Originally from Wyoming, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in lighting design and lighting technology from the University of Wyoming in 2003. After working in the entertainment industry for many years, I relocated to Phoenix, Arizona to pursue my goal of becoming a lawyer. I attended the Phoenix School of Law where I earned my Juris Doctor degree in 2012, graduating in the top 3% of my class. I achieved the highest bar score of any Phoenix Law graduate in my testing class, and one of the highest scores in the State. I have had the pleasure of working with Michael Kimerer since graduating law school. My practice focuses on white collar and other high felony criminal defense matters. I practice in both federal and state court. I am licensed and have done appellate work in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Arizona appellate courts. I have worked on a wide range of criminal matters from low-level misdemeanors to the highest-level felonies. I serve on the Board of Governors and as the amicus co-chair for the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. I have authored amicus briefs in support of the AACJ in the Supreme Court of the United States, the Ninth Circuit of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, and the Arizona Court of Appeals. I have been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star each year since 2016.
While attending law school I interned in the Office of the Governor Jan Brewer and the Office of the Arizona Solicitor General. I also interned with the City of Mesa Economic Development Department where I assisted in the negotiation of several high-profile developments. In my final semester of law school, I interned at the law firm of Kimerer & Derrick, P.C. I spent most of law school focused on ways to help others achieve greatness. I served as a research assistant to the Honorable Stephen Gerst. I was present of the Sports & Entertainment Law Society, Vice President of the Student Bar Association, Chief Justice of the Honor Court, and Vice Managing Editor of the Phoenix Law Review. I also tutored other students through law school and through the State Bar exam.
On a personal level, I am married to my husband, Andrew Witte, who works as one of the mostly highly coveted robotic lighting repair specialists in the entertainment industry. A few years ago, he opened his own business and we have been diligently building that over the past few years. My pride and joy is my fur-baby, Lil’Dude. I enjoy spending time with my family doing outdoor activities. I have a brother who recently retired as a Sergeant Major in the United States Marine Corps and a sister who has done amazing things in her career with Chevron. I have two nephews now serving in the military – one in the Marine Corps and one in the Navy. I have a niece who recently made me the proudest great aunt in the world.
I look forward to continuing to help those in need as I progress in my career. I am proud to be a member of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association.