Virjinia (“Jina”) V. Koultchitzka, Member
Education: Colorado Bar Association Mediation Training (40-hour Certification, Jan. 2011); Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) (2010); University of Denver (J.D., 2005); Colorado State University (B.A., Political Science – International and Comparative Studies, cum laude, May 2001); State Management School New Bulgarian University (Associate Degree, Business Administration and Management, May 1995).
Memberships & Professional Biography: El Paso County and Colorado Bar Associations; El Paso County Bar Association (EPCBA) Board of Trustees (Trustee); EPCBA 2010 Strategic Planning Force Committee (Member); EPCBA Lawyer Referral Services (Member); EPCBA New Members/Swearing-In (Chair); EPC Bar Foundation (Board of Directors Member); Ben S. Wendelken American Inn of Court (Executive Committee Member & Pupilage Groups Leader); EPCBA New Lawyers Section (Chair 2006-2010); American Bar Association State Membership Chair Program (2009, Participant on behalf of the EPCBA New Lawyers Section); Legal Aid Foundation Committee (Committee Member 2005 – 2008). Law School Activities: Denver Journal of International Law and Policy (2003-2005); International Human Rights Advocacy Center (2003-2005); Asylum Project (2003-2005); University of Denver Clinical Programs, Advanced Criminal Law Clinic (2005).
Community Activities: The Chamber Rising Professionals (Member 2010-current, Mentorship Committee); Genny’s Hope Foundation (Board of Directors Member 2012 – current); Commercial Women’s Network (Member); Participate as a volunteer in community Law Day Activities; Christmas in February (post-holiday Holiday Party for unprivileged children organized and hosted by the CBA-YLD in Colorado Springs); Support non-profit Bulgarian organizations which provide homeless children with food, medicine, clothes, shoes, and school supplies through coordination with the Government Center for Social Integration and the Red Cross.
Nominations: The Ben S. Wendelken Inn of the American Inns of Court outstanding contribution award (2009) ; One of the Gray’s Pupilage Wendelken S. Inn of Court nominees (Headed by Judge David L. Shakes) awarded the 2008 American Inns of Court Best Program – Justice in Baghdad, Culture, Conflict, and Challenges (2008); Nominated and Awarded the 2008 Rising Stars Award (April 24, 2008); Nominated and Awarded the Bryan S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (Oct. 16, 2007); Nominated for the University of Denver Outstanding Student Award (2005).
Corporate Formation and Organization, including but not limited to:
• Establishment of corporations, limited liability companies (LLC), partnerships and trusts
• Chapter S (also referred to as S corp.), EIN and 501(c)(3) election
• Non-profit and tax-exempt organizations
• Trade names, trademarks and service marks
• Business planning and joint ventures
• Directors’ and officers’ liability
• Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements
• Franchising and distribution contracts
• Purchase and sale of business and business succession
• Shareholder agreements
• Board Minutes and By Laws
Business and Commercial Law, including but not limited to:
• Buy-sell agreements
• Commercial litigation
• Secured transactions
• Collections and debtor-creditor work
Contract Law, including but not limited to:
• Drafting and review of contracts
• Mechanic liens
Real Estate Law, including but not limited to:
• Purchase and sale of residential and commercial property
• Residential and commercial leasing
• Real estate litigation
• Land use issues
Estate Planning and Probate, including but not limited to:
• Living wills
• Power of attorney and appointment
• Probate and estate administration
• Business succession planning and tax planning
Personal Information: Jina grew up in a third world country, brought up with the myth of the United States being a dream world, a world of freedom, success, and opportunities. She grew up being taught at school that this was a dream she could not have, an unreachable life she could not ever be part of. Contrary to the myth, and with the support of her parents, at the age of eighteen, Jina was the first person in her high school to be accepted at several colleges in the United States. She packed a suitcase and headed towards the dream with little money and no family or friends to join her in her adventure. Jina never forgot where she came from. Not only does she visit her family in Bulgaria every year, but she also stays very active in supporting non-profit Bulgarian organizations which provide homeless children with food, medicine, clothes, shoes, and school supplies through coordination with the Government Center for Social Integration and the Red Cross. Jina speaks fluent Bulgarian and Russian; she has rudimentary skills in French and Spanish. She loves to travel and try different food. She enjoys biking, skiing, swimming, hiking, hunting and she loves animals, especially her two dogs. She is currently taking golf lessons, and expects nothing but perfection and challenge in her future golf game.
“I love living life the smart way! As much as patience may be a virtue in all of life, it is even more so in trying to be at least a step ahead.” ~ VVK
Favorite Quote: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the Really Great make you feel that you, too, can become Great!” – Mark Twain