Mariah is mom and a tireless advocate for families in transition. She does private practice to control personalized advocacy and believes in committed, assertive representation to fit the needs of each case.
Mariah’s path to family law began as she advocated for gender equality and women’s rights. In Senegal, she worked with a NGO with rapporteur status to the United Nations, has done research and writing on post-colonial feminism, and is fluent in French the official language of Senegal, having earned a B.A. in French from Portland State University, with honors in 2006. Her commitment to legal reform began early when she published “Criminal Justice," Concord Review (2000, Vol. 10, #4) on disparate drug sentencing laws and the push to privatize prisons. She is a member of the Utah and Colorado Bars Associations, the El Paso and Douglas County (Colorado) Bar Associations, and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. Mariah clerked for an administrative law judge in the U.S. Department of the Interior and worked alongside both appellate and felony attorneys on many vexing constitutional defense issues. Working throughout law school, she clerked for many brilliant defense attorneys, some who have argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, and started doing misdemeanor jury trials.
Small, aggressive, responsive firm
Mariah’s passion for getting the best results for individuals and families in transition or crisis or those who are simply in need of sage counsel led her to start her own practice. She saw that firms spending big bucks for impressive office space had to make certain financial trade-offs in their practice and wanted to keep overhead low so that service could be maximized. She comes to work in jeans and tee-shirt most days, but promises to wear a suit to court-schedules appearances. Our practice is small enough that staff knows what is happening with each case, can get to Mariah, and can respond quickly when needed. Her past associations with others in this field—attorneys, private investigators, mediators, psychiatric professionals, police officers, and others—means you get the advantages of a wide range of skills through a single point of contact whose mission is for you to succeed.