2019 Colorado 200
Ranking Colorado law office head counts from BigLaw to boutiques

by Tony Flesor

Correction: This post was updated on Dec. 5 with new data for Stinson. The original post and printed list had the incorrect number of attorneys and, as a result, the incorrect rank. 

This post has also been updated to include new data for Hamre Rodriguez Ostrander & Dingess and Divorce Matters.

Law Week’s annual Colorado 200 list gives the at-a-glance look at Colorado’s largest 200 law firms.

The typical response to that description is: “Colorado has 200 law firms?

”The vast majority of attorneys in Colorado are either solo or work in small offices. There are 4,733 attorneys who are in five-person firms or larger. Despite being a major hub for the West, the legal community is home to many locally grown offices. Even among the largest offices, many of them started right here in the state. The Colorado 200 gives us a look at what large firms are in Colorado, what firms are growing or shrinking and what the demographics of those large firms looks like.

TIGHT AT THE TOP

As it has been for several years, there are five firms in Colorado with more than 100 attorneys. Those five — Holland & Hart, Sherman & Howard, Davis Graham & Stubbs, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell — are all homegrown and have planted their flags in the top five positions on each year’s list. Beyond the top five, there are a couple firms that are just below 100 attorneys. With nearly 100 attorneys and rapid growth over the past few years, including a skyscraper bearing its name, Polsinelli could easily be confused for one of those Denver-based firms.

Through the rest of the rankings, our Colorado 200 list looks more like a Colorado 100. Once you dip below the halfway point, firms are much smaller — about 80 of them have fewer than 10 attorneys.

A YEAR WITHOUT A MERGER

Colorado is frequently touted as one of the fastest growing cities and one of the largest non-coastal hubs for the legal industry. Even though the Colorado 200 list is filled with mid-size and small offices, 60 of Colorado’s 200 most populous law firms have a national reach. This year’s list looks a little different from years past. Different in the sense that it’s mostly the same where other years saw new firms moving in or large to mid-size firms merging. Nearly every firm on this year’s list was here in 2018. There were no large mergers, and there were no new offices opening.

The most notable difference was in five-attorney Dickinson Prud’Homme Holway Hoffman joining Jackson Kelly and seven-attorney Black & Graham splitting into two different firms. For a year that is still seeing near-record high levels of combinations at the national level, it has been surprisingly quiet in Colorado compared to previous years.

DIVERSITY TICKS UP

Our Colorado 200 survey also collects information on demographics of Colorado offices. We didn’t receive complete surveys from all 200 firms, so the demographic breakdown doesn’t give us a look at all of Colorado’s offices. Of those that did fill out all the information on our survey, we found that Colorado offices average 33% female partners and 8% minority partners. Based on that information, Colorado’s legal community looks to be doing better in diversity for female partners (nationally 21% according to Law360’s 2019 Glass Ceiling Report) but lagging for minority partners. According to the NALP 2018 Report on Diversity, published in January, 9.13% of partners at national firms were minorities.

Both of those numbers have been ticking up, though. In 2017, the percentage of female partners was 23%, and in 2018, that number grew to 27.74%. As for minority partners, firms that reported their numbers to us had an average of 7.8% minority partners and in 2018, that number was 7.99%. Our Colorado 200 list gives us a quick look at what is happening in Colorado’s firms. While there’s been overall grow thin the number of attorneys working in larger offices, and improvement in diversity in local offices, we want more data. We’ll leave our survey up at LawWeekColorado.com a little while longer to help us get even more accurate data.

* This list was compiled by both survey responses from law firms, phone and Internet research.

Rank Name Total Attorneys Colorado Attorneys Change in Rank
Change in CO Attorneys
1 Holland & Hart 449 222 0 7
2 Sherman & Howard 186 155 0 1
3 Davis Graham & Stubbs 146 146 0 4
4 Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck 244 139 -1 -3
5 Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell 107 105 0 2
6 Polsinelli 918 98 1 7
7 Hall & Evans 105 93 3 7
8 Kutak Rock 534 88 0 0
9 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner 1563 86 0 -1
10 Hogan Lovells 2874 83 -4 -9
11 Faegre Baker Daniels 730 77 0 2
12 Greenberg Traurig 2238 74 1 8
13 Perkins Coie 1176 69 1 9
14 Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie 230 61 -2 -8
14 Moye White 61 61 1 4
16 Messner Reeves 106 56 -1 -1
17 Gibson Dunn & Crutcher 1300 49 4 4
18 Burg Simpson 66 48 1 1
18 Spencer Fane 300 48 -1 -2
20 Husch Blackwell 751 46 2 2
21 Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith 1500 45 5 5
21 Sheridan Ross 45 45 1 1
23 Fairfield and Woods 44 44 -3 -2
23 Franklin D. Azar & Associates 46 44 -5 -5
25 Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti 42 42 3 3
26 Berg Hill Greenleaf + Ruscitti 41 41 -1 0
26 Snell & Wilmer 451 41 5 4
28 Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe 40 40 0 1
29 Cooley 1123 39 1 1
29 Dorsey & Whitney 556 39 -3 -1
31 Ballard Spahr 642 37 -7 -6
31 Senn Visciano Canges 37 37 19 12
33 Bartlit Beck 84 35 0 0
33 Gordon & Rees 985 35 5 2
35 Fox Rothschild 941 34 -4 -3
35 Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton 650 34 -2 -1
35 Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio 34 34 1 0
38 BakerHostetler 972 33 -5 -2
38 Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher 33 33 0 0
40 Beatty & Wozniak 39 32 -4 -2
40 Jones & Keller 32 32 3 2
42 Burns Figa & Will 31 31 -1 0
42 Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley 39 31 1 1
44 Caplan & Earnest 30 30 -1 0
44 Ritsema & Lyon 31 30 -4 -2
44 Robinson & Henry 30 30 6 5
47 Garfield & Hecht 29 29 3 4
48 Lewis Bess Williams & Weese 28 28 -1 1
49 Bachus & Schanker 27 27 1 2
49 Hutchinson Black and Cook 27 27 -2 0
51 Ruegsegger Simons Smith & Stern 26 26 -2 0
51 White and Steele 26 26 -1 1
53 Arnold & Porter 976 25 3 1
53 WilmerHale 912 25 10 4
55 Armstrong Teasdale 256 24 2 1
55 Coan Payton & Payne 24 24 4 2
55 Dentons 4582 24 8 3
55 Lyons Gaddis 24 24 4 2
55 Riggs Abney Neal Turpen Orbison & Lewis 75 24 -5 -1
55 Squire Patton Boggs 1333 24 -9 -4
61 Lathrop Gage 251 23 4 3
61 The Sawaya Law Firm 23 23 4 3
63 Hoskin Farina & Kampf 22 22 -6 -1
64 Dietze and Davis 21 21 8 2
64 Littler 1552 21 -5 -1
64 Senter Goldfarb & Rice 21 21 -23 -10
64 Stinson 474 21 -5 -1
64 The Harris Law Firm 21 21 1 1
69 Frascona Joiner Goodman & Greenstein 20 20 3 1
69 Jackson Lewis 932 20 12 4
69 Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell 34 20 9 3
69 Koenig Oelsner Taylor Schoenfeld & Gaddis 20 20 3 1
69 Merchant & Gould 87 20 3 1
74 Sweetbaum Sands Anderson 19 19 4 2
74 Vicente Sederberg 43 19 7 3
76 Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings 18 18 0 0
76 Fisher Philliips 521 18 24 4
76 Pollart Miller 20 18 -11 -2
79 Allen & Vellone 17 17 8 2
79 Holland & Knight 1319 17 -78 2
79 Montgomery Little & Soran 17 17 -14 -3
79 Nixon Shefrin Hensen Ogburn 17 17 -14 -3
79 Ogletree Deakins 922 17 -14 -3
79 Treece Alfrey Musat 17 17 8 2
79 White Bear Ankele Tanaka & Waldron 17 17 2 1
86 Adsero IP 16 16 -5 0
86 Dufford Waldeck Milburn & Krohn 16 16 -5 0
86 Griffiths Law 16 16 -10 -2
86 Hall Estill 137 16 29 5
86 Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson 20 16 -5 0
86 Springer & Steinberg 16 16 21 3
92 Altitude Community Law 15 15 -5 0
92 Ciancio Ciancio Brown 15 15 -5 0
92 Cordell & Cordell 283 15 15 2
92 Haddon Morgan and Foreman 15 15 -5 0
92 Ryley Carlock & Applewhite 40 15 -5 0
92 Sparks Wilson Borges Brandt & Johnson 15 15 -5 0
92 Taylor | Anderson 30 15 -14 -2
92 Wells Anderson & Race 15 15 8 1
100 Balcomb & Green 14 14 -13 -1
100 Butler Snow 360 14 -13 -1
100 Haynes & Boone 579 14 0 0
100 McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter 265 14 0 0
104 Campbell Killin Brittan & Ray 13 13 -17 -2
104 Childs McCune 13 13 -17 -2
104 Godfrey Johnson 13 13 50 5
104 Hoban Law Group 42 13 11 2
104 Keating Wagner Polidori Free 13 13 -4 -1
104 McGeady Becher 13 13 11 2
104 Montgomery Amatuzio Dusbabek Chase 13 13 11 2
104 Ogborn Mihm 14 13 11 2
104 Woods Aitken 30 13 83 8
113 Collins Cockrel & Cole 12 12 -2 0
113 Coombe Curry Rich Jarvis 12 12 14 2
113 Cozen O’Connor 766 12 2 1
113 Denver Trial Lawyers 12 12 14 2
113 Fredericks Peebles & Morgan 26 12 -26 -3
113 Gasper Law Group 12 12 -2 0
113 Greenspoon Marder 228 12 41 4
113 Hernandez & Associates 12 12 25 3
113 Jackson Kelly 165 12 25 3
113 Karp Neu Hanlon 12 12 -2 0
113 Markus Williams Young & Zimmerman 13 12 -6 -1
113 Ridley McGreevy & Winocur 12 12 2 1
113 Stevens Littman Biddison Tharp & Weinberg 12 12 -13 -2
126 Cochran Freund & Young 11 11 -11 0
126 Dworkin Chambers Williams York Benson & Evans 11 11 28 3
126 Fischer Brown Bartlett and Gunn 11 11 12 2
126 Katz Look & Onorato 11 11 -11 0
126 Miller & Steiert 11 11 -11 0
131 Anderson & Jahde 10 10 7 1
131 Davis & Ceriani 10 10 -4 0
131 Glade Voogt Lord Smith 10 10 -20 -2
131 Gradisar Trechter Ripperger & Roth 10 10 7 1
131 Lohf Shaiman Jacobs Hyman & Feiger 10 10 -4 0
131 Metier Law Firm 10 10 34 3
131 Minor & Brown 10 10 -4 0
131 Morrison Foerster 1001 10 -4 0
131 Nathan Dumm & Mayer 10 10 -31 -4
131 Norton Rose Fulbright 3060 10 56 5
131 Otis Bedigfield & Peters 10 10 -24 -3
131 Rathod Mohamedbhai 10 10 7 1
131 Hamre Rodriguez Ostrander & Dingess 10 10 NO 2018 DATA NO 2018 DATA
131 Divorce Matters 10 10 NO 2018 DATA NO 2018 DATA
145 Fowler Schimberg Flanagan McLetchie 9 9 -16 -1
145 Hamilton Faatz 9 9 -16 -1
145 Killmer Lane & Newman 9 9 -5 0
145 Levin Sitcoff 9 9 11 1
145 Litvak Litvak Mehrtens and Carlton 9 9 -5 0
145 McConnell Fleischner Houghtaling 9 9 -5 0
145 Mulliken Weiner Berg & Jolivet 9 9 -5 0
145 Murr Siler & Accomazo 12 9 -5 0
145 Oates Knezevich Gardenswartz Kelly & Morrow 9 9 -5 0
145 Packard and Dierking 9 9 -5 0
145 Poulson Odell & Peterson 9 9 -5 0
145 The Hustead Law Firm 9 9 22 2
145 Trout Raley Montaño & Freeman 9 9 11 1
145 Vranesh and Raisch 9 9 11 1
145 Wegner Scarborough Younge & Hockensmith 9 9 -16 -1
160 Baldwin Morgan & Rider 8 8 -20 -1
160 The Bendinelli Law Firm 8 8 29 3
160 Epstein Patierno 8 8 NO 2018 DATA NO 2018 DATA
160 Hackstaff and Snow 8 8 22 2
160 Harris Karstaedt Jamison & Powers 8 8 -31 -2
160 Jachimiak Peterson 8 8 -20 -1
160 Johnson & Repucci 8 8 -4 0
160 McCollum Crowley Moschet Miller & Laak 26 8 -4 0
160 Richards Carrington 9 8 22 2
160 S&D Law 8 8 -31 -2
160 Shook Hardy & Bacon 521 8 7 1
160 Silver & DeBoskey 8 8 7 1
160 Tucker Holmes 8 8 -4 0
160 Vahrenwald McMahill Massey & Mitchell 8 8 -4 0
174 Alpern Myers Stuart 7 7 -7 0
174 Bayer & Carey 7 7 8 1
174 Chayet & Danzo 7 7 -7 0
174 Dinsmore & Shohl 650 7 -57 -4
174 Hatch Ray Olsen Sandberg 7 7 -18 -1
174 Joseph Immigration Law Firm 7 7 -7 0
174 Kolko & Casey (formerly Kolko & Associates) 7 7 -7 0
174 Lass Moses Ramp & Cooper 7 7 -7 0
174 Marsh Fischmann & Breyfogle 7 7 -57 -4
174 Reilly Pozner 7 7 -7 0
184 Benson Kerrane Storz & Nelson 6 6 5 1
184 Elkind Alterman & Harston 6 6 5 1
184 Folkstead & Fazekas 6 6 -17 -1
184 Graham Law (Formerly Black & Graham) 6 6 NO 2018 DATA NO 2018 DATA
184 Jester Gibson & Moore 6 6 -17 -1
184 McDermott Stuart & Ward 6 6 -2 0
184 Waas Campbell Rivera Johnson & Velasquez 6 6 -2 0
191 Beck Payne Frank & Piper 5 5 -2 0
191 Broxterman Alicks McFarlane 5 5 -2 0
191 Buchanan & Stouffer 5 5 -24 -2
191 Evans Case 5 5 -24 -2
191 Hill & Robbins 5 5 -2 0
191 Levy Wheeler Waters 5 5 -2 0
191 Martin Conklin 5 5 -2 0
191 Martinez Law Group 5 5 NO 2018 DATA NO 2018 DATA
191 Range 5 5 -9 -1
191 Shoemaker Ghiselli + Schwartz 5 5 -9 -1
191 Sparkman + Foote 5 5 -2 0
191 Zupkus & Angell 5 5 -2 0