Three Join Holland & Hart’s Tax and Benefits Practice

James Dunn, Benjamin Gibbons and Kate Percy join in Denver

Holland & Hart announced Wednesday the firm has added three associates in Denver to its tax and benefits practice. The new additions are James Dunn, Benjamin Gibbons and Kate Percy.

Dunn focuses his practice on estate planning and wealth transfer planning. He regularly counsels individuals and families, estates and trusts, and closely-held businesses. Prior to joining Holland & Hart, he served as a law clerk to former Chief Justice Michael Cherry (retired) of the Nevada Supreme Court.

Gibbons counsels employers on a broad range of qualified retirement plan, health and welfare plan and other employee benefits arrangements, as well as executive compensation matters. Prior to joining Holland & Hart, he was an associate at Choate Hall & Stewart in Boston. He also has over a decade of public accounting experience and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Massachusetts. He is temporarily authorized to practice in Colorado pending admission to the state bar. Percy focuses her practice on estate and wealth transfer planning for high net worth individuals and families. Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Percy was a business and real estate attorney at Sherman & Howard.

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Associate Watch

Lathrop Gage added Jonathan Groves as an associate to the firm’s energy group in its Denver office. Groves is a former landman for several large independent oil and natural gas companies and worked on several transactions and managed land ahead of multi-rig horizontal drilling programs.

Previously, Groves worked for EOG Resources Inc. and Endeavor Energy Resources LP, both in Midland, Texas. As a landman, he negotiated and completed leasehold exchanges of producing and non-producing properties and worked with regulatory to team members to clear regulatory requirements ahead of drilling. Groves received a law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and received a bachelor’s degree with honors.

Judicial Announcements

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday appointed Marcus Henson as a district court judge in the 4th Judicial District. He fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Barbara Hughes.

Henson serves as an El Paso County Court magistrate, a position he has held since 2017. His current docket is made up of civil matters, including domestic and juvenile cases, and he also presides over a criminal bond forfeiture docket.He was previously a deputy state public defender in the Colorado Springs Regional Office and a supervising deputy state public defender. Henson received a law degree from Mercer University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.

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