a new chapter in their lives. " - Michaela Lloyd
Sandy Rider has been a paralegal for nearly 20 years, making her one of the most experienced paralegals in Denver. We are proud to be able to call her a member of Springer & Steinberg, P.C., where she can put all of her talents to great use for clients in need.
While she was growing up in Washington and on a farm, she quickly learned the importance of working hard and being dependable. The lessons of her past are prominent in how she helps our clients and our attorneys today with difficult cases that require the utmost attention. She currently focuses on domestic and civil litigation, but she has experience with wills, personal injury claims, and criminal cases.
After moving to Colorado, Sandy met her husband. She has shared a life with him for almost 40 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren, and she can always count on them to visit regularly for fun. In the community, some might recognize her for her participation with local churches and children's ministries.
"I enjoy the challenges of each case and working together with our clients and attorneys to meet those challenges. I want our clients to know that I am available to answer their questions and assist them as they navigate the complexities of the legal process. I understand the emotional drain that comes with many of my cases and am compassionate and sensitive to our client's individual needs. I love the fact that there is always something new to learn and experience within the legal arena." - Sandy Rider
Sarah Miler recently relocated to Denver and joined Springer and Steinberg, P.C. in March 2018. Ms. Miler earned her Paralegal Certificate from New York University and worked as a personal injury paralegal in New York City for 13 years. She has extensive experience in personal injury litigation from initial case intake to trial preparation with a specialization in the identification, reduction, and resolution of Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicaid, ERISA, and FEHBA liens. At Springer & Steinberg, P.C., Ms. Miler provides paralegal support services for the civil division assisting with personal injury, malpractice, premises liability, contract disputes, and other civil matters.
- Legal Assistant
- Assistant With Springer & Steinberg
Stacey Lopez is a legal assistant with Springer & Steinberg, P.C. in Denver. When an attorney needs help managing intricate details of a case, Stacey is always there to lend her talents.
Before coming to our law firm, she completed her BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Arlington. This educational background helps her excel even further when assisting with a criminal defense case brought to our firm.
Outside of the law office, Stacey likes to spend time with her friends and family. She considers herself an avid concertgoer and a bit of a traveler as well.
The University of Texas at Arlington
Stephen Prager is a litigation attorney who handles a variety of different cases, from personal injury to breach of contract and domestic matters. He has significant experience in the courtroom, having conducted forty jury trials and countless other types of hearings throughout his career. Prior to joining Springer & Steinberg, P.C., he served as an associate attorney at a large Colorado-based law firm and as a deputy district attorney in the 4th Judicial District in Colorado Springs. Stephen is very comfortable the courtroom handling a diverse array of different cases as well as adept in negotiating with opposing counsel and representing his clients' best interests.
Stephen is from Denver, Colorado and is an avid fan of all Denver sports teams. In his free time, he enjoys reading, movies, and playing guitar.
Stephen M. Burstein is recognized as a Top 40 under 40 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers, included in America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, and is Lead Counsel Rated for Criminal Law - State Felony & Misdemeanor. Mr. Burstein focuses his practice primarily on criminal and DUI defense. He was a Deputy District Attorney in the 18 th Judicial District, serving both Arapahoe and Douglas counties. Mr. Burstein has argued over eighty trials to verdict and takes pride in his aggressive and effective litigation.
"The courtroom is a place where the individual is lost by the commotion and confusion of the system. My satisfaction comes from being a force and an advocate for my client's rights. I became a lawyer to inject creativity and ingenuity into the process, and to make the system view my client as a person - not just another case." - Stephen M. Burstein
J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2011
B.A., The Ohio State University, 2007
Sussan M. Ameri, CRP™ was born and raised in Germany and moved to Colorado from Portland, Oregon in 2005. She received her paralegal certificate from Arapahoe Community College in December 2009 and Core Registered Paralegal, CRP™ credential in June 2011.
Prior to becoming a paralegal, Ms. Ameri graduated from Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and German, and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in German Literature and Cultural Studies with a minor in French. Ms. Ameri has taught at a variety of universities and colleges and has also worked in several start-ups as a content developer, project manager, and editor.
Ms. Ameri joined Springer & Steinberg, P.C. in August 2017 where she primarily, though not exclusively, provides paralegal support services in personal injury matters and cases spanning an array of other practice areas.
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