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Holland & Hart LLP

At a Glance


“Realistic chance of making partner”

“Work/life balance”


“Compensation does not reward efficiency”

“Managerial issues create cultural problems”

About Holland & Hart LLP

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 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 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. 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.” 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 Beck.

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 LLP

555 17th Street
Suite 3200
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 295-8000

Firm Stats

Chair of the Firm: Liz Sharrer
Managing Partner: Tom O'Donnell
Hiring Partners: Beth Nedrow (Billings); Brian Hansen (Boise); Pat Day (Cheyenne); Paula Fleck (Jackson); Mark Hamilton (Aspen); Peggy Gardner (Colorado Springs); Kelly Cooper (Denver); Mark Wiletsky (Boulder); Thor Nelson (Denver Tech Center); Connie Ackridge (Las Vegas); Eric Maxfield (SLC); Larry Montano (Santa Fe); Jim Newman (Reno/Carson City); Tom Jensen (Washington DC); Kyle Parker (Anchorage)

Base Salary

1st year: $100,000 - $130,000
Summer associate: $1,923-$2,500/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
11 out of 14 (2Ls only) (2016)

Employment Contact

Misae Nishikura
Director of Recruiting & Professional Development
(303) 295-8546

Major Office Locations

Denver, CO (HQ)
Anchorage, AK
Aspen, CO
Billings, MT
Boise, ID
Boulder, CO
Carson City, NV
Cheyenne, WY
Denver, CO
Greenwood Village, CO
Jackson Hole, WY
Las Vegas, NV
Reno, NV
Salt Lake City, UT
Santa Fe, NM
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Banking and Financial Services
Commercial Litigation
Compliance Services
Energy and Resources
Environmental and Natural Resources
Financial Institutions
Food and Beverage
Intellectual Property
Labor and Employment
Private Client
Tax and Benefits
Real Estate, Development and Finance
Real Estate and Constructions
Technology, Communications, and Media