Denver E. Donchez

Denver E. Donchez



Denver Donchez imparts her litigation work with deep insights on court procedure and appellate law. She has particular experience in matters related to employment, breach of contract and civil rights violations.

Denver previously worked as a summer associate and a litigation associate at the firm. She returned to Brownstein after a year serving as a law clerk for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart, where she worked on a variety of civil and criminal cases and was the access to justice liaison. Prior to that, Denver worked as a policy intern for the Colorado Senate Democrats, where she worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee and provided feedback to the legislature on criminal justice reform bills. She has experience drafting motions and briefs, assisting in discovery and depositions, conducting research and representing clients at trial. 

During law school, Denver served as a student attorney with the University of Denver’s Civil Rights Clinic and co-founded a student organization called the Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform. She graduated as an Order of the Coif, with a public good distinction and a certificate in constitutional rights and remedies.


      Representative Matters

      Recent Experience

      • Successfully defended LLC and multiple defendants in a contract dispute brought by glass subcontractor alleging unjust enrichment, obtaining a favorable judgment for client in bench trial.

      • Represented plaintiff-appellant, a federal prisoner asserting violations of his rights under the First Amendment and Religious Freedom Restoration Act, before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and United States government. The case argued, and the Tenth Circuit affirmed, that the United States District Court erred in finding the plaintiff’s claim seeking access to group prayer moot after the Bureau of Prisons transferred him to a temporary facility allowing group prayer.

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      • J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law
      • B.S., Texas State University