Which Denver Law Firms are the Largest?
Denver, as the largest city and capital of Colorado and as the largest city in the Rocky Mountain West, understandably boasts some of the largest attorney firms in the region, as well as the country in general. This large pool of legal talent is even more impressive when one considers that compared with New York, Chicago and San Francisco, Denver is a very young (new) city, whose population in 1870 was less than 5,000.
But enough of general Denver history. What are the largest Denver law firms? Well, that depends on what you mean by “largest” and by “Denver” law firms. For example, “Denver’s Biggest Law Firms”, as listed by Connie Elsbury in the Denver Business Journal (2012), are (for only the top five):
- Holland & Hart, LLP (202)
2. Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (151)
3. Sherman & Howard LLC (131)
4. Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck (113)
5. Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP (90)
The Denver Business Journal evidently listed these firms based upon the amount of attorneys they have in their Denver (and only Denver) offices. This leaves out Colorado-based firms that have many attorneys in other Colorado locations besides Denver—say Colorado Springs or Boulder, as well as national firms (and international) who are bigger firms but with smaller offices in Denver itself.
Example: Bryan Cave, which merged with Holme, Roberts and Owen in 2011. Holme Roberts and Owen was a historic Colorado firm whose numbers once exceeded or approached 200 as a firm. In 2011, HRO merged with Bryan Cave, a St. Louis based mega-firm. HRO’s website, as of January 2014, listed 77 attorneys in Denver, 14 in Colorado Springs, and 15 in Boulder.
Including other Colorado offices for the “Denver Attorneys” numbers would also boost firms already near the top even higher. Holland & Hart, already tops on the list for Denver attorneys with 202 in 2012, also has (per their web site of January 2014) 8 attorneys in Aspen, 39 attorneys in Boulder, 8 in Colorado Springs, and 29 just down the street in their Denver Tech Center office. Total those up and you’re approaching 300 attorneys just in Colorado alone.
So, here are the firms with the most Denver attorneys, based upon known size to the author and their web sites. Many larger national and international firms have a small satellite office in Denver, but below a certain threshold we must stop counting. We have also included the number of attorneys in Colorado for those firms, and the total number of attorneys firm-wide for them.
Most of the non-Denver attorneys in each firm are found located in satellite offices in Boulder, Colorado Springs, and occasionally Aspen, Avon or Steamboat Springs
Location of Denver Office
Firm Wide [iii]
|Holland & Hart LLP||555 17th St #3200, Denver, CO ||202||286||394|
|Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP||1550 17th St #500, Denver, CO||151||151||151|
|Sherman & Howard LLC||633 17th St #3000, Denver, CO||131||153||190|
|Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck||410 17th St # 2200, Denver, CO||113||116||214|
|Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP||1700 Lincoln St #3200, Denver, CO||90||95||425|
|Bryan Cave*||1700 Lincoln St #4100, Denver, CO||77||106||884|
|Hogan Lovells||1200 17th St # 1500, Denver, CO||64||69||2253|
|Lewis Roca Rothgerber||1200 17th St # 3000, Denver, CO||61||73||251|
|Kutak Rock||1801 California St, Denver, CO||81||81||409|
|Fairfield Woods||1700 Lincoln St #2400
|Hall & Evans||1125 17th St # 600, Denver, CO||66||66||69|
|Snell & Wilmer||1200 Seventeenth St
|Polsinelli Shughart||1515 Wynkoop Street, Suite 600, Denver, CO||58||58||503|
|Ballard Spahr||1225 17th Street, Suite 2300
Denver, CO 80202-5596
|Baker Hostetler||303 E 17th Ave # 1100
|Greenberg Traurig||1200 17th St # 2400, Denver, CO||51||51||1699|
|Arnold & Porter||370 17th St # 4400, Denver, CO||17||17||676|
|Patton Boggs||1801 California St, Denver, CO||30||30||491|
|Moye White||1400 16th Street Mall, Denver, CO||43||43||43|