Susan B. Goddard has been practicing law since 1982. She focuses on estate planning and administration with an emphasis on taxes and formation of family limited partnerships. Susan has been named as a Colorado Super Lawyer in the area of estate planning and probate as published in 5280 Magazine in 2006 through 2017. Susan is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Susan has been recognized as a 2012 and 2013 Five Star Wealth Manager and as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts & Estates.
Susan has co-authored the "Business Interests" chapter in the Colorado Estate Planning Handbook
in 1989 and 1995. She lectures for continuing legal education seminars on tax and estate planning.
During the course of her practice, Susan has been the Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Tax Section of the Colorado Bar Association. She is also a past board member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and a past member of Leadership Denver.
Susan has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including the Girl Scouts, East High School Speech and Debate, Cableland Home Foundation, and SafeHouse for Battered Women. In 2005, Susan received the Girl Scout Women of Distinction award. In 2015, Susan received the Philanthropic Award from the Denver Foundation.
Susan received a J.D., cum laude, from Loyola of Los Angeles Law School in 1982. She received a B.A. from the University of Oregon in 1972.
Miranda K. Hawkins has been practicing law since 1999. Miranda provides practical legal advice and counseling to families and individuals in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate, and estate and gift tax planning. Miranda advises a wide variety of clients, including individuals and families who want to plan for their children and families who need more sophisticated estate and gift tax planning advice.
Early in her career, Miranda practiced in the areas of fiduciary liability litigation, ERISA, and employee benefits. Miranda also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Timothy L. Fasing of the Arapahoe County District Court in 1999-2000.
Awards and Recognition
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2012-2014)
Colorado Women’s Bar Association
Board of Directors (2009-2010, 2016-present)
Professional Advancement Committee, Member (2015-2016)
Convention Committee, Member (2008-2009)
Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council, Member
Women’s Estate Planning Council, Member
American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Section), Member
Colorado Bar Association (Tax and Trust and Estate Sections), Member
Denver Bar Association, Member
Denver Chapter of the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association, Member
Denver Law Alumnae Group, Steering Committee Member
Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP), approved as volunteer attorney mentor
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Chamber 100 Program, Class of 2007-2008
Speaker, Wills and Trusts, What’s the Fuss? Understanding Estate Planning and Probate (May 2015)
Speaker, Legal Issues and Estate Planning (December 2014)
Speaker, Estate Planning 101 (February 2013)
Speaker, Estate Planning Strategies in an Uncertain Political and Economic Environment (January 2009)
Speaker, Advising Pro Bono Clients in the Areas of Wills, Probate, Conservatorship & Guardianships (November 2007)
Co-author, Four Estate Planning Pitfalls for the Unwary Business Owner, Business Altitude Magazine (Fall 2007)
Author, Catch it While You Can – New Roth 401(k) Available, The Advisor (Jan. 2006)
Author, Revamped IRS Regulations Simplify 401(k) Plan Administration, The Advisor (Mar. 2005)
Co-author, The Right to Die and the Ninth Amendment: Compassion in Dying after Glucksberg & Vacco, 7 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 313 (Winter 1999)
Author, Oil & Gas Law, 75 Denv. U. L. Rev. 1031 (1998)
University of Denver College of Law
Denver University Law Review, Board of Editors (1998-1999)
Jo Anna Goddard has been practicing law since 1980. She focuses on estate planning and administration, including related issues in real estate, corporations and oil and gas matters. Jo Anna was the general editor of the University of Denver Law Journal in 1978-1980. Her publications include co-authoring the "Business Interests" chapter in the Colorado Estate Planning Handbook, 1995 edition, and the article, "Preventive Law and the Legal Health Audit" published in The Colorado Lawyer. Jo Anna is a lecturer at Continuing Legal Education seminars on estate planning and probate issues. She is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers. Jo Anna was selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts & Estates.
Jo Anna has served on the Denver Estate Planning Council, the Denver University Law Review Alumni Advisory Board and the Statutory Revisions Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. Jo Anna was also a member of Leadership Denver, and a past Vice-President of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.
Currently, Jo Anna is on the Board of the University of Colorado Public Interest Internship Experience and the standing committee of Colorado Veteran’s Support, Inc. She has also served on the Board of the Colorado Women's Bar Foundation, the Board of Saint Elizabeth’s School, the Board of the Manna Project, as a Girl Scout leader and has been the President of various school parent teacher organizations.
Jo Anna received a J.D. from the University of Denver in 1980. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Colorado in 1972.
Theresa D. Cooley received a B.S., Summa Cum Laude, in 1976 from the University of Northern Colorado. She received a certificate from the Denver Paralegal Institute in 1983. She is an active member of Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association and its Trust and Estate Section. From 1989-1993 she was an active participant in Colorado's Wills on Wheels program, serving as Chair of the group in 1992-93. Theresa works in the practice areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, limited liability companies, real estate, and oil and gas law.
Gail Kallas has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in French Literature from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association and has volunteered with Colorado Legal Services. Her areas of practices are estate planning, estate and trust administration, and limited liability companies.
Janelle Fast is the firm's legal assistant and office manager. Janelle joined the staff in February, 2001. She brings administrative experience in office management, human resources, bookkeeping, and records and information management. She is often times the contact for clients and other attorneys needing assistance with their general inquiries and administrative needs.