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Leaders in litigation

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Leaders in litigation

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Leaders in litigation

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Leaders in litigation

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Professional Staff

Karen Bath — Receptionist

Location: Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-451-0300

Karen joined the Ciancio Ciancio Brown team in July of 2010. She was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and is a graduate of North High School. Karen is a people person and has been doing receptionist work for 15 years.

She has been married to her husband for 33 years and loves spending time with her 3 children and her 10 grandchildren. Her free time is often spent watching them all play sports ranging from gymnastics to football! She is also strong in her Faith and loves traveling and doing volunteer work.


Cailin DeGeorge — Legal Administrative Assistant

Location: Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-451-0300

Cailin is the Legal Administrative Assistant and hopes to become a paralegal. She started with Ciancio Ciancio Brown in July of 2018. Cailin is a proud Colorado native, born in Denver and grew up in Fort Collins. She attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where she studied Psychology and fueled her passion for helping others. In her free time, she loves to do anything that involves the outdoors – snowboarding, boating, hiking, and enjoying the Colorado sunshine. Spending time with family and friends is most important to her.


Lori Ella — Client Relations Administrator/Marketing Development

Location: Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-451-0300

Lori joined Ciancio Ciancio Brown (CCB) in August of 2014. She was born in Minnesota where she raised her family and enjoyed a 21-year career in law enforcement as an emergency police dispatcher, reserve police officer, and community service officer before relocating to Colorado to become the evidence technician for the Lafayette Police Department. Just prior to coming to CCB Lori spent six years as a judicial assistant and courtroom bailiff for the Denver County Court. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Lori is the Client Relations Administrator and performs marketing development for CCB. She conducts all intakes with potential new clients. Lori provides each caller with empathy, professionalism, and focus, and is accomplished at evaluating inquiries and offering a personalized response.

Lori’s volunteerism, awards, and recognition include:

  • Community Program Coordinator for the City of Lafayette
  • Colorado Association of Property and Evidence Technicians Board Member
  • Community Service Award, 2000, Lafayette Police Department
  • Non-Commissioned Employee of the Year, 2001, Lafayette Police Department
  • Support Staff Employee of the Year, 2009, Denver County Court
  • Committee member of Denver County Court Academy Advisory Council in 2009-10
  • Recognized in the Court Review Journal, Volume 46, Issue 3, for special assistance in researching a White Paper entitled, “The Debate over the Selection and Retention of Judges: How Judges Can Ride the Wave”
  • Appointed by Colorado Governor Ritter in 2009 and reappointed by Governor Hickenlooper in 2013 to Colorado’s 17 th Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission

Lori is passionate about her faith, family (three daughters, six granddaughters, and a favorite grandson), animal rights/adoption, environmental issues, crossword puzzles, poker, political campaigning/voter registration, Andrea Bocelli and last, but certainly not least, her Chihuahua, Rico.


Kristie Hagberg — Senior Accountant

Location: Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-451-0300

Kristie joined Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. in February of 2021. She has over ten years of experience in the accounting field, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting Summa Cum Laude, and a Master of Science in Accounting 4.0 GPA, both from Regis University. Her proudest accomplishment was finishing her Masters in under a year while working full time. After a decade working up to controller in the construction industry, she has decided to expand her knowledge base by transferring into the legal industry.

A Colorado native, originally from Golden, she enjoys time outdoors and concerts at Red Rocks. She also has a passion for ballet and the arts, and continues to take ballet classes.


Keeley Hall — Paralegal

Location: Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-451-0300

Keeley is a Colorado native, born and raised in Fort Collins, CO. She started working as a legal administrative assistant three years ago and worked her way up to a paralegal. All three years were focused on Family Law.

Outside of work Keeley enjoys traveling. Her most recent trip brought her to both Europe and Africa. She has a long list of places she would still love to see! Keeley also enjoys spending time with family, summers days when she can get out to the lake and go boating ,and Broncos football games.


Judita Hughes — Paralegal

Location: Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-451-0300

Judita joined Ciancio Ciancio Brown in 2019 as paralegal from the expert witness and forensic accounting firm, Zeeb and Company where she was an associate and the office manager from 2014 to 2019. After graduating with a degree in Paralegal Studies in 2012, she worked as a paralegal in Chicago performing all manner of paralegal tasks for attorneys focused on civil litigation, personal injury, insurance and corporate defense until 2015 when she returned to Denver. She enjoys the opportunity litigation provides her to work with her colleagues at Ciancio Ciancio and Brown in serving their clients.

In her free time, Judita enjoys both Colorado and travel. In the winter, snow is for cross-country skiing. In the spring and summer, the Rockies are perfect for hiking and biking. When in Denver, she enjoys art shows, spending time with her family, cooking, dining out and the DCPA. All year round, Judita and her family enjoy fostering rescue pups.


Stacy Lewis — Paralegal

Location: Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-451-0300

Stacy joined CCB in December of 2006. Stacy was born and raised in Colorado. After graduating from Horizon High School in 2000, Stacy attended Front Range Community College while working full time. Stacy acquired a position with a family law attorney as a file clerk, while working on her general studies with a focus in business. Stacy quickly advanced into a legal assistant position, followed by a promotion to Paralegal. As she developed her skills in the legal field, Stacy found that it was her true calling, and transitioned her studies to Paralegal Studies, and obtained her Associates Degree of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies, her Paralegal/Legal Assistant Certificate and a Management Basics Certificate.

Stacy provides paralegal support to shareholders Gene Ciancio and Loren Brown in a variety of areas, including managing calendars, case management, trial preparation, and other various duties involved in civil litigation, personal injury, and criminal law matters. In addition to her assistance on case related matters, Stacy also assists both attorneys in their positions on various boards and associations. Stacy prides herself on the reliability and trust both her managing attorneys have in her by being detail oriented and providing exceptional service to clients.

Outside of the office, Stacy loves to run, especially in races for a cause. Stacy also cherishes her time spent with her teenage son, as well as her family.


Yvette Minjarez-Mueller — Executive Assistant

Location: Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-451-0300

Yvette Minjarez-Mueller joined the CCB team in October of 2018. She is a family member to the Ciancio’s and she joins us with a degree in biology, which allowed her to create and develop the marine invertebrate exhibits at Westminster’s famous Butterfly Pavilion. For the past 9 years she has taught kindergarten.

Yvette is starting a new career in the legal field as a staff administrator for the firm. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband watching her amazing teenage kids do what they love most. Her daughter, Lexi, is a national bound hockey player this year and if she’s not in rink she’s in a theatre watching her son, Alec, entertain audiences either acting or performing magic.


LaNette Nestor — Paralegal

Location: Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-451-0300

LaNette joined the CCB team in February of 2019. She was born in Sidney, Nebraska and moved to Brush, Colorado within her first year. She spent her early and adolescent years growing-up in Brush and graduated from Brush High School.

LaNette returned to Sidney, Nebraska and attended Western Nebraska Community College. She received an Associates of Arts Degree in Computer Science receiving certifications in business, marketing, and accounting. While attending college and raising three beautiful daughters, LaNette worked full-time at Cabela’s Corporate office as a pre-press color separator and donations coordinator. In doing so she had the pleasure to work first hand with President and Owner, Jim Cabela, regarding various donations for organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and National Wild Turkey Federation, to name of few. This only increased LaNette’s passion for the outdoors. Fishing, camping, shooting, and riding trails in the Razor throughout the mountains are some of her favorite adventures.

LaNette comes to CCB as a Certified Public Notary for the State of Colorado with 17 years of law experience. The first 12 years specializing in family law, criminal, traffic, and personal injury. The last 5 years were in workman’s comp, probate, and insurance defense.


Ginnissa Pettinger — Senior Paralegal & Firm Administrator

Location: Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-451-0300

Ginnissa joined the CCB team in 1998. She was born and raised in Colorado, receiving her Paralegal Studies Degree from Front Range Community College and serves as the firm’s Senior Paralegal.

Ginnissa is responsible for all phases of litigation support for personal injury cases including; drafting court documents, discovery and discovery responses, factual investigation and legal research, case management for document-intensive cases, and trial preparation, and support. In addition to these responsibilities, Ginnissa is the Staff Administrator for the firm and assists in the hiring process and day-to-day operations of the human resources department.

In 2007, Ginnissa received the Adams Westminster Bar Association Paralegal of the Year Award, an award that Ginnissa considers an honor in her career. None of Ginnissa’s accomplishments will compare to the one she fought the hardest for in 2014…becoming an ovarian cancer survivor!

Outside the office, Ginnissa enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son. She is very active in her son’s high school activities and loves watching him play baseball. Ginnissa also enjoys running and traveling.


Marla Purdy — Paralegal

Location: Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-451-0300

Marla Purdy joined the CCB team in February 2017 with over 14 years of legal experience, the last 9 years dedicated to Family Law. She received her Paralegal Degree in 2007 and is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Colorado Christian University.

Marla supports the CCB Family Law Team in all areas including: research and financial analysis, discovery and disclosure management, case and docketing management, legal drafting, settlement negotiations and trial preparation.

Marla is a member of the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association, National Federation of Paralegal Associations, National Association of Legal Assistants, and Colorado Bar Association.


Alison Schneider — Paralegal

Location: Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-451-0300

Alison joined CCB in February 2019 with over ten years of legal experience, primarily in civil litigation. She provides paralegal support to Leslie K. Balten, Kyle C. Kreischer, and Dipak P. Patel.

Alison was born in Miami, Florida and grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs. Throughout her career, Alison has worn many hats including office manager, legal secretary and legal assistant. She strongly believes in fostering a team environment with her coworkers to produce the best results for their clients.

In her free time, Alison enjoys hiking in the foothills with her Australian Shepard mix, Beattie, and going on road trips into the mountains.


Christine Simpkins — Executive Assistant

Location: Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-451-0300

Christine joined Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. in January of 2019. Originally from the Bay Area in Northern California, Christine moved to Colorado to attended the University of Colorado, Boulder obtaining her B.S. in Marketing and International Business Management.

With a passion for cross-cultural understanding, Christine worked and traveled abroad to further develop a respect for inclusion and diversity in the workplace. After returning to Colorado, she joined Sterling-Rice Group where she delivered global integrated marketing plans, as well as built and managed brand identities in both business-to-business and consumer settings.

Returning to the workforce after having twin girls, Christine is starting a new career in the legal field where she hopes to leverage her diverse background and corporate business knowledge. And the current team loves that she knows Excel!

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