Denver, CO:

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

About our Denver, CO office

Since being founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer has grown to become one of the largest full-service law firms in the Western United States, with more than 400 attorneys in six offices located throughout the region. The firm's Denver office, which was established in 2000, is in one of the most rapidly growing business and technology communities in the west. Currently, there are almost 40 Snell & Wilmer attorneys providing business legal services for Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-size businesses, emerging organizations, individuals and entrepreneurs in Denver.

Snell & Wilmer is most renowned nationally for having extensive experience in product liability litigation concentrated in the automotive industry, as well as its business litigation, intellectual property, and employee benefits practice groups. The firm's Denver office has become known for having a substantial focus in Retail & Franchising Services legal matters, including franchising, licensing real estate and franchise litigation, and assisting clients through every stage of the franchising process, at the local, regional and national levels. In addition, the Denver office continues to offer a significant international practice with extensive experience advising clients in Latin America and Canada.

Over the years, Snell & Wilmer has earned a reputation for distinguished service by offering clients what they value--exceptional legal skills, quick response and practical solutions with the highest level of professional integrity. The long-standing relationships that the firm has established with its growing client base of more than 8,000 businesses and individuals can be attributed to providing cost-effective, practical solutions through an integrated team approach; and offering clients customized strategies to achieve their goals.

Snell & Wilmer and its attorneys have been recognized for their legal skills and ethical business practices with various distinguished awards and achievements. Several Denver attorneys have been named to Who's Who in Law by the Denver Business Journal for two consecutive years. In addition, many Denver attorneys provide leadership to various professional boards that focus on business development, community involvement and diversity. Snell & Wilmer continues to attract top quality attorneys, from around the country, and was recently profiled in the 1999 Harcourt Brace publication America's Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree.

The firm is actively involved with law firm networks, which provide additional resources to both clients and attorneys. These membership networks include: LEX MUNDI, the world's leading association of independent law firms; The Network of Trial Law Firms, an association of select law firms that provides high-quality trial and litigation representation through advances in education, technology, business and science; and State Law Resources, Inc., a national network of select independent law firms with extensive experience in administrative, regulatory and government relations at the state and federal level. Through LEX MUNDI and other international contacts, Snell & Wilmer clients have access to independent attorneys and firms practicing throughout the World.

Office Details

Contact Information:
303-634-2000  Phone
303-634-2020  Fax
[email protected]  Email
www.swlaw.com
Mailing Address:
Tabor Center, 1200 Seventeenth Street, Suite 1900, Denver, CO 80202-5854
Office Size:
31
Year Established:
1938
Clients
REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS: American National Bank; Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network; Bark Busters; Cold Stone Creamery; Comcast, Comercia Bank; Compass Bank; Denver School of Science and Technology; Emerson Electric Co.; Fisher/Rosemount; Ford Motor Company; Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard; Great American Insurance Company; Grupo Isma; Highlands Ranch Community Association; Kinder-Care Learning Centers; Land Rover North America, Inc.; Louisville Ladder Group; Maui Wowi; Micro Motion, Inc.; Old Chicago; Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Franchise Corp.; Papa Murphy's International, Inc.; Rock Bottom Restaurants, Inc.; Starbucks Coffee Company; U.S. Bank; Vectra Bank Colorado (California Bank & Trust); Wembley USA, Inc.; Wingman Franchising, Inc.
State Bar Summary:

(All Attorneys are Members of the Colorado Bar Association unless otherwise indicated)

Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P. is a member of LEX MUNDI a Global Association of more than 160 member firms throughout 98 countries.

Practice & Industry Groups

Specific Practice Area and Industry Group Details across multiple offices:

Areas of Practice (45)

Specific Areas of Practice for our Denver office:

  • General Practice
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • State Government Law
  • Federal Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Antitrust
  • Banking Law
  • Bankruptcy Insolvency
  • Business Reorganization
  • Commercial Finance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Law
  • Securities
  • Copyrights
  • Licensing
  • Emerging Business Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Executive Compensation
  • Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources
  • ERISA
  • Financial Institutions Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Insurance Company Regulation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology Law
  • International Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Employee Relations
  • Legislation
  • Government Affairs
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Partnerships
  • Patents
  • Public Utility Law
  • Energy
  • Retail Services
  • Securities Regulation
  • Taxation
  • Telecommunications Law

People (31)

Peer Reviews

  • 4.8/5.0 814 reviews
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    4.8/5.0
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    4.8/5.0
  • Communication

    4.8/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.7/5.0

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Client Reviews

  • 4.2/5.0 16 reviews
  • 88% client recommended 14 recommendations
  • Communication

    4.3/5.0
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    4.1/5.0
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  • Value for Money

    4.1/5.0
  • Richard G. Erickson Read all 4 reviews

    5.0/5.0 on 12/17/12

    I found Rick to be a man of Honor and Integrity beyond reproach. I will not hesitate to call on him when I need any help or advice of a legal nature. Read more

    I found Rick to be a man of Honor and Integrity beyond reproach. I will not hesitate to call on him when I need any help or advice of a legal nature.

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  • Wade R. Budge Read 1 review

    5.0/5.0 on 04/09/09

    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • Carlene Y. Lowry Read 1 review

    5.0/5.0 on 07/22/14

    Ms. Lowry communicated clearly, succinctly, and articulately with us. She was masterful at deriving a result for my family that was far better than... Read more

    Ms. Lowry communicated clearly, succinctly, and articulately with us. She was masterful at deriving a result for my family that was far better than expectations. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend her to anyone I knew that had tax related issues.

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      5.0/5.0
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  • Robert F. Kethcart Read 1 review

    5.0/5.0 on 10/20/15

    Mr. Kethcart's efforts were a critical piece in Reva Murphy Associates' on-going negotiation with the Department of Veteran Affairs to settle a conten... Read more

    Mr. Kethcart's efforts were a critical piece in Reva Murphy Associates' on-going negotiation with the Department of Veteran Affairs to settle a contentious litigation with the Department over a $3M construction contract in the VA's Fresno Medical Center. A former employee of the company had unilaterally interfered in this negotiation with spurious claims to the VA in emails which Mr. Kethcart investigated and counseled us as to how to overcome this interference.

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  • Lisa M. Coulter Read 1 review

    1.8/5.0 on 10/06/16

    I didn't have a good experience with this attorney. I suppose even if someone works for a good firm in an impressive building, it doesn't make them a... Read more

    I didn't have a good experience with this attorney. I suppose even if someone works for a good firm in an impressive building, it doesn't make them a good lawyer. Never going back.

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      2.0/5.0
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  • Barry D. Halpern Read 1 review

    1.0/5.0 on 02/23/16

    I have NOT utilized the services of Mr. Barry D. Halpern, Esquire. I am a plaintiff in matters concerning unethical conduct specifically violation of... Read more

    I have NOT utilized the services of Mr. Barry D. Halpern, Esquire. I am a plaintiff in matters concerning unethical conduct specifically violation of E.R. 1.18 by Mr. Halpern and the Law Firm of Snell & Wilmer, LLP involving the Arizona Society of Anesthesiologist. If your seeking legal representation that will result in a Federal Indictment, Mr. Barry D. Halpern, Esquire of Snell & Wilmer, LLP is the perfect choice.

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  • Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

    5.0/5.0 on 10/13/10

    I couldn't be happier with my attorney, and the entire staff at Snell & Wilmer. 100% Professional Read more

    I couldn't be happier with my attorney, and the entire staff at Snell & Wilmer. 100% Professional

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      5.0/5.0
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  • Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

    5.0/5.0 on 09/05/10

    Loved their efforts Read more

    Loved their efforts

    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

    4.5/5.0 on 06/25/12

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    • Communication

      4.0/5.0
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  • Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

    4.3/5.0 on 04/19/11

    Competent and reliable. Read more

    Competent and reliable.

    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
    • Responsiveness

      4.0/5.0
    • Quality of Service

      5.0/5.0
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      3.0/5.0

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Diversity

Snell & Wilmer has a deep and longstanding commitment to developing, maintaining and fostering an inclusive and accepting environment rich in diversity. By hiring and retaining a diverse group of attorneys whose collective talents and creativity are drawn from a broad cross-section of backgrounds and outlooks, we enhance our ability to offer superior legal services to our clients.

To boost our efforts, Snell & Wilmer’s Attorney Development, Hiring, and Diversity Committees will ensure that the firm continues to value and promote diversity through focused hiring, development and community efforts.

Commitment to Students

Snell & Wilmer believes that its efforts to reach out to students at every level will increase diversity within the legal profession. Snell & Wilmer is committed to fostering relationships with students.

In our Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Denver offices, Snell & Wilmer hires diverse law students as interns in connection with the firm’s support of area law schools’ diversity legal writing programs. Current diverse attorneys are involved with the selection of the students and in the administration of the program. The intern is assigned several written projects and receives feedback from assigning attorneys. The intern also is paired with mentors at the firm who coordinate social meetings with partners from various practice groups throughout the internship to assist in developing the intern’s understanding and exposure to various types of legal work. Interns also have opportunities to attend hearings, depositions, and meet clients.

For the past several years, Snell & Wilmer has led the efforts in Arizona for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Judicial Internship Opportunity Program. This nationwide program enables diverse and economically-disadvantaged second-year law students to obtain a judicial internship during one summer. A large component of the program includes mentoring and administrative efforts to offer social activities throughout the summer. Snell & Wilmer attorneys participate in this program as mentors, as social programming coordinators, and as the lead contacts for questions from the Phoenix students.

As part of its focus on encouraging diverse students to pursue legal careers, Snell & Wilmer’s attorneys engage in multiple in-person activities with high school and elementary students. For example, Snell & Wilmer hosts high school students interested in a legal career and their families for a reception and tour of the firm. Additionally, attorneys attend career fairs at local high schools that have a major concentration of ethnically diverse students in an effort to encourage interest in a legal career. Snell & Wilmer also has partnered with a Phoenix elementary school to provide math and reading tutors and to invite the students for a day at the office.

Several attorneys also participate in the MentoRing program in association with the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law. The MentoRing program partners minority undergraduate and law students with practicing attorneys in an effort to provide multi-layered mentoring.

Snell & Wilmer’s Diversity Committee is working to establish and implement the Snell & Wilmer Pre-Law Program targeted at diverse undergraduate students. In 2009, the Diversity Committee implemented the LSAT Scholarship component of the Pre-Law Program and awarded three scholarships to diverse students to attend an LSAT preparation course of their choosing. The Diversity Committee looks forward to growing this program in 2010.

Commitment to Community

As a corporate member of the Diversity Leadership Alliance ("DLA"), Snell & Wilmer participates in promoting and furthering diversity in the work place by exchanging ideas regarding diversity initiatives with other businesses. Membership in DLA allows Snell & Wilmer to participate in monthly seminars focused on diversity topics.

Snell & Wilmer is also a signatory to the Colorado Pledge to Diversity. In 1993, as a result of the collaborative efforts of twenty-three Denver law firms, a plan was launched to significantly increase the number of racially and ethnically diverse attorneys recruited, hired and promoted by law firms in Colorado. These law firms signed a Pledge to Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Colorado Law Firms and meet regularly to determine the means in which to achieve the goals set forth in the pledge. Some programs and activities have been: (1) hiring a first-year diverse law student as a summer intern; (2) co-sponsorship of annual Diversity in the Work Place Reception; (3) award of four book scholarships to local diverse law students; and (4) sponsorship of the annual Rocky Mountain Minority Legal Career Fair.

Snell & Wilmer attorneys personally involve themselves with organizations dedicated to diversity, including Women Lawyers groups, Minority Bar Associations, and Human Rights groups dedicated to the LGBT community. Additionally, attorneys are actively involved with area volunteer lawyer groups and organizations that address legal issues affecting minorities and under-represented groups, including the Judicial Council Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Criminal and Juvenile System.

Commitment to Professional Development

All associate attorneys are provided with a Coach (mentor) to guide them through all stages of their associate careers - from first-year challenges to partnership consideration. Coaches are provided materials designed to support them in their role. Coaches are expected to check-in with associates on a regular basis and engage in discussions with the associate concerning firm culture and the practice of law. Coaches also are responsible for fostering connections with other partners throughout the firm and various practice groups. The firm encourages informal mentoring among its attorneys and promotes various social events, both firm-wide and practice group-specific, to develop and strengthen interpersonal relationships and relationships with families. Additionally, the Attorney Development Manager checks-in with attorneys to assess the firm’s efforts of inclusion and whether changes to the mentoring relationship are necessary.

Named for Snell & Wilmer’s first woman partner, the Mary Leader Women in Leadership Program aims to promote women inside and outside of the firm through events in each of our offices. Examples of past events include afternoon lunches, a spa day, networking events with clients, golf clinics, and an annual holiday party.

Commitment to Family

Snell & Wilmer is committed to providing our attorneys with a meaningful opportunity to balance professional and personal demands. The firm offers 12 weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave to attorneys for the birth or adoption of a child. The firm recognizes that, at times, attorneys may have family obligations or personal needs that may merit either adjusting or reducing their work schedules. As a result, the firm considers alternative work arrangements on a case-by-case basis. The consideration of proposals will take into account the needs of the attorney, the practice group, the firm, and our clients.

Domestic Partner Benefits are provided to same-sex couples of both attorneys and staff.

Additional Information

For additional information about Snell & Wilmer’s diversity programs, initiatives and efforts, please contact the Chairperson of Snell & Wilmer’s Diversity Committee, Monica Limón-Wynn.

 

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    Tabor Center , 1200 Seventeenth Street, Suite 1900
    Denver, CO 80202-5854

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