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.
Terra Sander | Attorney
After graduating from University of Cincinnati, with my bachelor’s degree, I worked in the legal industry as a paralegal, and then worked most of my career prior to law school in the financial and securities industry with Fidelity investments and Nationwide Financial. Well, in law school, I worked as a judicial clerk for the Ohio Court Of Claims and for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in the Commission on Civil Rights as a law clerk.
In addition during law school, I had an externship as a copyright licensing manager for a karaoke company.
I became license to practice law in Ohio in 2005, licensed in Missouri in 2008 and licensed in Colorado in 2010. I have been general counsel and compliance officer for a company involving an investment fund family, two investment advisors, a broker-dealer, and a future commodities trader. In addition to dealing with a myriad of corporate contracts, HR issues and employment law. I’ve been practiced as an attorney in a big law firm as outside counsel doing Corporate and Security’s law. In addition, I worked as a surveillance Director for FINRA focusing on compliance of Broker-Dealers.
Most recently, I’ve been general counsel to a local Fort Collins company, specializing in corporate law, contracts, and commercial transactions, commercial lease negotiation, regulatory requirements, and employment law. My most recent type of legal practice is estate planning.
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.
Stephanie Wright | Paralegal
Stephanie was born and raised in Colorado. She graduated with her associate degree in Legal Support and Services. She is married and has three very active boys. Stephanie and her family enjoy hiking, camping, dirt biking and anything outdoors. She is very excited to pursue a career in the legal field and continue learning!
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!