Amy Kapoor's practice focuses on civil rights, employment, and criminal defense. Before joining Frank & Salahuddin, Ms. Kapoor was a senior associate attorney at Johnson & Klein, LLC, where her practice focused on prisoner's rights and criminal defense. Ms. Kapoor began her legal career in Colorado at Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP, a Denver civil rights firm that litigates police brutality and prisoners' rights. Prior to that, Ms. Kapoor was a Trial Attorney at the Federal Defenders of San Diego, where she represented numerous criminal defendants in federal jury trials.
Ms. Kapoor enjoys sharing her expertise and enthusiasm for criminal defense trial practice with other attorneys and with law students. She teaches a course in sentencing law and policy as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. When she lived in San Diego, she participated in teaching day-long attorney training programs hosted by the Federal Defenders.
Ms. Kapoor is a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. She is also a member of the Civil Pro Bono Panel for the U.S. District Court of Colorado. Ms. Kapoor has represented numerous individuals on a pro bono basis through the Rocky Mountain Immigration and Advocacy Network. She previously served as the Chair of the Civil Rights Section for the Colorado Bar Association and the treasurer of the Plaintiff's Employment Law Association of Colorado.
Background, Awards, & Recognition
Ms. Kapoor received a criminal justice policy fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School where she spent a year researching the systematic problems of mass incarceration. During her fellowship, she taught a negotiating workshop for public policy students and served on the steering committee that organized a nationwide conference titled "Reimagining Opportunity in a `Post-Racial` Era." Ms. Kapoor graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law as a Public Service Scholar in 2009. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 2002.
Ms. Kapoor clerked for the Honorable Fernando M. Olguin on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Air Force.
Ms. Kapoor is on the board of Denver Mama. Ms. Kapoor is also a member of the Denver Bar Association, the Colorado Women's Bar Association, and the South Asian Bar Association. She volunteers with LYRIC (Learn Your Rights in Colorado) teaching Denver area students their constitutional rights and how to assert these rights to police officers while also staying safe.
Ms. Kapoor is admitted to practice in the State of Colorado, as well as in federal court in the District of Colorado, the Southern District of California, and in the Tenth Circuit.