Bieging Shapiro & Barber LLP Attorneys at Law

Bieging Shapiro & Barber LLP Attorneys at Law

Founded in 2001 by former partners of national and regional law firms, we provide companies and individuals with superior legal expertise in a broad range of commercial litigation and other business matters.

Firm Overview

We work in partnership with our clients to evaluate potential risks and solve problems, and we appreciate the importance of understanding our clients' businesses to achieve the desired solution or result.

Our lawyers have decades of experience representing businesses of various types and sizes, with an emphasis in providing legal advice to:

-Financial institutions
-Lenders and creditors
-Construction companies
-Real estate developers
-Policyholders
-High-tech companies
-Service providers
-Developers
-Designers.

Although we have a sophisticated legal practice, our lawyers are fortunate to work as part of a closer relationship than many other firms with similar expertise. Our team of lawyers and paralegals also employs the latest technology to deliver our legal services as promptly and effectively as possible.

The laws of finance, bankruptcy and insurance are complex. Business models, financial requirements and regulatory environments are challenging and ever changing, and today's legal problems present significant business consequences. Businesses that operate in these areas require a unique set of attorneys.

Bieging Shapiro & Barber LLP is comprised of that unique set of attorneys. Our transactional lawyers represent clients in the boardroom, our litigators represent them in the courtroom, and our regulatory lawyers represent them in the halls of state and federal agencies.

Since 2001, the attorneys at Bieging Shapiro & Barber LLP have concentrated on the financial services industry, bankruptcy and insurance coverage. Many of our 17 attorneys have been nationally recognized for their industry-leading work, and the firm itself has developed a stellar reputation for its expertise in financial, bankruptcy and insurance matters.

In the financial institution segment, our clients include banks, trust companies, credit unions and mortgage lenders, as well as non-depository lenders. We assist these clients with federal and state regulation, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and raising capital.

Our clients in the bankruptcy and insolvency segment include businesses and individuals in the position of creditor, trustee, receiver, debtor, lessor, bank and institutional lender. We assist our local, regional and national clients with all aspects of bankruptcy, insolvency and debt restructuring.

Our insurance recovery segment includes a broad range of policyholder clients from large publicly traded corporations to individuals. We represent policyholders in both first-party (property) and third-party (liability) claims. These include weather and fire damage, construction defects, design defects, errors and omissions, director's and officer's liability, financial institution bonds and life insurance claims.

Bieging Shapiro & Barber LLP attorneys know that service to clients requires a deep understanding of our clients' businesses, in-depth knowledge of the law, responsiveness to client needs, and cost-effective representation. We have achieved our success as a nationally recognized law firm through consistent adherence to these bedrock principles.
Main Office

Main Office
4582 South Ulster Street Parkway, Suite 1650
Denver  CO  80237

Phone
  • 720.488.0220
Fax
  • 720.488.7711
Business
BSB's experienced business lawyers provide a broad range of legal services to privately and publicly held companies, as well as business as owners, officers, directors and individuals involved with business in other capacities.
We work with clients on all types of transactional and general business matters, including:

-Entity formation and structuring
-Mergers and acquisitions
-Lending and other commercial transactions
-Real estate acquisition and divestiture
-Business contracts and contract disputes
-Shareholder/ownership agreements
-Employment agreements
-Employment counsel.

We also provide legal services to clients doing business in many industries or business sectors. Our clients include:

-Lenders
-Manufacturers
-Service providers
-Contractors
-Real estate developers
-Insurers

Other types of companies in myriad avenues of commerce.
Our business lawyers have the skills necessary for nearly all types of transactions, and we strive to achieve our clients' goals with perspective and insight developed from our years of experience.

Bob Anderson

Bo Anderson is a business transactional attorney with substantial experience concentrated in banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, corporate governance, entity formation and private equity transactions. With an advanced degree in taxation, Mr. Anderson strives to provide clients with a unique perspective in all their business transactions.Mr. Anderson has significant experience in many aspects of complex commercial transactions, from initial negotiations to post-closing matters, and in the daily counseling of companies in a broad range of industries. As a part of his practice, Mr. Anderson represents clients as outside general counsel, taking a hands-on approach in managing all aspects of corporate legal affairs and risk assessment. Results-oriented and innovative, Mr. Anderson helps companies integrate their legal and corporate strategy to solve complex problems in order to achieve their short and long-range business goals.Mr. Anderson is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, and he received his Master of Laws degree in taxation from the University of Denver School of Law.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Banking / Financial Institutions
-Business / Corporate

EDUCATION
-LL.M. (Tax), University of Denver School of Law
-J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
-B.A., Washburn University

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
-U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
-American Bar Association
-Colorado Bar Association
Education
  • University of Kansas School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Duncan E. Barber

Duncan Barber is a partner with the firm.Mr. Barber has an extensive creditor rights, insolvency and financial-restructuring practice. He deals with all aspects of businesses in financial distress. He has advised a broad range of clients at the "front end" of deals, in structuring business formations and other contractual undertakings, with a view toward mitigating the risks of financial distress and enforcement of rights, including providing bankruptcy opinions in both private and public offerings to rating agencies and lenders and other investors. Additionally, he represents creditors and debtors in all types of restructurings and workouts outside of bankruptcy. Such representation includes a complete range of financial restructuring, workout and enforcement strategies and actions, including real estate foreclosures, receiverships, commercial and lender-liability litigation, and post-judgment proceedings.
Mr. Barber also has extensive experience in bankruptcy proceedings (reorganization and liquidation), where he represents many types of clients in a broad range of business segments. Such businesses include telecommunications and other high-tech and software development companies, manufacturers, retailers, franchises, airlines, resorts, natural resource companies, and numerous types of construction-development entities and projects.

Mr. Barber has represented individuals and both public and private companies across the United States and abroad. His clients include unsecured trade creditors, institutional and non-institutional lenders (secured and unsecured), borrowers, receivers, Chapter 11 debtors in possession, creditors' committees, Chapter 7 debtors and trustees, boards of directors and individual board members, indenture trustees, bondholders and equity holders.Mr. Barber is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, College of Law, where he teaches bankruptcy, debtor-creditor rights, and advanced business bankruptcy under Chapter 11. He also has written and lectured on a wide range of bankruptcy and foreclosure topics for many educational organizations.

Mr. Barber is a cum laude graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Creditor's Rights / Insolvency
-Banking / Financial Institutions
-Business / Corporate
-Commercial Litigation

EDUCATION
-J.D., J. Reuben Clark School of Law, cum laude, 1987
-B.A., Brigham Young University, cum laude, 1983

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Tenth Circuit
-U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
-American Bar Association
-Colorado Bar Association
-American Bankruptcy Institute
Education
  • J. Reuben Clark School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

I. Thomas Bieging

Thomas Bieging is a partner with the firm. He focuses his practice in the areas of banking and commercial litigation. Mr. Bieging's financial institutions practice includes holding company and change of control applications, loan documentation, regulatory compliance advice, loan work outs, and the sale, acquisition and merger of banks and bank holding companies. He has litigated with government agencies on financial institution policy matters with national implications. His extensive financial institution regulatory practice includes the negotiation of regulatory agreements, business and capital plans, acquisitions and chartering. He also has been involved in administrative trials relating to cease and desist orders and civil money penalty proceedings. He serves as counsel to the Independent Bankers of Colorado.
Mr. Bieging has extensive trial experience in other types of commercial litigation. He has tried cases to juries and courts on such diverse topics as RICO, securities fraud, director and officer liability, professional liability, lender liability, construction contracts, corporate governance and trademark infringement. He also has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and as counsel to professional review committees in the health services industry. He has provided legal services to numerous commercial clients throughout the United States.In addition to his client work, Mr. Bieging has lectured extensively on many banking law topics. He is an instructor for the Western States School of Banking. He also serves as counsel to the Colorado Privacy Task Force, an organization chartered by the Colorado legislature to develop legislative strategies in high technology areas. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Lawyers Committee.

Mr. Bieging has been named to Best Lawyers in America in the areas of banking and commercial litigation, as well as to Colorado Super Lawyers. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Banking / Financial Institutions
-Commercial Litigation

EDUCATION
-J.D., Georgetown University
-B.A., Georgia Institute of Technology

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Tenth Circuit
-U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
-American Bar Association
-Colorado Bar Association
Education
  • Georgetown University
    Juris Doctorate

John E. Burrus

John Burrus is a partner with the firm.
Mr. Burrus has represented banks and other financial institutions in a broad range of matters since the early 1980s. His practice in this area has included holding company and change of control applications, loan documentation, regulatory and consumer compliance advice, loan workouts, foreclosures, and the sale, acquisition and merger of banks and bank holding companies.

Mr. Burrus has represented banks and bank directors in cease and desist matters, civil money penalty proceedings, and other regulatory proceedings before federal and state agencies. Through the firm's "Hotline" service, he provides daily legal advice to members of the Independent Bankers of Colorado.

Mr. Burrus also practices in the areas of general business representation and commercial transactions. He has represented corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and other businesses in such areas as organization, financing, leasing, franchising, sales, and stock and asset sales and purchases. In addition, he has broad real estate experience, including commercial and residential leasing, sales and purchases, title work, and subdivision and condominium organization and development.

Mr. Burrus is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. He also received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Banking / Financial Institutions
-Business / Corporate

EDUCATION
-J.D., University of Oklahoma
-B.A., University of Oklahoma

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
-U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
-American Bar Association
-Colorado Bar Association
Education
  • University of Oklahoma
    Juris Doctorate

Emily Charlesworth

Ms. Charlesworth is an associate with the firm.

Ms. Charlesworth practices primarily in the areas of insolvency, financial restructuring, creditor's rights, general banking and business transactions. She represents lenders and borrowers in secured lending transactions and loan workouts. She also has experience in estate planning and real estate, including commercial real estate acquisitions, financing, leasing, foreclosure and land use matters.

Ms. Charlesworth is a graduate of the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Prior to and while attending law school, she managed a successful career as a business lender. Ms. Charlesworth received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado Business School in business administration with an emphasis in finance.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Creditor's Rights/Insolvency
-Banking/Financial Institutions
-Business/Corporate

EDUCATION
-J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2006
-B.S. in Business Administration (Finance), University of Colorado, Boulder, 2001

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-U.S. District Court the District of Colorado
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
-Colorado Bar Association
-American Bar Association

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
-Habitat for Humanity
-Senior Law Day
-VITA (Volunteer Tax Preparation)
Education
  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Rebecca Crotty

Rebecca Crotty is a civil litigation attorney with over twenty years of experience. She has represented clients in a variety of complex matters, including business disputes, employment matters, and contractual disagreements. Her experience spans all phases of litigation, including the presentation of evidence in two multi-week jury trials in federal district court. Ms. Crotty also has successfully prepared summary judgment motions and handled various court hearings.
Ms. Crotty is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and received the book award for excellence in writing and oral advocacy her first year. After becoming licensed in Colorado, Ms. Crotty practiced in several law firms and was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado. While at the United States Attorney's Office, Ms. Crotty received a performance award for work that substantially exceeded expectations and received a star award from the Bureau of Land Management for resolution of a highly contentious case.

Ms. Crotty enjoys hiking with her husband and their two children whenever their busy schedules allow.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Litigation

EDUCATION
-J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1992
-B.B.A., University of Iowa, graduated with highest distinction (top 2%), 1989

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
-United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Education
  • University of Michigan Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Tracy A. Davis

Tracy Davis primarily represents clients in dispute resolution, contracting and strategic decision-making. Ms. Davis's practice emphasizes construction and insurance law, though she also has substantial experience in real estate disputes, intellectual property enforcement, and representing financial institutions and receivers. Ms. Davis represents clients in all phases of litigation, from initial investigation through trial and appeal. She also is experienced in contract negotiations and mediations, successfully working with clients to negotiate effective contracts and to settle disputes before they become litigation. From 2005 through 2012, she served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Urban Learning, a Denver charter school and she continues on its Strategic Planning Committee. From 2011 to 2013, she also has been a Chair of the Denver and Colorado Bar Association's Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee.

Ms. Davis graduated from Williams College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and art history, and from Smith College, with a Master of Science degree in exercise science. Prior to law school, she was a college lecturer and field hockey and lacrosse coach. In 2001, Ms. Davis graduated from Boston College Law School, magna cum laude. She is admitted in Colorado and is admitted but inactive in Massachusetts. Ms. Davis was selected as one of Colorado's Super Lawyers for 2012 and 2013 for construction litigation.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Construction Law / Insurance Law

EDUCATION
-J.D., Boston College Law School
-M.A., Smith College
-B.A., Williams College

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-Massachusetts (Inactive)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
-American Bar Association
-Colorado Bar Association
Education
  • Boston College Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Stacey Dawes

Stacey Dawes represents banks, lenders, manufacturers, health care providers, developers, and other commercial entities in bankruptcy and litigation proceedings. In her 16 years in practice, she has:
-Successfully defended bank in litigation involving million dollar lender liability claim.
-Obtained entry of summary judgment against loan guarantor on behalf of national bank in hotly contested commercial foreclosure involving $2 million loan.
-Represented manufacturer and distributor of retail display equipment wherein client was awarded $5 million in patent infringement damages.
-Successfully defended national health care corporation in matter in which federal government sought to recoup millions in alleged Medicare overpayments.
-Prevailed at trial in defending claims alleging implied easement levied against commercial property developer.

Practicing with both the restructuring and insolvency and commercial litigation practice groups at BSB, Stacey also handles employment litigation on behalf of her clients, and has experience in health law litigation.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Bankruptcy
-Restructuring & Insolvency
-Commercial Litigation
-Employment
-Health Law Litigation

EDUCATION
-J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1997
-B.S., Ursinus College, 1991

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-Florida (inactive)
-U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
-U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
-Colorado Bar Association
-Colorado Lawyers Committee
Education
  • University of Miami School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Kevin Funnell

Kevin Funnell is Of Counsel to the firm, resident in the firm's Dallas-Ft. Worth "Metroplex" office.*

Mr. Funnell works with financial institutions and other companies on complicated business and regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, business alliances, corporate governance, commercial transactions, financial institutions regulations, mortgage banking, privacy, Internet and electronic commerce, outsourcing, and information technology services. He also represents financial institutions in connection with legal and regulatory compliance issues related to treasury management services and new product development and implementation.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Funnell served as an in-house counsel to a large financial institution and as co-chair of the financial institutions practice for a national law firm. His past experience also includes extensive involvement in the acquisition, sale, financing, and restructuring of business entities and assets, particularly those related to financial institutions and mortgage banking companies, including experience with the creation and representation of "Southwest Plan" savings institutions formed in the late 1980s to deal with the failure of savings and loan associations in the Southwest.

Mr. Funnell is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kansas where he received a B.A. (With Distinction) in 1971. He received a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 1974. He is a member of the Texas and Colorado Bar Associations, and of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel. He is a frequent lecturer and author on matters involving the Internet, electronic commerce, technology services, social media, and financial institutions. Since 2004, Mr. Funnell has been the author of the blog Bank Lawyer's Blog, which contains his personal views and commentary on issues related to banks and other financial institutions.

Recent Speaking Engagements and Presentations
-Author (since 2004) of "Bank Lawyer's Blog"
-Presentations to National Association of Industrial Banks Annual Convention (2009) and Texas Association of Bank Counsel Annual Conference (2010), Harland Financial Solutions Connections Conference (2012), and CUNA Annual Credit Union Conference (2013) on "Financial Institutions and Social Media: Mitigating The Legal Risks;"
-Moderator of webinar for Bankerstuff.com (2010) "Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection ActThe Impact on Community Banks";
-Presenter of webinar for Bankerstuff.com (2011), and presentations to Harland Financial Solutions Network of State and Federal Counsel 2013 Conference and the Independent Bankers of Colorado IT and Operations Conference (2013) on "Technology Service Agreements: Meeting the Regulators' Expectations";
-Presentation to Harland Financial Solutions 2011 Network of State & Federal Counsel Conference and (with Christian E. Otteson) to Missouri Independent Bankers Association (2011) on "What Bad Banks Can Teach Good Banks: Lessons From The Trenches";
-Co-moderator (with Christian E. Otteson) of "Regulatory Hot Topics" panel at 2013 Independent Bankers of Colorado annual conference;
-Author, "Holding A Bank's Technology Service Providers Accountable," Journal of Internet Law (December 2005).
*Meetings are by appointment only

PRACTICE AREAS
-Banking/Financial Institutions
-Corporate/Transactional

EDUCATION
-J.D. University of Denver
-B.A. University of Kansas

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-Texas
Education
  • University of Denver
    Juris Doctorate

Linda Hoover

Ms. Hoover, practicing insurance law in Colorado and California since 1989, has a long track record of resolving coverage disputes without resorting to litigation. She fashions creative and cost-effective solutions to complex problems while keeping clients out of costly court battles, when possible.

A strong advocate, Ms. Hoover provides insurance coverage counsel for policyholders in all types of insurance, including construction defect, flood damage, widespread hail damage, environmental, title, disability and countless other claims. She also has significant experience in recent years with builder's risk and Owner Controlled Insurance Policies, also known as OCIP or Wrap Policies.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Insurance Recovery
-Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith

EDUCATION
-J.D., California Western School of Law, 1989

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-California

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
-Colorado Bar Association
-American Bar Association
-San Diego County Bar Association
-Hazardous Materials Professionals
-Lawyers' Club of San Diego
Education
  • California Western School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Kurt Leeper

Kurt Leeper is an associate with the firm whose primary areas of practice include corporate and securities matters and mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on the representation of financial institutions. His practice is grounded in an underlying philosophy of not only delivering timely, informed and appropriate legal advice to clients, but also in understanding the environments and industries in which his clients operate. This enables him to provide effective, practical counsel.
Mr. Leeper began his career in 2005 with Baker Hostetler LLP in its Cleveland, Ohio office. During his time at the firm he represented a diverse array of clients on a broad variety of matters including corporate transactions ranging from millions of dollars to over one billion dollars, securities law compliance and numerous other transactions and financings both large and small. Mr. Leeper also worked extensively on numerous matters in the representation of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation in its recovery efforts with respect to the collapse of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

Prior to his admission to the bar, Mr. Leeper served as a broker relationship manager and Series 7 and 63 financial advisor in New York City from 1999 through 2002. Mr. Leeper graduated cum laude and Order of the Coif from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he served as Executive Contributing Editor of the Case Western Reserve Law Review and authored published law review articles on taxation-related issues. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and computer science from Colgate University.

In 2014, Super Lawyers named Mr. Leeper to its list of Colorado Rising Stars.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Corporate Law / Securities Law
-Banking / Financial Institutions

EDUCATION
-J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law
-B.A., Colgate University

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-Ohio

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
-American Bar Association
-Colorado Bar Association
-Association for Corporate Growth
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Steven Mulligan

Steven T. Mulligan, a partner with Bieging Shapiro & Barber, assists clients in business restructurings, Chapter 11 reorganizations, acquisitions and sales including those under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, liquidations, creditor's rights, workouts, receiverships, foreclosures and bankruptcy litigation. Additionally, he helps clients with company formation and commercial transactions.
Mr. Mulligan strives to get to know his clients, learning about their businesses, and proactively working with them to develop creative solutions that help them achieve their goals, while working to protect their interests throughout the process. He continually works to ensure that his clients understand the available alternatives and the risks associated with each so that he can always help his clients make the best decisions.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Mulligan served as in-house counsel for Concord Services, Inc., a privately held, diversified group of international companies. He provided advice on a wide range of legal issues relating to the companies' diverse operations, which included uranium trading, the high-tech sector, real estate, advertising, natural resources, energy and manufacturing and worked closely with the business people to develop the best strategic decisions for the company. Additionally, Mr. Mulligan was responsible for performing due diligence on potential acquisition targets, both in the United States and abroad. For three years, he lived in London and served as Concord's manager of European legal affairs. This experience gave him the solid business knowledge and skills he utilizes in his practice today.

Mr. Mulligan is an active member of several professional associations, including the American Bankruptcy Institute, where he serves as an editor for its Volo Project, summarizing new 10th Circuit decisions for a national audience.

Born in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Mulligan received his Juris Doctorate from the College of Law at the University of Denver and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Creditor's Rights / Insolvency
-Banking / Financial Institutions
-Corporate / Transactions
-Commercial Litigation

EDUCATION
-J.D., University of Denver, College of Law, 1988
-B.A., Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder, 1983

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
-U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
-American Bar Association
-Colorado Bar Association
-Denver Bar Association
-American Bankruptcy Institute
-Turnaround Management Association
Education
  • University of Denver, College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Christian Otteson

Christian Otteson is a partner with Bieging Shapiro & Barber LLP.

Mr. Otteson's principal areas of practice include assisting corporations and financial institutions with mergers, acquisitions, securities offerings, general commercial agreements, technology-related issues and matters involving state and federal banking laws, regulations and supervisory agencies. He also assists financial institutions with the negotiation of regulatory agreements, business and capital plans, and with administrative proceedings related to cease and desist orders and other forms of regulatory enforcement action.

Prior to joining Bieging Shapiro & Barber LLP, Mr. Otteson practiced in the Corporate and Securities Section of a national law firm. Mr. Otteson also worked in various positions as corporate counsel for a regional bank, including as General Counsel and Secretary, where he represented the bank on matters involving mergers and acquisitions, as well as its outsourcing activities, regulatory compliance and general commercial agreements.

Mr. Otteson has lectured extensively on a variety of banking law topics, including bank mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and regulatory compliance. From 2005 to 2008 Mr. Otteson served on the National Arbitration Board of the National Automated Clearing House Association. He was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition 2006, and he is a Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholar. Super Lawyers is a publication of Thomson Reuters.

Recent Speaking Engagements and Presentations

-Building Size and Profits Without Cashing Out: Mergers in this Community Banking Environment, presented with St. Charles Capital, Independent Bankers of Colorado Webinar, February 2011
-Director and Officer Liability: Risk Management and Governance, Independent Bankers of Colorado Annual Meeting, September 2010
Strengthening the Balance Sheet: Practical Capital Raising Considerations for Community Banks, Bankers' Stuff Webinar, May 2010
-Acquiring Failed Banks from the FDIC, Bankers' Stuff Webinar, April 2010
-Representing and Acquiring Failing Financial Institutions, Texas Association of Bank Counsel Annual Conference, October 2009
-Law of Lawyers Update, State Bar of Texas Advanced Business Law CLE, October 2009
-Guest Lecturer, Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, Dallas, Texas, 2005
-Privacy, Document Retention and Destruction, Anti-Money Laundering and Related Issues, 3rd Annual Advanced Business Law Course, State Bar of Texas, November 2005
-Structuring Effective Stored Value Card Programs, 31st Annual Texas Savings and Community Bankers Association Legal Conference, March 2005
-Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act: the Nuts and Bolts, Texas Association of Bank Counsel Annual Conference, October 2004
-Managing Risks Associated with the Bank Secrecy Act, roundtable sponsored by the United States Department of State and the University of Houston Bauer College of Business, October 2004

Check 21 Strategies: Navigating the Check 21 Waters, Wells Fargo Technology Conference, January 2004
Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture, roundtable sponsored by the United States Department of State and the University of Houston Bauer College of Business, October 2003
Current Application of the Trust Fund Doctrine in Texas, Baylor Law Review, Winter 2002

PRACTICE AREAS
-Banking/Financial Institutions
-Corporate
-Regulatory

EDUCATION
-J.D., Baylor University, cum laude
-Executive Editor, Baylor Law Review
-B.A., Economics, University of Utah, cum laude
-B.A., Spanish, University of Utah
-M.B.A., Baylor University

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-Texas

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
-State Bar of Colorado
-State Bar of Texas
-Texas Association of Bank Counsel
Education
  • Baylor University
    Juris Doctorate

Laurie Ronholdt

Laurie Ronholdt is an associate with the firm.
Ms. Ronholdt practices primarily in the areas of insolvency, real estate and commercial transactions, and general business representation. She focuses on commercial real estate purchase and sale transactions and leasing. She has represented corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies in such areas as entity formation and governance, and stock and asset sales and purchases. She has also represented lenders and borrowers in secured lending transactions and loan workouts. She also has experience in estate planning, probate, and tax compliance and dispute resolution.

Ms. Ronholdt has written articles for American Bar Association publications and lectured on a wide range of business, tax and estate planning topics for the Colorado Bar Association and educational organizations.

Ms. Ronholdt is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. She received her master's degree in taxation and bachelor's degree in business administration, emphasis in accounting, from Colorado State University.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Business / Corporate
-Creditor's Rights / Insolvency

EDUCATION
-J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 2001
-M.S. in Taxation, Colorado State University, 1994
-B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting), Colorado State University, 1988

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
-Volunteer, Adoption Options
-Volunteer, Colorado Lawyers Committee

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
-Denver Bar Association
-Colorado Bar Association
Education
  • University of Colorado School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro is a partner with the firm.

Mr. Shapiro's practice is concentrated in commercial litigation, primarily with respect to the representation of construction contractors, developers, policyholders, financial institutions, commercial landlords, and private and public business enterprises.

The nature of his construction practice is broad based. His experience includes claims arising from new construction of infrastructure and improvements. A significant portion of Mr. Shapiro's practice involves the pursuit and recovery of insurance benefits on behalf of policyholders, including construction-defect liability claims, builder's risk claims, professional liability claims, property and casualty claims, E&O and D&O claims, surety bond claims, and title insurance claims. Mr. Shapiro succeeded in expanding the rights of policyholders in insurance bad faith litigation in Colorado, by convincing the Colorado Supreme Court to interpret the Colorado Consumer Protection Act to apply to the insurance industry and to bad faith claim-handling practices.

Mr. Shapiro has litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels throughout the state court system and in the federal courts. His litigation practice entails both bench and jury trials, administrative proceedings, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, and appellate advocacy. He holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Steve's representative clients include:
-Construction contractors
-Design professionals
-Developers
-HOA's and other property owners
-Financial institutions
-Handling complex cases, his work has included:

Showpiece Homes Corporation v. Assurance Company of America, 38 P.3d 47 (Colo. 2001) was a case of first impression in Colorado. Prior to Showpiece, there had been a split at the trial court level in both the state and federal courts in Colorado regarding the applicability of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act to unfair claims settlement practices by insurers. The Colorado Supreme Court resolved the conflict by determining that the Colorado Consumer Protection Act applies to insurers.
Ovation Plumbing, Inc. v. Daryl D. Furton, 33 P.3d 1221 (Colo. App. 2001) Colorado appellate court recognized for the first time the tort of unfair business competition. The Ovation court also affirmed the largest jury verdict that had been rendered in the El Paso County District Court in 1999.
In his role as insurance coverage counsel for policyholders, Mr. Shapiro has secured many millions of dollars in insurance benefits to resolve third party and first party coverage claims. The third party claims arise from various contexts, including construction defects, professional liability, E&O, and D&O claims. The first party coverage claims have arisen from property and casualty policies, builder's risk policies, title insurance, and surety bonds.

Mr. Shapiro is active in professional and educational organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Northern Colorado Foundation.

Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal field, named Mr. Shapiro to its 2013 and 2014 lists of The Best Lawyers in America for his practice in insurance law. Best Lawyers uses a rigorous process of confidential surveys to establish its acclaimed list of reliable and unbiased legal referrals.

Mr. Shapiro was named a Colorado Super Lawyer in 2010 for his practice in insurance coverage, and again in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for his insurance recovery practice. Super Lawyers is a publication of Thomson Reuters.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Shapiro served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dale P. Tursi of the Colorado Courts of Appeals. Mr. Shapiro is a cum laude graduate of the Creighton University Law School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Commercial Litigation, including:
-Construction Disputes
-Insurance Recovery
-Loan Enforcement
-Business Torts
-Trade Secrets
-Lease Enforcement
-Appellate Advocacy

EDUCATION
-J.D., Cum Laude, Creighton University Law School, 1983
-B.S., University of Northern Colorado, 1980

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Tenth Circuit
-U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
-American Bar Association
-Colorado Bar Association
Education
  • Creighton University Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Lisa Shimel

Lisa Shimel is Of Counsel with the firm.
Lisa has more than 30 years' experience in transactions and litigation in commercial, real estate and lending matters. Her representation of clients in both transactions and litigation gives Lisa a unique perspective and expertise that her clients find enormously valuable. Being able to move between the courtroom and the boardroom provides Lisa with the ability to understand the nuances and impact that each has on the other. Her experience in dealing with the ramifications of transactions that could have been better structured has greatly strengthened her ability to put together transactions that will stand up to both expected and unexpected challenges. Similarly, Lisa's ability to understand the ins and outs of structuring and documenting transactions enables her to efficiently understand and address the key issues in the litigation setting. Additionally, this ability gives Lisa critical insight into focusing on the issues and concepts that are truly important to the parties and the situation.

While Lisa's extensive knowledge of the substantive areas in which she practices are the foundation of her success in representing her clients, her skills in communication, persuasion and advocacy are equally important. Whether in the courtroom advocating a position, reviewing strategy with a seasoned and sophisticated professional, helping an inexperienced individual understand the issues, or negotiating with opposing counsel, excellent communication is critical. Lisa has the ability to use her communication skills in each of these settings to maximize her effectiveness. Lisa's clients have repeatedly expressed the following:

-First and foremost, Lisa is a trusted resource in the substantive law in her areas of practice
-Her ability to explain complex legal matters in a straightforward and understandable way is highly valued by her clients because it provides them with the clear guidance to make optimal business decisions
-Lisa's communication skills allow her to advocate for her clients' interests successfully both in and out of the courtroom
-Lisa's professional but friendly demeanor and ability to work collaboratively help her to establish successful working relationships, whether it's with parties in cooperative transactions or adversarial litigation
-Lisa's practice focuses on representation of bank and non-bank financial institutions, including:

-Loan documentation for commercial and real estate lending transactions
-Loan defaults, including note enforcement litigation, workouts, short sales, real and personal property foreclosures; deeds in lieu of foreclosure, and receiverships
-Secured creditor bankruptcy representation
-Operational advice and litigation arising out of operational matters
-Treasury management product review and negotiations
-She also represents individuals and businesses in real estate purchase and sale transactions, lending transactions, commercial and residential leasing, stock and asset sales and purchases and general business and real estate litigation.

Lisa has lectured extensively to banking and legal professionals in the areas of secured transactions, financial privacy, real estate, title insurance and bankruptcy.

A Colorado native, Lisa is a graduate of the University of Denver College of Law. She also received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver, with dual majors in political science and speech communication.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Banking, Lending & Financial Institutions
-Corporate and Transactional
-Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
-Litigation

EDUCATION
-J.D., University of Denver College of Law, 1983
-B.A., University of Denver, 1980

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
-U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
-American Bar Association
-Colorado Bar Association
-Denver Bar Association
Education
  • University of Denver College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Julie A. Trent

Julie A. Trent is a partner with the firm.Ms. Trent practices in all areas of general commercial litigation, representing many types of businesses and financial institutions in a wide range of cases. She has represented clients in actions as diverse as overtime disputes under the Fair Labor Standards Act, trademark disputes under the Lanham Act, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, and general contract disputes. She represents employers in a variety of employment matters, including the defense of age, race, national origin and sex discrimination, unemployment compensation, and wage claims. She also has represented employees with respect to non-competition agreements, severance agreements and other business matters. Her practice includes the representation of clients in federal and state courts, arbitration proceedings and mediation.
Ms. Trent successfully defended a breach of warranty/breach of contract claim in a highly technical arbitration in which the claimant, represented by a national law firm, sought $34 million in damages. Ms. Trent worked closely with numerous experts to gain command of the technical aspects of the dispute. After discovery and several substantive pre-arbitration hearings, the claimant agreed to a walk-away settlement.

In addition, Ms. Trent has been successful in obtaining the dismissal of various federal and state law claims, including ERISA and outrageous conduct claims, in the early stages of litigation on behalf of numerous clients.

Ms. Trent has received Martindale Hubbell's highest rating of AV, has served as a contributing editor to the Wiley Bankruptcy Law Update, Aspen Law & Business, and has spoken at national and regional forums on numerous issues.

Ms. Trent is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, where she received the Order of the Barrister academic distinction. She was a member of the Moot Court Board of Advocates, served as a Moot Court Director, and received the Faculty Award for Promotion of Oral Advocacy. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Commercial Litigation
-Creditor's Rights / Insolvency
-Business / Corporate
-Employment Law

EDUCATION
-J.D., J. Reuben Clark School of Law, cum laude, 1987
-B.A., Brigham Young University, cum laude, 1984

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Colorado
-U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
-American Bar Association
-Colorado Bar Association

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
-Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer
Education
  • J. Reuben Clark School of Law
    Juris Doctorate
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