Local Government Clients and Cases


City of Arvada

City of Trinidad

Town of Bennett

Town of Castle Rock

Town of Dillon

Town of Lochbuie

Town of Wiggins

Schools and School Districts

Adams 12 Five Star

Alpine Valley School

Arapahoe County School District 1 (Englewood)

Bethune School District R-5

Blue Mountain Montessori

Eagle County School District RE-50J

Eagle Rock School

Forest Park Montessori

Lake County School District

Littleton Public Schools

Longmont Christian School

Park County School District RE-2

Real Life Colorado (Learning Zone)

Sheridan School District No. 2

St. Vrain Valley School District RE-1J

Summit School District RE-1

Weld County School District 5J

Special Districts

Arvada Fire Protection District

Berthoud Fire Protection District

Dancing Willows Metropolitan District

Estes Valley Recreation and Park District

Left Hand Water District

Longs Peak Water District

Lyons Regional Library District

Morgan County Quality Water District

Mountain View Fire Protection District

Niwot Sanitation District

St. Vrain Sanitation District

Upper South Platte Water Conservancy District

West Metro Fire Protection District

Windsor-Severance Fire Protection District


Federal Cases:

Successfully prevailed on complex special education issues – Tyler v. St. Vrain Valley School District, 2011 WL 1045434 (D. Colo. 2011)

Successfully defeated civil rights claims of employees asserted against school districts – Glaser v. Academy School District 20, 2005 WL 259247 (D. Colo. 2001); Bartell v. Aurora Public Schools, 263 F.3d 1143 (10th Cir. 2001)

Successfully appealed and overturned District Court Order mandating arbitration – Avedon Engineering, Inc. v. Seatex, 126 F.3d 1279 (10th Cir. 1997)

Colorado Cases:

Obtained defense verdict on behalf of client developer against prescriptive easement claims by adjoining landowner – Lokounen v. Lyons Valley Park, Boulder District Court, 10CV805 (2010)

Prevailed on commercial product liability claims in district court and on appeal – Leprino Foods v. Feldmieier Equipment, Inc. 04CA0686 (Colo. App. 2005)

Represented Park County in a case which rejected an attempt to use the South Park aquifer for underground storage of water – Aurora v. Simpson, 105 P.3d 595 (Colo. 2005)

Successfully defended a taxpayer’s T.A.B.O.R. and election code challenge to a school district ballot issue involving a $3.1 million annual mill levy increase – Cacioppo v. Eagle County School District Re-50J, 92 P.3d 453 (Colo. 2004)

Represented Park County in this case which determined the legal requirements for underground storage of water – Board of County Comm’rs v. Park County Sportsmen’s Ranch, 45 P.3d 693 (Colo. 2002)

Represented Park County and was lead counsel in this case that determined that special water legislation applied only to the deep aquifers containing water east of the front range and not to aquifers in Park County – In re Water Rights of Park County, 986 P.2d 262 (Colo. 1999)

Successfully represented homeowners to protect their ownership and use of Denver aquifer ground water beneath the subdivision – Chatfield East Well Co. Ltd. v. Chatfield East Property Owners Assoc., 956 P.2d 1260 (Colo. 1998)

Expanded public policy wrongful discharge theory in Colorado – Rocky Mt. Hospital & Medical Service v. Mariani, 916 P.2d 519 (Colo. 1996); Mariani v. Rocky Mt. Hospital & Medical Service, 902 P.2d 429 (Colo. App. 1994)

Represented Park County in this case which preserved the seniority of water rights on the North Fork of the South Platte River – South Adams v. Broe, 812 P.2d 1161 (Colo. 1991)

Successfully defended a challenge to a parent’s removal of children from the State of Colorado – In re Marriage of Wells, 780 P.2d 62 (Colo. App. 1989)

Represented several water organizations and was lead counsel in this case that determined that water depletions caused by ground mining had to be replaced or augmented – Zigan v. Cache La Poudre, 758 P.2d 175 (Colo. 1988)