Attorney and Owner
Dan McKenzie opened the McKenzie Law Firm, LLC in 2013, following 10 years of work as a trial lawyer. As a trial lawyer, Dan helped consumers who had been defrauded by unfair business practices or who had been physically injured by poorly designed and inadequately tested products. Since opening his own office, Dan’s goal has been to help clients identify and mitigate their risks to the full extent possible, with the goal of avoiding expensive and time-consuming litigation.Dan is a Colorado native and is happy to now be raising four kids of his own here. As a parent, he makes it a point of special emphasis to help other parents of dependent children appreciate the need to have a proper estate plan in place.
Of Counsel Attorney
Yvonne Olivere is Of Counsel to The McKenzie Law Firm, and has focused her practice on Estate Planning and Estate/Trust Administration since 2006.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Yvonne proudly served 4 years in the United States Air Force (in fact, she was third generation Air Force in her family). Thereafter, she worked for the Department of Defense while simultaneously attending college. In 1999, Yvonne graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio, summa cum laude. She then attended the University of Texas School of Law, where she taught legal research and writing first year law students and was an editor for the Review of Litigation.
After law school, Yvonne clerked for a judge in Maryland, and in 2004, Yvonne relocated to Colorado, where she practiced family law and civil litigation. In 2007, Yvonne began exclusively practicing estate planning, estate/probate administration. Yvonne is a former Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Paralegal Studies at the Community College of Aurora, where she taught Trust & Estate Law for Paralegals. Yvonne is relocated to Orlando, Florida in the summer of 2018. While in Florida, Yvonne will remain Of Counsel at the McKenzie Law Firm and also serve as the Manager of Legal Education for WealthCounsel (a company providing education and software to over 4,000 estate planning attorneys nationwide).
In her spare time, Yvonne loves spending time with her family (her 3 children and 2 dogs). She also enjoys travel, yoga, cooking, reading and scuba diving.
Of Counsel Attorney
Prior to moving to Littleton in 2017, Mark was actively engaged in the private practice of law in northeast Ohio for more than 20 years. Mark focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, guardianships, Medicaid planning, disability trusts and special needs planning.
Through his estate planning practice, Mark provides advice, counseling and the required documents to carefully plan for not only death, but also the possibility of his client’s serious disability.
Mark also offers guidance as to the most cost-effective way to administer a probate or trust settlement process so that the intended beneficiaries receive their inheritance as inexpensively and as quickly as possible.
Estate disputes occasionally arise when a beneficiary believes there has been improper asset distribution after the death of a loved one. A probate or trust dispute resolution may involve mediation, the collaborative law process, or litigation. Mark has advocated for his clients’ rights in claims including will contests, challenging an executor’s actions, and other matters when the executor or trustee did not perform his or her duties properly.
“The best part of estate planning is working with clients to create a plan that makes sense and accomplishes their objectives.”- Mark Pirozzi
Mark’s wife, Philomena D. Pirozzi, M.D., is a family practice physician with South Park Internal Medicine in Highlands Ranch. Together, they have four kids: Michael, a physician with a large hospitalist group in Salt Lake City, UT; Jeff, an engineer with Lockheed Martin in Littleton, CO; Sara, a Research Supervisor for MIM Software in Beachwood, OH; and Samara, a student at Front Range Christian School.
Mark enjoys hockey and golf; and refereeing high school soccer and lacrosse.
Paralegal (Estate Planning)
Tienne is a paralegal specializing in estate planning. She works closely with clients to determine their unique family situation, and assists with document creation to ensure all client concerns are responsibly met. She has been with the firm in one capacity or another since its start.
Born in Sydney, Australia, and raised in Chicago, Tienne graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, where she met Dan. Her enthusiasm for international issues led her to Washington, DC, where she published a monthly newsletter for the non-governmental agency InterAction. Following Dan to Chicago for law school, she worked in the legal department of the Jane Addams Hull House Association.
Since becoming a stay-at-home mom, Tienne has been an active member of the community, volunteering with various organizations. Her four kids ensure she has a solid background in conflict-resolution, integrative management, child-development, and motivational speaking. She is passionate about nutrition, literature, and social justice.
Paralegal (Estate Administration, Small Business, and Litigation)
Deana is a paralegal specializing in estate planning, small business matters, and civil litigation. She works closely with each of these clients and representatives to facilitate the successful resolution of each matter. She finds the best part about her position is helping clients get through their legal process and the constant learning about numerous aspects of the law on diverse topics.
Because she is extremely grateful for the opportunities presented when she began her career in the legal field before Google was founded, she strives to help others succeed. Her passion for the law and the legal profession is reaffirmed through her support and mentoring of not just paralegals, but also law students and attorneys. She regularly volunteers with such organizations as the Colorado Bar’s High School Mock Trial competitions and American Association for Justice, and works to help the participants understand the qualifications and dedication necessary to succeed. Currently, she is serving on the Board of Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association as the Managing Member of Policy & National Affairs and Primary Delegate to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations in addition to being the Editor in Chief.
A Colorado native, she received her BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, after receiving her (General/Legal Assistant) AAS from Portland Community College (Portland, Oregon.)
Client Relationship Specialist and Referral Coordinator
Rachel is our Client Relationship Specialist. She is the main point of contact for our Firm and is always delighted to help. She has been with the Firm since October of 2018 and finds great satisfaction in talking with clients and assisting in making them comfortable with the process of estate planning.
Although born in Texas, she considers herself a Coloradoan, since her family moved here when she was 4 years old. She grew up in Elizabeth, CO and has been a Denver resident since 2016.
Outside of work, she enjoys reading, watching Science Fiction, anything to do with Jane Austen and is working to become a hiking enthusiast (all in good time). She is also a frequent visitor of Denver’s museums and theatrical offerings. Her biggest passion is travel and hopes to one day visit every county at least once.
Receptionist and Legal Assistant