New Partners 2019

Charles Alovisetti

Vicente Sederberg

Practice: Corporate and Business

Charles Alovisetti is the chair of the corporate department at Vicente Sederberg. He focuses his practice on advising investors, companies and other law firms on executing corporate transactions involving licensed and ancillary cannabis companies. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an associate in the New York offices of AmLaw 50 firms Latham & Watkins and Goodwin.

Michelle AmRhein

Coan Payton & Payne

Practice: Business Succession Planning, Estate Planning

Michelle AmRhein’s legal practice focuses on estate and trust planning, business succession planning, probate administration and advising individuals and entities on complex business and tax matters, including executive and equity compensation arrangements. She is also a CPA, and she has previously served as director of tax for a multi-state, real estate development company and worked at a law firm in Arizona. 

Tom Anderson

Holland & Hart

Practice: Intellectual Property

Tom Anderson manages a number of international patent portfolios and prepares and prosecutes U.S. and international patent applications in the electronic, computer and biomedical arts.

Zoe Argento

Littler Mendelson

Practice: Workplace Privacy and Data Security

Zoe Argento has written and given presentations on data rights and security, intellectual property and internet law. Prior to Littler, Argento taught internet, privacy, intellectual property and torts law at Roger Williams University School of Law. She also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for four years after college.

Aaron Bakken

Godfrey Johnson

Practice: Commercial Litigation

Aaron Bakken’s practice is focused on issues related to construction defect, insurance defense, contracts, real estate, bad faith and personal injury. He also focuses on defending premises liability claims. He has experience before federal and state courts, the American Arbitration Association, the Judicial Arbiter Group and other alternative dispute resolution forums. 

Anthony Barbe

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell

Practice: Commercial Litigation

Anthony Barbe focuses his practice on legal malpractice defense and complex commercial disputes, particularly in the insurance industry. He has also developed a national insurance practice that has him representing major insurers in bad faith claims and other coverage-related disputes. 

Ryan Bergseiker

Gibson Dunn

Practice: Litigation, White Collar, Privacy and Cybersecurity

Ryan Bergsieker’s practice is focused on government investigations, complex civil litigation and information security and data privacy counseling. His previous experience includes serving as a federal cybercrime prosecutor.

Nicole Black

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

Practice: Professional Liability

Nicole Black represents attorneys, accountants and real estate brokers on regulatory inquiries related to their licensure and on professional malpractice and business tort claims. Her practice also includes complex commercial and real estate litigation, as well as insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. 

Kyle Blackmer

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti

Practice: Real Estate

Kyle Blackmer is a member of Otten Johnson’s real estate and real estate finance practice groups. He represents banking, real estate, development and business clients and is currently serving as the chair of the firm’s recruiting committee.

Robert Bowman

Husch Blackwell

Practice: Technology, Manufacturing and Transportation

In addition to his intellectual property practice, Bob Bowman is a co-leader of Husch Blackwell’s internet of things and blockchain groups. He also counsels clients regarding privacy considerations when engaging in web and mobile-based commerce, including the EU’s General Data Privacy Regulation.  

Abby Briggerman

Holland & Hart

Practice: Energy

Abby Briggerman counsels clients in electric, natural gas and telecommunication matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state regulatory agencies. She represents large electric consumers, consumer coalitions, independent power producers including “qualifying facilities” and natural gas companies in rate and reliability matters, tariff disputes, mergers and acquisitions, and transmission planning.

Adrian Castro

Fairfield & Woods

Practice: Appellate, Commercial Litigation

Adrian Castro is a member of Fairfield & Woods’ litigation team and has assisted clients in litigating and resolving disputes arising areas including broker-dealer law, complex commercial litigation, regulated utilities, securities and banking, real estate, mortgage and title, labor and employment, bankruptcy, and insurance. 

Charles Ciaccio

Koenig Oelsner Taylor Schoenfeld & Gaddis

Practice: Mergers and Acquisitions

Charles Ciaccio’s practice focuses on business transactions, including company formation, mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financings. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including renewable energy / power generation, energy technology, software and software as a service, consumer products, manufacturing and biotechnology.

Justin Cohen

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Practice: Litigation

Justin Cohen counsels clients in disputes concerning contract-based issues, fraud and other business torts and breach of fiduciary duty. He regularly advises private companies and individuals involved in shareholder and partnership disputes, developers and other entities facing litigation in the real estate and construction industries, and large public companies. 

Christopher Cole

Sherman & Howard

Practice: Private Client

Chris Cole’s practice focuses primarily on federal transfer tax planning, the administration of trusts and planning with closely held businesses, with additional experience in administering estates, handling tax controversies at the administrative level, and resolving family disputes.

David Crough

Burg Simpson

Practice: Civil Litigation

David Crough works with clients in cases involving serious orthopedic injuries and wrongful death, including automobile accidents, products liability and premises liability. Prior to his work at Burg Simpson, he worked as a claims adjuster for a self-insured rental car company and for an insurance company.

James Crowe

Holland & Hart

Practice: Corporate

James Crowe advises entrepreneurs, operating companies and private equity and venture capital investors in complex financial transactions. His practice often includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and out-of-court restructurings. Earlier in his career, he worked at a Wall Street law firm and has worked in-house at a publicly-traded entertainment company.

Marshall Custer

Husch Blackwell

Practice: Food and Agribusiness

Marshall Custer, as a member of Husch Blackwell’s cannabis team, serves as outside general counsel for clients in the regulated cannabis market. He works with individual entrepreneurs and executives on matters of marijuana and industrial hemp regulatory compliance, corporate structuring, debt and equity financing, governance, securities compliance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Michael Dill

Holland & Hart

Practice: Corporate

Mike Dill serves as outside general counsel to corporate clients, and his practice involves capital-raising transactions, mergers, acquisitions, securities matters and other strategic transactions. He frequently works with clients in the energy, financial services, outdoor recreation and technology industries.

Ryan Fletcher

Merchant & Gould

Practice: Intellectual Property, Litigation

Ryan Fletcher has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular genetics. His patent litigation experience includes medical devices, pharmaceutical compositions and laboratory testing techniques, computer software, window hardware and container technology. He has also successfully represented clients in litigation over disputes arising from allegations of copyright infringement, trademark infringement, unfair business practices, trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract.       

Mave Gasaway

Davis Graham & Stubbs

Practice: Environmental Law and Litigation

Mave Gasaway’s practice focuses on regulatory, litigation and transactional counseling in environmental and natural resources law for clients in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, manufacturing, renewable energy, mining, railroads and nonprofits. She assists clients in matters involving the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act among other federal and state environmental laws.

Tom George

Spencer Fane

Practice: Special Districts, Environmental Law

Tom George counsels municipal and local governmental entities throughout Colorado in all formation, operation and dissolution. He helps existing special districts such as metropolitan districts, water and sanitation districts, parks and recreation districts, business improvement districts, fire districts, and other governmental authorities with day-to-day operations, elections, public finance, and statutory compliance.

Michelle Gomez

Littler Mendelson

Practice: Employment, Litigation

Michelle Gomez represents employers on employment matters, including claims based on age, race, color, national origin, sexual discrimination, harassment and retaliation. She defends clients in employment-related disputes before federal and state courts in Colorado and Montana, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Colorado Civil Rights Division and the Montana Human Rights Bureau and has extensive trial and arbitration experience.

Shawn Hauser

Vicente Sederberg

Practice: Corporate, Hemp and Cannabinoids

Shawn Hauser is chair of the Vicente Sederberg hemp and cannabinoids practice group. She helps marijuana and hemp businesses with general business representation, investment, regulatory compliance and intellectual property, as well as navigating the intersection between state and federal laws. She is a member of the Hemp Industries Association Legislative Review Committee and the steering committee for the American Hemp Campaign.

Taylor Haywood


Practice: Consumer Financial Services

Taylor Haywood represents financial services companies in state and federal litigation including class actions and litigation involving homeowners’ association lien priority. She regularly defends financial services providers against individual and class claims brought pursuant to Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Truth in Lending Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Diane Hazel

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Practice: Litigation

Diane Hazel represents businesses in government investigations and complex commercial litigation, including class actions, contractual disputes, insurance coverage and bad faith actions, securities, RICO and other complex matters.  Before private practice, she was an attorney in the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission and also worked with the Namibian Competition Commission under a U.S. Fulbright grant.

Ellen Herzog

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell

Practice: Litigation

Ellen Herzog handles complex litigation across several practice areas. She represents clients and individuals in cases involving criminal allegations, particularly in the employment context.

Catherine Hildreth

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Practice: Real Estate

Catherine Hildreth combines development, land use, entitlement, acquisition and disposition work in her practice when approaching commercial, multifamily, resort and industrial projects. She provides legal expertise to local and national developers when they consider the development or acquisition of property assets, including apartments and multifamily residential buildings, office, retail, ski resorts, golf courses, industrial, mixed use and land.

Brian Hoffman

Holland & Hart

Practice: Commercial Litigation

Brian Hoffman defends entities and individuals in government and self-regulatory organization investigations and proceedings before the Securities and Exhange Commission, Department of Justice and state attorneys general securities divisions among other government entities. He also conducts corporate internal investigations and litigates shareholder, derivative and commercial disputes.

Chris Jackson

Sherman & Howard

Practice: Litigation 

Chris Jackson’s practice combines commercial litigation and public law matters. In his commercial litigation practice, he advises clients on private matters involving contracts, antitrust claims, and oil and gas disputes. In public law, he has been involved in federal and state elections, campaign-finance law, the First Amendment, the Electoral College and the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, among others.

Scott James

Moye White

Practice: Commercial Litigation

Scott James co-founded the firm’s insurance coverage and recovery group. In this capacity, he focuses on counseling clients regarding risk management, risk transfer, insurance procurement, coverage issues, and related litigation. He has prior experience representing large insurance carriers. 

Christine Jochim

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Practice: Natural Resources

Christine Jochim’s practice is focused on on compliance counseling and federal policy, litigation and government enforcement. She advocates for clients in matters relating to a broad array of energy and environmental issues. She also helps clients navigate due diligence for complex commercial transactions.

Nicoletta Kennedy

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Practice: Intellectual Property

Nicki Kennedy is a member of Kilpatrick Townsend’s chemistry and life sciences team. She concentrates her practice on patent-related matters with a focus on client counseling, patent prosecution, domestic and international patent portfolio development and management and post-grant proceedings.

Christopher Lane

Davis Graham & Stubbs

Practice: Real Estate

Christopher Lane represents clients in real estate transactions throughout the U.S., including leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, construction and land use matters. In addition to his practice, he is a contributing author to the Colorado Real Estate Practice, is an instructor for the related 13-week CLE course and is a director of the Brent Eley Foundation. 

Benjamin Larson 

Ireland Stapleton

Practice: Litigation

Benjamin Larson counsels clients on business issues including antitrust, business dissolution, breach of contract, construction defect, product defect, employment law, intellectual property, business professional liability and securities claims. Prior to law school, he worked in banking and spent two years teaching English in Japan.

Erik Lemmon

Holland & Hart

Practice: Real Estate Development and Finance

Erik Lemmon’s real estate practice involves working on simple commercial leases and sales to multi-use and residential developments and complex office, retail and other projects. He represents developers of sophisticated mixed-use, residential and multifamily developments and planned communities. Prior to law school, he was an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Ellie Lockwood 

Snell & Wilmer

Practice: Litigation

Ellie Lockwood focuses her practice in commercial, intellectual property, and trust and estate litigation. She handles business disputes from prefiling investigations through appeals and judgment enforcement. Many cases she handles involve business torts, fraud, RICO/COCCA, antitrust, Colorado Consumer Protection Act, unfair trade practices, Lanham Act and matters involving claims by or against trustees and other fiduciaries. 

Maxi Lyons

Sherman & Howard

Practice: Business and Transactions 

Maxi Lyons’ practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and corporate and project financings. Maxi also represents airlines in jet fuel storage and distribution system leasing, contract and financing matters at major airports throughout the U.S.

Dan Malone

Haynes and Boone

Practice: Private Equity, Corporate

Dan Malone’s practice is focused on complex business transactions for both private and public companies with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and strategic investments. Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, he was senior counsel at The WhiteWave Foods Company.

Stephan Marsh

Burg Simpson

Practice: Workers’ Compensation

Stephan Marsh’s practice is focused on Colorado workers’ compensation claims and personal injury lawsuits. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in English and journalism.

Adam Massaro

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Practice: Litigation

Adam Massaro handles intellectual property and corporate litigation matters in areas including software, internet-based technologies, industrial equipment and sporting goods. He has litigated multiple cases to verdict, including obtaining a seven-figure jury verdict in a trade secrets case in 2018. 

Daniel McCormick

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Practice: Intellectual Property

Daniel McCormick is a member of the electronics and software team in the firm’s Denver office. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling in the areas of materials science and process chemistry and works with technologies including semiconductor tools and methods, electrochemical devices, materials development and mechanical equipment.

Heather Park Meek 

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti

Practice: Real Estate

Heather Park Meek is part of the firm’s real estate practice group and serves on the firm’s recruiting committee. Her practice is focused on the representation of real estate developers and owners in all aspects of their commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on leasing and acquisitions and dispositions

Michael Menghini

Burg Simpson

Practice: Construction Defect Litigation, Commercial Litigation

Michael Menghini represents homeowner associations, condominium associations, homeowners and business owners in construction defects, construction products liability and commercial litigation.

Sarah Mercer

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Practice: Government Relations

Sarah Mercer pairs her litigation background with her prior experience in local and state government to provide clients with political and administrative solutions to legal problems. Through her close ties with elected officials and bureaucratic staff at all levels, Mercer forms connections and bridges relationships within the firm and for her clients.

Gale Monahan


Practice: Government Contracts

Gale Monahan focuses on government contracts counseling, litigation and internal investigations. His practice includes an emphasis on cost and pricing, the Cost Accounting Standards, business systems, domestic preference and international compliance issues. He also represents contractors in traditional contract disputes and False Claims Act cases.

Matt Ochs

Holland & Hart

Practice: Real Estate, Finance and Bankruptcy

Matt Ochs’s practice involves representing financial institutions and private lenders in real estate financing transactions and loan documentation, including acquisition, construction, permanent financing and loan modifications. He also provides day-to-day insolvency and bankruptcy counsel to corporate, oil and gas, mining, and renewable energy clients.

Bill Peffer

Sherman & Howard

Practice: Business and Transactions

Bill Peffer works with companies in complex mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, fundraising, corporate financing, licensing and real estate. He represents clients in a diverse range of industries including real estate, craft brewing, commercial banking, telecommunications, and agribusiness.

Karen Porter

Godfrey Johnson

Practice: Commercial Litigation

Karen Porter’s practice involves high-stakes, high-technology plaintiff and defense work, including litigation and trial practice related to complex product liability, aviation & aerospace (including air crash disasters), fires & explosions, energy technologies including liquid natural gas processing, chemical exposure and product liability, patent infringement, commercial property disputes, attorney malpractice, RICO and class actions. 

Dustin Priebe

Foley & Mansfield

Practice: Civil Litigation

Dustin Priebe is a civil trial attorney who litigates complex cases involving numerous parties, diverse claims for relief and insurance coverage overlay. He has first-chaired multiple trials and taken several cases on appeals. He previously worked with Podoll & Podoll and was an assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California in San Diego, California.

Jessica Prochaska

Burg Simpson

Practice: Personal Injury, Commercial Litigation

Jessica Prochaska focuses her practice on personal injury claims, pharmaceutical mass torts and complex commercial litigation. While in law school, Prochaska was an intern with Nike’s sports law practice group, Octagon Sports Marketing and the Milwaukee Bucks. She was also a law clerk with the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs.

Jesse Rodgers

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

Practice: Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation

Jesse Rodgers is a partner in the Denver and New York offices of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the toxic tort and environmental litigation practice. His additional areas of practice include general liability, products liability, professional malpractice and premises liability claims.

Jacqueline Roeder

Davis Graham & Stubbs

Practice: Commercial Litigation, Securities Enforcement and Litigation

Jacqueline Roeder’s practice focuses on internal investigations, white collar defense, commercial litigation and trials. She represents both companies and individuals in SEC, DOJ and other government investigations and counseling clients on compliance issues. Before joining DGS, she was an associate and counsel at O’Melveny & Myers in New York, where her practice focused on securities litigation, enforcement actions, white collar criminal defense and internal investigations. 

Carlos Romo

Lewis Bess Williams & Weese

Practice: Energy and Natural Resources Litigation

Carlos Romo practices natural resources and environmental law and works with with transactions and litigation involving regulatory compliance. He is also a fellow with the national Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and is active in Colorado diversity initiatives, including serving on the Board of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association as the Chair of the Public Policy Committee.

Jill Szewczyk

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

Practice: Government Investigations and While Collar Defense

Jill Szewczyk represents clients in government and internal investigations and litigation and helps them to navigate complex federal laws and regulations. She represents national and international corporations as well as individuals facing investigation and civil litigation related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and provides advice regarding related compliance matters. 

Ryan Tharp

Fairfield & Woods

Practice: Corporate Transactions and Telecommunications Law

In his corporate transactional practice, Ryan Tharp represents start-up and growth-stage technology companies and other types of businesses. In his telecommunications practice, he represents clients in regulatory matters before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission and in other communications-related matters.

Rick Thomas

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Practice: Real Estate

Rick Thomas represents developers, buyers and sellers of a wide variety of real estate asset types, including senior living facilities, shopping centers, golf courses, medical office buildings and hospitals. He also assists clients to structure their projects to meet their business needs and advises clients with respect to joint ventures, condominium creation and conversion, master planned communities, small planned communities, vertical subdivisions, ground leases, REITs, sale-leaseback transactions and tenancies-in-common.

Marte Timmers

Sherman & Howard

Practice: Family Law

Marte Timmers handles all aspects of family law litigation, negotiation and settlement in complex business ownership/complicated financial cases as well as in parenting time disputes. 

Liz Titus

Hogan Lovells

Practice: Finance

Liz Titus is a member of Hogan Lovells’ infrastructure, energy, resources and projects group and focuses her practice on the extractive industries, particularly oil and gas and mining. She advises clients with projects and operations on both private and public lands, litigates commercial and regulatory matters, and negotiates commercial agreements with purchasers, land owners, royalty holders and other business partners. 

George Tsai 

Sherman & Howard

Practice: Employee Benefits

George Tsai’s practice involves employee benefits matters including qualified plans, health and welfare benefits, and executive compensation. His clients include publicly-traded and privately-held companies as well as governmental organizations.

Jeff Vail

Godfrey Johnson

Practice: Complex Commercial Litigation

Jeff Vail’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, specifically on business tort litigation and complex statutory causes of action including the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act and the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Acts. Prior to working as an attorney, he served as a special operations intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Jonathon Watson

Sherman & Howard

Practice: Labor and Employment

Jon Watson represents employers in labor and employment matters with an emphasis on defending clients against wage and hour claims. He counsels and defends employers in claims arising under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, and other EEO statutes.

Clark Weight

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Practice: Intellectual Property

Clark Weight is a member of Kilpatrick’s medical and mechanical devices team. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling in the areas of footwear technology including rotary based closure mechanisms, HVAC technology, organosheet and battery technologies, medical device technology related to heart implants and methods, interventional devices and methods and Lasik technologies.

Holly White

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Practice: Litigation

Holly White focuses on large, complex commercial litigation across a variety of industries, including insurance, health care and real estate. She has successfully argued in front of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the Federal District Court, District of Colorado, in which the Courts granted summary judgment in favor of her client. 

Clayton Wire

Ogborn Mihm

Practice: Employment Litigation

Clayton Wire’s practice is focused on employment, whistleblower and qui tam relator litigation, civil rights, legal malpractice and business torts. He is also co-chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s Labor and Employment section. He is past president of the Colorado Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyers Association, and sits on that organization’s Legislative Committee.

William Wombacher 

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Practice: Water, Natural Resources, Litigation

William Wombacher focuses his practice on helping clients with complex water rights issues throughout Colorado, including adjudications, litigation, well permitting, and water planning. His experience includes securing new and protecting existing water rights through the adjudication process including drafting water court applications, statements of opposition and water court decrees and negotiating stipulations with other water users.

David Zwisler

Ogletree Deakins

Practice: Labor and Employment

David Zwisler labor and employment experience includes providing practical solutions to employment and labor law issues to all levels of management on a day-to-day basis. He has served as lead counsel in numerous state and federal employment discrimination cases, including cases alleging discrimination based on age, color, disability status, gender, genetic information, national origin, race, and religion.

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