Megan Hottman earned her B.A. in Corporate Communications, magna cum laude, and her Juris Doctorate, both from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. After law school, she accepted two consecutive judicial clerkships; one in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City, Missouri and one in Jefferson County District Court in Golden, Colorado. 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 firm in Boulder, where she gained valuable experience working on large national-level consumer fraud mass actions, as well as individual personal injury cases.
In early 2010, she hung her own shingle and formed Hottman Law Office (HLO), aka "TheCyclist-Lawyer.com." This practice, 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." For the next year, Hottman ran her practice while simultaneously racing professionally on the road and track -competing in World Cups and racing in 2011 for the new women's pro team, "Primal-MapMyRide." In 2012, she turned her attention to building up her practice, focusing exclusively on cycling law.
Hottman has represented over 100 cyclists in their individual cases, as well as provided counsel to other plaintiff's lawyers, to cycling groups, bike shops, and organizations. She has authored countless articles and also co-authored a cycling-law resource book, Bicycle Accidents, Crashes & Collisions: Biomechanical, Engineering, and Legal Aspects (Rev.Ed), (Aug 2016).
In addition to representing her own clients, she has been endorsed as a cycling expert by other lawyers. She is known by Colorado cyclists as well as her fellow attorneys as THE go-to lawyer for anything cycling-related. She handles cases in all 50 states, and is licensed in Missouri, Colorado, and Arizona. She provides frequent legal education seminars on biking laws, trends she sees in her cases and those nationwide, and education to both novice and veteran riders alike. She also provides educational and training opportunities to law enforcement officers.
In March 2015, Hottman and her practice were featured in an article titled "Broken Spokes" in Outside Magazine. A few months later, she was also featured in HBO Real Sports "Bike Wars" episode. In 2016, she was featured in Bicycling Magazine, related to her work with law enforcement.
She was also selected as a "rising star" in 2015 and 2016 Super Lawyers.
Professional Organizations and Certifications
Hottman is a member of:
- CTLA (Colorado Trial Lawyers' Association) (and in 2016 was elected to its board);
- Colorado Bar Association;
- 1st Judicial District Bar Association (served on its board 2014-2016); and
- EO accelerator (and in 2016 was elected to its board)
In June 2014, Hottman and obtained LCI (League Certified Instructor) certification from the League of American Bicyclists. Additionally, Hottman has been a certified Spinning instructor and certified group aerobics instructor since 1999. (Above the office, the Defined Fitness Training studio offers indoor cycling classes too!).
Hottman Law Office is also a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Business!
COMMUNITY AND CYCLING INVOLVEMENT
A competitive cyclist and cycling enthusiast to "the n-th degree," Hottman places great value and emphasis on leading by example in the cycling community, whether mentoring newbie cyclists, or sponsoring cycling teams and events. Her mantra is "improving lives and communities one cyclist at a time" and it is her own personal mission to get more people riding bikes, especially women.
HLO proudly sponsors several competitive cycling teams, multiple cycling events, and organizations. The Golden office is frequently the site of ride departures, clinics and training sessions.
2017 will mark Hottman's 15th season of competitive cycling. She races as a CAT 1, and pins on race numbers each season in road, mountain and cyclocross races, as well as other endurance events such as gravel races and Ironman triathlon. A unique fact among racers, Megan has raced all 4 disciplines: road, track, mountain biking and cyclocross (and has competed in 3 of their national championships), plus gravel worlds and fat bike worlds.
Megan's cycling career highlights include:
- 2005 Best Amateur, Nature Valley Grand Prix
- 2009 Masters Track National Champion
- 2010 Colorado Best Allround Rider (women cat 1/2)
- 2007 & 2010 Colorado State Time Trial champion
- 2010 Colorado State Criterium Champion
- 2010 and 2011 Winner, North Boulder Classic Criterium
- 2011 Overall endurance omnium winner, Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic
- Most recently, 2014 Colorado Best Allround Rider in cyclocross (women 35+) and 2015 Gravel Worlds Female Single Speed Champion!