Becky Bye , DDS, JD

Becky Bye , DDS, JD

Attorney
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Phone:
303-835-4595
720-574-1841
Email:

As both a licensed attorney and licensed dentist, Becky Bye possesses a perfect background for medical malpractice law, dental malpractice law, and other areas of personal injury. 

Dr. Bye practiced law for a large law firm and in the government before choosing to use her previous background in science and her passion for healthcare to attend dental school.  During Dr. Bye’s four-year dental program, Dr. Bye’s coursework included all aspects of general dentistry, pathology, head and neck anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, pain management and other related medical science.  She also spent time learning the clinical side of dentistry in the school’s student dental clinic, rotating through the emergency dentistry, oral surgery, endodontic, special needs, and restorative dentistry departments.  She had a three-week immersion in the pediatric dental clinic within the Children’s Hospital of Colorado.  Additionally, Dr. Bye spent time during her last year in public health clinics throughout the Front Range to provide this same comprehensive care to patients. 

While Becky was in dental school, she maintained an interest in law and continued to use her legal background for the benefit of patients.  During her time in dental school, she was elected President of the Colorado Chapter of the American Student Dental Association and was also elected to serve on the board for her student chapter of Alpha Omega, an international dental fraternity whose mission includes professional excellence and access to dental care.  After graduating dental school and practicing general dentistry in the Denver metropolitan area, Dr. Bye merged her passion for law and the health sciences as a practicing attorney at Tomazin, Hillyard & Clor, LLP.

Dr. Bye has remained active in the legal community throughout her legal career. She has served on the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Alumni Council, the Denver Bar Association Docket committee, and previously chaired the Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.  She is a member and President-Elect of the Judge William E. Doyle Inn of Court, and in 2011, was selected as one of two lawyers in the country to work with barristers in the United Kingdom for the Inns of Courts’ prestigious Pegasus Scholarship program.   

Dr. Bye met her husband through their mutual involvement in the legal community.  She is a proud mom of a young son and two cats.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world, watching British costume dramas, and anything that involves her alma mater, Colgate University.

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Medical/Dental Malpractice
  • 20% Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2005
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

Education

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D. - 2005
    • Honors: Dorsey Foundation Health Law Scholarship Recipient
    • Law Review: University of Denver Water Law Review , Articles Editor, 2004 - 2005
    • Law Review: University of Denver Water Law Review , Staff, 2003 - 2004
    • LP: Preventive Law Reporter , Managing Editor, 2005
    • Law Journal: The Writ , Editor-in-Chief, 2004 - 2005
    • Law Journal: The Writ , Staff, 2002 - 2004
  • University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine - 2018
    • Honors: Recipient of the Colorado Dental Association Student Scholarship (2017)
    • Honors: Graduating student award recognition from the American Student Dental Association and the Colorado Dental Association
    • Major: D.D.S.
  • Colgate University
    • B.A. - 2002
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Honors: High Distinction in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum
    • Major: Chemistry
    • Major: Religion

Published Works

  • Articles in local and national American Student Dental Association publications regarding dentistry and law (2014-2017)
  • Articles discussing non-legal issues confronting lawyers for the Denver Bar Association, The Docket (2007-present)
  • Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird: Professionalism in and Out of the Courtroom, The Bencher (May/June 2012) (American Inns of Court Magazine).
  • Implementing “Time-Denied” Pre-Trial Motions in Civil Cases: Speedy Resolution Serves Clients’ Best Interests, The Colorado Lawyer (February 2010)
  • Summarized water law cases and conferences, University of Denver Water Law Review (2003-05)
  • Public Education and Religious Identity: Overlapping Without Unconstitutional Consequences, Preventive Law Reporter (Summer 2003)

Classes/Seminars

  • “Parents Preventing Fluoride Exposure: Constitutional Right or Parental Neglect?” American College of Legal Medicine Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (February 2019)
  • “Contracts: Reading Between the Lines,” University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, Aurora, CO (February 2019)
  • “Dental Contract Review,” University of Colorado Women’s Dental Club, Aurora, CO (December 2017)
  • “AO Externship: Comparison of UK and US Dentistry,” AO Beta Iota Presentation, Aurora, CO (September 2017)
  • Panelist, “The Challenges and Opportunities for Women in the Law,” University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, CO (October 2016)
  • Presenter, “Ethical Issues with Representing Diminished Capacity Clients via Miracle on 34th Street”, Denver Bar Association Movie Night CLE, Denver, CO (December 2013)
  • Presenter, “The Future of our Legal Profession: Lawyer Mentoring Based on the Inns’of Courts’ model”, Denver Bar Association Ignite Program, Denver, CO (June 2011)
  • Adjunct Professor of Business Law, Front Range Community College, Westminster, CO (2008, 2009)
  • Guest Instructor, Renewable Energy and Project Finance Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO (2009, 2010)
  • “Green Energy: A Government Perspective,” CBA-YLD CLE, Denver, CO (November 2010)
  • Speech for Newly Inducted Attorneys at the Swearing-In Ceremony, Denver, CO (May 2010 and May 2011)
  • Panelist, “Effective Networking,” University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO (March 2010)
  • Panelist, “Promoting Diversity in Law,” University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, CO (March 2007)
  • “Clearing the Air: Accommodation Versus Prohibition,” American Gaming Association, Global Gaming Expo, Las Vegas, NV (November 2006)
  • Panelist, “Life in a Large Law Firm,” University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO (November 2005)
  • Panelist, “Transitioning to Graduate School” and “Life After the Colgate Bubble,” Colgate University “Real World” Program for Senior Students, Hamilton, NY (January 2003)
  • “Synthesis of C-Linked Glucopyranosyl Serines,” Annual American Chemistry Society Convention, Orlando, FL (April 2002)

Honors and Awards

  • RuthAnn Loveless MA ’72 Award for Outstanding Service to Colgate University (2017)
  • Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity International Internship to London, UK (2018)
  • Colgate University Stanton Fellowship for alumni pursuing health sciences careers (2014)
  • Pegasus Scholar on behalf of the American Inns of Court, London, United Kingdom (Spring 2012)
  • U.S. Department of Energy Special Act Award for Legal Services (various awards throughout 2009-2012)
  • Graduate of the Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) Program (2011)
  • Colgate University Ann Yao Memorial Young Alumni Award (May 2007)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • President-elect, William E. Doyle Inn of Court (Member from 2003-present)
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association (2005-2016; 2019-present)
  • Member, Denver Bar Association (2005-2016; 2019-present)
  • Member, Denver Bar Association, The Docket Committee (2007-2015; Chair, 2007-10)
  • Chair, Colorado Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division (2010-11; Member, 2007-2012)
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association, Executive Council (2010-11)
  • Fellow, American College of Legal Medicine (2018-present)
  • Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (2019-present)
  • Member, American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, and Metro Denver Dental Society (2018-present)

Past Employment Positions

  • General Dentist, 2018-2019
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Attorney-Advisor, 2009-2014
  • Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Assistant Attorney General, 2007-2009
  • Holland & Hart LLP, Associate Attorney, 2005-2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • High School Judge Volunteer, National Forensics League (2002-2010)
  • Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation (2009-present)
  • Member, Colgate University Alumni Council (2017-present)
  • Member, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Alumni Council (2005-2018)
  • President, Colgate Alumni Club of the Rockies (2006-present)