Starting as a two-man outfit in 1947, Holland & Hart has
become one of the largest firms in the Rocky Mountain West. Among
its most notable practices are litigation, business law, tax and
estates, employment law, IP and real estate law.
A Rebel With a Cause
Holland & Hart began in 1947 when former Colorado state
legislator Stephen Harding rebelled against what he described as
the "very monopolistic, establishment-oriented" old firm culture in
Denver where "nobody could expect to become a partner unless he was
born into it or married into it," according to the Colorado
Lawyer.After he was denied partnership at a local firm,
Harding started his own practice with his friend Josiah Holland.
Among Harding's guiding principles for the firm was spurning
legalese in favor of communications which were "earthy and
comprehensible to the man on the street." In addition to serving
local business bigwigs, Harding used his firm to take up regional
historical preservation causes.
Rocky Mountain Business
Today, not only is the firm a regional powerhouse, but it has
ranked as one of the best places to work in Denver by the
Denver Business Journal. Now with more than 400 lawyers,
Holland & Hart has offices in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,
New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and Washington, DC.
Holland & Hart is also strong in the business arena--it has
been named the top corporate law firm in Denver according to
surveys run by Corporate Board Member Magazine.
Furthermore, its litigation department tackles defense work,
product liability, construction, labor and employment, insurance
and white-collar crime work.
Must Be Something in the Air Up There
Holland & Hart has earned a reputation for doing things a
little bit differently. American Lawyer correspondent
Susan Beck once hailed the firm as having "the happiest, most
well-rounded lawyers" she had encountered. Holland & Hart
attorneys, she said, "put in an honest day's work, but leave time
to ski, and hike, and fish, and enjoy life outside their offices."
The firm has also earned a reputation for avoiding demotions and
layoffs, and its attorneys reportedly lack the "blinkered pursuit
of money" afflicting staff at other AmLaw 200 firms, according to
On top of it all, the attorneys at Holland & Hart are good
sports. After losing a bet when the Boston Red Sox clobbered the
Colorado Rockies in the World Series, Holland & Hart shipped
over a package of rocky mountain delicacies (rattlesnake meat
sampler, chili mix and a buffalo rib roast) to Boston firm Ropes