2021 Colorado 200

Law Week’s annual Colorado 200 survey shows unique insights into the health of the local legal market. This year, we heard something loud and clear from local, regional and national firms alike: Competition isn’t just coming from your own backyard anymore. And with new ways of working, firms may struggle to communicate a consistent culture to all levels of staff. 


Since the start of the pandemic, law firms reported a struggle to retain talent. Some firms have experienced resounding success switching to work-from-home or hybrid office models, but many found the pandemic’s impacts on the way we work may be driving staff away. The work-from-home offices are now competing with global firms for retention and recruiting alike, and hybrid offices reported they’re still struggling to maintain and communicate firm culture to new employees. 

This year, Law Week Colorado surveyed the 200 largest private practice law firms in Colorado to see if their number of attorneys has grown or decreased in the last year. We supplemented survey responses with outreach and research.

The survey asks for the number of total attorneys at a firm, the number of Colorado attorneys and other demographic and contact information. Our list below only reflects headcount. Overall, the number of Colorado attorneys increased over the past year. 

According to Altman Weil’s MergerLine, a national size-ranking of private practices, law firm mergers hit a 10-year low in Q2 2020, and of the 57 mergers announced to date, just 13 were between firms with more than 10 attorneys. This year, just 30 mergers were announced and none have been reported on the site since early April. One of the smallest of the reported mergers took place in Colorado, between Doida Law Group and Crow Legal in February.  

Our survey shows that sixteen firms self-reported a total of 480 Colorado partners. Fifteen firms reported diversity among partnership this year — around 36 of the Colorado partners were minorities and 153 of the Colorado attorneys at partnership level were women. The University of Colorado Law School in October 2020 reported roughly 10% of Colorado attorneys are people of color. The state continues to exceed the national average for women in partner positions but still lacks minority representation in firm partnership. Of the total number of Colorado partners reported this year, less than 1% were minorities.

The list of Colorado’s largest law firms is below, ranked according to the number of local attorneys. Did we miss a firm? Contact us at [email protected].

2021 Rank Firm Total Lawyers Colorado Lawyers Change in CO Attorneys
1 Holland & Hart 479 237 14
2 Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck 271 155 6
3 Sherman & Howard 172 143 -5
4 Davis Graham & Stubbs 139 139 2
5 Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell 97 95 -5
6 Polsinelli 937 89 3
7 Hall & Evans 103 86 -6
8 Kutak Rock 558 84 -2
9 Faegre Drinker 1197 80 0
10 Hogan Lovells* 2851 79 -9
11 Greenberg Traurig 2300 77 -1
11 Moye White 75 71 2
11 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner 1329 71 3
14 Spencer Fane 410 69 23
15 Perkins Coie 1200+ 67 5
16 Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie 241 61 6
17 Robinson & Henry 60 60 20
18 Burg Simpson 72 56 16
19 Gibson Dunn & Crutcher 1550 55 5
20 Cooley 1499 54 14
21 Husch Blackwell 800+ 51 13
22 Franklin D. Azar & Associates 49 49 6
23 Fairfield and Woods 48 48 7
24 Berg Hill Greenleaf + Ruscitti* 47 47 0
25 Sheridan Ross 51 47 4
25 Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti 46 46 5
27 Messner Reeves 130 43 -9
28 Snell & Wilmer 474 43 4
28 Dorsey & Whitney 660 43 10
31 Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani 1040 40 0
32 Fox Rothschild 1088 39 -4
33 Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith 1600 38 -7
33 Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe 38 38 -1
33 Caplan & Earnest 38 38 3
36 Ballard Spahr 680 36 -1
37 WilmerHale 992 35 5
38 Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio 34 34 -2
38 FGMC (Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher) 34 34 2
38 Arnold & Porter 1028 34 7
41 Jones & Keller 33 33 0
41 Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley 39 33 1
41 The Harris Law Firm 33 33 9
44 BakerHostetler 1000+ 32 -3
44 Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton 630 32 4
44 Bachus & Schanker 32 32 7
47 Bartlit Beck 91 30 -1
48 Hutchinson Black and Cook 29 29 -1
49 KO Law Firm 32 28 5
50 Armstrong Teasdale 347 27 0
50 Riggs Abney (Riggs Abney Neal Turpen Orbison & Lewis)* 79 27 3
50 SGR (Senter Goldfarb & Rice) 27 27 0
50 Littler 1507 27 2
50 Lyons Gaddis 27 27 2
54 Ritsema & Lyon 30 26 -4
54 SVC (Senn Visciano Canges) 26 26 0
56 Frascona Joiner Goodman & Greenstein 25 25 6
57 The Sawaya Law Firm 24 24 -1
57 Hoskin Farina & Kampf 24 24 0
57 Lathrop GPM 363 24 3
60 BFW (Burns Figa & Will) 273 23 -3
60 Beatty & Wozniak 31 23 -4
60 White and Steele 23 23 -2
60 Dentons 5526 23 -1
60 Garfield & Hecht 23 23 6
65 CP2 (Coan Payton & Payne) 21 21 -3
65 Fisher Phillips* 481 21 -2
65 Williams Weese Pepple & Ferguson 21 21 1
65 Jackson Lewis 984 21 2
69 Michael Best & Friedrich LLP 260 20 0
69 Ruegsegger Simons & Stern (formerly Ruegsegger Simons Smith & Stern) 20 20 -6
69 Ogborn Mihm 20 20 2
72 Ogletree Deakins 910 19 1
72 Hernandez & Associates 19 19 8
74 Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell 35 18 -1
74 Montgomery Little & Soran 18 18 -1
74 Dietze and Davis 18 18 0
74 Holland & Knight 1320 18 0
74 Stinson 450 18 0
74 White Bear Ankele Tanaka & Waldron 18 18 0
74 Fortis Law Partners 18 18 1
74 Ciancio Ciancio Brown 20 18 3
82 Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings 17 17 0
82 Wells Anderson & Race 17 17 0
82 Adsero IP 17 17 1
82 Butler Snow 398 17 2
82 Haynes & Boone 625 17 2
82 Merchant & Gould 127 17 2
88 Pollart Miller 19 16 -2
88 Allen & Vellone 16 16 0
88 Treece Alfrey Musat 16 16 0
88 Nixon Shefrin Ogburn Drew (formerly Nixon Shefrin Hensen Ogburn) 16 16 1
88 Woods Aitken 33 16 3
93 Squire Patton Boggs 1500 15 -4
93 Sparks Wilson (formerly Sparks Wilson Borges Brandt & Johnson) 15 15 -2
93 Otteson Shapiro LLP 19 15 -1
93 Campbell Killin Brittan & Ray 15 15 0
93 Springer & Steinberg 15 15 0
93 Childs McCune 15 15 1
99 Divorce Matters 14 14 -1
99 Altitude Community Law 14 14 0
99 Morrison Foerster 1042 14 2
100 Vicente Sederberg 35 13 -6
100 Hall Estill 137 13 -2
100 Griffiths Law 13 13 -1
100 Sweetbaum Sands Anderson 13 13 -1
100 Collins Cockrel & Cole (Jan. 2022 formation of Collins Cole Flynn Winn & Ulmer Law Firm) 13 13 0
100 Cozen O’Connor 830 13 2
100 Richards Carrington 15 13 3
100 Dinsmore & Shohl 770 13 7
110 Dufford Waldeck Milburn & Krohn 12 12 -3
110 McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter 198 12 -2
110 Miller & Steiert 12 12 -1
110 Taylor | Anderson 25 12 -1
110 Cordell & Cordell 250+ 12 0
110 McGeady Becher 12 12 0
110 Ridley McGreevy & Winocur 12 12 1
110 Vranesh and Raisch 12 12 2
110 Rathod Mohamedbhai 12 12 4
119 Clark Hill (acquired Hoban Law Group in July 2021) 873 11 -3
119 Montgomery Amatuzio Chase Bell Jones (formerly Montgomery Amatuzio Dusbabek Chase) 11 11 -3
119 Jackson Kelly 168 11 -1
119 Norton Rose Fulbright 3085 11 -1
119 Katz Look & Onorato 11 11 0
119 Murr Siler & Accomazo 13 11 0
119 Nathan Dumm & Mayer 11 11 0
119 Otis & Bedingfield 11 11 1
119 Epstein Patierno 11 11 2
128 Fennemore Craig (acquired Reilly in 2021) 173 10 3
128 Balcomb & Green 10 10 -5
128 Coombe Curry Rich Jarvis 10 10 -2
128 Karp Neu Hanlon 10 10 -2
128 Gasper Law Group 10 10 -1
128 Wegener Scarborough & Lane 10 10 -1
128 Denver Trial Lawyers 10 10 0
128 Fischer, Brown, Bartlett, Larsen & Irby (formerly Fischer Brown Bartlett & Gunn) 10 10 0
128 Godfrey Johnson 11 10 0
128 Hamilton Faatz* 10 10 1
128 Hamre Rodriguez Ostrander & Dingess 10 10 0
128 The Hustead Law Firm 10 10 0
128 Killmer Lane & Newman 10 10 0
128 Mulliken Weiner Berg & Jolivet 10 10 2
142 Greenspoon Marder 240+ 9 -3
142 Lasater & Martin PC 15 9 -3
142 Cochran Freund & Young 9 9 -2
142 Markus Williams Young & Hunsicker 10 9 -2
142 Anderson & Jahde 9 9 -1
142 Haddon Morgan and Foreman 9 9 -1
142 Davis & Ceriani 9 9 0
142 Gradisar Trechter Ripperger & Roth 9 9 0
142 Jachimiak Peterson Kummer 9 9 0
142 Jester Gibson & Moore 9 9 0
142 OKGK&M (formerly Oates Knezevich Gardenswartz Kelly & Morrow) 9 9 0
142 Tucker Holmes 9 9 0
142 Morgan Rider Riter Tsai (formerly Baldwin Morgan & Rider) 9 9 1
142 Glade Voogt Lopez Smith (formerly Glade Voogt Lord & Smith) 9 9 1
142 Shook Hardy & Bacon* 499 9 2
142 The Bendinelli Law Firm 9 9 4
158 Keating Wagner Polidori Free 8 8 -4
158 Dworkin Chambers Williams York Benson & Evans 8 8 -3
158 Metier Law Firm 8 8 -2
158 Levin Sitcoff 8 8 -1
158 Trout Raley (formerly Trout, Raley, Montaño, Witwer & Freeman, P.C.) 8 8 -1
158 Hackstaff, Snow, Atkinson & Griess (formerly Hackstaff and Snow) 8 8 0
158 Harris Karstaedt Jamison & Powers 8 8 0
158 Litvak Litvak Mehrtens and Carlton 8 8 0
158 Minor & Brown 8 8 0
158 Poulson Odell & Peterson 8 8 0
158 Chayet & Danzo 8 8 1
158 Sparkman + Foote 8 8 1
170 PackardDierking (formerly Packard and Dierking) 7 7 -2
170 Johnson & Repucci 7 7 -1
170 McCollum Crowley Moschet Miller & Laak 23 7 -1
170 Alpern Myers Stuart 7 7 0
170 Bayer & Carey 7 7 0
170 EIP US 88 7 0
170 Folkestad Fazekas Barrick & Patoile (formerly Folkestad & Fazekas) 7 7 0
170 Hatch Ray Olsen Conant (formerly Hatch Ray Olsen Sandberg) 7 7 0
170 Waas Campbell Rivera Johnson & Velasquez 7 7 0
170 S&D Law 7 7 1
170 Broxterman Alicks McFarlane 7 7 2
170 Muhaisen & Muhaisen 7 7 N/A
182 Martinez Law Group 6 6 -3
182 Lohf Shaiman Jacobs 6 6 -1
182 Fowler Schimberg Flanagan & McLetchie 6 6 0
182 Joseph Immigration Law Firm 6 6 0
182 Vahrenwald McMahill Massey & Mitchell 6 6 0
182 Evans Case 6 6 1
182 Shoemaker Ghiselli + Schwartz 6 6 1
189 Kolko & Casey 5 5 -2
189 McDermott Stuart & Ward 5 5 -1
189 Zupkus & Angell 5 5 -1
189 Hill & Robbins 5 5 0
189 Martin Conklin 5 5 0
189 McConnell Van Pelt 5 5 0
189 Range 5 5 0
196 Lass Cooper & Ramp (formerly Lass Moses Ramp & Cooper) 4 4 -3
196 Reilly 4 4 -3
196 Elkind Alterman & Harston 4 4 -1
196 Graham Law 4 4 -1
196 Strickler Biddison 4 4 0
196 Kerrane Storz 7 4 0
196 Levy Wheeler Waters 4 4 0
203 Beck Payne Frank & Piper 3 3 -1

*Number of attorneys unconfirmed at the time of publication.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Colorado 200 list will be updated as needed.

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