Attorney Profiles

Charlotte N. Sweeney

Sweeney and Bechtold, LLC

Charlotte N. Sweeney is a Colorado native and founding member of the firm Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC. She received her degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law in 1995, where she graduated summa cum laude as the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Graduate. From the very start of her career, Charlotte has been devoted to the representation of employees in employment matters. She represents both private and federal sector employees in matters of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblower claims, wrongful discharge, contractual disputes, and other federal and state law claims related to all phases of the employment relationship.

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Joan M. Bechtold

Sweeney and Bechtold, LLC

Ms. Bechtold was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1993. She has practiced employment law since 1994, and is a founding member of Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC. During her legal career, she has successfully represented employees in numerous discrimination and wrongful discharge cases before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Ms. Bechtold has been extensively involved in developing new legal rights and remedies for employees at the appellate level, and is a frequent author and lecturer on a variety of employment law topics.

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Madeline Collison

Sweeney and Bechtold, LLC

Madeline Collison is Of Counsel with the law firm of Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC where she emphasizes employment law on behalf of employees. She graduated from Wellesley College and obtained her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College Of Law. She has been active in the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and served as President of the Colorado Women's Bar Association in 1997-1998.

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Ariel B. DeFazio

Sweeney and Bechtold, LLC

Ariel B. DeFazio has been representing employees in state and federal litigation, unemployment insurance appeals, and administrative investigations of discrimination since she was admitted to the bar in 2011. She has also helped individuals navigate through Colorado's workers' compensation system and appeal the denial of private short-and long-term disability insurance claims. Ms. DeFazio is thrilled to join Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC as the firm's associate.

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