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I grew up on Air Force bases as the daughter of a pilot.  After college I spent a few years as a staff member for a senator and congressman on Capitol Hill.  I earned my law degree, practiced law at a large Washington, D.C. firm, then joined a federal banking agency as a trial attorney and assistant general counsel.  When I moved to Colorado, I returned to private practice at "downtown" law firms.  Since 1994, I have enjoyed my own law practices in the south metro Denver area.  Over my 35-year career, I have represented hundreds of small businesses and their owners on corporate, customer, employee, tax, and real estate matters and in business and real estate litigation.  My early years as a Washington, D.C. lawyer gave me an insider's view of bank regulatory compliance and administrative agency litigation and introduced me to antitrust, oil and gas price control, banking, and real estate litigation, which I later was able to use to advantage in representing business clients. In recent years I have developed a revolutionary new approach to providing top tier legal services to small and growing businesses who want the benefits of working with a full service law firm, but not the downsides.  My firm offers innovative legal services plans to Colorado business owners that feature affordable, fixed monthly fees for transactional work, and other benefits. 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Business: 50%
    28 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    36 years
  3. Real Estate: 15%
    31 years
  4. Tax: 10%
    22 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($260-375/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • James Richard Ruterbories

    I endorse this lawyer. I have co-counseled several cases with Mrs. Underhill over the last 10 years. She is an outstanding attorney. She has a very unique ability to analyze facts and properly frame almost any legal claim. Her understanding of the nuts and bolts of the specific legal dispute saves both time and costs. She is eloquent litigator and fabulous appellate counsel.

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Contact info

Underhill Law, P.C.

7350 East Progress Place
Suite 110
Greenwood Village, CO, 80111

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
COActive198706/15/2016
TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative199307/16/2016
DCSuspended197907/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top AttorneyThe Global Directory of Who's Who2016
National Honor AwardGirl Scouts of the U.S.A.1998
Who's WhoNational Registry of Who’s Who1998
Woman of DistinctionGirl Scounts Mile Hi Council1997
Who's Who Among Women in BusinessDenver Business Journal1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyUnderhill Law, P.C.2013 - Present
AttorneyUnderhill & Underhill, P.C.1994 - 2013
ShareholderPopham Haik Schnobrich & Kaufman, Ltd.1988 - 1994
Of CounselGorsuch Kirgis Campbell Walker & Grover1986 - 1988
Assistant General CounselFederal Home Loan Bank Board and FSLIC1983 - 1986
AttorneyHowrey & Simon1979 - 1983
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Arapahoe County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council Women's Leadership CircleChair1997 - 1998
Colorado Women's Leadership CoalitionChair1996 - 1997
Colorado Women's Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1994 - 1995
Colorado Women's Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors1993 - 1996
Colorado State Board of AccountancyPublic Member1993 - 1999
Colorado Bar AssociationAmicus Curiae Committee1993 - 2000
Greenwood Village Parks, Trails & Recreation CommissionChair1992 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Martinez v. Affordable Housing Network, Inc., 123 P.3d 1201 (Colo. 2005)The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the investors were not bona fide purchasers for value because they had inquiry notice of the defects in their grantor’s title.
Guaranty Savings & Loan Ass'n v. Federal Home Loan Bank Board, 794 F.2d 1339 (8th Cir. 1986)The appeals court affirmed (agreed with) the trial court's decision.
Old Timer, Inc. v. Blackhawk-Central City Sanitation District, 51 F.Supp. 1109 (D.Colo. 1999)The parties reached a settlement. The settlement terms are confidential. The sanitation district also purchased the Old Timer's land at fair market value for the new sanitation facility.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
CPA SeminarBusiness Divorce (TM) - When Owners Don't Get Along Anymore2003
7 The Review of Banking & Financial Services 87Reviving Coverage Under 'Expired' D&O Liability Policies1991
ABA TIPS Professional, Officers and Directors Lia bility Law Committee NewsletterFDIC and RTC Lawsuits Against Lawyers -- Practical Tips1990
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Yale UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973
University of California - BerkeleyN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Underhill SeminarThe Secret to Collecting 100% of Your Accounts Receivable in 30 Days!2016
The Law of BusinessBusiness Law2003
CPA SeminarForming a New Business - Pitfalls in the Incorporation Process2003
Civil Litigation Arising From A Failed Financial InstitutionSuing a Failed Institution's Accountants - Theories of Liability1992
Third Annual Business Law SymposiumThe New Liabilities Under the Financial Institution Laws1991
Litigating with the FDIC/RTCUnderstanding the Administrative Enforcement Process1991
CBA Business Law SymposiumLawyer Liability and the Financial Institutions Crisis1991
ABA Joint Mid-Winter MeetingEmerging Issues in D&O Liability Insurance and Fidelity Bond Coverage1991
Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc.What FIRREA Means to Borrowers and Creditors of Failed Financial Institutions1990
Federal Home Loan Bank of SeattleThe Regulators' and Examiners' Role in the Litigation Process1988
Annual Attorney's ConferenceDirector and Officer Liabiilty in Today's Environment1987