Education THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL, LANSING, MICHIGAN Juris Doctor, September 16, 1995UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, BOULDER, COLORADO Bachelor of Arts, History, May 15,1992GLENWOOD SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLORADO College Preparatory May 30, 1987
Professional CredentialsAdmitted to Practice in the Courts in the State of Colorado by the Colorado Supreme Court on May 23, 1996. Admitted to Practice in front of the United States District Court of Colorado on June 20, 1996.
Owner of Law Firm of Donald J. Kaufman, Attorney at Law. 2008 - Present
Partner in the Law Firm of KAUFMAN & KAUFMAN, L.L.C. 1996-2008
Instructor at the Colorado State Patrol Academy, Camp George West, Golden, Colorado, teaching court room technique. 1996-2000
Vice President of Alpine Intercontinental Petrochemical Alliance, L.L.C. dealing with natural gas issues. 1996-Present
Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Garfield Legal Services recipient from the Ninth Judicial Bar Association. 1997.
Organ Donor Candidate, 1984 and Continuing. National Bone Marrow Donor Program. 1999 and Continuing. This is notice of my living will and intent and consent to donate. In the event of doubt, harvest if you can read these words.
Manager and Member of the successful "Dalessandri for Sheriff" political campaign. 1997
Vice President of the Workers' Compensation Education Authority. (WCEA) This is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the rights of injured workers. 1998-Present.
Vice Chair of the Garfield County Democratic Party. 1998-2003.
Chairperson of the Victims Assistance Law Enforcement Board (VALE BOARD) which distributes monies paid by perpetrators of crimes to the victims of crimes and to defensive and pro-active enforcement measures to prevent future crimes. 1997-2005
Member of the Ninth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission, Romer Appointee. 1998
Al Gore and Don Kaufman in Denver, Colorado
Governor Bill Ritter (D) Colorado visiting the Home of Don Kaufman.
Bill Clinton and Don Kaufman in Aspen Colorado
Retired Member and Attorney for the Garfield County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, Inc. A charitable proud branch of the Sheriff's Department devoted to the effectuation of successful searches and complete rescues of the citizens of Colorado and our visitors. 1998-2004. Swift Water Rescue Certified to perform searches and rescues. The Garfield County Sheriff's Search and Rescue is composed of citizen volunteers who donate time and materials to participate in civil emergent response to critical searches in one of the largest counties in the nation. SAR volunteers are employees of the Sheriff's Department while responding to call. SAR volunteers are not law enforcement officers. They are trained citizens placed into emergent situations to save lives and recover those lost.
Department of Administrative Hearings, Workers' Compensation Focus Group Member. Atencio appointee. 1999-200 Supreme Court appointee to the Committee on Admissions by Waiver to the Colorado Bar Association.
Chairperson of the Dissent presentation given to the Board of Governors presented on January 8, 2000, at the University of Denver College of Law.
Vice President of the Ninth Judicial District Bar Association. 2000President of the Ninth Judicial District Bar Association. Created the first Comprehensive "Attorney Register" of all the 239 attorneys Bar, together with their names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail/web sites, and practice areas. This Register was distributed to the attorneys in the bar, free of charge. Created the First Bar web site. This web site allowed all of the members of the bar to communicate collectively and for the Bench to issue notices. 2001
"Locals' Choice" Award, Glenwood Post Independent. "Best Honest Attorney" 2001
Ninth Judicial District Representative to the Board of Governors. 2002
Member of the Board of Directors of the Garfield Legal Services, Inc., a charitable pro-bono organization dedicated to empowering those in need of access to the civil justice system. 2000-2004
Member of the Board of Directors of Alpine Legal Services. 2004 - Present
Claimant Counsel Representative, Gary Pon Invitee, to Pinnacol Forum with Injured Worker Attorneys and Legislative Strategy Panel. 2002-2006
Member of the Board of Directors of Encuentro Latino. 2002
FindLaw Advisory Board 2002
Acknowledged by Dr. Predrag Petrovic, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Section of Clinical Neurophysiology, PET - Cognitive Neurophysiology, Karolinska Institute, "Cognitive mechansims in pain processing." Page 64, Stockholm, Sweden, 2002, Presented In San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 18, 2002.
Chairperson of the Garfield County Democratic Party, February 4, 2003- February 12, 2005. Founded and engineered the County Party Website.
Colorado Protective Services, July 2003. Diplomatic/Executive/Presidential Security.
Honored by Rosa Parks and Morris Dees as a founding member named on Wall of Tolerance as a contributor to the National Campaign for Tolerance.
Glenwood Springs Post Independent/Garfield County Human Services Commission Humanitarian Service Honoree for outstanding service to the citizens of Garfield County, Colorado 2003.
Department of Administrative Hearings Translator Focus Group. Williams Appointtee. 2004 - 2006
Sworn Spanish/English Court Translator, February 10, 2005, David Lopez v. Jorge Miranda, W.C. 4-631-190, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
City of Glenwood Springs, Alcohol Beverage Hearing Board. February 13, 2005 - 2008
City of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County Post Independent "Best Lawyer" Gold Medal Winner Locals Choice Award. June 28, 2007.
City of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County Post Independent "Best Lawyer" Gold Medal Winner Locals Choice Award. June, 2008.
City of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County Post Independent "Best Lawyer" Gold Medal Winner Locals Choice Award. June, 2009
Garfield County Humanatarian Service Award - Volunteer Service of the Year. April 11, 2011
Mount Bierstadt 14,060 ft (4,286 m) 39°34′58″N 105°40′05″W
Hansen Construction, Inc. and Colorado Compensation Insurance Authority, v. Gliberto Estrada and The Industrial Claim Appeals Office of the State of Colorado. Colorado Court of Appeals Unpublished Opinion, January 8, 1998, No.97CA1054, W.C. 4-281-397. Successfully Argued the case at the trial level and drew the appellate argument to protect the rights of Undocumented Workers, and to ensure that they were not excluded from Insurance Coverage, after premiums had been paid because of Federal Immigration Status.
County Sheriff's Association of Colorado. Seminar on Workers' Compensation and safety the Law Enforcement Workplace, held in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, August 3, 1999. Colorado Fire and Burglary Association. Seminar on Workers' Compensation and Safety the Security Workplace, held in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. June 2, 2000
Host and presenter of a Ninth Judicial District and WCEA "Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar." Topic presented: Medical Privacy Issues in Litigation. February 2, 2001. Author of "Advice to Safeguard Your Clients Medical Records." Presented at the Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar on February 2, 2001.
"Workers' Compensation Pitfalls for Employers" Seminar presented to the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce and Pinnacol Assurance. February 27, 2002 "Advice to Attorneys; How to: Advise Employer Clients of Workers' Compensation" Seminar presented to the Ninth Judicial District Bar Association. April 5, 2002 "DESICION DE CORTE SUPREMA PERMITE A EMPLEADORES NO PAGAR A TRABAJADORES ILEGALES" Published in "Mundo Latino" Periodico Hispano Semanal April 10, 2002.
"Firm of Kaufman & Kaufman makes law a family and humanitarian practice" Glenwood Post, September 14-15, 1996.
"In all fairness" Aspen Times, Scott Condon, January 20-21, 2001. "Trio of local attorneys caught in the act of doing good deeds" Glenwood Independent. April 7, 1998.
Qualified and testified as an expert witness in the field of workers' compensation; The State of Colorado vs. Dennis Foushi, W.C. 3-100-849. The State of Colorado vs. Daniel Nye W.C. 2-662-553. (June 22, 1998) "Abogados se decican a impartir justicia" La Mision, Junio 2002. Glenwood Post Independent, Independent Voices. January 10, 2003. Glenwood Post Independent, Judge orders business owner to pay back wages to undocumented worker. September 23, 2004. Recognized by the Glenwood Springs, Colorado Mayor and City Council for service to the Victims and Witness Assistence and Law Enforcement Board, February 2005. Glenwood Post Independent, Voter registration deadline arrives. October 4, 2004. Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Workers' Compensation Convention Speaker, August 11, 2005. CLE Certified WCEA Ouray Western Slope Meeting Workers Compensation Presentor, September 23, 2005 CLE Certified. Authored the language and successfully argued Ballot Initiative in front of the State of Colorado Supreme Court,, in an original proceeding, (Title Setting Board) May 25, 2006. (Title 2005-2006 #125) "Damages for Mineral Extraction." http://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/File/Court_Probation/Supreme_Court/initiatives/2006/125/06sa167-2petitionforreview.pdfhttp://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/File/Court_Probation/Supreme_Court/initiatives/2006/125/06sa167-2petitionforreview.pdf
FINAL LANGUAGE OF PROPOSAL
Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Colorado: Article XVm of the constitution of the State of Colorado is amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SETION to read: Section 13. Paying Fair Value. A Mineral EXTRACTOR SHALL PAY THE FAIR VALUE OF DAMEAGES BROUGHT ABOUT IN THE DEVELOPMENT, PURSUIT, OR EXTRACTION OF A MINERAL INCLUDING OIL AND GAS. “
WCEA Montrose Western Slope Meeting Workers Compensation Presentor, November 14, 2008 CLE Certified.
Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce "Medical Marijuana in the Workplace" March 18, 2010
Attacked the The “speculative state sanctioned human trafficking futures market.”
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Defiance Stringband Wheeler Opera House Aspen Colorado
A benefit concert for Haiti Children February 11th 2010 - Aspen Colordo - Wheeler Opera House
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