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2020 Vault Rankings

About Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Prominent Denver firm Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP serves both growing and established businesses in the Rocky Mountain West and beyond. The firm is known for its corporate finance, energy law and natural resources practices, with specialties in complex commercial litigation, regulatory guidance and securities and M&A transactions.

Distinction in Denver

With an office settled 5,280 feet above sea level, DGS keeps above the rest in more ways than one. Founded in 1915 by attorneys Mason Lewis and James Grant to help clients navigate then-new tax laws in the wake of the 16th Amendment, DGS is from its roots a Denver firm. As a result of its geographic location, DGS has special expertise serving clients in industries like energy, mining, technology, hospitality, private equity, manufacturing, asset management, aviation, and health care. Its M&A reputation is also well-earned; clients have entrusted DGS with a combined $15 billion in M&A transactions both domestically and internationally.

Teaming Up With Other Leaders

Davis Graham & Stubbs is the exclusive member firm in Colorado for Lex Mundi, a network of the world’s leading independent law firms whose business is to assist organizations operating internationally. The network consists of over 21,000 lawyers from 160 firms housed in more than 100 countries that work together to provide legal counsel to clients dealing with cross-border transactions and disputes.

Billion Dollar Deals

While million-dollar deal negotiations are run of the mill for DGS, the firm's clients are more often interested in riches of the "oil as black gold" variety. DGS served as counsel to PDC Energy Inc. its acquisition of two privately held companies managed by Kimmeridge Energy Management Company for approximately $1.5 billion. The transaction included approximately 57,000 net acres in the Delaware Basin of Texas with an average working interest of approximately 93 percent. The firm also advised Newmont Mining Corp. in its acquisition of the of the Cripple Creek & Victor gold mine from AngloGold Ashanti Ltd for $820 million.

Bet-the-Company Litigation

The firm’s trial lawyers obtained notable defense verdicts for their client in recent years. In March 2016, following a 10 day trial, DGS received a complete defense verdict on behalf of their client, Deere & Company. The plaintiff alleged defects in one of John Deere’s small tractors after sustaining injuries while inappropriately using the tractor to lift a 1600 pound hay bale that was beyond the tractor’s stated capacity.  Plaintiffs sought $47 million in damages.

In November 2016, DGS secured a complete defense verdict on behalf of Takata Corporation, a manufacturer of seatbelt assemblies. The plaintiff brought product liability claims against Takata for alleged seatbelt design defects, Honda, and windshield manufacturer AGC, and negligence claims against another driver after a 2013 car accident. The plaintiffs sought damages totaling $87 million for quadriplegic injuries sustained during a rollover accident.

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

1550 17th street
Suite 500
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 892-9400

Firm Stats

Managing Partners: Kristin Lentz & Chad Williams
Hiring Partners: Kristin Lentz & Chad Williams

Base Salary

1st year: $130,000

Employment Contact

Emily Sheldon
Recruiting & Professional Development Administrator
(303) 892-7449

Major Office Locations

Denver, CO (HQ)
Reno, NV

Major Departments

Air Quality & Climate Change
Asset Management
Banking & Lending
Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
Class & Consolidated Actions
Cleantech & Climate Law
Construction & Real Estate Litigation
Corporate Sustainability & Human Rights
Cross-Border Transactions
Employee Benefits
Employment & Labor Law
Environmental Law
Estate Planning & Administration
Executive Compensation
Finance & Acquisitions
Fuels Blending, Certification & Related Enforcement Issues
Indian Law
Insurance & Risk Management
Intellectual Property
International Litigation
Litigation, Arbitration, & Trial
Manufacturing & Industrials
Media & First Amendment
Mergers & Acquisitions
Midstream Services
Natural Resources
Oil & Gas
Outdoor, Ski & Recreation
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Products Liability
Public Companies & Capital Markets
Public Lands
Public Utilities
Real Estate
Safety & Health
Securities Enforcement & Litigation
Technology Transactions
Toxic Tort Litigation
Uranium Mining & Development
Water Law
White Collar Crime & Criminal Investigations