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Kyle Courtenay Velte

Kyle Courtenay Velte

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Kyle Velte, a partner at Reilly Pozner, focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. Ms. Velte represents corporations and individuals in cases involving a wide range of disputes. Notably, Ms. Velte helped a major university defend claims stemming from Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and she defended a leading Colorado oil and gas company in a class action royalty dispute. She also successfully represented a local family after they sold their business to two private equity investment firms in a case involving a contractual dispute. In addition to her diverse practice, Ms. Velte devotes a significant amount of time to pro bono and volunteer work. Currently, she is working with the Colorado Lawyers Committee to challenge the Colorado school finance system in a lawsuit that asks to enforce the state constitutional right to a "thorough and uniform" system of free public education for Colorado children.  Also, as a cooperating attorney with the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights, Ms. Velte successfully aided a non-biological mother in a custody dispute involving a lesbian couple. Ms. Velte's pro bono representation of the non-biological mother resulted in visitation rights for her client, and it further solidified good case law on "psychological parenthood" in Colorado. Ms. Velte also enjoys involvement in the legal community outside of the courtroom.  In 2011, Ms. Velte became an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She teaches a seminar titled “Sexual Orientation and the Law”. For the second year, she was invited to speak on a panel for diverse law students in Colorado, and she has acted as a scoring panelist for the Colorado Mock Trial State Tournament.  She is also involved with the Colorado Center for Inclusive Excellence's Recruiting working group. Ms. Velte served as a board member of the GLBT Community Center of Colorado for many years. Recently, she was appointed to the board of the Colorado GLBT Bar Association and is the Co-Chair for the Colorado Pledge to Diversity.  Prior to joining Reilly Pozner, Ms. Velte gained research and writing experience by completing two judicial clerkships. She holds a postgraduate law degree from Harvard Law School and a law degree from American University. During law school, Ms. Velte gained recognition as the 1999 Washington College of Law Journal of Gender and The Law Award Winner, as well as the Washington College of Law Mussey Prize Winner. She also received the National Association for Public Interests Law Exemplary Public Service Award Winner.


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  1. Litigation: 100%
    4 years

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Future Star in ColoradoBenchmark Litigation2012
Colorado Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Future Star in ColoradoBenchmark Litigation2011
Nominee, Trailblazer AwardDiversity in the Legal Profession2011
Colorado Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Mussey PrizeWashington College of Law1999
Journal of Gender and the Law AwardWashington College of Law1999
Exemplary Public Service Award WinnerNational Association for Public Interest Law1998
Martindale-HubbellAV RatedN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct Professor of "Sexual Orientation and the Law"University of Denver Sturm College of Law2010 - Present
PartnerReilly Pozner LLP2002 - Present
Law Clerk to Hon. Justice Alex MartinezColorado Supreme Court2001 - 2002
Law Clerk to the Hon. Judge Roxanne Bailin20th Judicial District Court1999 - 2000
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Center for Legal Inclusivness (CLI)Board of Directors2010 - Present
Colorado Pledge to Diversity (CPTD)Co-Chair2010 - Present
Campaign for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI)Panelist, Working Group 1L Boot Camp2009 - Present
Center for Legal InclusivenessMember, Recruiting Working Group2009 - Present
The GLBT Community Center of ColoradoBoard Member2004 - 2010
Colorado Mock Trial State TournamentScoring PanelistN/A
American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and LawEditorial Board MemberN/A
Diversity Leaders GroupMemberN/A
Colorado LGBT Bar AssociationCo-Chair of Judicial Nominating CommitteeN/A
Denver Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado Indian Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado LGBT Bar AssociationBoard of DirectorsN/A
Colorado Women's Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado Bar Association, GLBT DivisionBoard MemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
N.Y.U. Rev. of Law & Soc. ChangeToward Constitutional Recognition of the Lesbian-Parented Family2001
William and Mary Journal of Women and the LawPaths to Protection2000
American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the LawEgging on Lesbian Maternity1999
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolN/ALL.M.2001
American UniversityN/AJ.D., summa cum laude1999
Hamilton CollegeN/AB.A., cum laude1993
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
CLI WorkshopPanelist, From the Melting Pot to Inclusion: Maintaining Your Identity in the Legal Workplace2011
CLI WorkshopPanelist, Generational Diversity2011
CLI WorkshopPanelist, GLBT Coming Out Day2010
Panel DiscussionPanelist, Coming Out on Your Resume2007
Washington College of LawPresenter, Theory Meets Practice: A Conversation Among Litigators Representing Lesbian and Gay Parents and Academics Who Write About Their Legal Issues2003
Adams County Victim AdvocatesSpeaker, Sexual Orientation Issues Relating to Victim Advocacy2003