The Top 25 Attorneys of Colorado for 2024

Attorney Intel is pleased to announce the Top 25 Attorneys of Colorado for 2024. Colorado, renowned for its picturesque landscapes and vibrant cities, has recently emerged as a thriving hub for technology businesses and startups. This burgeoning scene has also heightened the demand for top-notch legal expertise and created a dynamic and competitive environment in the legal industry. These attorneys exemplify the depth of legal talent in Colorado and their career experience spans high-stakes commercial litigation, complex transactional work, and specialized practices in healthcare, intellectual property, and corporate finance. They represent the breadth of expertise in industries such as emerging technologies, life sciences, and energy, which reflect the state's ever evolving business landscape.

Among this year’s awardees is Joseph Smith, a partner at Bartlit Beck, who is well known for his expertise in high-stakes, complex litigation, including landmark cases such as the Enron scandal and the residential mortgage-backed securities issues related to the Great Recession. Andrea Wechter, a partner in Dorsey’s Trial Group, who has garnered attention for her exceptional skills in commercial litigation and her successful representation of the City of Fort Collins in a federal jury trial. Also included is Emily Weber, a partner at Foley & Lardner. Weber has extensive experience and a reputation for advising on healthcare regulations and transactions.

The competitiveness of the selection process is noteworthy. Candidates undergo an evaluation based on a comprehensive set of criteria. These include, but are not limited to, years of experience in the legal field, depth of legal knowledge in specific practice areas, professional achievements, leadership roles, and contributions to legal scholarship, education, and awards. Please join us in recognizing the Top 25 Attorneys of Colorado for 2024.


1. Joseph C. Smith
Partner, Bartlit Beck

Joseph Smith is a Partner at Bartlit Beck. Bartlit Beck has consistently simplified even the most complex legal matters and achieved an unparalleled record of courtroom victories in high-stakes, complex litigation since 1993. Smith was the youngest Kirkland & Ellis lawyer to join Bartlit Beck in 1993 and has been with the firm ever since, with the exception of his serving for two years (1997-98) as Colorado's Deputy Attorney General for Natural Resources, leading the largest section of that office.

Smith graduated from The University of Chicago Law School with a Juris Doctor and from Yale University with an undergraduate degree. He is a member of the Colorado bar and has been admitted to practice in state and federal courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court.

Smith has been first-chairing trials for more than twenty-five years, in federal and state courts as well as confidential arbitrations. He typically represents parties in intricate cases involving breach of contract, fraud, securities violations, patent infringement, trade secrets or other business torts. He has tried billion-dollar cases and is a veteran of some of the nation's most notorious legal battles in recent decades, including those surrounding Enron's demise, the residential mortgage-backed securities scandals associated with the Great Recession, and the opioid abuse crisis. His clients have included global leaders in finance, private equity, institutional investing, heavy industry, consumer products, energy, and retail operations.


2. Peter Schwartz
Partner, Davis Graham & Stubbs

Peter Schwartz is a Partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs. One of the Rocky Mountain region’s preeminent law firms, it serves clients nationally and internationally, with a strong focus on corporate finance and governance, mergers and acquisitions, natural resources, environmental law, real estate, and complex litigation.

Schwartz has 35 years of experience beginning his career in 1989. Schwartz’s principal areas of practice include corporate finance, public and private securities offerings, merger and acquisition transactions for public and privately held companies, and private equity and other alternative asset fund formations. He also counsels traditional for-profit, public benefit, and nonprofit clients on compliance and disclosure issues, including general corporate governance issues.

Schwartz has practiced at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP since 2000. Prior to that, he was an associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 2000. Schwartz graduated from Columbia University with a Juris Doctor and from Princeton University with an undergraduate degree. He has contributed articles to a variety of journals, including a bi-weekly column for the Wall Street Lawyer for nearly 20 years.


3. Markus Funk
Partner, Perkins Coie

Markus Funk began his professional career 29 years ago. Today, he is a Partner at Perkins Coie, a leading international law firm known for providing high-value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service. With more than 1,200 lawyers in offices across the United States and Asia, they provide a full array of legal services spanning corporate and commercial litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory legal advice to some of the world’s most innovative companies and industry leaders. Funk is a highly regarded, former federal prosecutor who represents public company boards, audit committees, companies, and executives in complex and sensitive commercial litigation matters, and also anticorruption, fraud, and related internal and government investigations. He is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) annual highest trial performance award,

Funk served as a section chief with the U.S. State Department-Balkans. He has a proven public track record as a practitioner, and he is an award-winning thought leader in the areas of criminal law, commercial disputes, compliance, and trial techniques. He has taught on these topics at institutions such as Oxford University (where he earned his Ph.D. in law), Northwestern, Harvard, Yale, and the University of Chicago. From 2016 to 2021, he served as the firmwide chair of Perkins Coie’s White Collar & Investigations practice.


4. Garth Jensen
Partner, Sherman & Howard

Garth Jensen is a Partner at Sherman & Howard, a full-service law firm with offices in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. Their attorneys provide high-quality legal and business solutions to a broad range of clients, including private, public, and government entities. Jensen enjoys having historical and cultural perspectives whether it’s for meeting a client’s specific needs or better understanding the markets and people his clients serve. As an attorney with deep experience in international business, this additional perspective is invaluable to serving his clients.

Over the course of more than 30 years of corporate practice, he has represented dozens of public companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Nasdaq, and foreign exchanges in many of their most important transactions. He has represented issuers in initial public offerings and other equity and debt offerings aggregating more than $15 billion of proceeds and has substantial experience representing multinational clients in international mergers and acquisitions, as well as in cross-border securities offerings. Jensen graduated from Columbia Law School with a Juris Doctor and from Brigham Young University with an undergraduate degree.

Garth Jensen Insight

"Garth enjoys working with business leaders in implementing exciting and often ground-breaking transactions that lead to new technologies, new products or service in new domestic and foreign markets. It is satisfying to be an integral part of executing a deal that benefits customers, employees, business owners and commerce in general."


5. Dan Malone
Partner, Haynes and Boone

Dan Malone is a Partner at Haynes and Boone. Established in 1970, Haynes and Boone, LLP offers a comprehensive range of legal services across multiple sectors, including energy, financial services, private equity and technology. The firm boasts over 700 lawyers practicing in 19 offices located in California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C., as well as London, Mexico City and Shanghai. Malone, with 17 years of experience, is a trusted advisor to strategic and financial dealmakers as they pursue their most significant transactions. His practice focuses on complex business transactions for both privately held and public companies, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and strategic investments. During his career, Malone has advised successfully on hundreds of transactions worth in excess of $25 billion and spanning a broad range of industries, including financial services, food and beverage, consumer products, technology and healthcare.

As Haynes Boone’s Managing Partner and Hiring Partner in Denver, Malone has led the growth of the office, as well as overseen the construction, logistics and move to the firm’s new state-of-the-art office on 15th Street in downtown Denver. In addition to his legal practice, Malone sits on the board of directors for Colorado Lawyers Committee and is active with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Malone graduated from Boston College Law School with a Juris Doctor and from Fordham University with an undergraduate degree.

Dan Malone Insight

"It’s been a privilege over my almost twenty-year career to share in the success of our clients and serve their multidisciplinary needs through our team first approach here at Haynes and Boone, LLP. Becoming a trusted advisor to my longstanding clients as they pursue their most significant M&A transactions has always been and always will be a career focus of mine as we continue to deliver the highest quality legal services to our client base in Colorado and beyond."


6. Laura Medina
Partner, Cooley

Laura Medina began her professional career 29 years ago. Today, she is a Partner at Cooley. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex intellectual property and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, especially where innovation meets the law. The firm comprises over 1,300 lawyers across 18 offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, boasting a total workforce of nearly 3,000.

Medina specializes in representing emerging growth companies and is adept in handling early- and late-stage venture capital, growth equity, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Her expertise extends to representing both public and privately held company buyers and sellers in domestic and cross-border acquisition transactions. These include options to buy, joint ventures and other complex deals across a broad range of industries, including information technologies, financial technologies, software, life sciences, medical devices and consumer products. In 2022, Medina was recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers Corporate/M&A – Colorado. She is an alumnus of Stanford Law School, holding a Juris Doctor, and she also graduated from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in economics.


7. Suneeta Hazra
Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Suneeta Hazra, a Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, utilizes both advanced regulatory, litigation and transactional expertise to resolve clients’ most complex issues. Arnold and Porter boasts a team of over 1,000 lawyers practicing in 15 offices worldwide, delivering extensive industry knowledge and an integrated approach that spans more than 40 practice areas.

As a former Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado, Hazra contributes nearly two decades of experience. She adeptly advises both individual and corporate clients on internal and government investigations, cybersecurity matters, and environmental enforcement actions. Hazra regularly represents clients before the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Committee. Her broad expertise spans various industries, including pharmaceutical and medical device companies, healthcare, and consumer products and energy. At Arnold and Porter, Hazra is a crucial member of the esteemed white collar practice, offering clients on the ground capabilities in the Western market. She holds a certification as an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and frequently advises on incident response, cybersecurity and data privacy matters. Prior to her tenure at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver, Hazra worked as a trial attorney in the Division of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and also engaged in private practice. Hazra graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law with a Juris Doctor and from Yale University with an undergraduate degree.


8. Adam Massaro
Partner, Akerman

Adam Massaro is a Partner of Akerman, a top 100 U.S. law firm recognized among the most forward-thinking firms in the industry by Financial Times. Akerman employs more than 700 lawyers and business professionals and collaborates with the world’s most successful enterprises and entrepreneurs to navigate change, seize opportunities, and help drive innovation and growth. Massaro is an intellectual property and corporate litigator. Massaro handles complex, multi-million dollar matters, including representing international clients from countries such as South Korea and India. He has tried multiple cases, including obtaining a seven-figure jury verdict and successfully defending a client against a seven-figure claim, securing a complete defense win at trial. Whether a U.S. or foreign-based business, Massaro works to ensure his clients’ legal and business interests are aligned.

Massaro works with clients on intellectual property matters in a broad range of areas, including software, internet-based technologies, industrial equipment, and sporting goods. He has litigated intellectual property and high technology cases in Colorado, California, Nevada, and Arizona Federal District Court. Massaro graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with a Juris Doctor and from Pennsylvania State University with an undergraduate degree.

Adam Massaro Insight

“Civil litigation provides a vehicle to resolve complex problems or ultimately have someone else resolve the problem. My goal, for each case, is to create asymmetrical risk in my client’s favor such that they feel comfortable assuming the risk of taking a case to trial in return for the upside of a trial win. Akerman provides a nationwide platform where I can help my clients solve their complex problems wherever they arise.”


9. Aaron Fiske
Partner, Gunderson Dettmer

Aaron Fiske began his professional career 22 years ago. Today, he is a Partner at Gunderson Dettmer in the firm's Strategic Transactions and Licensing Group. Gunderson Dettmer is a powerhouse international law firm with an exclusive focus on the innovation economy. Fiske specializes in corporate partnering, strategic alliances, technology protection, and commercialization of intellectual property and technology assets. As a former software engineer, Fiske has a particular expertise in legal issues relating to open source software, and he has designed and implemented open source software compliance programs for various technology clients. Additionally, Fiske focuses on transactional Intellectual Property issues arising in connection with clients’ financing and M&A activities. He is also heavily involved in the firm's various technology and practice innovation initiatives.

Prior to joining Gunderson Dettmer, Fiske was an associate in the Boston office of Sullivan & Worcester, LLP, where he advised emerging and established companies. Fiske earned a Juris Doctor., magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law, as well as a B.A. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College. While attending Boston University School of Law, Fiske was a Dean’s Scholar, a G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar, a Paul J. Liacos Distinguished Scholar, and a recipient of the Melvin E. Bigelow scholarship award. In addition, he was president of the Intellectual Property Law Society, and an article editor for the Journal of Science and Technology Law.


10. Zaki Robbins
Partner, Moye White

Zaki Robbins is a Partner at Moye White, a full-service business law firm serving clients throughout the United States and internationally, with offices in Colorado and Georgia. The firm provides legal representation to clients in a wide variety of industries offering strategic, business-oriented counsel to public, private, and governmental clients in complex business and real estate transactions and commercial litigation matters.

Robbins’ practice covers a broad range of corporate and transactional matters, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and real estate finance, as well as general corporate governance and transactional matters. In addition, Robbins has substantial experience in advanced and renewable energy and is no stranger to cases involving energy generation and storage, construction, distribution, investment and finance. In addition to his day-to-day representation of founders, executives, and boards, Robbins has served as an author, speaker, and presenter at conferences and continuing legal education programs for lawyers and other participants in the corporate and renewable energy industries.

Robbins is licensed to practice in the states of Colorado and New York. Before joining Moye White, Robbins worked in the New York City office of an international law firm focusing on securities and capital markets, real estate, and general corporate governance. Robbins has served on various boards and committees within the firm and throughout the community in addition to dedicating time to pro bono initiatives. Robbins graduated from the University of Michigan with a Juris Doctor and from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree.


11. Brian Kinnear
Partner, Perkins Coie

Brian Kinnear, a Partner at Perkins Coie, provides exceptional counsel to companies of all sizes and is frequently called upon to assist his clients with their complex intellectual property needs. Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm that is known for providing high-value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service. With more than 1,200 lawyers in offices across the United States and Asia, they provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory counsel to a broad range of clients, including many of the world’s most innovative companies and industry leaders as well as public and nonprofit organizations.

Before embarking on his legal career, Kinnear worked as an engineer with the Department of Defense, upgrading the nuclear power plant for Los Angeles class submarines. He also worked as an instrumentation and control engineer for ABB Impell Corporation. Kinnear holds a Juris Doctor from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Western New England University.


12. Christopher Eby
Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Christopher Eby is a Partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, a diversified law firm of more than 1,000 attorneys, policy advisors, and professionals with offices across the United States serving clients in more than 100 practice areas. Eby focuses on employment litigation and counseling. He has represented employers before federal and state courts and agencies in a variety of employment matters, including Title VII discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour class and collective actions, claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act, and noncompete and trade secret enforcement.

In addition, he advises clients on employment issues, including policy interpretations, compliance issues, employee discipline, and employee termination. Eby also assists employers in drafting policies, handbooks, and employment agreements. Eby graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with a Juris Doctor and from George Washington University with an undergraduate degree in political science.


13. Dargaye Churnet
Attorney, Fenwick & West

Dargaye Churnet, a patent attorney, provides comprehensive and cost-effective solutions to clients. He focuses his practice on patent litigation and cases dealing with a wide range of technologies from pre-litigation disputes through trial and appeal. Churnet combines his technical and legal expertise to identify noninfringement and invalidity defenses, prepare expert reports, claim construction briefs, and dispositive motions. He is proficient in all aspects of inter partes review, including drafting petitions, conducting oral hearings, handling appeals, and successfully invalidating claims asserted against clients in litigation.

Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies – at every stage of their lifecycle – and the investors that partner with them. They craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions on issues ranging from venture capital, public offerings, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust, and employment and labor law.

Churnet also has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications. Prior to law school, he worked as a patent examiner for three years at the Patent and Trademark Office. Churnet graduated from Northwestern University School of Law with a Juris Doctor and from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in electrical and computer engineering.


14. Chalyse Robinson
Partner, WilmerHale

Chalyse Robinson is a Partner at WilmerHale, a leading, full-service international law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers located throughout 13 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Robinson guides public and private companies and private equity sponsors through all aspects of their debt financing transactions. Robinson has built a distinguished practice over the years representing national and international companies and private equity funds across a wide range of industries, including energy and natural resources, oil and gas, mining, financial services, technology, entertainment, retail, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing and real estate. With her invaluable practice experience and industry knowledge, Robinson is able to provide comprehensive and exceptional service for her clients.

Before joining WilmerHale, Robinson was a partner at another large international law firm, splitting her time between Colorado and New York to represent clients in various bank financing transactions. Previously, she was a business and corporate finance lawyer in Denver, CO and an associate focusing on capital markets at a firm in London, UK. Robinson graduated from Columbia Law School with a Juris Doctor and from the University of Utah with an undergraduate degree.


15. Russell Hedman
Partner, Hogan Lovells

Russell Hedman, a Partner at Hogan Lovells, is part of a team of over 2,600 lawyers working collaboratively to address complex legal challenges in key industries and commercial hubs around the world. Hogan Lovells assists clients in navigating risk and seizing opportunities, expanding into new markets, sourcing capital from diverse origins, and managing complex regulations and disputes. Hedman specializes in leading and negotiating complex M&A and investment transactions globally, particularly in the sports teams and private equity sectors. Hedman's extensive experience coupled with his enthusiasm has established him as a trusted advisor across various industries.

Hedman’s notable sports team transactions include leading the acquisition of the Denver Broncos for the Walton-Penner ownership group, the buyout and subsequent sale of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center for Onexim Sports & Entertainment Holdings, and the 2021 recapitalization of the San Antonio Spurs. Hedman graduated from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor and from the University of Colorado with an undergraduate degree.


16. Mark Spitz
Attorney, Spitz Legal Counsel

Mark Spitz is the principal Attorney of Spitz Legal Counsel. The firm takes pride in thoroughly understanding each client’s unique business and needs. Spitz has practiced law for over 20 years, both in private practice and as in-house counsel with several corporations. He is well-versed in the challenges businesses face from startup through to maturity as they seek continued profitability and success. Additionally, he has worked with family-owned businesses, understanding the unique challenges these businesses face during growth and generational transition.

Spitz started his legal career as an attorney with a large, full-service law firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. Subsequently, he transitioned to an in-house role, joining Standard Textile, a large family-owned company in the medical device and hospital products business. He then spent several years with Luxottica Retail, a large, multinational retailer and designer of eyeglasses and sunglasses. Finally, he was general counsel of Pomeroy IT Solutions, a publicly-traded IT services company. Spitz graduated from Boston College Law School with a Juris Doctor, from Columbia University School of International Affairs with an MA and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree.


17. Rosario Doriott Dominguez
Partner, Ryan Law Firm

Rosario Doriott Dominguez is a Partner at Ryan Law Firm. Ryan Law is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with offices across the United States and Canada. Founded by tax and trial lawyers from some of the top law firms in the nation, the firm handles a variety of complex federal, state, and local tax litigation matters, with an emphasis on all levels of tax recovery, audit defense, and appeals for many Fortune 500 companies. Doriott Dominguez focuses her practice on litigation and transactional work encompassing federal, Indian, state, and private oil and gas royalty issues, regularly advising companies in connection with the calculation, payment, and reporting of onshore and offshore oil and gas royalties.

Doriott Dominguez has more than a decade of experience representing and advising energy companies in connection with the calculation, payment, and reporting of onshore and offshore oil and gas royalties. Her work has included saving producers an estimated $25 billion in costs, as she assists companies to understand royalty rulemakings, to locate potential savings, to resolve disputes, and to navigate complex regulatory and appellate proceedings.

Previously, Doriott Dominguez served as an associate at Baker & Hostetler LLP, following her earlier role as an associate with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Doriott Dominguez graduated from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, Los Angeles with a Juris Doctor and from Yale University, New Haven with an undergraduate degree in psychology.


18. Andrea Wechter
Partner, Dorsey & Whitney

Andrea Wechter, a Partner in Dorsey’s Trial Group, specializes in representing businesses and individuals in complex commercial litigation matters, including but not limited to general contract claims, partnership disputes and terminations, misappropriation of trade secrets, shareholder derivative actions, securities litigation, and consumer class actions. The lawyers and staff at Dorsey offer a combination of exceptional legal knowledge and practical wisdom, underpinned by a deep understanding of various businesses and industries.

As a skilled trial attorney who thrives in the courtroom, Wechter excels in developing cases with a strategic focus on trial outcomes. Wechter has successfully chaired jury and bench trials in both federal and state courts. Most recently, Wechter successfully represented the City of Fort Collins in a two-week federal jury trial, resulting in a favorable verdict to the city. Earlier, she achieved a significant victory by obtaining a judgment that defeated $112 million in claims against Dorsey’s client, RTD, in a complex bench trial.

Additionally, Wechter also provides strategic counseling in pre-litigation disputes, tailoring her approach to align with each client’s business objective and risk preferences. Clients also rely on Wechter to advise on contract provisions and related risks in corporate transactions and she is often brought in to resolve disputes that may jeopardize a deal. Clients value Wechter’s creative and practical approach, often engaging her in an outside general counsel capacity. Wechter graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law with a Juris Doctor and from The George Washington University with an undergraduate degree in psychology.


19. Brad Schoenfeld
Partner, KO Law Firm

Brad Schoenfeld, a Transactional Partner at KO Law Firm, represents startups and large public companies in a variety of complex commercial transactions and related matters. His client base spans across sectors including pharmaceutical and medical device companies, software vendors, hardware manufacturers, professional services organizations, telecommunications, consumer packaged goods, and various e-commerce and Internet-related businesses.

Prior to joining KO Law Firm, Schoenfeld served over six years as in-house legal counsel at General Electric Company (GE) and Siemens Corporation. While at GE, he served as general counsel for a $1 billion division of GE Energy. Prior to his in-house roles, Schoenfeld worked as an associate at Troutman Sanders in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated with honors from Duke Law School, serving as a Senior Editor of the Alaska Law Review, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Business Management, graduating with distinction from Cornell University.

Brad Schoenfeld Insight

Over the last 20 years, Brad has been proud to serve companies from startups to large public companies across industries ranging from healthcare, life sciences, and biotech to software, SaaS, professional services, consumer packaged goods, and more in a wide variety of complex transactions. Brad is excited to see where innovation and digital transformation continue to take his clients in the future.


20. Rob Morrill
Partner, Bartlit Beck

Rob Morrill is the lead partner of Bartlit Beck’s Corporate Practice group. Morrill’s practice focuses primarily on middle-market mergers and acquisition transactions, and he has extensive experience representing private equity funds in leveraged acquisitions and dispositions. He also serves as principal outside counsel to several portfolio companies of fund clients, and advises clients on a wide variety of general corporate and transactional matters.

Bartlit Beck has achieved an unparalleled record of courtroom victories in high-stakes, complex litigation since 1993. Their successes include trial wins, victories on motions and appeals, and innovative settlements spanning various areas of commercial litigation, including intellectual property, antitrust and unfair trade practices, breach of contract, shareholder disputes, and product liability. Morrill’s legal prowess shines in mergers and acquisition transactions, where he adeptly represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies in leveraged acquisitions and dispositions.

Prior to his role at Bartlit Beck, Morrill worked as an associate at Mayer Brown LLP. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School and an undergraduate degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver.


21. Emily Weber
Partner, Foley & Lardner

Emily Weber is a nationally sought-after lawyer known for her experience in healthcare and her no-nonsense approach to legal advice. Having spent over a decade in-house at prominent academic medical centers and serving in numerous outside counsel roles while in private practice, Weber provides a perspective that few attorneys have. Clients seek her out for her her ability to find business-forward solutions. A member of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group and Health Care & Life Sciences Division, Weber represents clients around the country on complex healthcare regulations and transactions, governance, fraud and abuse, and health innovation matters.

Previously, Weber served as an Associate General Counsel at University of Colorado Health. Before that, she held the position of Associate Counsel at Temple University Health System. Earlier in her career she gained experience working with Genzyme Corporation as an International Regulatory Affairs Associate II. Weber graduated from Villanova University School of Law with a Juris Doctor and from Washington University in St. Louis with an undergraduate degree.


22. Kimberly Reed
Partner, Ballard Spahr

Kimberly Reed began her career 20 years ago. Today she is a Partner at Ballard Spahr. With more than 600 attorneys in 15 offices, Ballard Spahr provides results-driven counsel and exceptional service in business and transactions, finance, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate.

Reed has provided bond, disclosure, and underwriter's counsel in connection with more than $1 billion in tax-exempt municipal financings and has been an integral member of financing teams for hundreds of successful projects in Colorado. She has extensive experience working with various issuers in transactions, including Colorado special districts, cities, towns and counties, nonprofit corporations, school districts, urban renewal authorities, airport enterprises and authorities, and regional transportation authorities. Additionally, Reed has served as general counsel for Colorado special districts, nonprofit issuers, and leasing entities. She also acted as special counsel to governmental entities in negotiations of revenue sharing agreements with private developers. Reed has provided due diligence services to real estate developers for property purchases involving special districts. Reed graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctor and from the University of Colorado with an undergraduate degree.


23. Eva La
Senior Attorney, Snell & Wilmer

Eva La is the Senior Attorney of Snell & Wilmer. La concentrates her practice in drafting and negotiating real estate leases and contracts. In her previous general counsel role, La negotiated, drafted, and advised on commercial, oil and gas, renewable energy, and agricultural leases. La has served as lead counsel for many complex, multimillion-dollar transactions.

Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 500 attorneys practicing in 16 locations throughout the United States and Mexico. These locations comprise Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Los Cabos, Mexico.

Previously, La was an assistant attorney general at Colorado Attorney General's Office and before that an assistant attorney general at Wyoming Attorney General's Office. Earlier in her career she worked with Hirst Applegate, LLP as an associate attorney. La graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law with a Juris Doctor and from University of Colorado Boulder with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government.


24. Timothy Hanson
Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Timothy Hanson is a partner and member of the firm’s Transactions Client Service Group and Private Equity Team at BCLP, a fully integrated global law firm with over 1,275 lawyers in 31 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Hanson concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, including private equity and strategic transactions, commercial transactions, corporate law matters and executive and equity compensation issues. Hanson brings extensive experience in advising private equity funds and both public and private corporations on their M&A and commercial transactions, as well as advising on day-to-day corporate and compensation matters.

Hanson provides counsel to a diverse range of clients in the Colorado and greater Mountain West region, including large corporations, private equity firms, and growth-focused entrepreneurs. His expertise spans mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, general corporate issues, and executive and incentive compensation.

Prior to joining the firm, Hanson practiced at a large New York-based international law firm and worked in the transactional department of a Fortune 200 company based in Colorado. Hanson earned his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University and his undergraduate degree from Connecticut College.


25. Kori Miller
Attorney, Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell

Kori Miller is an attorney at Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, a law firm known for its impressive track record of more than 1,100 trials and arbitrations to verdict or award and 300 appeals to opinion nationwide. Founded in 1998, WTO boasts a team of over 110 trial lawyers and litigators, who represent discerning clients in high-stakes civil trials, appeals, and related litigation, ranging from complex commercial disputes to class actions and catastrophic tort cases. Within the firm, Miller plays a crucial role in assisting clients in the development and execution of litigation and trial strategies for complex civil disputes in federal and state courts across the country. As an accomplished associate, she has actively participated in four trial teams, often serving as second chair, and has consistently achieved outstanding results for her clients.

Miller's extensive experience encompasses defending individuals and companies in contract and warranty disputes, as well as a wide spectrum of tort matters, including products liability, premises liability, wrongful death, general negligence, and intentional tort cases. Her clients include commercial motor vehicle companies, chemical manufacturers, medical facilities, commercial construction companies, retailers, and insurers. Additionally, Miller has successfully defended governmental entities in individual and class action lawsuits involving general tort and state and federal constitutional claims. Miller graduated with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she was a member of the moot court and mock trial teams.