Holland & Knight Adds Two Partners

by Tony Flesor

LAW WEEK COLORADO

Holland & Knight announced today that former Denver City Attorney David Fine has joined the firm as a litigation partner in its Denver office and Seth Belzley has joined the firm as a partner in the Denver and Houston offices.

Most recently, Fine was the managing partner for the Denver office of Dentons. He also served as managing partner of McKenna Long & Aldridge’s Denver office prior to the firm’s merger with Dentons.

Fine’s practice focuses on public and commercial litigation, employment litigation and counseling, and government, public policy and regulatory affairs, including land use and state and local procurement. Among his clients are institutions of higher learning and transportation, concession and energy companies. As Denver City Attorney from 2007 to 2011, he provided policy and legal advice to mayors John Hickenlooper and Michael Hancock and other government leaders, served as the final decision-maker on all crucial legal decisions facing the city, and managed a large public law firm with diverse practices. Among the highlights of his tenure was the oversight of all legal matters related to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

“David is one of most highly regarded attorneys in Colorado,” said John Hogan, the chair of Holland & Knight’s Litigation Section. “He has an outstanding reputation not only as a litigator, but also for helping clients successfully navigate a wide range of legal, political and regulatory issues involving local, state and federal government.”

“Holland & Knight’s platform is a great fit for my practice,” Fine said. “I’m particularly interested in tapping into the firm’s widely recognized strengths in education, transportation, public-private partnerships and government relations and look forward to contributing to the growth of the Denver office. ”

Fine is active in the Denver business and legal communities. He serves on the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce board of directors, as secretary of the Urban Land Conservancy board of directors, and on the governance committee of the Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation board of directors. In addition, he is the past chair and current member of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness board of directors and a member of the Colorado Lawyers Committee Election Task Force and the Colorado Bar Association/Denver Bar Association Joint Judicial Task Force.

Belzley has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the firm’s Denver and Houston offices. He will counsel clients on a wide range of transactional and regulatory matters, focusing on commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project development and public policy issues. Most recently, he was a counsel with Hogan Lovells and previously served as senior vice president and assistant general counsel at TransMontaigne Inc., a Fortune 500 oil pipeline and terminal company based in Denver.

Belzley’s experience in the energy industry includes representing energy infrastructure developers and operators, physical commodities traders and buyers and sellers of hydrocarbons on a wide variety of commercial and corporate transactions. He also advises clients on issues facing master limited partnerships, including corporate governance, dropdown transactions, intercompany arrangements and qualifying income issues, and has extensive experience handling disclosures required of public companies.

Belzley received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College