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Fortis Law Partners is a woman-owned, boutique law firm with a focus on emerging and middle-market companies. It was formed in 2014 when longtime friends and former colleagues Julie Herzog and Christine Lamb decided to merge their respective firms. Combining their many years of experience and shared values of integrity, collaboration, problem-solving, and dedication to client service, Julie and Christine have built a firm with broad expertise spanning a range of practice areas. 

The lawyers at Fortis all have outstanding individual credentials. They are graduates of the country’s finest law schools and practiced at some of America’s most prestigious law firms. What brings them together, however, is not just their skill and experience; it is their outlook and ethic. Although Fortis could easily grow larger, the firm has chosen to be selective and only hire the best people to produce the best results for clients.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following: 

  • Litigation
  • Corporate / Securities / M&A
  • Employment Law
  • Tax
  • Cannabis
  • Real Estate and Development
  • Trademark
  • Compliance And Investigations
  • Construction
  • Trusts And Estates
  • Psychedelics
  • Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance (Esg)

Call 303-276-7447 today to arrange your free initial consultation

­­­Attorney Julie Herzog

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado
  • Illinois (inactive)

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Southern Methodist University – 1994
  • Law Review Managing Editor and elected to Order of the Coif (top 10%)
  • Bachelors of science in accounting and political science, with honors, Oklahoma State University – 1991
  • Certificate in Authentic Leadership, Naropa University – 2003

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • WoMAN, Women of M&A Network – 2021
  • Rocky Mountain Securities Conference – 2017 and 2018 Planning Committee
  • American Bar Association – Business Law Section
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, Market Trends Subcommittee
  • Colorado Bar Association – Business Law Section
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Subsection
    • Securities Law Subsection
  • Chair of the Underwriting Committee for the Women Inspiring Leadership Development (WILD) – 2013-2015
  • Association for Corporate Growth – Corporate Affairs Committee 15+ years
  • Entrepreneurs’ Organization – Co-Chair Alchemy 2015, Forum Moderator 2014, Membership Chair 2017-2018, Board Member 2014-2015 and 2017-2018
  • University of Colorado Leeds School of Business Women’s Council -2013-2018
  • Blackstone Entrepreneurs’ Network – Network Advisor – 2017 and 2018
  • Boomtown Accelerator – Mentor – 2017
  • Social Venture Partners, Partner – 2004-2006

­­­Attorney Christine (Chris) Lamb

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado – 1998
  • Illinois – 1994

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Ohio State University School of Law, Summa Cum Laude – 1994
    • Elected to Order of the Coif
  • Bachelors of Science, Northwestern University – 1991

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • AAA Panel of Labor & Employment Arbitrators
  • American Bar Association – Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Colorado Bar Association – Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association – Employment Law Section

­­­Attorney Henry Baskerville

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Certificate in Trial Advocacy, cum laude, Loyola University School of Law – 2005
    • Senior Editor, Loyola Consumer Law Review
  • Bachelors degree in philosophy, cum laude, Boston College – 2001

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Bar Association
  • American Herbal Products Association
  • Cannabis Committee
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Bar Association

­­­Attorney David Olsky

David graduated from Stanford Law School with distinction in 2001, where he was the Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review. Following law school, David was a clerk for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. David graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado
  • Washington D.C.
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

­­­Attorney Andrew Comer

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, University of Denver
  • Bachelors of Arts, University of Colorado, Boulder
    • Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Boulder Bar Association
  • Blackstone Entrepreneurs’ Network
    • Growth Advisor
  • Galvanize
    • Mentor
  • University of Denver
  • Venture Law Society
    • Supervising Attorney
  • Commons on Champa
  • Advisory Board

­­­Attorney Julian Izbiky

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, University of Michigan
  • Bachelors of Arts, Brandeis University
    • Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries
  • Named to U.S. News – Best Lawyers® List – 2023
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

­­­Attorney Cara Thornton

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Yap State, FSM

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, University of Tennessee College of Law – 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Hollins University – 1999

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Colorado Bar Association, Executive Council, Litigation Section
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Lawyers Committee

­­­Attorney Roxane Peyser

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado
  • Texas
  • Alabama (inactive)

Education:

  • Juris Doctorate, with honors, University of Houston Law Center
  • Master of Arts in Political Economy, summa cum laude, Georgia State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies, with honors, George Washington University

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP), Mentor
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Member
  • American Bar Association, International Law Section Member
  • SWCC (Women Corporate Counsel)
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee
  • American Bar Association (Former Co-Chair, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee)
  • American Bar Association, International Law Section
  • Colorado NORML (Former Vice-Chair, Executive Board)
  • Minority Cannabis Business Association, Member
  • International Cannabis Business Association, Member
  • National Cannabis Bar Association, Member
  • High Country Conservation Center (HC3), Summit County, Colorado (Former Board Member and Chair of Compliance Committee)
  • Green Food Service Alliance (Former Board Member, Energy & Technology Committee)
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Member
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Green Chamber of the South (Former Board Member and Chair/Section Leader, Green Business Section)
  • Co-Chair on International Business Conference, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Israeli Bar Association; Moderator and Speaker (Eilat, Israel 2010-2013)
  • Sustaining Member of KUVO

­­­Attorney Elizabeth (Liz) Tillotson Hartsel

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Education:

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, JD 2009
    • Notes Editor of the Journal of Law & Technology
    • Staff Writer of the Carolina Law Review
  • The Pennsylvania State University, BA & BS 2004

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association

­­­Attorney Jeffrey Brenman

Bar Admissions:

  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Denver University College of Law – 1984
    • Order of St. Ives
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, emphasis in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, with a Minor in Chemistry – 1975

­­­Attorney Brian Barrett

Bar Admissions:

  • Oklahoma

Education:

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center – 2020
    • Juris Doctor, Oklahoma City University School of Law – 2015
    • Merit Scholar
    • CALI Award for Excellence (given to the student with the highest grade in a class)
    • Legal Research & Writing I
    • Legal Research & Writing II
    • Taxation of Business Entities
    • Antitrust II
  • Bachelors degree in history, cum laude, University of Oklahoma – 2012

­­­Attorney Mack Wilding

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, University of Colorado Law School – 2016
  • Bachelors of Arts, University of Puget Sound, Washington – 2007

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Nominated for 2019 Colorado Lawyers Committee Award for work on Hate Crimes Education Steering Committee
  • University of Colorado Law School, Rothgerber Teaching Fellowships 2014 & 2015, Contracts and Torts
  • University of Puget Sound, Outstanding Research Award for Thesis on Study of the ‘Public Sphere’

­­­Attorney Charlie Carlin

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School – 2016
  • Bachelors of Arts, Indiana University Bloomington – 2013; Highest Honors and Phi Beta Kappa

­­­Attorney Lenora (Leni) Plimpton

Bar Admissions:

  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • S District Court, District of Colorado
  • S. District Court, District of Utah

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law – 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts, Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia College – 2007

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Poverty Law Project, pro bono volunteer attorney

­­­Attorney Dustin Rickett

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado

Education:                                         

  • Juris Doctor, University of Colorado Law School – 2016
  • Dual Bachelor of Arts, University of Colorado, Psychology, with distinction; Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude – 2010

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Boulder Bar Association

­­­Attorney Andrew Neiman

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado

Education:                                         

  • Juris Doctor, University of Colorado Law School – 2019
    • Health Law and Policy Certificate
    • Student Note Published
    • Lead Outreach Editor, Colorado Technology Law Journal
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global & International Studies, with honors, University of California Santa Barbara, – 2015
    • Studied human rights abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado LGBT Bar Association

­­­Attorney Michael Annerino

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado
  • Wisconsin

Education:                                         

  • Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School – 2018
  • Bachelor of Arts, Grinnell College, History – 2015

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association

­­­Attorney Connor Slivocka

Bar Admissions:

  • Wisconsin

Education:                                         

  • Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School, Cum Laude – 2018
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Marquette University, Cum Laude – 2015

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • US Speedskating – Nominating and Governance Committee; Judiciary Committee

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