Megan Hottman earned her B.A. in Corporate Communications, magna cum laude, and her Juris Doctorate, both from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. In college, Hottman volunteered as a CASA (Court-appointed special advocate). Realizing she wanted to help others as a career, she decided to become a lawyer. During law school, she worked as an intern for a solo practitioner and also for the Douglas County Attorney's Office (civil division). These jobs gave her a taste of the profession and more importantly, through her wonderful mentors and teachers, positively oriented her sense of professionalism and responsibility.
After law school, Hottman accepted two consecutive judicial clerkships. The first in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City and the second in Jefferson County District Court in Golden. As a judicial law clerk, Hottman was responsible for drafting judicial orders, doing legal research for the judges, and serving as bailiff during jury trials. Hottman then joined a small firm in Boulder, where she gained valuable experience working on large consumer fraud mass actions, as well as individual personal injury cases.
In March 2010, she formed Hottman Law Office (HLO), aka "TheCyclist-Lawyer.com," which she says, "is the perfect combination of passion and profession - love of cycling and legal education culminated in this practice -I'm doing what I was meant to do." In addition to representing her own clients, she also works as a consultant with several Colorado plaintiff's firms.
"Where your talents and the needs of the world cross lies your calling." - Aristotle
Hottman is licensed in Colorado and Missouri. She is a member of CTLA (Colorado Trial Lawyers' Association), the Colorado Bar Association, The Colorado Women's Bar Association, and the 1st Judicial District Bar Association. She serves on the Golden Civic Foundation Board of Directors.
Hottman, a competitive cyclist and cycling enthusiast to "the n-th degree" places great value and emphasis on leading by example in the cycling community, whether mentoring newbie cyclists, or sponsoring cycling teams and events. Since 2008, she has coached the lawyer-filled cycling group, "Wheels of Justice," helping the members train and prepare for the Courage Classic each July. HLO proudly sponsors three competitive cycling teams: TheCyclist-Lawyer.com cycling team and Team Small Batch (in Colorado), and Big D Cycling (in Kansas/Missouri).
In addition, HLO has sponsored multiple cycling events and organizations including: the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC); Cyclofemme; the Bicycle Colorado Bike Summit; Beti's AllrideClinic; Denver's 2012 Bike From Work Bash; Denver's 2012 Bike to Work day, and the Inaugural "Women's Ride with a Legend" with Alison Dunlap, in conjunction with the 2012 USPCC stage in Golden. Hottman Law Office is frequently the site of ride departures, clinics and training sessions. (Above the office, the Defined Fitness Training studio offers indoor cycling classes too!).
Hottman's cycling career highlights include: 2005 Best Amateur, Nature Valley Grand Prix; 2009 Masters Track National Champion; 2010 Colorado Best All-round Rider; 2007 and 2010 Colorado State Time Trial champion; 2010 Colorado State Criterium Champion; 2x Winner, North Boulder Classic Criterium; and 2011 Overall endurance omnium winner, Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic.
She lives in Golden with her husband Robert, also an avid cyclist, and their three dogs.
Hottman, climbing Lookout Mountain in Golden.