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            Trained Mediator
            CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado
            January 2003 

The University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
Juris Doctor, January 1981 

            Washburn University of Topeka, Topeka, Kansas
            Bachelor of Arts, History and German, May 1978
            Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors 


United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, May 1981
            United States District Court, District of Kansas, May 1981
            Supreme Court and all Courts of the State of Kansas, May 1981
            United States District Court, District of Colorado, November 1988
            Supreme Court and all Courts of the State of Colorado, September 1988


            MARTHA L. RIDGWAY, P.C.
            Louisville, Colorado
            Principal, January 1, 2008 - present       

            Louisville, Colorado
            Member and Senior Partner, January 1, 1996 - December 31, 2007

            Boulder, Colorado
            Member and Senior Partner, January 1, 1995 - December 31, 1995

            Boulder, Colorado
            Principal, February 1, 1992 - December 31, 1994

            Boulder, Colorado
            Partner, November 1, 1988 - January 31, 1992 

All practice in Colorado has emphasized elder and disability law, probate litigation, guardianship and conservatorship, guardian ad litem for impaired adults, mediation, estate administration, Medicaid eligibility, abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of the elderly, estate planning, family law and dependency and neglect. 

            August 1985 - August 1988

                         Wyandotte-Leavenworth Legal Services, Kansas City, Kansas
                        Senior Citizens Law Project/Public Benefits Attorney, April 1987 - July 1988

                        Represented elderly clients in Medicaid; Social Security; S.S.I.; nursing home; guardianship and conservatorship; fraud, abuse, neglect and financial exploitation; and litigation in each of these areas.

                         Member, Statewide Complex Litigation Panel

                         Kansas Legal Services of Olathe, Olathe, Kansas
                        Litigation Coordinator, November 1986 - March 1987
                                    Supervised office and assumed responsibility for all
                                    cases during three attorneys' leaves of absences.

                       Wyandotte-Leavenworth Legal Services, Kansas City, Kansas
                       Senior Citizens Law Project Attorney, August 1985 - October 1986
                                       Practice emphasized issues affecting the elderly.

            July 1982 - July 1985

                       Kansas City, Kansas office
                       Managing Attorney, September 1983 - July 1985
                                    Managed office, supervised two staff attorneys and four
                                    legal assistants, and maintained an extensive caseload in
                                    general civil practice and misdemeanor defense.

                         Lenexa, Kansas office
Staff Attorney, February 1983 - September 1983

                         Practiced primarily in the areas of domestic relations; bankruptcy; probate; municipal court; and misdemeanor defense.

                         Block Management Company
                        (Hyatt Legal Services' Corporate Headquarters)

                        Kansas City, Missouri
                        Director of Legal Systems, June 1982 - February 1983
                                    Drafted and revised legal documents, pleadings and forms
                                    for Hyatt Legal Services' offices nationwide.

            Kansas City, Kansas
                         Associate Attorney, January 1981 - May 1982
                                   Practiced primarily in the areas of insurance defense;
                                   personal injury; domestic relations; collections; bankruptcy;
                                   and criminal defense.

                           Lawrence, Kansas
                           Student Attorney and Managing Student Attorney, January 1980
                           - December 1980
                                 Represented indigent clients in domestic relations;
                                 bankruptcy; misdemeanor defense; and public benefits
                                 cases under the supervision of a licensed attorney.


            National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
            Colorado Bar Association
            Co-founder and first co-chairperson, CBA Elder Law Committee
            Colorado Women's Bar Association
            Boulder County Bar Association


          Boulder County Developmental Disabilities Center (now known as Imagine!),
          Volunteer of the Year, 2000.
         Boulder County Bar Association John Robert Marshall Award, 1997, for
          “commitment and dedication in undertaking volunteer legal services to the
         elderly and less fortunate of Boulder County.”
          Boulder County Bar Association, 1996, special award for the most hours
          ever committed to a single pro bono case.
          Boulder County Bar Association, Lawyer for All Seasons Award, 1992,
          recognizing a bar member “who has exhibited exceptional dedication to the
          profession and the community, whose contributions may have gone
          unnoticed, and who merits special recognition by colleagues in the legal
          Kansas Legal Services, Excellence in Litigation Award, 1987.


 CBA Elder Law Committee
            Senior Law Day
            June 27, 2009

 Network North
            The New Colorado Power of Attorney Law
            June 2, 2009

 KGNU Radio, Boulder, Colorado
            Trans-Generational Mediation
            March 26, 2009

 Balfour Fall Lecture Series
            Alzheimer's Care: Legal Concerns and Solutions
            October 23, 2008

 Boulder County Aging Services, Caregiver Expo
            Understanding Financial and Legal Matters for Caregivers
            June 18, 2008

 CBA Elder Law Committee
            Mediation of Probate Litigation Cases
            October 18, 2007

Huntington's Disease Society of America, Rocky Mountain Chapter
            Help for Today - Hope for Tomorrow
            Planning for the Future:  Life Care, Financial and Legal Issues
September 29, 2007

Network North
            Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation of the Elderly
            August 7, 2007

CLE in Colorado, Inc.
            Lawyers' Professional Liability in Colorado:  Preventing Legal Malpractice and
           Disciplinary Actions
           January 2006

Boulder County Bar Association
            Ethical Considerations in Representing Mentally Ill Clients in Family Law
           December 15, 2004

Balfour Retirement Community
           Alzheimer’s Care:  Legal Topics
May 20, 2004

Hospice of Boulder County and Boulder Valley Rotary Club
           Legal and Financial Consideration in End-of-Life Care
May 4, 2004

The Guardianship Alliance
            The BIG Changes and Implementation
            Defining, Refined and Applying the “New” Guardianship and Conservatorship
            October 17, 2003

CLE in Colorado, Inc.
            Litigating Contested Wills
            Overview and Case Law Update
            September 5, 2003

Colorado Women’s Bar Association Annual Convention
            Civil, Criminal and Administrative Remedies in Cases of
Abuse, Neglect and
            Financial Exploitation of the Elderly
            May 17, 2003

Alzheimer’s Association Annual Symposium
            May 7, 2003 

Imagine! (formerly the Boulder County Developmental Disabilities Center)
            Special Needs Trusts
            May 3, 2003
            (presented annually from approximately 1997 - 2002)

Colorado Bar Association

            Elder Law Committee
            Probate Litigation:  It’s Sexier Than You Think
            February 20, 2003

Boulder County Bar Association
            Tax, Estate Planning and Probate and Civil Litigation Section
            Probate Litigation:  It’s Sexier Than You Think
            December 11, 2002

            Advance Directives and Right to Die Issues
            July, 2001
            (Also presented in 1998 and 2000)

Colorado Bar Association Annual Convention
            Financial Exploitation of the Elderly and Disabled
            September, 1999

Boulder County Bar Association
            Tax, Estate Planning and Probate Section
            Medicaid Update
February, 1999

Advising the Elderly Part III
            Asset Protection
September 11, 1998
            The Elder Law Institute

The 3rd Biennial Advanced Elder Law Institute Representing Services
            Case Problem: Fraudulent Transfer Workshop
            So You Want to Sue the State . . .
February 24, 1998
            The Elder Law Institute 

            Critical Issues in Elder Law and Managed Health Care
            Legal Issues Regarding Managed Health Care
            Legal Representation of the Elder Client
           Alternatives Available for the Crisis in Managed Care for the Elderly
September 12, 1997

 1997 Bridge the Gap Conference - A Legal Overview
          Guardianship and Conservatorship
          Overview of Probate

Institute for Advanced Legal Studies
            Common Elder Law Topics
April 25, 1997

The Boulder Women’s Bar Association Second Annual Convention
            A Room of One’s Own: Women Practicing Law in the 90s
            Marketing Your Law Practice 
            February 29, 1996 

Continuing Education Series
            Trusts and Guardianship Issues

CLE in Colorado, Inc.
            New Songs for Old Dogs - Everything You Didn’t Learn in Family Law 101
            (because it didn’t exist)
            Changes in the Probate Code - After You’ve Gone
            June, 1995

            Colorado Medicaid Law and Estate Planning
            General Medicaid Eligibility Criteria in Colorado
            December 2, 1994

CLE in Colorado, Inc.
            1994 Elder Law Update
            Tips for Establishing, Marketing, and Maintaining an Elder Law Practice
            June, 1994

The Institute for Advanced Legal Studies
            The Fourth Annual Guardian Ad Litem Training Program
            GAL Accountability and Boundaries of Behavior
            May 18, 1994 

CLE in Colorado, Inc.
            Representing Clients with HIV and AIDS
            Medical Directives for PLWA’s
            October, 1993 

CLE in Colorado, Inc.
            Introduction to Elder Law Part II
            Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
            February, 1993

CLE in Colorado, Inc.
            Guardianships and Conservatorships
            Alternatives to Guardianship and Conservatorship
            September, 1992 

Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association
            People’s Law School
            Rights of the Elderly
            Fall, 1990

Leading the Way into the Nineties-Colorado Women’s Bar Association
            Special Problems of Representing the Elderly: Medicaid and Spousal
            June 9, 1990

Tri-Cities Caregiver Education Series
            Financial and Legal Planning for Caregivers
            May 16, 1989
            Louisville Senior Center 

Senior Citizens Law Project
            Public Benefits Available to Senior Citizens: What Every Practitioner
            Elderly Clients Should Know
            February 17, 1988


Estate Planning, Probate, and Public Benefits Eligibility, Lawyers' Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Legal Malpractice and Disciplinary Actions, CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2005

Will Preparation for Individuals Lacking Testamentary Capacity, The Colorado
            Lawyer, Vol.33, No. 8, August 2004 (co-authored with Herb Tucker and
             Spencer Crona)

Advance Medical Directives and the Authority to Compel Medical Treatment,
             The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 29, No. 3, March 2000

Medicaid Eligibility for Long-Term Care, Colorado Handbook of Elder Law
            CLE in Colorado, Inc., 1992
            Revised in 1997 and 2002

Representative Payee, Colorado Handbook of Elder Law
            CLE in Colorado, Inc., 1992 (co-authored with Deborah Cox)
            Revised in 1997 and 2002

The Sunday Boulder Daily Camera
          Joint Tenancy of Land, Accounts has Advantages, Disadvantages
February 5, 1989


Martha has served as an expert witness in a number of cases in the following areas:
guardianship and conservatorship; probate; estate administration; estate planning; public benefits; attorney's fees in probate cases; standard of care in legal malpractice; breach of fiduciary duty; and representing a client with a disability.

Please contact Martha for more information.

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