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Sherman & Howard LLC


  • 633 Seventeenth Street
  • Denver
  • USA
  • CO 80202

Corporate/M&A - Colorado

What the team is known for Broad expertise, with the ability to handle M&A, joint ventures and mezzanine financing as well as a series of other corporate matters. Clients include prominent companies in the media and telecommunications industries as well as financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Their work is very good – prompt, thorough and cost-focused."

"A strong, traditional Denver firm."  

Work highlights Represented Charter Communications in its acquisition of Cablevisions Systems for $1.625 billion.

Acted on behalf of General Communications on its transaction with Alaska Communications to form Alaska Wireless Network.

Notable practitioners  

Garth Jensen is known for his securities work on behalf of public companies, and is held in high regard among market commentators. He recently managed MCD Holdings' public offering of $350 million of senior notes. Jensen recently joined the firm from Bryan Cave.

Significant clients CoBiz Financial, Liberty Media, New Belgium Brewing, QVC, United Airlines.

Labor & Employment - Colorado

What the team is known for Sterling competitor in the market, with a well-rounded practice addressing labor and employment issues of all natures. Particularly noted for EEOC and NLRB-related work, including major class action cases, but also strong in the areas of employee benefits and general compliance advice and counseling.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Extremely professional, capable and thorough in their work product and representation."

"Couldn't be more pleased with their services; it is the practical approach that they take to problems, as opposed to just the legal approach. It is a pleasure to work with them."

Work highlights Representing JBS USA in two significant suits brought by the EEOC over failure to accommodate the religious practices of Muslim employees. The suits involve claims of religious, race and national origin discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Notable practitioners  

Kathleen Odle receives nothing but the highest praise, with sources hailing her as "very knowledgeable and probably the best in the region for ERISA matters." She is "truly an expert" whose strength is "her practical application of esoteric laws."

Clients are unanimous in their praise of Raymond Deeny, whom they regard as "an enjoyable guy to work with who knows the labor laws backwards – he thinks well on his feet." He is an experienced litigator who has handled an array of jury trials and labor arbitrations.

Bruce Muir has a niche in employee benefits and represents clients on matters ranging from pension plans and compensation to fringe benefits. He also handles a range of labor and employment matters. 

Charles Newcom's "expertise is excellent," according to sources, who add that he is "very experienced, knowledgeable, calm and quietly confident – a good trusted partner and adviser." His practice includes, among other matters, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination cases.

Theodore Olsen is hugely experienced in the field and is valued for his deep knowledge and expertise. He handles noncompetes and a range of other labor and employment matters. 

Bernie Siebert is a great communicator who is "always letting us know what's going on and coming up next." He is praised by peers for being one of the "top people in Colorado for labor law." 

Litigation - Colorado

What the team is known for Acting for high-profile clients in  disputes including securities, fiduciary duties and intellectual property. Industries of focus include telecommunications, real estate and natural resources.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Exceptional law firm." 

"Nothing but the highest praise - they are my go-to firm for litigation, no question." 

Work highlights Acting as local counsel for Deutsche Bank alongside national counsel Simpson Thacher. The case involves warranty and breach of contract claims arising from the purchase of mortgage loans by the plaintiff, Lehman Brothers.

Acting as local counsel for Morgan Stanley and others in securities litigation arising from the IPO and secondary offering of Molycorp common stock. The plaintiff, Molycorp, is seeking damages for statements made in the offering documentation.

Notable practitioners  

Sources speak highly of Christopher Koenigs, singling him out as one of the market's leading names for a wide range of commercial disputes.

James Sawtelle is a very commercially aware and experienced litigator and trial lawyer. He is adept at handling all areas of commercial litigation and clients observe that he really understands their business.

Significant clients Bank of the West, Fiserv, Verizon Wireless.

Real Estate - Colorado

What the team is known for Continues to impress with its depth and breadth of practice. The team represents clients in land acquisitions, developments and construction matters across an array of sectors including retail, hotel and leisure, business and agriculture.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The service from the firm has been very positive. They are timely with their response to questions and identification of key issues that need to be addressed."

"I am very impressed with them. They do great on short deadlines and provide solid legal work, plus give good advice about what is customary."

Work highlights Represented The Related Companies in the $149.6 million purchase of a mixed-use development in Snowmass. Matters handled include project acquisition and land use and zoning issues. 

Acted for Stresscon in insurance coverage litigation stemming from a construction accident in Fort Carson.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Brown recently acted for Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center on its construction, with a real estate investment trust, of a medical office building. One interviewee reports: "Bob is what you look for in an outside counsel. He gives clear answers, he's concise and he gets to the bottom line. He gets me what I need to make a decision."

Michael Cook is a highly talented construction litigator and mediator. Interviewees name him as a "great person to work with," and hold him in high regard as a "strategic thinker" and "proactive attorney."  

Rebecca Fischer offers a broad real estate practice with particular focus on the resort space. Sources attest that she is "competent to address any of the most sophisticated questions in detail. She makes transactions enjoyable and she provides a real service to her clients."

Bret Gunnell heads the firm's construction team and is rated highly by peers for his strong litigation practice. He additionally handles arbitrations and mediations in the field. Sources say he is "very capable and a good trial lawyer." 

The "very detail-oriented" Diana Wendel offers an impressive transactional real estate practice. Sources cite her "good negotiation preparations and quick understanding of the issues."

Significant clients East West Partners, Protective Life Insurance Company, Starwood Capital Group Global, The Related Companies.