We have had many public finance deals with Dee, and some with other firms when we did not have the choice, which only makes us value Dee more.
Ellen Wakeman, County Attorney
Jefferson County, Colorado

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Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1976


  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Lawyer of the Year, Public Finance Law (Denver), 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021
    • Public Finance Law, 2007-2022
  • Winner, "Best of the Bar," for Public Finance, Denver Business Journal, 2005
  • Fellow, American College of Bond Counsel
  • Member, Denver Public Schools Foundation, 2012-Present
  • Member, Law Alumni Council, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2011-2013
  • Co-Chair, Law Stars Dinner, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2012
  • RTD Fiscal Sustainability Taskforce, Member, 2011-Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center, 200-2003
  • Member, Board of Education of the Cherry Creek School District, 1990-1996
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Education & Honors

  • University of Denver, J.D., 1976
  • Dickinson College, B.A., Economics, 1973


  • Represents governmental entities and other transaction participants in public finance transactions and economic development matters.
  • Financings include general obligation bonds, user fee revenue bonds, special assessment bonds, excise tax revenue bonds, lease transactions, tax increment financings and private activity bonds.
  • Economic development matters include development or annexation agreements and economic incentive agreements.
  • Clients include governmental entities such as municipalities, counties, special districts, school districts, transportation agencies, joint action agencies, urban renew al authorities, downtown development authorities as w ell as non-profit corporations, underwriters, trustees and credit enhancers.
  • Represented the RTD in connection with forming the unique public-private partnership transaction that will fund the construction of commuter rail lines east to the airport and west to Arvada and Wheat Ridge as w ell as improvements to Denver Union Station.
  • Represented Northwest Parkway Public Highway Authority in transfer of concession agreement.
  • Acted as bond counsel for the Denver Metropolitan Football Stadium District in connection with the issuance of bonds to finance the stadium where the Denver Broncos play.
  • Acts as bond counsel on land based financings for new developments in Colorado and Nevada.

In the News

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Speaker, “NABL Officials Talk Regs, Infrastructure,” The Bond Buyer Podcast, 2019.
  • Panelist, “Luncheon and Panel Discussion: An Update from DC,” National Association of Bond Lawyers’ Institute Conference, Bonita Springs, Fla., March 7, 2019.
  • Faculty Member, "P3 Boot Camp," The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Nashville, Tennessee, June 19, 2018.
  • Quoted, "MSRB's Kelly: SEC Bank Loan Enforcement Case Could Be Coming," The Bond Buyer, May 14, 2015.
  • Author, "Twenty Years of TABOR," Colorado Municipalities, December 2013.
  • Presenter, "Twenty Years of TABOR," Colorado Municipal League 2013 Annual Seminar on Municipal Law.
  • Presenter, "Bonds 101," Colorado Government Finance Officers Association Annual Conference, 2013.
  • Faculty member at several National Association of Bond Lawyer’s programs, including chair of the Fundamentals of Bond Law in 2010.
  • Presenter, "Election November 2010: Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61" to over 20 organizations around Colorado.
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