Ms. Proff is an experienced trial attorney whose practice is dedicated to representing adults and juveniles charged in criminal and delinquency cases. From misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies, Ms. Proff has represented hundreds of individuals in state and municipal courts across Colorado.
Before joining Johnson & Klein as a senior associate in 2016, Ms. Proff was the policy director for the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center. In that role, she successfully lobbied for legislation in the Colorado General Assembly to improve the treatment of children and youth in the juvenile justice system in Colorado. Ms. Proff was instrumental in getting landmark legislation passed that authorized resentencing hearings for individuals sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed when they were juveniles.
Ms. Proff previously spent seven years as a trial attorney in the Denver office of the Colorado State Public Defender. During that time, she defended thousands of individuals and tried over 50 cases to verdict. As a result of her pretrial investigation and advocacy, Ms. Proff has also secured over 30 dismissals for clients before trial. She has experience with a broad range of charges, including driving under the influence, weapons offenses, drug possession and distribution, assault, domestic violence, burglary, theft, sexual assault, and first-degree murder.
Ms. Proff has been invited to lecture at legal conferences and trainings across the country on topics ranging from litigating pretrial motions to best practices when defending children charged as adults.
Ms. Proff is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Colorado Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association. A volunteer mentor for Colorado Youth at Risk, she co-founded and serves on the board of directors for Learn Your Rights in Colorado (LYRIC), a nonprofit organization that teaches high school students about their constitutional rights. She is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association’s Leadership Training Program (COBALT).
5280 Magazine has recognized Ms. Proff as a 2017 and 2018 “Top Lawyer” in juvenile defense.