Andrea Mohamedbhai

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Phone: 303–578-4400

Fax: 303–578-4401

Email: am@rmlawyers.com

Through­out her edu­ca­tion and career, Andrea has devel­oped a pen­chant for con­tract inter­pre­ta­tion, as well as for social jus­tice.  As a first gen­er­a­tion Brazilian-American, Andrea’s unique voice makes her an effec­tive advo­cate for her clients and adds per­spec­tive to an increas­ingly diverse legal landscape.

Andrea has vol­un­teered with the Rocky Moun­tain Immi­grant Advo­cacy Net­work (RMIAN), where assisted a vic­tim of crime to obtain her U Visa to remain in the United States.  Andrea has also served on the CBA/DBA Diver­sity in the Legal Pro­fes­sion Com­mit­tee, where she helped select minor­ity law stu­dents to intern at var­i­ous Denver-area law firms.  In this capac­ity, she actively sought can­di­dates who oth­er­wise would not be afforded the same oppor­tu­ni­ties as some of their coun­ter­parts. Andrea has also vol­un­teered much of her own time to assist­ing economically-disadvantaged indi­vid­u­als with immi­gra­tion and other legal matters.

Prior to join­ing Rathod Mohamedb­hai LLC, Andrea was a senior asso­ciate at Denver-area law firm, where her prac­tice focused on com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tion, insur­ance bad faith and con­struc­tion defect defense.  While there, she suc­cess­fully defended an appeal chal­leng­ing a dis­trict court’s grant of judg­ment notwith­stand­ing the ver­dict.  Andrea also over­saw lit­i­ga­tion and trial strat­egy for mul­ti­ple cases, and over­saw other associate’s work on those cases.  She reg­u­larly worked close with Spanish-speaking clien­tele to ensure that their nar­ra­tives were not misunderstood.

Prior to this expe­ri­ence, Andrea’s pri­mary prac­tice area was com­plex com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tion. Notably, Andrea rep­re­sented a bas­ket­ball man­ager against a for­mer Den­ver Nuggets player. Dur­ing this lit­i­ga­tion, Andrea drafted the sub­stan­tive plead­ings, trans­lated Portuguese-language con­tracts, and inter­viewed key Portuguese-speaking wit­nesses. Andrea has also rep­re­sented a hedge fund against an inter­na­tional bank and rat­ings agency relat­ing to the sale of syn­thetic col­lat­er­al­ized debt oblig­a­tions. In another mat­ter, she suc­cess­fully sued a national bank chain for dis­burs­ing her client’s home equity line of credit to a Ponzi scheme in vio­la­tion of its home equity credit agreement.

Fol­low­ing law school, Andrea served as a law clerk to the Hon­or­able Her­bert L. Stern III for the 2nd Judi­cial Dis­trict of Col­orado.  As a law clerk, Andrea drafted the major­ity of the court’s orders regard­ing both sub­stan­tive and pro­ce­dural issues.  She also assisted with in cam­era review of doc­u­ments, draft­ing jury instruc­tions, case man­age­ment of com­plex actions, over­sight of legal interns, and she con­ferred with the judge on legal and evi­den­tiary issues pre­sented dur­ing hear­ings or motions.

Andrea grad­u­ated Cum Laude from the Uni­ver­sity of Miami School of Law in 2001.  Dur­ing law school, Andrea served as a legal intern to the Hon­or­able Thomas S. Wil­son, Jr. in the Eleventh Judi­cial Cir­cuit Miami-Dade County, Florida.  She also served as a legal intern to the Col­orado Attor­ney Gen­eral.  Andrea was also a legal intern to a small bou­tique Miami law firm, which sparked her inter­est in com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tion.  Andrea also worked as a research assis­tant to Pro­fes­sor Elis­a­beth Igle­sias, where she edited law review arti­cles and per­formed legal research regard­ing Lat­Crit The­ory, a legal the­ory which emerged from Crit­i­cal Race The­ory discourse.

Prior to law school, Andrea was a sub­sti­tute teacher in Den­ver Pub­lic Schools, where she pri­mar­ily worked in bilin­gual class­rooms.  Here, she worked exten­sively with under­priv­i­leged stu­dents to help instill a sense of con­fi­dence that edu­ca­tional and socioe­co­nomic bar­ri­ers can be overcome.

Areas of Practice

  • Immi­gra­tion Law
  • Employ­ment Law
  • Civil Rights

Bar Admis­sions

  • Col­orado
  • U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Colorado

Edu­ca­tion

  • Uni­ver­sity of Miami School of Law, cum laude, Juris Doc­tor­ate, 2001
  • Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado at Boul­der, Bach­e­lor of Arts, Polit­i­cal Sci­ence, 1997

Lan­guages

  • Span­ish
  • Por­tuguese

Pro­fes­sional Organizations

  • Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Lawyers Asso­ci­a­tion (AILA)
  • Col­orado His­panic Bar Association