2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Working with people that I like and enjoy.”
“Inability to control work flow as a junior.”
“Lack of formal training.”
About Holland & Hart LLP
Starting as a two-man outfit in the 1940s, 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 Hart 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, Hart started his own practice with his friend Josiah Holland. Among Hart'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, Hart 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 strong in the business arena—it has been named the top corporate law firm in Denver according to Corporate Board Member Magazine. Its litigation department tackles defense work, product liability, construction, labor and employment, insurance and white-collar crime work. On top of all that, Holland & Hart has one of the largest environmental practices in the country, a cutting-edge IP practice that serves clients worldwide, and a robust trade sanctions and controls practice that is recognized internationally.
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.”
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 & Gray.
Holland & Hart continues to steadily recruit at the law student and lateral levels despite the pandemic. Recruiting, interviewing and onboarding occurs virtually. Firm leadership, practice groups, and professional and administrative teams are committed to a seamless onboard and integration of new hires.
555 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 295-8000
Managing Partner: Lucy Stark
Hiring Partners: Scott Mitchell (Billings); A. Dean Bennett (Boise); Isaac Sutphin (Cheyenne); Paula Fleck (Jackson); Mark Hamilton (Aspen); Sue Oakes (Denver); Larry Tronco (Boulder); Connie Akridge (Las Vegas); Jim Barnett (SLC); Tim Crisp (Santa Fe); Jim Newman (Reno); Kelly Johnson (Washington, DC); Kyle Parker (Anchorage)
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $105,000-$160,000*
Summer Associate: $2,019-$3,076/week*
*Varies by office
No. of U.S. Offices: 13
No. of International Offices: 0
Denver, CO (HQ)
Las Vegas, NV
Salt Lake City, UT
Santa Fe, NM
Banking and Financial Services
Cybersecurity & Privacy
Energy and Resources
Environmental and Natural Resources
Food and Beverage
Labor and Employment
Tax and Benefits
Real Estate, Development and Finance
Real Estate and Constructions
Technology, Communications, and Media
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.