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Thanks for visiting me on this site.  I respectfully suggest that sites such as this are not the best way for potential clients to evaluate the effectiveness of any lawyer and "rankings" are extremely hard to evaluate.  Let me give you an pick the highest ranked lawyer at the biggest top firm in the area for your small business counseling needs.  What do you get?  First, a bill that is so high you won't be able to continue operating your small business and second, a lawyer that despite is top ranking perhaps has little understanding of the small business environment you are operating in.  The result - killer bills and bad advice.


What people in need of legal services should do is contact several lawyers in the practice and geographical area in which they are seeking services and speak with several lawyers.  Even ask other lawyers about other lawyers or ask other clients of the lawyer how things went and if you would recommend the lawyer. I have been practicing for more than 15 years in the heart of Aspen, Colorado and have successfully represented clients world-wide in a variety of areas in both Colorado and also in New York where I am also a member of the bar.  I am very visible in Aspen and you should have good luck asking about my professionalism and character.  If you want to discuss your matter, that's simple, I will provide a free hour of consultation to see if I can help you and also for you to see if you would like to work with me.  No pressure and a perfect way for you to evaluate my services.


As far as the huge, bold red-letter disciplinary warnings, yes it is true. 10 years ago when I was pretty fresh into my practice I tried to help a client and went into business with him here in Aspen but I forgot to provide a letter to that client to seek independent advice.  I made the mistake, I admitted to it immediately and I took my punishment like a man.  Here is a link to the report from the Colorado Supreme Court...




Despite the mark on my record, I am all the better for it and much smarter about business matters and certainly much, much smarter about who I try to help in business.  The New York disciplinary matter is just reciprocal discipline for the same problem in 2003 since I maintain bar admissions in both states.  If you want to know more about it, call me anytime and I will happily explain it to you. 


If you are in need of legal services by a Colorado or New York attorney who will fight tooth and nail on your behalf, who has a good background in business counseling, real estate, construction and other areas, who is approachable, friendly and does not overcharge, please give me a call; I would be happy to chat with you to see if I can help.  If I cannot, I will certainly tell you so and help you find a lawyer better suited for your needs.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
  2. Real Estate: 30%
  3. Construction: 15%
  4. Entertainment: 10%
  5. Family: 5%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (8%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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  • Mark L Rosenberg

    I have worked with Alan on several business matters and he is an excellent attorney. He can grasp the fundamentals of any business situation quickly and works very hard to resolve issues in the best interests of his clients. He is well known in Aspen and it has been my pleasure to be associated with him.


    Mark Rosenberg Commercial real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Lucas Franklin Van Arsdale

    Alan is at once a fierce, intelligent advocate and consummate professional; a delicate balance few lawyers strike as well as he does.


    Lucas Van Arsdale Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Allen, Wertz & Feldman

215 S. Monarch Street, Suite 303
Aspen, CO, 81611-2917


NYCurrently registered 200007/10/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension Partially Stayed placed on Probation
    issued in CO, 2007


    Suspension partially stayed means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. When the attorney returns to practice he or she will be on probation, meaning the State monitors the attorney's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior

    Alan’s comment: “There is no excuse for violating a rule of ethics. Soon after I became a lawyer I went into business with a client - a client who I helped a lot. before starting the business, a lawyer must provide the client with a letter advising the client to seek independent counsel and more. He had independent counsel on this business but that did not relieve me of my obligation to provide the letter. I admitted my mistake immediately and took my sanction. What a learning experience it was.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
BV RatedMartindale Hubbell2013
Constitutional Law AwardAMJUR1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAllen, Wertz & Feldman, LLP2000 - Present
Judicial ClerkColorado 9th Judicial District1998 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
Pitkin County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Aspen Mens Golf AssociaitonVice President2010 - Present
Grassroots TelevisionPresident2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2010 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
O v. TMSCase settled under very favorable terms
TD v. JWJJudgment in client's favor on all counts including award of substantial attorneys' fees which was settled
C v. HeaphyCase settled in client's favor under favorable terms
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
Aspen Daily News2 local TV stations, both on Channel 822012
Aspen Daily NewsLocal Faux Fur Store evades eviction2012
Aspen Daily NewsThe fur is flying in the North of Nell Building2012
Aspen Daily NewsOne time partners of DeGraff weigh in on his bankruptcy2011
Aspen Daily NewsAspen Architecture Firm Wins Suit against junk Red Onion2011
Aspen Daily NewsFirst phase of Base Village Trial wraps up in district court2011
Aspen Daily NewsDeGraff trial gets personal on first day2011
Aspen TimesThird Times a Charm2010
Aspen TimesAspen Council Denies Restaurateur's Liquor License2010
Aspen TimesDeGraff (not him, her) Seeking Liquor License in Aspen2010
Aspen TimesAspen Liquor License Board Denies DeGraff2010
Aspen TimesDeGraff, before Aspen Liquor Board, Discusses Pending Lawsuits2010
Aspen Daily NewsComcast don't touch that dial2010
Aspen Daily NewsLiquor license granted to Junk2010
Aspen Daily NewsJunk tries again for liquor license2010
Aspen Daily NewsLiquor license denials are rare in valley2010
Aspen Daily NewsCouncil denies DeGraff's appeal for liquor license2010
Aspen Daily newsAspen man sues Snowmass man for $1.7 million over diamond ring2010
Aspen Daily NewsDeGraff liquor license denial upheld2010
Aspen Daily NewsRestaurateur under scrutiny by liquor board2010
Aspen TimesWhat's The Difference?2007
Aspen TimesA new policy at Grassroots2007
Aspen TimesGrassroots hits the stop button2007
Aspen TimesGrassroots TV nixes controversial film2007
Aspen TimesGrasroots mulls controversial film2007
Aspen TimesGrassroots TV balks at Holocaust denial film2007
Aspen Daily NewsHouse too close to Exhibition lift2007
Aspen Daily NewsGrassroots won't show Holocaust denial film2007
Aspen Daily NewsPublic to Grassroots: deny the Holocaust denial video2007
Aspen Daily NewsMotion requests judgment against singer's bodyguard2006
Aspen Daily NewsGrammy singer sued over bar fight2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Northern ColoradoBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Community MeetingFree speech in Aspen on Grassroots TV2007