Denver criminal defense attorney Alaurice Tafoya-Modi obtained her B.A. in 1990 from the University of Colorado. She obtained her law degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 1993 and immediately began her career as a Deputy Trial lawyer in the Denver Office of the Colorado State Public Defender’s office. After six and a half years of handling numerous types of criminal cases including serious felony cases and numerous murder trials, Mrs. Tafoya-Modi left the Colorado State Public Defender’s office to work for the firm of Buchanan, Jurdem and Zulauf, P.C. where she continued representing those criminally charged as well as personal injury clients.
She began her own firm in 2002, specializing in Denver criminal defense and Denver personal injury litigation. She is a talented and experienced litigator who has tried numerous cases in her career and handled cases all over the state of Colorado as well as in federal courts. Mrs. Tafoya-Modi has successfully handled civil cases against major corporations such as Starbucks, Walmart and Conoco Phillips.
As a Denver criminal defense lawyer, her commitment to her clients and persistence in advocating their cases have earned her respect from prosecutors, opposing counsel, and judges. Mrs. Tafoya-Modi was previously appointed to serve on the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice by Governor Bill Ritter in 2009 and re-appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2012. The Commission is comprised of key stakeholders in the criminal justice system which was created to evaluate and make recommendations on reforms and improvements to the Colorado Criminal Justice system. In her position on the Commission, Mrs. Tafoya-Modi represented the interests and perspectives of the criminal defense community. Mrs.Tafoya-Modi also currently services as President-Elect of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and President of the Colorado Criminal Defense Institute. CCDI is a non-profit entity and extension of CCDB. It’s primary focus is advocating for criminal justice reform through politics and policy efforts as well as educating the public on their constitutional and civil liberties and educating criminal practitioners so they can more effectively represent individuals in the criminal justice system. Mrs. Tafoya-Modi is also a member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mrs. Tafoya-Modi lives in Denver, Colorado and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, traveling and being active in the great outdoors.