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Holland & Hart LLP - Denver
  • 555 Seventeenth Street
  • Suite 3200
  • Denver
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80202
  • Tel:+1 303 295 8000
  • Fax:+1 303 295 8261
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  • Managing Partner: Thomas R O’Donnell
  • Senior Partner: Elizabeth Sharrer (Chair, Management Committee)
  • Number of partners: 236
  • Number of other lawyers: 226 

Firm Overview:
Holland & Hart LLP delivers integrated legal solutions to regional, national, and international clients of all sizes. Since its inception in 1947, Holland & Hart has grown into a full-service law firm of more than 450 lawyers in 15 offices across the Mountain West and in Washington, DC. The firm stands out in its footprint based on the breadth and depth of experience it offers, and its personalized, responsive, innovative and client-driven culture.

Main Areas of Practice:
Holland & Hart is home to nationally recognized practices such as its corporate law group, which includes practices specializing in emerging growth, mergers and acquisitions, and securities; the third-largest environmental practice in the country according to Law360; energy and natural resources, including water law, for which Best Lawyers recognized Holland & Hart as 2014 “Law Firm of the Year”; intellectual property; litigation; labor and employment; project development and finance; and tax, including employee benefits and private client work. International Work: Holland & Hart’s international practice represents clients involved in a broad range of transactions in most Latin American, Pacific Rim and European countries. These representations have included cross-border business transactions, international tax, international dispute resolution, export/import compliance, intellectual property protection overseas, immigration and naturalization, project finance and infrastructure development overseas, international real estate transactions, cross-border natural resources investments, labor and employment issues and avoided deforestation/carbon credits.

Holland & Hart represents businesses and organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. Holland & Hart’s clients include those with headquarters in the firm’s footprint, as well as companies doing business in the firm’s footprint and seeking the advantages Holland & Hart offers based on top-tier talent, local knowledge, and competitive rate structures. Clients benefit from the firm’s thorough knowledge and deep experience in industries as diverse as aerospace, agriculture, airlines, bioscience, clean technology, construction, energy, finance, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, real estate, resorts and recreation, retail, technology, telecommunications and broadband, and water rights and quality, among others.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Business, Corporate, & Finance
  • Energy, Environment, & Natural Resources
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade Labor & Employment Litigation
  • Real Estate, Construction, & Development
  • Tax, Benefits, & Private Client


  • 600 East Main Street Aspen,
  • Suite 104,
  • Aspen,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 81611
  • Tel +1 970 925 3476
  • Fax +1 970 925 9367
  • One Boulder Plaza,
  • 1800 Broadway,
  • Suite 300,
  • Boulder,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80302-5234
  • Tel +1 303 473 2700
  • Fax +1 303 473 2720
  • 90 South Cascade Avenue,
  • Suite 1000,
  • Colorado Springs,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80903
  • Tel +1 719 475 7730
  • Fax +1 719 634 2461
  • 6380 South Fiddlers Green Circle,
  • Suite 500,
  • Greenwood Village,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80111
  • Tel +1 303 290 1600
  • Fax +1 303 290 1606
  • 975 F. Street NW,
  • Suite 900,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • DC 20004
  • Tel +1 202 393 6500
  • Fax +1 202 393 6551
  • 801 W. Main Street,
  • Suite 1750,
  • Boise,
  • Idaho
  • USA
  • ID 83702
  • Tel +1 208 342 5000
  • Fax +1 208 343 8869
  • 401 North 31st Street,
  • Suite 1500,
  • Billings,
  • Montana
  • USA
  • MT 59101-1277
  • Tel +1 406 252 2166
  • Fax +1 406 252 1669
  • 777 East William Street,
  • Suite 200,
  • Carson City,
  • Nevada
  • USA
  • NV 89701
  • Tel +1 775 684 6000
  • Fax +1 775 684 6001
  • 9555 Hillwood Drive,
  • 2nd Floor,
  • Las Vegas,
  • Nevada
  • USA
  • NV 89134
  • Tel +1 702 669 4600
  • Fax +1 702 669 4650
  • 5441 Kietzke Lane,
  • Second Floor,
  • Reno,
  • Nevada
  • USA
  • NV 89511
  • Tel +1 775 327 3000
  • Fax +1 775 786 6179
  • 110 North Guadalupe,
  • Suite 1,
  • Santa Fe,
  • New Mexico
  • USA
  • NM 87501
  • Tel +1 505 988 4421
  • Fax +1 505 983 6043
  • 222 South Main Street ,
  • Suite 2200,
  • Salt Lake City,
  • Utah
  • USA
  • UT 84101
  • Tel +1 801 799 5800
  • Fax +1 801 799 5700
  • 2515 Warren Avenue,
  • Suite 450,
  • Cheyenne,
  • Wyoming
  • USA
  • WY 82001-3162
  • Tel +1 307 778 4200
  • Fax +1 307 778 8175
  • 25 South Willow Street,
  • Suite 200,
  • PO Box 68,
  • Jackson,
  • Wyoming
  • USA
  • WY 83001
  • Tel +1 307 739 9741
  • Fax +1 307 739 9744

Corporate/M&A - Colorado

What the team is known for Established Colorado presence for corporate matters including M&A, securities and private equity transactions. Also offers expertise in divestitures and joint ventures on behalf of private companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I would strongly recommend Holland & Hart to anyone."

Work highlights Represented DCP Midstream in private and public offerings of debt and equity worth in excess of $2 billion.  

Acted on behalf of Canadian company Sprott Resource Lending in its going-private acquisition by affiliate Sprott Inc.  

Notable practitioners  

Lucy Schlauch Stark commands respect from peers for her ability to manage large-scale transactions and is praised for her "careful analysis" of transactions. She handles an array of capital markets work, securities and financing.

Betty Arkell impresses commentators with her expertise in venture capital work. Sources admire that she is a "bright lawyer and a wonderful person." 

Christina Groll maintains a healthy reputation for her work in mergers, acquisitions and corporate financings. She recently represented Spyder Active Sports in its sale of assets.

Significant clients Accellos, Highstreet IT Solutions, Orko Silver, SM Energy, Total E&P Activities Petrolieres.

Intellectual Property - Colorado

What the team is known for Strong market player handling everything from IP-related transactions to counseling, prosecution and litigation. Offers expertise in copyright, patent and trade secret matters.

Notable practitioners

Jane Michaels is a "high-quality lawyer" valued for her wholehearted commitment to her clients' best interest. She is "tough but fair," say peers, who rate her for her "focus on not wasting time." 

Tracy Gray counsels clients on a wide variety of matters surrounding the protection and monetization of intellectual property, including prosecution, licensing and portfolio development.

Andrea Anderson is noted for her trademark practice, which incorporates contentious and noncontentious matters. She has tried cases involving conventional trademarks, domain names, trade dress and counterfeit goods. 

Donald Degnan "stands out from the crowd," according to sources. He handles copyright, patent and trademark infringement litigation as well as disputes involving trade secrets.  

Scott Havlick has significant expertise in trademarks, handling everything from registration to litigation.

Labor & Employment - Colorado

What the team is known for Comprehensive labor and employment practice that stands among the best in class in Colorado. Handles everything from workplace discrimination and harassment claims to labor arbitrations, collective bargaining, and issues involving employee benefits and executive compensation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are my favorite. They are a very responsive group and also very practical. They will provide advice in very gray situations that makes sense. Great value."

Work highlights Successfully defended Aggregate Industries against a range of claims made by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The court found the union's allegations to be unfounded.

Represented Arch Coal against a plaintiff who sought changes to the company's employee benefit plan documents based on the fact that these were alleged to be inconsistent with the plan summary. All claims were successfully dismissed.

Notable practitioners  

The "phenomenal" Gregory Eurich continues to build on his illustrious reputation and is singled out by sources as an extremely smart and well-liked lawyer. He handles a wide variety of labor and employment litigation, with a particularly strong focus on labor disputes.

John Husband clearly has the respect of his peers, who mention his high profile and extensive experience in the field of labor and employment law. He splits his time between Colorado and California.

Brian Mumaugh is, say sources, "very personable and answers the hard questions when we ask him point blank about the issue – he is very direct and very creative." He focuses on collective bargaining.

The great thing about Jude Biggs, say sources, is that "she's going to look at an issue 50 different ways and then come and tell me what I need to consider." She provides excellent advice to employers on avoiding and resolving tricky and potentially costly employee-related issues.

Jeffrey Johnson has for many years focused on the resolution of labor and employment disputes, handling litigation and, more recently, arbitration. "He does a great job," said one client.  

Steve Gutierrez is a skilled advocate handling a range of litigation, including employment-related disputes. 

Significant clients Aspen Skiing Company, JPMorgan Chase, Rio Tinto, Safeway, UPS.

Litigation - Colorado

What the team is known for Ability to take on most litigation thanks to a stable of litigators educated and practiced in a wide variety of fields. Among its fortes are construction, mining, environmental, intellectual property and product liability litigation. Depth and sophistication to handle complex multiparty suits.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Good lawyers there. Amazing firm, amazingly talented."  

"Big market player."  

Notable practitioners  

Gregory Goldberg is one of the leading names in the state for criminal litigation. He is well versed in the False Claims Act and healthcare fraud cases.  

James Hartley is an experienced litigator who handles a variety of matters for clients in the healthcare, construction, banking and environment fields.  

Jane Michaels a "skilled trial lawyer" recognized for her ability to cut straight to the central issues of a case. She has notable strength in intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark and copyright suits.

"Excellent litigator" Christopher Toll is commended for his strong courtroom skills. He focuses on commercial and business litigation.

Natural Resources - Colorado

What the team is known for Outstanding reputation for compliance, permitting, enforcement and litigation matters, most notably with respect to the oil and gas space. Other areas of excellence include matters relating to the Endangered Species Act, mining and renewable energy. 

Notable practitioners  

Paul Phillips is an environmental litigator and enforcement specialist with a strong reputation in Colorado. He handles disputes stemming from a range of matters including the CAA and the CWA.

Real Estate - Colorado

What the team is known for Denver-headquartered national firm that is well equipped to handle a full range of real estate matters on behalf of clients such as developers, property owners, lenders and investors. Industry-specific experience with respect to a range of sectors, notably including the oil and gas industry. Additional strength in contentious and noncontentious construction law matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A well-rounded firm with expertise in many areas. That is why we selected them."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Shea Properties in connection with the $25 million purchase of Reunion Marketplace shopping center. The deal involves the redevelopment of the property and the sale of retail units in the center.  

Represented Peak Properties & Development in relation to the $24 million disposition of 220 apartment units. The matter included due diligence and the negotiation of the sale and purchase agreement.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Bridston is considered to be one of the state's preeminent construction litigators. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in construction disputes at state, federal and appellate levels.

Rebecca Dow handles commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate matters. Clients note that "she really goes above and beyond in terms of being responsive." 

The "excellent" Beat Steiner is most prominent in real estate matters pertaining to the leisure and hotel industry. Steiner advises clients on matters including the purchase, sale, leasing and development of properties.

Elizabeth Sharrer has a broad real estate practice and works with a range of commercial developers and investors on the financing, purchase and sale of real estate.

Of counsel Robert Benson has a wealth of experience in construction litigation. He is particularly recognized for his expertise in arbitration and mediation.

Significant clients Bank of the West, Coburn Development, Freewave Technologies, Main Street Power, Smartwool.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Idaho

What the team is known for A heavyweight department with a significant regional caseload, which draws praise from clients for the scope of its practice. Significant visibility in the market across a number of industry sectors, including housing and real estate, farming and dairy.

Work highlights Acted for Spanish Palms Marketing as unsecured creditor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of an individual owning interests in multiple entities, amounting to over $20 million.

Notable practitioners  

Star individual Larry Prince is a significant player both in and outside of Idaho. He is lauded as "the best creditors' rights attorney in the state," with clients identifying his ability to "get to the bottom of issues quickly" as a vital part of his success. One source enthused: "He knows what needs to be done to protect us."

Robert Faucher is acclaimed by sources for his prowess in complex litigation. Sources say he is "very smart and professional to deal with."

Significant clients The Industrial Company, Wells Fargo Bank, U.S. Bank National Association, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Fannie Mae.

Corporate/Commercial - Idaho

What the team is known for A key player in Idaho for commercial and corporate transactions. Maintains a strong focus on M&A, corporate governance and contract negotiations, with additional expertise in commercial lending, project finance, IP transactions and business formation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  
"They communicate very well and do a great job on client service."

Work highlights Acted for Dan Wiebold Ford on its sale of a Ford dealership and land to Corwin Auto Idaho. 

Notable practitioners  

The "top-notch" Frederick Mack specializes in corporate transactional work. Sources say: "He is a great negotiator, and works well with other parties and lawyers to get a good result."

Brian Hansen is a key partner within the corporate department. He represents a wide range of clients, including telecommunications firms and hi-tech companies. "He is very easy to work with," say clients.

Nicole Snyder advises on corporate and employment law. Sources praise her "comprehensive knowledge and experience" and say she "is easy to reach and gives detailed responses."

Larry Prince is well respected for his extensive knowledge and maintains "an active presence" within the market. He is highly regarded for his focus on bankruptcy work.

Labor & Employment - Idaho

What the team is known for Continues to solidify its reputation for labor and employment in Idaho, with substantial experience of matters involving disability discrimination, FMLA claims, noncompete agreements and trade secrets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I hold this department in high regard thanks to its highly qualified attorneys, good levels of responsiveness, and ability to offer good-quality legal advice across the board." 

What's new? Scott Randolph was promoted to the partnership in 2013.

Work highlights Represented UPS in litigation involving allegations of age and gender discrimination.

Notable practitioners  

Up-and-coming Scott Randolph earns praise from market interviewees for his potential in this area. His practice includes general commercial and employment litigation, including HRC and EOC matters.

Litigation - Idaho

What the team is known for A large and prominent team in Boise capable of handling a broad range of commercial litigation, across the full spectrum of industry sectors. Notable strength in employment disputes, lender liability and energy-related litigation. Frequently advises on multijurisdictional matters and international cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The caliber of attorneys is top-notch. I find them to be highly responsive and they do a wonderful job of understanding clients."

"They are very diverse in the types of litigation they do."

Work highlights Represented the City of Caldwell in a case of first impression arising from the designation of responsibility for discharge of stormwater in an urban area. 

Notable practitioners  

"Good trial lawyer" Walter Bithell is highlighted for his work on multidefendant cases. His practice encompasses construction litigation, individual and class torts, and product liability.

"Leading litigator" Walter Sinclair joined the firm in January 2014 from Stoel Rives. He is widely viewed as a "big player" by his peers, and regularly advises on a wide range of high-profile matters, including antitrust cases.

The "extremely talented" Newal Squyres is "smart, analytical and very good with juries," say sources. His expertise covers commercial litigation, labor and employment, insurance and appellate law, among other areas.

Erik Stidham is "excellent at anticipating next steps and plotting strategy, and has a personality that works well in court." Clients commend his performance in court both at first instance and on appeal, and say "he adapts well to both settings."

New to the rankings, Mary York stands out for her expertise in construction, real estate and condemnation litigation.

Up-and-comer Scott Randolph has an impressive litigation practice with a strong emphasis on employment.

Significant clients Regence Blue Shield of Idaho.

Natural Resources - Idaho

What the team is known for A well-established team that maintains its position at the top of the environmental legal market in Idaho. Active in public land use work, endangered species and wildlife issues. Also heavily involved in environmental regulatory law and litigation at both the state and federal level, with a prominent track record for administrative cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A premier law firm staffed with some of the best and brightest legal minds in the region." 

Work highlights Acted for the Idaho Wool Growers in litigation brought against the US Forest Service concerning the introduction of anti-grazing legislation.

Represented the State of Wyoming in a series of cases involving the federal management of habitats for endangered species.

Notable practitioners 

The experienced Murray Feldman is esteemed for his expertise in ESA and EPA litigation. He operates a national practice and can also frequently be found advising on cleanup and permitting issues. "I think the world of him," said one interviewee.

William Myers's time as solicitor for the US Department of the Interior boosts his reputation with clients, who cite his ability to "keep in touch with developments in the regional courts" as another facet of his "impressive resume."

According to sources, seasoned attorney Linda Jones is "a top-notch lawyer" who is especially "knowledgeable about air quality." 

Real Estate - Idaho

What the team is known for A regional firm that demonstrates strength in commercial, retail and residential real estate matters in Idaho. Represents business owners and owners of mixed-use projects, as well as landlords and tenants.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very responsive and knowledgeable." 

Work highlights Advised WinCo Foods on various acquisition, development and leasing mandates, with values ranging from $5 million to $40 million.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Hicks is highly regarded for his work on transactional real estate matters, including financing, leasing and commercial development.

Laurie Reynoldson attracts exemplary feedback from clients: "I couldn't have asked for better - she was very task-oriented, has deep expertise and gave me ideas I would never have thought of."

Corporate/M&A - Montana

What the team is known for A strong national presence and a well-regarded local team that can call on extensive resources when assisting high-profile clients. Handles a broad range of work, including M&A, bankruptcy, restructuring and tax matters.

Notable practitioners  

According to sources, Charles Hingle is "one of the best corporate attorneys in the state," as well as "very easy to work with." He assists clients with a range of corporate transactions and has significant experience in creditors' rights. 

Of counsel Larry Petersen's practice includes entity formation, M&A, tax and estate planning. Peers commend his technical ability and longstanding position at the forefront of the market.

Labor & Employment - Montana

What the team is known for Represents a range of oil and gas, and mining companies. Particularly strong on employee benefit issues, and the firm's national profile gives it access to a vast range of resources, and attracts nationwide clients. Further areas of focus include defending employers from discrimination claims.

Notable practitioners  

Elizabeth Nedrow specializes in employment benefits. The key elements of her practice include advising clients on ERISA, executive compensation, ensuring medical plans comply with legislation and how employment benefits should be approached in the context of mergers and acquisitions. 

Jason Ritchie advises and represents clients facing a variety of contentious issues. His specialist areas include FMLA and discrimination claims.

Jeanne Matthews Bender is a litigator with a wealth of experience and "a great reputation." She possesses decades of expertise in breach of contract matters, as well as other areas.

Natural Resources - Montana

What the team is known for Impressive experience in handling contentious aspects of a wide range of environmental issues, such as pollution, ownership of natural resources and insurance disputes. Renowned for its specialized knowledge of regulatory matters and frequently deals with government agencies. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are excellent. They offer national law firm quality with local judgment."

"They are well prepared and well briefed, with excellent experts and a lot of resources."

Work highlights Represented several large industrial and trade associations in a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management regarding increased greenhouse gas emissions associated with oil and gas leases issued by the defendant. 

Notable practitioners  

Scott Mitchell is a seasoned commercial litigator with a significant profile in the environmental sector. He acted for ExxonMobil in disputes concerning the pipeline spill into the Yellowstone River.

Kyle Gray regularly acts for energy and natural resources clients in title disputes and environmental litigation. She is also well regarded for her experience acting as appellate counsel.

Significant clients PPL Montana, ExxonMobil, Cloud Peak Energy, American Petroleum Institute, Montana Petroleum Association.

Environment - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Billings, Boise, Denver, Santa Fe and Washington, DC. 

What the team is known for Works on matters throughout the USA, but is particularly prominent in the Mountain West, where it represents clients with oil and gas, coal and mining interests. Handles a variety of issues, including permitting, compliance enforcement defense and remediation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I think they are very good. They have developed a very good team able to provide the full range of environmental services, particularly in mining and heavy industries."

Work highlights Represented Calpine in a case brought by a Native American tribe challenging the validity of geothermal leases concerning federal land in Northern California.

Acted for the Public Service of New Mexico on its exploration for coal on a Native American reservation.

Notable practitioners

Washington, DC-based Kelly Johnson is a key contact.

Significant clients Sinclair Oil, PPL Montana, American Petroleum Institute, State of Wyoming, Idaho Wool Growers.

Native American Law - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC, Denver and Santa Fe.

What the team is known for Advises government agencies, non-Indian companies and tribes on a wide range of matters, including natural resource development.

Work highlights Advised the Oneida Indian Nation of New York on construction law issues surrounding the addition of a nightclub to a pre-existing casino.

Intervened in federal court on behalf of Calpine after the Pit River Tribe sued the government to stop geothermal exploration near their reservation.

Notable practitioners

Sources say that Thomas Sansonetti is at the "top of the field for natural resources work." He is noted for his tactical strengths, impressing one peer in particular with his "great advice on how to manage matters."

Significant clients Oneida Indian Nation of New York, Calpine, Aux Sable Midstream, Western Refining, Public Service of New Mexico.

Projects - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Denver. 

What the team is known for Advises clients on renewable energy projects. Expertise in solar and wind projects. Particularly adept at advising on development and on issues such as power purchase agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have had an excellent experience with them. They are very well rounded and have good experience in the various departments within the firm. I have a very high opinion of them and find them very congenial to work with and very diligent."

"You ask a question and they always get back; you need a document and it's there the next day." 

Work highlights Acted for Sempra Energy on its sale, to Consolidated Edison, of interests in the Copper Mountain Solar 2 Project and the Mesquite Solar 1 Project.

Advised the Southern California Public Power Authority in connection with the negotiation of a 25-year power purchase agreement for the output of a solar project, the K Road Moapa, in Nevada.  

Notable practitioners 

Mark Safty is an experienced project finance attorney who is particularly recognized for his representation of developers in renewables projects. He acted for NorthLight Power, a joint venture of Summit Power Group and Renewable Energy Corporation ASA, on the sale of a 60 MW solar project in Fresno County, California. One interviewee relates that "he is excellent – he is very experienced and has a very broad and deep understanding of the market."

Significant clients Duke Energy Renewables, Rentech, juwi Wind, Gamesa Technology, Cook Inlet Region.  

Corporate/Commercial - Nevada

What the team is known for Particularly recommended for its work on behalf of emerging growth companies, but well equipped to handle the full range of corporate work on behalf of public and private companies of all sizes. Particularly noted for its expertise in securities issues and corporate compliance.

Notable practitioners  

David Garcia is recommended for his expertise in securities, in addition to his strengths in financing transactions and M&A. Sources praise his "calm presence" and single him out as a "very thoughtful, professional, diligent guy."

Fritz Battcher is noted for his corporate, securities and capital markets work, and is particularly strong on issues concerning early-stage company formation.

Litigation - Nevada

What the team is known for Fine presence within the state, with offices in Carson City, Las Vegas and Reno. A popular choice of firm for representation in construction, entertainment and banking disputes.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Peek is a partner in the Las Vegas office. He is a vastly experienced trial lawyer, who "will do the very best for his client," according to sources.

Real Estate - Nevada

What the team is known for Excellent team sought for advice on a wide range of real estate transactions. Maintains a fine track record for its work on behalf of institutions, resort developers and mixed-use project owners. Also known for its strengths in zoning, acquisition due diligence and green building issues.

Work highlights Advised Newmont USA on its Long Canyon Project, the development of a new gold mining site in northeastern Nevada.

Notable practitioners 

Sources admire the "clearly first-rate" Karen Dennison for her "great wealth of knowledge," describing her as "a wonderful resource." She is recognized for her work advising real estate developers and financial institutions.

Stephen Novacek has over 40 years' experience in real estate work and maintains a fine reputation in the market. He is noted for his expertise in transactions concerning shopping centers and mixed-use sites.

Environment - New Mexico

What the team is known for Maintains an excellent reputation in all aspects of natural resources law, including environmental litigation, compliance, and renewable energy project development and financing. Able to combine in-depth local knowledge with significant resources located across the Mountain West. 

Notable practitioners  

Michael Feldewert is recognized as a "very good trial attorney" in the area of natural resources and oil and gas law. He is particularly noted for representing clients before the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division. 

Adam Rankin is praised for his work in administrative and regulatory matters. His ability to "keep things calm and moving forwards" is particularly highlighted by clients.

Litigation - New Mexico

What the team is known for Commended for its strength in commercial litigation, particularly when acting for natural resources clients. Also handles a wide variety of energy, securities and white-collar defense litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Bradford Berge is recognized by sources as a notable trial lawyer whose wide-ranging practice includes areas such as natural resources litigation, personal injury cases and commercial litigation. One client says: "He's my go-to guy."

Corporate/M&A - Utah

What the team is known for Extensive expertise across a range of corporate matters including leveraged buyouts and joint ventures. Also active in respect of private equity financings. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have an in-depth understanding of our issues and the actions required to resolve those issues."  

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Wells is well respected by sources, with one describing him as "smart and very good technically." He represents emerging companies and handles venture capital financings.

Greg Lindley is an experienced practitioner who advises on public and private securities offerings. He provides counsel on matters pertaining to financings, joint ventures and compliance matters.

Energy & Natural Resources - Utah

What the team is known for Full-service capability, with clear expertise in the oil and gas sectors together with notable strength in mining matters. Represents blue-chip clients, and is particularly adept at representing them in negotiations with the EPA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have an in-depth understanding of our issues and the actions required to resolve those issues."

What's new? Kevin Murray has joined the team from Chapman & Cutler. Craig Galli has departed for a three-year period of voluntary service. 

Notable practitioners  

"Great attorney" James Holtkamp is widely respected by clients and peers alike. His areas of focus include air quality regulation, water pollution control and industrial cleanups.

Kevin Murray is remarked upon as a "very good attorney who can give practical advice." A recent recruit, he has led on a number of the group's most high-profile deals, particularly with respect to contamination matters.

Jody Williams is well known for her water law expertise: "She has a lot of experience in the area." Her activities include advising clients on issues such as the development and transfer of water rights, licensing and related due diligence. 

Intellectual Property - Utah

What the team is known for Offers a comprehensive range of patent and trademark prosecution and litigation services. Manages substantial trademark portfolios for brand owners across diverse sectors, including healthcare, software and consumer goods.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The partners and associates have an in-depth understanding of our issues and the actions required to resolve them."

"A good patent practice with very sharp lawyers." 

Work highlights Representing 1-800 Contacts in the US Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit on a substantial trademark infringement case. 

Successfully earned a $23.9 million patent infringement award for K-Tec in a case against competitor Vita-Mix, and is subsequently defending the judgment at the appeal stage. 

Notable practitioners  

Brett Foster is an experienced litigator across all facets of IP law. Recent successes include securing a substantial patent infringement award for K-Tec. He also has considerable appellate experience.

Grant Foster is known for his expertise in patent and trademark prosecution. His clients include Symantec, which he is advising on all aspects of patent protection. 

Bryan Pratt is a well-regarded up-and-coming attorney who is "impressive and gets good business," according to a source. He is also singled out for his strength in handling transactional matters.

Significant clients Hydro Engineering, Otto Bock Healthcare, St. Jude Medical, Primos, US Synthetic.

Labor & Employment - Utah

What the team is known for Offers a depth of talent across all aspects of employment law, including workplace health and safety, immigration, and ERISA and employee benefits matters. Works in tandem with experienced litigators, including in connection with class actions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"It is extremely knowledgeable in employment law."

"Our go-to law firm." 

"It has a great reputation in the local market." 

Work highlights Currently defending US Synthetic against a charge of racial discrimination brought by a former employee.

Advising mid-sized Utah trucking company Pride Transport on its defense against a whistle-blower claim brought under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act.

Notable practitioners  

Lois Baar has a "great demeanor and interpersonal touch." She is a highly experienced practitioner who is widely respected in the Utah legal community. Her work encompasses litigation, mediations and investigations. 

James Barnett is a well-respected litigator with a particularly strong reputation in assisting clients on ERISA matters.

Elizabeth Dunning is valued by clients, who consider her to be "extremely knowledgeable in employment law." She regularly defends employers in discrimination cases.

Bryan Benard is praised by enthusiastic clients as being "responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic." He represents clients in wrongful terminations and wage and hour issues.

Significant clients Sun Products, UPS, Boart Longyear, Sundance Group.

Litigation - Utah

What the team is known for Stellar reputation for resolving disputes in a myriad of sectors, and across a range of corporate issues such as breach of fiduciary duty. A strong offering in environmental and natural resources litigation. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their value is unmatched and the depth of experience is commensurate with sound and logical, but daring advice." 

"They presented a very complex case that the jury was able to understand."

Work highlights Successfully defended US Oil Sands against a challenge brought by Living Rivers, an environmental group that was seeking to overturn a permit allowing the client to construct and operate a mine in the Uintah Basin.

Counseled Pfizer as lead defendant against a suit brought by the State of Utah under the False Claims Act, alleging false pricing in the pharmaceutical industry.

Notable practitioners  

A highly experienced litigator, George Haley is noted as a "person of integrity" who "does a great job." His highlight work includes defending Pfizer in a False Claims Act case brought by the State of Utah.

Blaine Benard "leaves no stone unturned in pursuit of victory, while not surrendering his principles in both ethics and law." An established commercial litigator, he recently represented DHL Express in a breach of contract dispute with Unishippers Global Logistics.

John Harrington is a trial lawyer with over 30 years' experience. His commercial litigation practice includes trade secrets and unfair competition matters.

Clients praise Christopher Hogle as being "exceptional in court, where he adopted a smooth, professional approach." He defended US Oil Sands against a challenge brought by an environmental group that opposed the award of a mining permit to the company.

Significant clients Rolls-Royce North America, DHL Express, Purcell Tire & Rubber, Chevron Pipeline, Peterson Partners.

Real Estate - Utah

What the team is known for A well-resourced team which is complemented by cooperation with teams from other Holland & Hart offices. Acts for developers and homebuilding companies as well as commercial lenders on the issuance of real estate loans. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Highly knowledgeable and excellent value for money." 

Work highlights Acted for Beaver Valley Hospital in the complex leasing of five nursing homes, for a total value of $45 million.

Advised Thrivent Financial for Lutherans on its $30 million commercial real estate loans to borrowers in Utah.

Notable practitioners  

David Broadbent is described by impressed sources as an "experienced real estate expert" who "stays calm in difficult situations." He represented the Housing Authority of Salt Lake on the acquisition, development and financing of a new $30 million affordable housing project.

Carl Barton is highlighted as being "great at providing senior legal advice in complicated situations." He has a proven track record in assisting clients on financings, and recently counseled Parkside Investment on its acquisition of an industrial site and a commercial project in Utah, for a combined value of $10 million.

Significant clients Spring Communications, Futura Industries, Parkside Investment, Beaver Valley Hospital, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Corporate/M&A - Wyoming

What the team is known for Handles the full range of corporate and business matters, and maintains a sophisticated corporate tax practice, which is particularly sought after by natural resources companies. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Top-notch firm, among the broadest practices and resources in this area."

Notable practitioners  

Teresa Buffington acts in all manner of corporate and commercial transactions as well as entity formation and corporate structure matters. Sources describe her as "a very sophisticated business lawyer." 

Lawrence Wolfe has a specialized practice for mining and oil and gas clients, handling tax valuation and related controversies. This sometimes extends to litigious matters, and he has appeared before the state Supreme Court in tax disputes. 

Labor & Employment - Wyoming

What the team is known for Handles all manner of compliance and counseling work for employers. Provides high-quality advice on discipline and terminations, workplace investigations, allegations of discrimination and harassment, and defending companies in employment litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The lawyers recognize that decisions must be business sense-based. There is a strong understanding that it is about the risk the company is comfortable taking."

Notable practitioners

Bradley Cave is described as "a fantastic attorney" and is praised for his "wealth of knowledge and experience." He has a strong record in representing healthcare and natural resources companies.

Joanna Vilos is a senior associate in the firm's Cheyenne office, and is highlighted as an individual with a bright future ahead of her. Sources say she "has a keen sense for the nuances of employment law."

Litigation - Wyoming

What the team is known for Represents natural resources and energy companies with operations in Wyoming. Regularly takes on commercial, personal injury defense, tax, administrative and environment cases.

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Day represents oil, gas and coal companies both in and outside Wyoming. Much of his caseload consists of natural resources royalty disputes in the Rocky Mountain region, and defense actions against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Joe Teig's métier is personal injury defense on behalf of energy and natural resources companies throughout the country. Sources say he is a "very effective communicator," both in written submissions and in oral advocacy. 

Walter Eggers is praised for the energy and skill he brings to his representations of oil and gas companies in commercial, tax and regulatory actions. 

Real Estate - Wyoming

What the team is known for A comprehensive and sophisticated real estate practice with strong regional presence. Large commercial, retail and industrial developments and property sales are a strong suit for the team.

Notable practitioners  

Teresa Buffington is well respected for her work in the real estate sphere. Much of her work is for clients in the construction, natural resources and renewable energy sectors.