Kathleen T. Alt
J.D., University of Denver College of Law, 2001
B.S., University of Maryland, 1988
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2007
Ms. Alt has worked in state and federal courts and is an experienced litigator and trial attorney. She has tried over 28 jury trials. Her focus at BHGR is criminal defense and employment law. She chairs BHGR’s employment practice group and is a member of BHGR’s criminal defense practice group.
Her employment specialty areas include the defense of companies and public entities and their employees in a wide variety of areas including: employment discrimination, internal sexual harassment and gender discrimination investigations and litigation, administrative agency investigations, FLSA claims, ADA and Title VII claims, retaliation lawsuits and complaints, unemployment benefit matters, and contract-based employment disputes. She also advises her clients on Department of Justice and OSHA investigations and whistleblower actions. She regularly advises corporate clients, small business owners, executives, and individuals in employment, termination, non-compete, non-disclosure, and termination severance-related negotiations and issues.
As a former Deputy State Public Defender, Ms. Alt is a member of BHGR’s criminal defense practice group where she represents clients in matters ranging from class one felonies to misdemeanors in state and federal court, post-conviction relief, and appellate review. She specializes is the defense of sexual assault cases. Ms. Alt employs a no-stone-left-unturned approach to the factual and legal investigation of a particular matter including the litigation of pretrial suppression issues involving unlawful search and seizures, Miranda violations, and custodial interrogations. She is also successful in conducting favorable negotiations with the District Attorney’s Office and assisting clients in getting back on track and developing appropriate mitigation.
As a trial lawyer, Ms. Alt has handled complex securities and fraud cases. She won a million dollar plus verdict that included punitive damages for one of Boulder’s largest commercial real estate owners in a Colorado Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act case. She has defended the same for Colorado’s first and largest organic farm. She has negotiated settlements in excess of one million dollars under the Colorado Securities Act. Finally, she obtained a full defense verdict for a rural Sheriff’s Department in federal court in an Americans with Disabilities Act case.
Prior to joining Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti, Ms. Alt served as a Deputy Colorado State Public Defender in Adams County, Colorado, and a judicial clerk to the Honorable Judge Daniel M. Taubman on the Colorado Court of Appeals. While in law school, she was a member of the university’s traveling appellate writing and advocacy team, the Student Law Office, and the dean’s advisory counsel. She was also a board member of the public interest law group, the National Lawyers Guild, and a founding member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Ms. Alt received several awards for top academic performance and dedication to the public interest. She is a member of the Order of the Coif and graduated in the top 4% of her class with the highest academic honors.
Ms. Alt is a proud Marylander and received her undergraduate degrees in Information Systems Management and History from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Before law school, Ms. Alt had a successful career as an information technology consultant. Her clients included IBM, the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Care Finance Administration, and the Social Security Administration.
Ms. Alt is an equestrian and supporter of canine rescue organizations. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, cycling, riding, and spending time with her husband Michael Alt, a lead software engineer at Motorola Solutions, Inc.; their teen age daughter; their three horses; and their two rescue Chihuahuas. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Boulder Ballet not for profit. Ms. Alt serves on the firm’s management committee and is proud to be the first female equity partner at BHGR.
Honorable Daniel M. Taubman, Colorado Court of Appeals, 2001 – 2002
Boulder County Bar Association; Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Section, 2007 – 2009
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center; Former Board Member, 2006 – 2007
The Catamounts, Former Board Member and Board President, 2012 – 2017
Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center; Former Board Member, 2006-2007
University of Denver College of Law; Order of St. Ives, 2001
Earth Justice Award for Environmental Advocacy, 2001
Kenneth C. Smith Scholarship Ward, 1999 – 2000
University of Denver Law School; Most Innovative Program Award, 1999
Public Interest Law Group Clerkship Award, 1999
Jurisprudence Civil Procedure Award, 1998