Meet the Team

Darci Gerdes | Attorney and Counselor at Law | Partner

About 14 years ago, my husband and I decided we wanted to raise our children outside the hustle and bustle of Orange County.  Our move to Windsor, Colorado has been everything we hoped it would be: we love our community, schools, church and friends.  However, as a mom of four, with children who now range in age from 11 to 19 years old, I had to find an opportunity that afforded me flexibility. For several years, I worked “Of Counsel” for California firms and in 2017 finally decided to license in Colorado so that I could serve my community and work locally. I now have the ability to be active in my community, my church and in my home. I do return to California a few days a month for those clients who desire face to face interaction.

I have over fifteen (15) years of experience working primarily in the estate planning and trust administration areas of the law.  I enjoy working with families to create a perfectly customized plan for their particular situation.  I enjoy asset protection and business planning as well.  I believe in the saying (paraphrase from Benjamin Franklin) “failure to plan is planning to fail.”

I earned my Juris Doctor degree from Chapman University School of Law, now known as Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law.  I earned this degree as well as a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution while working and attending night school part time.  I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University) while doing a major portion of coursework for my degree in Communication from California State University, Fullerton.

 

Amy Roberts | Attorney and Counselor at Law | Partner

 

After graduating from Hope International University with my bachelor’s degree, I worked in the construction industry doing marketing, accounting, and general business management before going to law school in 2013. I graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2016 with my Juris Doctorate degree and Masters in Law degree in International Business Transactions. While in law school I served as Assistant Managing Editor for the Denver Law Review. Also during the three years I was in law school, I spent eight months in Europe studying European Business Law, working as an intern for the United States European Command Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in Stuttgart, Germany, and working as an intern at the Pakay Law Office in Budapest, Hungary. After law school I worked as a judicial fellow for the Honorable John William Madden IV in the Denver District Court where I honed my legal writing and research skills while gaining valuable insight to the litigation process. I now focus my practice on estate planning, real estate, and business matters including business formation, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and contract review.

 

Sandy Ramlo | Attorney

Sandy Ramlo has lived in six states throughout her life, meeting and working with a diverse group of people. This experience has allowed her to have a variety of life and work experiences that has shaped the way she helps her clients achieve their goals.

Starting her journey in Minnesota, Sandy was born and raised in the small, rural town of Truman. After graduating high school, she attended college at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. She received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and minoring in Journalism. She had several pieces published in the Oakwood literary magazine. She had a passion for writing and helping others develop their writing skills, so she stayed at SDSU and obtained a Master of Arts degree, focusing on American literature. While working on her degree, she taught English composition courses and worked in the Writing Center. She continued to teach English composition at all levels as an English Instructor after graduation.

She later moved to Nebraska, teaching composition, literature, and journalism classes at Mid-Plains Community College in McCook, NE before getting married and moving to California with her husband Daniel. There, she continued to teach online classes for Mid-Plains before teaching for the University of Phoenix.

Daniel and Sandy moved again to Greeley, Colorado. Deciding to finally pursue her other goal of becoming an attorney, she attended The University of Denver Sturm College of Law only four months after the birth of her son. She kept busy using her writing skills to help clients in the Civil Litigation Clinic, as a staff editor for the University of Denver Criminal Law Review, and loving on her little boy.

After graduating and passing the bar, she worked as a criminal defense attorney and a dependency and neglect attorney in Greeley and had a baby girl. When Sandy moved to Fort Morgan, Colorado, she knew her passion was in estate planning and probate—helping clients achieve their goals and navigate the court process. She met Darci and began working for The Law Office of Darci Gerdes.

Sandy has again moved. She now lives in Michigan but continues to work remotely for The Gerdes & Roberts Law Firm. “I find Darci to be such an intelligent, insightful, and kind person who has been blessed with the ability to utilize those gifts in her work and interactions with clients. I truly enjoy working with her.”

Sandy is currently a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.

 

David Werner | Attorney

I am an attorney barred in Colorado and New York, a Denver firefighter, and United States Marine Corps Officer Judge Advocate with over four and a half years of honorable active-duty service.

I received my Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond, school of law in 2013.  During my time in law school, I studied abroad at Bocconi University as well as Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge.  While studying at Bocconi, I also worked for Pavia e Ansaldo, Studio Legale, a prestigious international law firm in Milan, Italy.

After law school, I decided to pursue a longtime aspiration of mine of joining the Marine Corps, and graduated from Officer Candidate School, The Basic School, and Naval Justice School in 2017.  Upon hitting the fleet, my first billet was as a Defense Counsel where I litigated cases in defense of Marines who faced criminal charges at Courts-martial, or administrative punishment.

In my last billet as an Active-Duty Marine, I was the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for Marine Corps Installations-East, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.  In this role, I represented the Government and advised commanders to include the two-star Commanding General for the installations, as well as the Commanding officer of Headquarters & Support Battalion.

Upon separation under honorable conditions from the Marine Corps in 2021, I decided to move closer to family in Colorado, and worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.  There, I worked to prosecute criminal cases on behalf of the People of La Plata, Archuleta, and San Juan counties.

I now work within Gerdes and Roberts with a concentration in estate planning and have the benefit of guiding clients in planning for the preservation, and distribution of their hard-earned wealth in accordance with their goals.

 

 

Nisha Martinez | Paralegal

Nisha is a Colorado Native, born and raised in Windsor. When she is out of the office she is generally spending time with her daughter or chatting on the phone with her son who is currently stationed far from home, serving in the United States Army. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family as much as possible, attending church and small groups, shopping and serving others.

 

Braydon Shearer| Paralegal

Braydon was born and raised in Loveland, Colorado.  He recently graduated from Colorado State University with his Bachelors in Philosophy with a minor in legal studies. Braydon is an aspiring attorney that would love to stay and practice law in Colorado. When he’s not working he loves to camp, play guitar, football, and spend time with his friends and family. He is very grateful to be a part of the Gerdes and Roberts team and can’t wait to see what the future holds!

 

Caden Betancourt| Paralegal

Hailing from Greeley, Colorado, Caden Betancourt has carved a niche for himself at the intersection of law and estate planning. Graduating from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Pre-Law, Caden seamlessly transitioned into the realm of estate planning law. His dedication to the intricacies of estate planning reflects a commitment to ensuring clients’ peace of mind regarding their assets and legacies. Caden establishes himself as a trusted professional in the field through a meticulous approach, combined with a passion for excellence.

 

Adria Scherger| Paralegal

Adria was born and raised in Nebraska, but in 2003 she, along with her family, moved to Fort Collins. Adria graduated in May of 2022 from Front Range Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. Adria has a six-year-old son, who she loves spending time with, along with her family and friends!  She enjoys cooking, reading, and shopping, as well as listening to true crime podcasts in her spare time. Adria is very excited to be a new addition to the Gerdes and Roberts team!