Practice Areas: Civil Litigation & Criminal Defense

Ciara Anderson knew from a very young age that she wanted to pursue a career where she could help make people’s lives better. For Ciara, becoming an attorney was how she could make sure that even when life happens, people have someone in their corner treating them with humanity and fighting for them.

After earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Ciara made the trek to Colorado. Before starting law school at the University of Denver, Ciara worked with the Thomas, Ahnell, Laraway & Smith team in various administrative positions. This has given her unique insights into what her clients experience at every stage of the process, including the emotional, financial, and legal challenges. She uses this experience to her clients’ advantage, ensuring that everything she does is in service of making those challenges easier to overcome.

In addition to working as a Law Clerk at the firm throughout her time in law school, Ciara also excelled academically and professionally. Ciara was a Managing Editor of the Sports & Entertainment Law Journal and on the executive board for the American Civil Liberties Union, First Generation Law Student Association, and Women’s Legal Coalition. She also participated in the University’s nationally ranked Civil Rights Clinic as a student attorney for two years. While in the clinic, Ciara successfully negotiated a substantial settlement on behalf of a juvenile client against a Colorado police department. She then went on to work on the Clinic’s most complex case, challenging the conditions of solitary confinement on behalf of a person imprisoned in the United States Penitentiary – Administrative Maximum (ADX). In addition to graduating in the top 17% of her class with distinction, Ciara was awarded with the Student Attorney of the Year Award for her empathetic, yet fierce, advocacy for her clients.

As an attorney at Thomas, Ahnell, Laraway & Smith, Ciara looks to continue building her civil rights, prisoner rights, and criminal defense work with the firm. Her strength lays in her ability to listen and empathize with her clients. She is also able to take what she hears and apply her investigative prowess to that information, cutting to the heart of issues so she can apply her legal strategy and deliver results to her clients.


Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association Civil Rights Section Young Lawyers Division Liaison
Colorado Bar Association – Young Lawyer Division
Denver Bar Association
American Bar Association


J.D., University of Denver, 2020
B.A., University of Tennessee, 2015


U.S. District Court, Colorado

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Meet Our Civil Litigation Attorneys


Civil Practice Areas

When a victim is injured and claims that your organization is responsible, you want to do all you can to protect your investment. Fortunately, there are multiple defenses available under Colorado law, which may defeat the plaintiff’s claim or reduce the compensation he or she can recover.

Auto Accident Liability Defense Lawyers

Car accidents are disturbingly common, but they can have a serious impact if your Denver business is implicated in the incident. Victims often go for the “deep pockets” of organizations, especially when the amount of the claim is higher than your insurance coverage.


Employment Lawyers

Whether you own a business in Colorado, California, or Alabama, there are state and federal regulations to which you must adhere. If you violate a law, are responsible for an injury, or violate a person’s rights, you may find yourself the victim of a lawsuit. To protect yourself in the event of a lawsuit, have a Denver business employment lawyer on retainer. Call the Thomas Law Firm to learn more about our practice and how we can help you.


Non-compete Agreement Lawyers

A non-compete agreement is an agreement between an employer and an employee that the employee will not seek employment with a competing employer or start a competing business after employment ends. Non-compete agreements are designed to protect employers in the form of commitment from employees and to protect employers’ investment in employees.


Premises Liability Defense Lawyers

As a Denver business owner, you have a duty to maintain your property in a safe condition and to remedy any hazards that may cause a risk of injury to people who enter.


Workers Compensation Defense Lawyers

You work hard to keep your Denver business thriving and a key factor in your organization’s success is workplace safety. When accidents do happen, the associated workers’ compensation claims can take an unfortunate toll.


Wage and Hour Business Lawyer

As a Denver business owner, there are several laws and regulations by which you must abide, otherwise you risk losing money and damaging your business’s reputation. Many of those laws have to do with wage and hour disputes. The best way you can avoid wage and hour disputes is by partnering with a Denver business attorney prior to hiring employees.