Amy first fell in love with Colorado in the summer of 1993 when she worked for the Denver office of the law firm now known as Faegre Baker Daniels.  After graduating from law school in 1994, she clerked for Judge John Steadman on the D.C. Court of Appeals and the late Judge Harold Greene on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  She then began working in private practice at the Washington office of Sidley Austin, where she handled cutting-edge matters arising under the newly passed Telecommunications Act of 1996.

In 1998, Amy seized the opportunity to move to Colorado, accepting a job as an associate at a newly formed law firm now known as Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell.  She was elected to partner in late 2001 and helped manage the firm as it grew.  She gained substantial experience in defending large complex cases in Colorado and nationwide, while handling numerous court hearings and depositions.

In 2005, Amy chose to leave private practice to pursue a career in the public sector.  She was hired by Colorado’s then Attorney General, John Suthers, to be an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Section.  She passionately fought for the rights of Coloradans throughout the state by investigating and prosecuting bogus charities and businesses that were engaging in fraudulent practices.

Amy was lured away from the Colorado Attorney General’s Office by then U.S. Attorney Troy Eid to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney.  At that office, she strengthened her commitment to law enforcement by defending those agencies and officers, including handling a number of cases involving terrorists and other dangerous inmates housed at the U.S. Penitentiary – Administrative Maximum (the federal “supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado), as well as working on several criminal matters.  For example, Amy represented the United States in post-trial motions brought by Terry Nichols, one of the Oklahoma City bombers, and successfully fought his efforts to reduce his restitution and to have his seized firearms returned to his family.

After a little less than four years in the Civil Division, Amy was selected by then U.S. Attorney John Walsh to serve in a leadership capacity as Deputy Chief of the Civil Division.  She continued to serve in that role until Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer asked her to serve as the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and Law Enforcement Coordinator for the District of Colorado.

As the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, Amy served as third in command for the District of Colorado, in charge of the Administrative and Asset Recovery Divisions.  She had substantial involvement in hiring and budgetary decisions and the day-to-day management of the office of close to 200 employees working in three locations around the state (Denver, Grand Junction, and Durango).

During her tenure at the Department of Justice, Amy handled hearings and tried cases in U.S. District Court and successfully briefed and argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  In addition to handling specific cases, Amy had substantial involvement in criminal justice reform issues and served on a working group assembled by then Attorney General Lynch, at President Obama’s request, to examine the manner in which the Bureau of Prisons confined inmates in restrictive housing.  She also negotiated a groundbreaking settlement of a large class action case involving the mental health treatment provided to inmates at the federal supermax, which resulted in substantial enhancements to the mental health services provided to those inmates.  In approving the settlement after receiving evidence and testimony, the District Judge praised it as a “singular achievement.”  Amy also volunteered for the GREAT program, which involves teaching anti-bullying and gang-reduction classes in elementary schools and participated in other community safety efforts.

Amy is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and the Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, DC, where she earned her Juris Doctor.  Amy resides in Denver with her husband, Bill Engleby.  Bill is a real estate agent and small business owner who attended Columbine High School and Red Rocks Community College, and graduated from the University of Colorado Denver.  Bill’s grown daughters, Vanessa and Alex, who both graduated from Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, also reside in Colorado.  Vanessa is a graduate of Colorado Mesa University and the University of Colorado Denver and works as a teacher in Aurora.  Alex is a chemical and biochemical engineering graduate of the Colorado School of Mines and works for an engineering company in Littleton, selling industrial automation devices.

When Amy is not hard at work, she might be enjoying the great outdoors by hiking a fourteener with her husband and dog, running (she’s completed many marathons, half-marathons, and other races), golfing, or spending time with her blended and extended family.