Ballard Spahr Expands to Boulder

Lateral partners grow business and finance team

Note: Read more on this story in the Feb. 20 issue of Law Week Colorado

Ballard Spahr is expanding into Boulder with the addition of three attorneys who carved out their own niche in the area’s startup and capital investment industry.

Three new partners — Carin Cutler, Nathan Seiler and Steven Dupont — joined the firm today and are giving the firm a foothold in the startup-centric city, giving the law firm its 15th U.S. office and seventh in the West.

The new partners established themselves with practices in corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic transactional matters for emerging growth and venture capital clients.

Cutler, Seiler and Dupont all have experience in large national and international law firms and in-house at private and public companies. But since the attorneys have since worked at a firm that had all of their names on the door — Gross Cutler Seiler Dupont.

“The emerging growth practice here has made great strides over the past couple of years,” Ballard Spahr business and finance department chair Brian Pinheiro said. “We’ve been trying to figure out how to bring it to Colorado and quickly IDed Carin, Nathan and Steven. They’re in the middle of this. They have relationships with clients, capital investors. We want to expand our platform to Colorado and, specifically, Boulder.”

Cutler and Seiler represent clients in corporate transactions including equity and debt financings by venture capital, private equity and strategic investors, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, and general corporate matters. Dupont focuses on the corporate, licensing, and transactional needs of established and emerging life science, medical device, biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, technology, and natural products companies.

Prior to working at Gross Cutler Seiler Dupont, Seiler spent much of his private practice career at Cooley. Cutler practiced for more than a decade at Hogan Lovells, where she was a partner. Dupont served as executive vice president of corporate development and general counsel at Pharmion Corp and before that practiced at Cooley, where he led the Colorado technology transactions practice