Garfield & Hecht, P.C.

Garfield & Hecht, P.C.

Attorneys in Litigation & Transactional Law

Firm Overview

Garfield & Hecht, P.C. is a full-service law firm founded in 1975. The Firm represents individuals, companies, banks, private equity groups, homeowners associations, licensed professionals, and non-profit organizations in all fields. The Firm handles a wide array of matters: real estate and land use, corporate transactions, business formation and management, creditors' rights, commercial and civil litigation (including business disputes, real estate litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and appeals at all levels) at all levels of state and federal courts, family law, trusts and estates, probate, tax, and municipal and water law. With offices in Aspen, Avon/Vail, Basalt, Glenwood Springs, and Rifle, it is the largest law firm based in Western Colorado, and it serves its global, national, regional, and local clients throughout Colorado and beyond.

The Firm's strength lies in its high-quality attorneys and other legal professionals. The Firm's lawyers were trained at some of the best law schools in the nation and the region, and many have experience at large national or boutique law firms, providing Garfield & Hecht, P.C. with the ability to draw upon both broad and deep experiences in all areas of the law. This enables the Firm to successfully meet the challenges posed by clients' legal problems and to offer high-quality big-city legal services at competitive billing rates.

The Firm's preeminence and excellence stems from its lawyers' commitment to work hard, diligently, and efficiently on behalf of clients. The Firm measures its success the same way its clients do by devoting the time, effort, care, and work ethic necessary to obtain favorable results.
Main Office
Main Office
601 East Hyman Avenue
Denver  CO  81611
  • 970-925-1936
Real Estate
Since the firm's inception in 1975, we have represented thousands of buyers, sellers and renters of Colorado mountain real estate.
Based on our experience in assisting these parties, addressing their concerns and protecting their interests, we are able to provided an overview of the process along with several recommendations and cautions. We hope you find this information helpful and please feel free to contact us with questions you may have.

Andrew V Hecht

Born New York, New York, January 7, 1944;
admitted to bar, 1971, Colorado.

Lake Forest College (B.A., 1966);
New York University;
University of Denver (J.D., 1971);
Georgetown University (LL.M., 1974).

University of Denver Law Review, 1970-1971. Law Clerk to Chief Judge, Colorado Court of Appeals, 1971-1972. Fellow Institute for Public Interest Representation, Georgetown University Law Center, 1973-1974. Member: Pitkin County and Colorado (Member, Sections on: Real Estate; General/Small Firm Practice) Bar Associations. Andy specializes in real estate law and administrative law with an emphasis in land use matters and commercial and residential real estate development.

Chad J Schmit

Born Park Ridge, Illinois, June 7, 1968;
admitted to Bar, 1994, Illinois and U.S. District Court,
Northern District of Illinois; 1997,
Colorado; 1999,
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.

University of Iowa (B.A., 1990);
Chicago-Kent College of Law, (J.D., 1994), Ramsey-Burke Scholarship. Formerly associated with: Crowley, Tamillow, Rubin & Tracey (Chicago), 1996-1998; Parillo, Weiss & O'Halloran (Chicago), 1994-1996.

Pitkin County and Colorado Bar Associations. Chad specializes in commercial litigation, real estate litigation, construction litigation, and personal injury litigation.

Christopher J LaCroix

Born Bronxville, New York, November 30,1963;
admitted to bar, 1990, Connecticut; 1991,
New York; 1998, Colorado.

University of Colorado;
University of Vermont (B.A., 1986);
Cornell Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1990). Formerly associated with: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (New York City), 1990-1996; National Basketball Association, Legal Department (New York City), 1996-1998.

Pitkin County and Colorado Bar Association. Chris specializes in corporate law, business organization, real estate, commercial lending, and trademark licensing.

David H McConaughy

Born Hartford, Connecticut, November 1, 1968;
admitted to Bar, 1995,
Colorado; 1995,
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; 1996,
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2000,
U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska.

Harvard University (A.B., 1990);
University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (J.D., 1995).

David concentrates in real estate and land use law, municipal law, water law, construction law, and related civil litigation.

David L Lenyo

Born Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, July 7,1958;
admitted to bar, 1984,
Colorado and U.S. Court of Appeals,
Tenth Circuit; 1985, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado.

University of Pittsburgh (BA., magna cum laude, 1980);
University of Colorado at Boulder (J.D., 1984).

Order of the Coif. Recipient, Wolf Scholarship. Member, University of Colorado Law Review, 1983-1984. Formerly associated with: Roath & Brega (Denver),1984-1987; Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll (Denver),1990-1994. Member: Pitkin County, Colorado and American (Member, Litigation Section) Bar Associations. Dave specializes in commercial litigation, real estate litigation, personal injury litigation, and domestic relations.

Colorado Super lawyer 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011.

Eric D Musselman

Born Elkhart, Indiana, July 21, 1973;
admitted to Bar, 2002, New York; 2002,
U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York;
Colorado; 2004.

Indiana University (B.S., with distinction, 1995);
Brooklyn Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2001).

Formerly associated with: Goodwin Procter LLP (New York City), 2001-2004. Eric concentrates in general litigation, real estate law and commercial litigation, including business torts.

Kursten Canada

Born in Augusta, Georgia, December 25, 1969,
admitted to Bar 1998, Colorado.

University of Colorado-Boulder (B.S. 1992),
University of Denver College of Law (J.D., 1998).

Int'l Law Review. Clerk, Colorado Appellate Court. Formerly associated with Wear, Travers, Krueger & Perkins, P.C. (Vail, 1999-2003), and Vail Resorts, Inc. (Avon), 2003-2006. Founder and Co-President, Gore Range Women's Bar Association, Member Colorado Bar Association. Contributing Author, Colorado Appellate Law and Practice (West Publishing), 1999.

Robert E Kendig

Born July 27, 1949,
Admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts in Colorado since 1976 and also before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Colorado College (B.A. 1971),
University of Denver (J.D. 1976),

University of Denver Law Review, Order of St. Ives Academic Honor Society. Member, Pitkin County and Colorado (Sections on Family Law and Litigation) Bar Associations. Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Colorado Bar Association. Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Author, Annual Survey of Colorado Law, Family Law 1989-1993. Contributing Author, Valuation Strategies in Divorce (2nd Ed.) Wiley Law Publications (1992). Bob practices primarily in the areas of family law and commercial litigation.

Selected as a Colorado SuperLawyer.
Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law.

Ronald Garfield

Born New York, New York, November 1, 1944;
admitted to bar, 1969, New York; 1972, Colorado.

Bucknell University (B.S.B.A., 1966);
Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1969).

Pitkin County, Colorado and American Bar Associations (Member, Sections on: Real Estate; Business Law; Law Office Management). Ron is the firm's Managing Shareholder and specializes in business acquisitions and sales representing lenders and buyers and real estate law.