Ariel DeFazio is an associate attorney at Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC where she represents employees in state and federal litigation, administrative investigations of discrimination, and unemployment insurance appeals. After earning her B.S. from Cornell University, serving with AmeriCorps, and working in the nonprofit field, Ms. DeFazio graduated from the University of Colorado Law School. Since earning her J.D., Ms. DeFazio has devoted her legal career to representing employees in matters of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, contractual disputes, and other federal and state legal claims. Ms. DeFazio volunteers periodically providing legal assistance to pro se litigants through the CBA’s Federal Pro Se Legal Clinic, as well as to Colorado nonprofit organizations through the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s Non-Profit Pro Bono Legal Group. Ms. DeFazio's passion for educating individuals about their rights in the workplace has led her to present on a variety of employment law topics in collaboration with local non-profits, including the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance and Dress for Success Denver.