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Tara Nicole Jorfald

Appeals Attorney at Lakewood, CO

5.0   7 reviews
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  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2013
    Status
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About Tara

Learn Tara’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    50%
    Juvenile and Criminal Defense

    11 years, 60 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    40%
    Post Conviction Proceedings and Appeals

    11 years, 60 cases

  3. Juvenile law
    10%
    Post Conviction Proceedings and Appeals

    11 years, 60 cases

NEED TO CHALLENGE YOUR JUVENILE ADJUDICATION, CONVICTION OR SENTENCE? CONTACT ME.

TARA JORFALD focuses her practice on appeals, judicial reviews, and postconviction proceedings in juvenile delinquency and criminal matters. 

 

Tara has represented juveniles and adults in the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and district courts and county courts in the state of Colorado.  She also provides advice and guidance to trial attorneys representing juveniles, and she recently argued a juvenile sentencing issue before the Colorado Supreme Court.

 

Tara has an expertise in litigation of cases involving children charged as adults.  Tara is a member of the Colorado Graham and Miller litigation committee and is working on a number of cases involving the resentencing of juveniles originally sentenced to life without parole. Tara also works in collecting mitigating material that can be used for sentencing or parole purposes.

 

Tara graduated in law from the University of Denver.  Tara received her BA in International Relations and Spanish from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and MPhil in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law.

 

Before practicing law, Tara spent time working as a counselor at a Colorado residential treatment center for at-risk youth.  Tara also worked for the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers where she provided legal aid and assisted with asylum appeals.  She then worked for the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights where, among other things, she managed a development program to strengthen human rights and democracy across South Africa. 

 

Tara is fluent in Spanish and Norwegian.

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Location

The Noble Law Firm, LLC
215 Union Boulevard.
Suite. 305
Lakewood, CO, 80228

Reviews

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Posted by Robert | May 9, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Since 2015 a very special and intelligent women by the name of Tara Jorfald of The Noble Law Firm, LLC has represented me. Tara represented me on my complex case on direct appeal and 35(b) (reduction of sentence). Tara succeeded in more ways than one. With Tara’s dedication, hard word, ethic and intelligence, Tara successfully removed 10 years from my original sentence. Tara is the most dedicated, loyal, and intelligent person I have come to encounter thus far in life. When awkward situations present themselves and most people freeze and are nervous this is when Tara displays her confidence and shines bright. Tara is extraordinary. She is the best at what she does. Tara is what one seeks in legal representation.
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Posted by Risa | May 11, 2021
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Genuinely Caring
From day one Tara has not given up on our case. She explained everything to us in great detail along the way and answered all of our many questions without hesitation. She gave our family hope when other attorneys took hope from us. Words cannot express how much of a blessing she has been to our family during years and years of our case. She was the angel our family needed and I am so grateful for all she has helped us with!
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Posted by Tracy | May 3, 2021
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She started with empathy.
My family experienced a situation that was earth shattering really. Tara, first and foremost listened to us as a family; and my family member who needed legal assistance. Without bias or judgement, Tara went to work. She provide a service that was above and beyond excellent. We are forever grateful for her kindness and expertise. Thanks Tara, Tracy~
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Posted by Lisa | April 29, 2021
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Caring and compassionate
At a time when our family was experiencing a devastating situation, Tara Jorfald accepted our family members case and worked exhaustively on his behalf. There were many setbacks during the criminal justice process, but Tara never gave up hope filing everything on our behalf as well as being a personal advocate for the family. She cared during the judicial process and she has still been available for support upon our loved ones release. Without Tara there would have been a very different outcome. Gratitude for ever.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2018
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Best effort and professionalism
Tara fought hard while working on my case. She had shown her deep professional knowledge in every aspect, which includes her communication skills, dedication and engagement, ability to pay attention to the details, etc.
Posted by Brian | August 29, 2014
Very Pleased. Job well-done. I would definitely recommend Ms. Jorfald to others.
I am very pleased with Ms. Jorfald's work on my appeal. Ms. Jorfald is very professional. I feel like she took the time to listen to my case and investigate the nuances enough to explain them in plain English. The briefs she produced were timely, well-written, thorough, and yet, succinct. It is the first time that I've felt any confidence that someone was actually working in my best interest since this whole legal nightmare began. I can’t thank Ms. Jorfald enough for her efforts.
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Posted by Jennifer | January 10, 2014
Excellent Attorney
I worked with Tara Jorfald on wage claim and eviction cases representing indigent clients. Ms. Jorfald was extremely dedicated to our clients and helped secure successful outcomes in all cases.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Noble Law Firm, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Judicial Fellow
  • Denver District Court
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Student Attorney
  • Denver District Attorney's Office
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Nathan, Bremer, Dumm and Myers, PC
  • 2012 - 2013
  • FOIA Assistant
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Mediator and Student Attorney
  • University Of Denver Student Law Office
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Program Coordinator
  • Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
  • 2007 - 2010
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Education

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • University of Oslo Faculty of Law
  • MPHIL
  • 2008
  • Concordia College-Moorhead
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People in the Interest of B.D., 2019 COA 57
  • Adjudication and Sentence for theft from an at-risk person reversed.
  • People v. Yakas, 2019 COA 117
  • Conviction Affirmed
  • People in Interest of J.V.D., 2019 COA 70
  • Adjudication Vacated
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Associations

  • Colorado Juvenile Defender Center
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Rules of Juvenile Procedure Work Taskforce
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Alternate Defense Counsel
  • Juvenile Delinquency and Direct File Consultant
  • 2015 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Norwegian

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • High Ethical Standing
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Jonathan L. Olom Trial Advocacy Scholar
  • Jonathan L. Olom Endowment
  • 2011
  • South Africa Program Fellowship
  • Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
  • 2008
  • Marshall Fund Award
  • American-Norwegian Federation
  • 2007
  • Endowment Vocational Research Grant
  • Eli Lilly
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Writing to Win
  • General Principles of Legal Writing and Editing-CLE
  • 2018
  • Implications of People in Interest of J.C.
  • Re-sentencing after J.C.
  • 2018
  • MDGs and Human Rights Symposium, Harvard Law School
  • Comment on Disability Rights, the MDGs and Inclusive Development
  • 2010
  • Human Rights and Development Seminar
  • Challenges and opportunities for adequate housing in South Africa
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (23)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is diligent, hard working, ethical and assertive. I really enjoyed working with her."
Appeals Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Tara is a very dedicated criminal defense attorney who focuses her practice on appeals and postconviction proceedings. She is passionate about representing people convicted of criminal offenses regardless of who they are or what they have been accused of doing. She has excellent research and analytical skills and effectively advocates for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked extensively with Tara in postconviction proceedings. She is a stellar attorney who is dedicated to her clients. Tara works with her clients to make sure they understand the law and legal position their cases are in. She is clear, direct, and honest with her clients creating a strong attorney-client relationship that is built on trust. Tara goes the extra mile for her clients, leaving no issue unexplored or unexplained. Her ideas and feedback make my work stronger and more refined. I am excited to work on more cases with her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara is not just a talented attorney with a sharp and creative legal mind, she cares deeply for her clients and the outcomes in their cases. Tara and I have worked together on cases and I've always been impressed with her professionalism, legal smarts, and compassion. She's an asset to our defense community and I'm grateful to know her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tara's wealth of experience and passion for her clients is remarkable. Having worked together for numerous clients seeking postconviction relief, I can confidently say that, on any matter, Tara will provide excellent and compassionate representation that places her clients in the best possible position for success."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tara is attentive, kind, and experienced. She stays with the case, pursuing every avenue of relief for her client. Many of her cases are difficult to win but she keeps them alive, not taking no as an answer, and sometimes achieves surprising results for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tara is a skilled attorney who I have worked with on numerous postconviction matters and appeals. She is a great role model for how an ethical attorney should approach a case, and she provides quality representation for every client. Tara's writing skills, understanding of the law, and compassion for others are evident in her written work and her experience as an advocate in Colorado courts."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara is hardworking, compassionate, and dedicated to helping improve the lives of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Jorfald is a dedicated attorney who finds and focuses intently on the most important parts of a case. By the same token, she can see issues ripe for discussion and litigation even in the most common of proceedings. Her greatest strength is in portraying her clients as human to a system that sometimes forgets that fact."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Jorfald. She is an experienced and motivated appellate advocate."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Tara on a number of postconviction cases and cases on appeal, and she has been an amazing mentor to me in my first year of practice. She is compassionate, conscientious, and professional. She challenges me to look at my cases in different ways, and she is always open to brainstorming ideas. I look forward to working with Tara on many more cases."
Juvenile law Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tara's experience and dedication is exceptional. She will leave no stone unturned in finding every helpful resource and leverage point for her client. She advocates tirelessly and does not back down from a challenge. Tara finds the best in everyone and helps the court see her client as a real three-dimensional person, deserving of a chance to be heard."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tara is a fantastic attorney that passionately advocates for her clients. She will leave no stone unturned in fighting for the best possible outcome. I highly endorse Tara for all appellate matters."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Tara Jorfald at the Denver District Attorney's office and found her to be agreeable, pleasant to work with, and above all committed to justice and to reaching the right result in every case. She is hardworking, fair, and honest, and a valuable addition to Colorado's legal community."
Appeals Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tara is a great criminal defense attorney with passion and dedication for constitutional issues and client representation. Tara is also a great writer with an attention to detail, which makes for a great appellate brief and good advocacy all around."
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