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Douglas Ryan Griess

Business Attorney at Greenwood Village, CO

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Douglas R. Griess

  • State Years
    Wyoming - WY 6 years
    Colorado - CO 20 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State WY
    Acquired 2018
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Douglas

Learn Douglas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    General business advising.

    14 years

  2. Contracts and agreements

    17 years

  3. Estate planning
    Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, succession planning.

    11 years

  4. Mergers and acquisitions
    Buying and selling small and medium sized businesses, both asset and stock transactions.

    11 years

  5. Trademark application
    Trademark registration and prosecution, brand analysis.

    17 years

Douglas Griess is a business attorney in Denver, Colorado where he is a partner at Hackstaff Snow Atkinson & Griess, LLC. Mr. Griess received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 2003 and began his career in litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of insurance defense and bad faith, personal injury, commercial disputes, and construction. Mr. Griess started The Griess Law Firm, LLC at the end of 2010 to focus on building his business practice. After 5 years on his own, Doug joined Hackstaff Snow Atkinson & Griess, LLC in January 2016. Today, Mr. Griess practice includes business law, tax, merges and acquisitions, commercial transactions, exit and succession planning, estate planning, and trademarks.

Since 2015, Mr. Griess has been a regular national instructor for attorneys and other professionals on LLC and estate planning topics facilitated by the National Business Institute. The courses have included LLCs from Start to Finish, Using Trusts and LLCs together in Estate Planning, Top Uses of LLCs in Asset Protection and LLC Indemnification. In addition to teaching, Mr. Griess legal activities include volunteering at local Legal Aid Clinics, a few pro bono cases with the Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Center (JAMLAC), board member with JAMLAC, and being an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

Mr. Griess is admitted to Colorado, Wyoming, and the Tenth Circuit and is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, as well as the Christian Legal Society.

He and his wife have six awesome kids.

Photos and videos

National Western Stock Show, 2016
2019 PBR Finals, Western Stock Show
Law Partners Doug and Aaron at the National Western
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Hackstaff Snow Atkinson & Griess, LLC
5105 DTC Parkway
Suite 312
Greenwood Village, CO, 80111

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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I highly recommend attorney Douglas Griess. My husband and I hired Doug when we sold our home. Doug is knowledgeable, experienced, and trustworthy. As an attorney myself, I appreciated being represented by one of the best.
Posted by Rick | February 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Rick Smischny
The firm of Hackstaff and Snow have always gone above and beyond in every aspect of service, professionalism, ethics, human decency, caring and performance. If you are looking for a legitimate law firm who has your over all best interest at heart, this is the team for you! I have had my share of dealings with “fly by night”, “wet behind the ear”, “out for fast a buck” firms. The people I have dealt with at Hackstaff and Snow are genuine people who care about their clients and are completely honest with you about how to proceed with your case. They were recommended to me by a friend and the case I presented to them was terribly complex. They were able to break in down into bite size changes I could understand in layman’s terms. Then they executed perfectly on the plan they laid out with all the correct legalese, every “i” dotted and every “t” crossed. I could not recommend any firm higher. Long story short, this will be my family’s firm from now on. Rick Smischny
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  • Hourly Rates $ 195-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hackstaff & Snow, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Managing Member
  • The Griess Law Firm, LLC
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Dymond Reagor Colville, LLP
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Associate Attorney
  • Baldwin & Carpenter, PC
  • 2003 - 2007
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  • Virginia Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • RIM Bio, Inc. Sale to Avantor
  • Successful closing of deal for $110MM in total compensation.


  • Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Center
  • Chairman
  • 2021 - Present
  • Alliance Defense Fund
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Denver Leadership
  • Graduate
  • 2022 - 2022
  • Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic
  • Advisory Board
  • 2008 - 2021
  • Highline Community Church
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Using Trusts and LLCs Together in Estate Planning
  • Legal Ethics
  • 2018
  • Use of LLCs in Asset Protection and Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning Advantages of an LLC
  • 2016
  • Liability of the LLC
  • Taxation as Corporation vs. Partnership
  • 2016
  • Liability of the LLC
  • Limitation of Personal Liability
  • 2016
  • Liability of the LLC
  • Exceptions to Limited Liability
  • 2016
  • LLCs A-Z
  • Operating the LLC
  • 2015
  • LLCs A-Z
  • LLC Operating Agreements Gone Wrong
  • 2015
  • LLCs A-Z
  • Special Allocations in Operating Agreements
  • 2015
  • Annual Conference
  • Proper Business Succession Planning for Your Business
  • 2015
  • Indemnification and LLCs
  • Special Considerations with Indemnification and LLCs
  • 2014
  • Indemnification and LLCs
  • Indemnification in the Corporate Context vs Indemnification in the LLC Context
  • 2014
  • Indemnification and LLCs
  • Indemnification 101
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Douglas
Business Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Douglas is a personable, caring lawyer with a depth of knowledge and experience. He takes the time to provide clients with the individualized planning and legal expertise they deserve."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Douglas Griess. Douglas and I worked together for many years at a downtown Denver civil litigation firm. During that time, I found Douglas to be a tireless worker with a keen mind. He approaches litigation, and its inherent conflicts, in a measured and thoughtful manner. Douglas has sound judgment and achieves excellent results for him clients."
Business Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Having worked across the table from Doug on a piece of litigation years ago, I appreciated his legal knowledge and talent. I still refer him business that's outside of our wheelhouse on a regular basis, and I even look to him for advice on cases. When I send him business, I'm always confident that he will give all that is necessary to accomplish the goal. Doug is thoughtful, conscientious and tenacious. I highly recommend him."
Estate planning
Personal injury
Identity theft

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Greenwood Village Business Lawyer Douglas Ryan Griess
Douglas Ryan Griess
Business Attorney
Greenwood Village, CO
Licensed for 20 years