Joan primarily represents divisions of local government in the State of Colorado (water and sanitation districts, metropolitan districts, fire districts, authorities) and developer entities organizing local taxing districts for the financing and installation of public infrastructure associated with new developments. Joan also represents entities as special counsel for specific matters (due diligence, public financings, elections, intergovernmental contracts, petitions, land use matters, conflicts of interest). Most of her clients are special districts. She has more than twenty years of experience representing parties from all sides of the equation – operating districts, developers forming districts, property owners, lenders, and municipalities and counties on a wide spectrum of issues and projects involving local government matters. Joan has a broad base of experience to draw upon over a wide range of issues to effectively and efficiently provide legal services to long standing and new clients.
Joan understands the importance of maintaining positive working relationships with and between her clients and the various local government, private sector, and community entities they interact with. Joan began her legal career in the Adams County Attorney’s Office before moving into private practice. Joan is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Arizona and has served on the Special District Association Executive Legislative Committee. Joan participated in the Metro North Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program.
Joan holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she graduated in the top 16% of her class and was a staff member of the University of Denver Law Review and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Marquette University. Prior to attending law school, Joan worked in hotel management at luxury properties in Chicago and Aspen. Joan’s community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Civic Center Conservancy and volunteering for nonprofit organizations and schools in her community. Joan is an avid skier and hiker.