Andrew J. Contiguglia

My Professional Associations

I am a member of the First Amendment Lawyers Association, Colorado Bar Association, Arapahoe County Bar Association, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, New York State Bar Association, and the Entertainment, Arts and Sport Section of the New York State Bar Association. I have have held Executive Board positions with the Arapahoe County Bar Association and the Minoru Yasui Inn of Court. I am the incorporating member of the Free Speech Coalition of Colorado.

My Areas of Practice

Entertainment Law
Business and Commercial Law and Litigation
Criminal Law
First Amendment Law

My Bar Admissions

Colorado, 1996
New York, 2006
U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1996
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2011

My Education

University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, 1995, J.D.
Law Journal: Journal of International Law and Policy, 1994 – 1995
Columbia University, New York, New York, 1992, B.A.

My Representative Cases

People v. Bauer, 80 P.3d 896 (Colorado App. 2003)
People v. Grady, 126 P.3d 218 (Colorado App. 2005)

My Professional Affiliations and Memberships

Colorado Bar Association, Member

Arapahoe County Bar Association, Member/Executive Board, Public Relations

New York State Bar Association, Member

New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, Member

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Member

First Amendment Lawyers Association, Member

Minoru Yasui Inn of Court, Member / Fmr. Executive Board

Free Speech Coalition of Colorado, Incorporating Member

My Past Employment

United States Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado, Law Clerk / Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Legal Intern / White & Steele, P.C., Law Clerk / Hull & Zimmerman P.C., Associate / Miller & Steiert, P.C. / Contiguglia, P.C. (Current)

Lia Fazzone


Lia’s practice focuses on criminal defense and personal injury. Following college graduation Lia worked for a few years as a paralegal for a large Manhattan law firm. She then decided to pursue her interest in ancient history and languages. Lia enrolled at Duke University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, graduating with a Masters Degree in Classical Studies in 1991. In 1992, Lia moved to Denver. She began law school at the University of Denver College of Law. While at the University of Denver, Lia interned at the Children’s Legal Clinic and the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. She was Senior Editor of the Denver University Law Review, and published an article entitled “Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena: Raising the Level of Scrutiny for Federal Affirmative Action”. After law school, Lia began working at Gerash, Miranda & Gerash, first as a law clerk, then as an associate attorney. While at Gerash Lia was involved in various complex, high-profile criminal and civil cases, and several successful appeals, including People v. Bieg, People v. Newton, and Curtis v. Counce. Lia has also worked for firms specializing in insurance defense and personal injury.

Lia is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar.

Areas of Practice:
Criminal Law
Personal Injury
Bar Admissions:
Colorado, 1997
Massachusetts, 2000
U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1997
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1997
University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, 1996, J.D.
Honors: Intern, Children’s Legal Clinic
Honors: Intern, Office of the Colorado State Public Defender
Law Review: Denver University Law Review, Senior Editor, 1995 – 1996
Mount Holyoke College, S. Hadley, Massachusetts, 1984,B.A.
Major: History and Latin
Duke University School of Graduate Studies, Durham, North Carolina, 1991,M.A.
Major: Classical Studies
Published Works:
Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena, Denver University Law Review, 1996
Representative Cases:
People v. Bieg
People v. Newton
Curtis v. Counce
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Colorado Bar Association,Member
Colorado Bar, Family Law Section,Member
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar,Member
Past Employment Positions:
Gerash, Miranda & Gerash, Associate, 1996 – 2001
Miller & Steiert, P.C. 2003-2008


3 responses to “Vitae

  • Chris Pace

    WOW. You’ve got to be the hippest, most progressive lawyer around. Is it the Entertainment influence?

    Cool site…. I don’t feel like my case is high enough profile for you…. guess I could dress in drag at the courthouse; you know, just to throw in some pizazz. Or maybe not….

    Hasta manana


  • Tasia

    In the News-Rocky Mtn. news story regarding
    Threlkelds v. Colorado regarding the death of Archuletta.
    Another sad story about how people don’t think thru to the possible consequences of there actions. It’s horrible to see that 2 young lifetimes have been ruined because of poor judgement of what could possibly happen. Mr. Threlkelds obviously cared a great deal about Miss Archuleta and living with the pain of that seems to be enough punishment, I’m sure he has learned his lesson already. I personally think 20 years is abit too much for this accidental death. And probably 5 to 10 would be more than enough punishment. I know he is responsible for his actions, but I think a lighter sentence is in order. But, that’s just my opinion. I know that both families must be devistated by this incident… I really wish people would think twice or even three times before they act on such decisions as driving drunk or getting into the car of someone who is driving drunk or on drugs… Then maybe this kind of thing wouldn’t happen so often.

  • Tasia

    Martin Luther King Jr. Marade…
    I just wanted to say I went to the Marade this last Monday. Was that ever awsome!!! The Civil rights and Human rights have such a great effect on all of us. No matter what race, color or creed. I found it very inspirational that people in American History have continued to fight for these rights so that we can all live a much more peaceful life and place than our ancestors… If you get a chance go next year!
    I just felt inspired to voice that… Thank you, Thank you very much….

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