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Ryan Kalamaya, Georgina Melbye, Michael Fox and legal assistant Anna Lange form the backbone of the firm’s criminal defense practice. The team of former prosecutors and public defenders is unparalleled in defending those charged with crimes in the Roaring Fork and Vail Valleys. Our reputation as skilled trial lawyers enables us to obtain favorable results during pre-trial negotiations.

Team Defense

Kalamaya | Goscha uses a team approach in representing people accused of crimes. As a former prosecutor for 2.5 years in Eagle County, Ryan knows what it takes for the DA to obtain a conviction. He has handled several hundred DUIs, countless cases involving allegations of domestic violence and a variety of felony cases in his career. Ryan has taken over two-dozen cases to verdict. As the lead trial prosecutor, he only lost one trial in Eagle County while at the DA’s Office.

Likewise, Georgina also worked as a prosecutor and appears in court on a weekly basis. She beat the elected District Attorney for Pitkin and Garfield County, Jefferson Cheney, in a DUI trial in Aspen in 2017. More recently, she won a jury trial involving felony and DUI charges in Aspen. She has taken multiple criminal trials to verdict in Aspen and Eagle.

Michael was a criminal defense attorney for over two years with the Colorado Public Defender’s Office in Colorado Springs. He has defended 100s of felony and misdemeanor drug, assault, theft, DUI and other criminal cases with numerous cases going to trial. The firm’s legal assistant, Anna Lange, rounds out the largest criminal defense team in the Central Rockies.

Ryan, Georgina, Michael and Anna work as a team on behalf of the firm’s clients.

Cases We Handle

Skilled & Experienced

Ryan, Georgina and Michael are familiar with all of the prosecutors and judges in Aspen, Vail, Eagle, Glenwood Springs, El Jebel and Rifle. They recognize when a plea bargain is fair and when to set a case for trial.

When Ryan was a prosecutor, he rode along with Vail Police officers during their graveyard shifts, and put on bulletproof vests for multiple undercover drug deals. He also led a class for officers in Summit County on how to legally investigate a case. Ryan even went out with the Eagle County SWAT team to detonate bombs and practice with long-range sniper rifles. We know law enforcement. The team knows what it takes to build a successful case and convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.

A number of Ryan’s cases have been reported in the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Denver Post, Aspen Daily News, Aspen Times, Vail Daily and other news outlets. His clients have included Hollywood celebrities, blue-collar workers, single mothers, successful business executives, and teenagers. His three-day jury trial in Glenwood Springs on felony drug charges resulted in a positive outcome for his client, and was subject of a favorable three-part series of news articles in the Aspen Daily News.

Georgina is a frequent face in the courtrooms of Aspen, Glenwood Springs and Eagle. A recent addition to Kalamaya | Goscha, Michael looks forward to establishing himself as a skilled trial lawyer in Garfield and Eagle Counties.

Awards Matter

For insight into what clients think of Ryan, check out the 70+ public online reviews. He is rated as “Superb” with a perfect score in Criminal Law by Avvo, and 96% recommendation rate at He was selected for the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers. Ryan has been named a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers in the area of criminal law for the last five years. He is the only Aspen criminal defense lawyer or Vail DUI attorney selected to that prestigious list. Similarly, Georgina boasts thirteen 5-star reviews on Avvo.

Kalamaya | Goscha moves mountains for those unfairly accused of crimes in Aspen, Glenwood Springs and Vail. If you, a friend or family member has been arrested, please call one of our attorneys to find out your rights.

You Get What You Pay For

Unlike other criminal defense attorneys, we charge based on how much time we spend on your case. That almost always results in savings for our clients. Read more about our billing rates, retainers and capped fees here.