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Sherman & Howard LLC


  • 633 Seventeenth Street
  • Denver
  • USA
  • CO 80202

Labor & Employment - Colorado

THE FIRM This renowned team mixes expertise in traditional labor and employment work with keeping clients fully abreast of new legislation and issues such as employers' rights in the context of social media. The practice handles matters ranging from class actions and union matters to immigration issues, whistle blowers and employee benefit plans. 

Sources say: "There is a good focus on trying to keep costs low while protecting our interests." "The quality was exceptional and this was particularly impressive in light of the volume of work that needed to be accomplished in a short time period."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kathleen Odle maintains a broad practice encompassing all matters relating to employee benefits with a particular focus on both equity benefits and executive compensation.

Charles Newcom has "tremendous experience" in counseling and defending employers. He is linked most closely with work in mine safety and also has long experience assisting clients with Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance.

Theodore Olsen chairs the labor and employment department and offers clients many decades of experience. He helps clients with a broad variety of issues including traditional labor and employment, workplace violence and class actions.

Bernie Siebert helps clients with the vast majority of issues arising out of labor and employment. According to one client he is "detail-oriented without sacrificing efficiency, and aware of the needs of our business so he focuses on costs."

Raymond Deeny is a noted employer defense litigator who is "very responsive and capable."

Bruce Muir concentrates his efforts on employee benefits and is noted by one source as someone who "knows the ERISA laws very well" and "is also a creative thinker."

Litigation - Colorado

THE FIRM This team has a solid reputation for commercial litigation in areas such as securities fraud, business torts and contract disputes. The team recently acted for Fiserv in defense of class action claims stemming from the Madoff ponzi scheme. Other clients include Nova Leasing and TD Ameritrade.

Sources say: "They're a strong group of attorneys."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Christopher Koenigs offers an "exquisite work ethic" with "top-notch analytical skills and integrity," say sources. He maintains a broad practice encompassing areas such as commercial and securities litigation.

Real Estate - Colorado

THE FIRM This Colorado giant houses a top-notch real estate and construction bench. The group maintains a very diversified practice encompassing leasing, acquisitions, developments and sales. On the construction side, the firm is expert in advising owners on contractual issues, and also handles construction-related disputes. Clients include CoBiz Bank, Westpac Investments and East West Partners.

Sources say: "They are responsive, aggressive, good listeners and helpful. They take the time to understand my goals and help our team work toward those goals."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of the group Robert Brown has a strong focus on transactional work. He is singled out for his excellent commerciality; as one client puts it, "he is able to practically apply the law to our business needs, and that is what we value the most."

The "levelheaded" and "business-oriented" Michael Cook is considered to be a "top strategic thinker." Armed with significant experience, he helps clients with construction litigation and transactional matters. One client notes: "That broad experience and knowledge base means he can grasp the big picture quickly and dispense advice."

Rebecca Fischer is described by a source as "one of the strongest lawyers you could get anywhere." She specializes in the hotels and resorts sector, where her practice encompasses construction financing, acquisition and development.

"Knowledgeable and courteous" Bret Gunnell is a trial specialist who takes on cases across the country, but most often in Colorado and Utah. His excellent reputation is endorsed by clients, one of whom explains: "If we have a major litigation, he is the guy we turn to."

Experienced attorney Diana Wendel has a broad-based real estate practice which covers sales and acquisitions, financing and leasing. She is praised for her responsiveness and her technical ability.