Anna Lisa Armas was born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico. Both of her parents were civil rights activists, which helped form her views and passions. Anna obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in 1995. After graduation, Anna worked for KDEF, a talk radio station as a General Manager and as the Director of the De Colores Hispanic Culture Festival.
In January 1998, Anna entered law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. While there, she was awarded the Trustee Scholarship for academic achievement. She also received the American Juris Prudence Award in Torts. Anna was elected President of the La Raza Law Student Association. She earned her Juris Doctorate in 2001. While a law student, Anna was an intern for the San Diego Public Defender for 2 years.
After graduating from law school, Anna was hired as a Post Bar Clerk with the San Diego Public Defender's office. She sat for and passed the February 2001 California Bar Examination. In June 2001 Anna moved to Denver, Colorado with her family. She began working for the Colorado State Public Defender's office as a Deputy Public Defender in October 2001.
From July 2005 until March 2008, Anna worked for Cooper, Tanis, Fuller, and Cohen, P.C. as an associate attorney. In March 2008, Anna worked as a solo practitioner primarily in the area of criminal law. In October 2014, Anna returned to Cooper & Tanis P.C. and later joined the firm as a Partner.
Anna's trial experience includes many types of Felony, Misdemeanor and Municipal cases including: Homicide, Sexual Assaults, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, Domestic Violence and Drug cases. Anna has also volunteered her time and represented individuals on a pro-bono basis including the Columbus Day protester and Occupy Denver demonstrator defendants.
Anna has been licensed since 2001 to practice in both Colorado and California.
Areas Of Practice
- Domestic Relations (Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Post Decree modification) 90%
- Mediation 5%
- California, 2001
- Colorado, 2001
- Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California
- J.D. - 2000
- New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas
- B.A. - 1994
- Divorce 101, Blue Iris, 2016 to 2020
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Colorado Bar Association
- Hispanic Bar Association
Past Employment Positions
- Colorado State Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, 2001 to 2005
- Cooper & Tanis, Associate and Partner, 2014 to 2020
Pro Bono Activities
- Legal Representation for Columbus Day Protesters, 2008 to 2009
- Pro-Bono assistance with Occupy Denver Protesters, 2011 to 2012