Katayoun Donnelly

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Title: Attorney, Owner
Company: Azizpour Donnelly LLC
Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

Katayoun Donnelly, JD, has been included in Marquis Who’s Who, based on her noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in the legal field.

Ms. Donnelly is the principal of Azizpour Donnelly, LLC, which she founded in 2012.  She set out to create a legal practice that accepts cases based on the significance of the legal issues raised or their importance to the life of the client, without the financial pressures of large overheads and high salaries that have placed quality legal representation beyond the reach of the vast majority of Americans.  She handles a wide range of civil and criminal litigation for clients ranging from indigents to Fortune-200 corporations, with special emphasis on appeals and constitutional issues.  She has briefed and argued numerous constitutional issues in civil and criminal cases before the state and federal appellate courts. Notably, she successfully argued a landmark case at the Colorado Supreme Court that sets the terms of reference for resolving disputes over cryopreserved pre-embryos.

After moving to the US from her native Iran (where she earned Bachelor and Master of Laws degrees), Ms. Donnelly received her JD from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law in 2006.  She then worked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague and as a law clerk for the Honorable Edward W. Nottingham, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and for the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  After a couple years of practice in “BigLaw” (large national law firms), she set up Azizpour Donnelly to provide comparable expertise to everyday citizens.

Ms. Donnelly is deeply engaged in the local and national legal communities.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Supreme Court’s Attorneys’ Fund for Client Protection, and the Colorado Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession and is an active member of many local legal organizations, including the Colorado Bar Association (where she has served on the Board of Governors), the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program, and the Faculty of Federal Advocates.  At the national level, she is on the Board of Directors of the American Inns of Court Foundation and is an active member of the American Bar Association, where she co-chairs the pro bono subcommittee of the Appellate Practice Committee, and the National Client Protection Organization.  In 2010, Ms. Donnelly was awarded the Temple Bar Scholarship to do practical legal studies in London. Her accomplishments have also earned her repeated selection to Colorado Super Lawyers.

Asked about the sources and satisfactions of her success, Ms. Donnelly credited “those people who believed in me,” especially her family, both in Iran and in the United States, and many mentors and colleagues.  She observed that “having once been forced to live in silence, I found my voice in becoming the voice of the unheard…and I hope to be able to continue to use it in legal advocacy for many years to come.”

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