I believe research on specific topics using a wide array of sources, including books, news articles and digital media, followed up with discussion with a teacher/tutor and fellow students is the best way to immerse a student in a specific topic and help that student gain mastery of that subject.
I am an attorney with 25 years of experience in family, criminal and personal injury law, as well as an undergraduate major in government and psychology, who is available to tutor students interested in American government, legal training and political science.
Cancellations must occur one day prior to any lesson. Rescheduling may be available depending on the reason for cancellation.
W. Curtis Wiberg, Esq. – Parker, CO
2006 to 2015, 5/2019 to present
Family law attorney. I work with clients, mediate, research, perform case preparation from intake to trial or settlement, and litigate.
The most rewarding impacts of my job are helping my clients get past one of the more difficult periods and transitions of their lives, working on parenting plans that benefit the clients' children, and giving clients the ability to move on.
In the courtroom, experience, communication skills and preparation have been key to the successes I have had. Outside of the courtroom, in order to facilitate settlements, I rely on preparation through discovery, research and client communication. It's also important to have the ability to communicate with clients and the Court to convey understanding of the issues involved to promote a satisfactory resolution of cases.
Plog & Stein, P.C. – Greenwood Village, CO
1/2015 – 5/2019
Worked as a family law attorney. I worked with clients, mediated, researched, performed case preparation from intake to trial or settlement, and litigated.
Succeeded in 4 appeals, including In re: Marriage of Hogsett, 2018 COA 176 (Colo. App. 2018), involving retroactive application of the legal recognition of gay marriage to a claimed common-law marriage prior to that recognition. I had many other numerous legal victories at trial court level. However, many of the best accomplishments were helping couples divorce amicably with fair compromises.
In the courtroom, experience and preparation have been key to the successes I have had. Outside of the courtroom, in order to facilitate settlements, I rely on preparation through discovery, research and client communication. It's also important to have empathy for the clients to understand their needs while building a working respectful relationship with opposing counsel.
Susan Fuller and Associates, P.C. - Parker, CO
March 2002 to June 2006
My responsibilities with Susan Fuller and Associates were primarily in family law and criminal law cases. In the criminal cases, I had extensive courtroom experience appearing at various pre-trial conferences, plea and motion hearings, and administrative hearings at the Colorado Department of Revenue for DUI cases. With respect to family law duties, I saw cases from intake to resolution that involved court appearances, mediation, discovery, frequent client consultation, negotiation with opposing counsel, and trials.
With regard to the family law cases, again the most rewarding impact was helping clients and families get through a tumultuous period in their lives. In the criminal realm, it was very rewarding at times to help people move past their mistakes without having their lives and employment upended. The prosecution team in the criminal cases, while often fair, did overreach on occasions, requiring the skills I was able to provide. In one case in particular, a prosecution team overcharged a mentally disabled client requiring an aggressive defense that ultimately resulted in an acquittal.
In the courtroom, experience and preparation were keys to the successes I had. Outside of the courtroom, in order to facilitate settlements, I relied on preparation through discovery, research and client communication. It was also important to have empathy for the clients to understand their needs while building a working respectful relationship with opposing counsel.
Richard Rhinehart & Associates, P.C. - Sioux City, IA
February 1995 to March 2002
In my first attorney job out of law school, I initially provided a support role to the lead partner in the firm with research and client communication. As I gained experience, I took on my own cases primarily in the family law, criminal law, appellate law, and personal injury law fields. I was among the legal team assigned to a complicated personal injury/defective product case where our client lost both his legs in an industrial accident required significant research, discovery, preparation, brief writing, and a strong working relationship with co-counsel from another firm.
In addition to many of the same accomplishments that I have experienced in my most recent employment, my work in the above mentioned product liability case was instrumental in overcoming summary judgment motions, thus allowing our client to achieve a monetary settlement that provided for his ongoing needs for the rest of his life. I also achieved appellate success in two reported cases from state supreme courts: Ledezma v. State, 626 N.W.2d 134 (Iowa 2001), and Beerman v. Beerman, 526 NW2d 127 (SD 1995). (In Beerman, a South Dakota case, I primarily wrote the briefs with supervision from a South Dakota attorney.)
In addition to the skills listed in subsequent employment, this employment also required me to collaborate more extensively with attorneys within the firm and co-counsel from outside firms, where I complemented our team to effectively achieve positive outcomes.
JD in Law
University of Cincinnati College of Law - Cincinnati, OH
1991 to 1994
BS in Government/Psychology
Claremont McKenna College - Claremont, CA
1986 to 1990
Education included a semester abroad in Mexico to learn language and culture.
I am a Colorado native who grew up in Denver and attended Manual High School. I am married and have a daughter who is a student at Metropolitan State University. In addition to a successful legal career, I am interested in passing along my knowledge skills and training to students looking for careers in government and law.
I enjoy reading, hiking, following politics and news, and following local sports.
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