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Bill has over 14 years of experience in commercial and consumer collection law, including obtaining judgments, foreclosing judgment liens, locating, seizing and garnishing assets, perfecting and enforcing security interests and lien rights, and collateral repossession/replevin and other UCC compliance issues. Bill also represents contractors, suppliers, equipment rental companies and project owners in construction collection disputes, including mechanics’ lien claims, claims on state and federal public works projects, payment and performance bond claims, and claims under the Colorado Trust Fund Statute. Bill’s high profile clients have included Harley Davidson Credit, Eaglemark Financial Services, Snap-on Credit, Sunbelt Rentals, Wachovia Bank, Discover Bank, Zions First National Bank and AT&T Corp. Bill is also a Member of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA).

Bill’s practice also focuses on real estate, construction law and workers’ compensation. On the real estate side, Bill has extensive experience representing both buyers and sellers in seller property disclosure, earnest money and other disputes arising in the sale of residential and commercial real estate, as well as in handling landlord/tenant matters where he represents residential and commercial property owners, and tenants, in all phases of the eviction process. On the construction side, Bill handles mechanics’ lien litigation and construction defect cases. 

Bill is one of a team of very experienced lawyers at Darling Milligan Smith & Lesch, P.C. who work together to draw from all aspects of the law to solve the client’s legal problem. This team approach places emphasis on really studying the case up front to ensure that the client always maintains the tactical advantage and achieves desired results.

Bill is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in finance, and Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, Bill has spent his legal career practicing in Denver and spends his spare time in the mountains, biking, fly fishing and skiing.


Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 30%
    4 years
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 30%
    4 years
  3. Debt Collection: 25%
    4 years
  4. Real Estate: 15%
    17 years



Hourly ($225-260/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

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1331 17th Street
Suite 800
Denver, CO, 80202


WYAuthorized to practice law199811/27/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDarling Milligan Smith & Lesch, PC 20072007 - Present
AssociateMurray Franke Greenhouse List & Lippitt LLC2002 - 2006
AssociateHall & Evans, LLC1998 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Retail Collection AttorneysMemberN/A
Associated Landscape Contractors of ColoradoN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Colorado Real Estate JournalKnow seller property disclosure and other disclosure standards2012
Colorado Real Estate JournalMechanics' liens, other mechanisms for Construction project payment2011
Colorado Real Estate JournalEvicting a tenant for "Substantial Violation"2011
Colorado Green MagazineMechanics' Lien could reduce losses2011
Colorado Real estate JournalProposed legislation would require "pre-lien" notice to preserve lien rights2011
ASA-Colorado Subcontractor ReportThe Colorado Trust Fund Statute - leveraging a contractor for payment with personal liability, treble damages and attorneys' fees2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Arizona State UniversityN/AB.S.1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Associated Landscape Contractors of ColoradoConstruction project payment, liens and contract drafting issues2012
Contract Study GroupImplied warranties in construction contracts2011
Contract Study GroupRetainage on construction projects2010