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Stephen Donelson is a founding shareholder and the Managing Director of Donelson Barry, LLC, formerly Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C.   Mr. Donelson currently leads the firm’s Transactional Group, which includes the business, corporate and securities, estate and probate, and tax teams.Mr. Donelson’s practice focuses on business transaction planning, partnerships, business succession, and estate planning.  


Mr. Donelson has experience in evaluating, structuring, and negotiating a wide range of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, private equity and venture capital opportunities, lending transactions, private placement of securities, debt financing, and real estate transactions.  In addition, he integrates advising and structuring personal wealth and tax and estate planning.Corporate clients range from emerging companies to large enterprises in the banking, healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical, commercial transportation, manufacturing, real estate development, and financial services industries.Mr. Donelson has also received Denver’s Top Wealth Managers Award, given by ColoradoBiz, the past three consecutive years.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 30%
  2. Business: 30%
  3. Tax: 20%
  4. Real Estate: 10%
  5. Corporate: 10%


Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Ballard Spahr LLP

1225 17th Street
Suite 2300
Denver, CO, 80202


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Denver's Top Wealth Managers5280 Magazine2013
Denver's Top Wealth Managers5280 Magazine2012
Denver's Top Wealth Managers5280 Magazine2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBallard Spahr LLP2016 - Present
DirectorDonelson Barry, LLC2013 - 2016
AttorneyDonelson Cianco & Goodwin2007 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Denver Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Adams County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Denver Bar Association, Law Office Management CommitteeCo-chair1996 - 1997
Publication nameTitleDate
Private Publication“The Business of Law"2013
Private2012 Year-End Tax Changes & 2013 Strategies2012
PrivateExit Strategy Planning and Execution2011
PrivateEverything You Always Wanted to Know About Estate Planning2011
PrivateNavigating the Tax Implications of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 20092009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1992
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of Colorado - BoulderN/AMBA1990
University of Colorado - BoulderN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1983