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Mary Wilkie
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Mrs. Wilkie practices law in the areas of franchising, banking, real estate, bankruptcy, and creditor’s rights. Such matters include representing local and national businesses in franchise purchase and sales, termination, transfer and renewal. Mrs. Wilkie’s diverse practice has encompassed antitrust, bankruptcy, business formation, corporate governance, employment, finance, Indian law, real estate acquisition, sales and leasing.

Expertise & Achievements

Experience representing:

  • Start-up franchisees in business formation, financing, real estate purchase, sales, and leasing.
  • Franchisees and franchisors in franchise termination, transfer, and sales, as well as employment, and corporate issues.
  • Lenders and borrowers in connection with the purchase and financing of commercial and residential sites.
  • Lenders regarding bankruptcy, judicial, and public trustee foreclosure.
  • Borrowers and lenders in commercial lending and leasing.
  • Landlords and tenants in negotiating commercial ground and space leases.
  • Buyers and sellers in real estate acquisition, as well as sale and leaseback transactions.
  • Local and national businesses in corporate governance, contracts, and all aspects of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).

 

Honors & Distinctions

  • Co-Editor, “The Bankruptcy Court Report,” The Public Record Corporation, N.A.,Quarterly, Summer 1986 – Summer 1987.
  • Criminal Law-Counsel for Accused-Due Process Requires Accused be Provided Reasonable Opportunity to Secure Second Test After DWI Test Arrest, 59 N.D. L. Rev.479 (1983).
  • University of North Dakota Law Review.
  • Order of Barristers.

 

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association

 

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EDUCATION

J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law, 1984

M.S., Minot State University, 1979 (Audiology)

B.A., University of North Dakota, 1978 (Spanish; Speech Pathology)

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Annuities Sellers Beware: Advice May Trigger Enforcement

By Paul L. Vorndran Selling an annuity while advising investors about their securities investments will subject you to enforcement action by the Colorado Securities Commissioner. In the summer of 2018, the Colorado Securities Commissioner (Commissioner) adopted a rule which provides that an insurance agent who receives commissions from the sale of insurance products, where the […]

Investment or Financial Professional Titles: Making Sense of It All

(Originally published December 1, 2015) By Paul L. Vorndran Deciding upon whom to trust to deliver accurate and fair advice is an investor’s first difficult decision. In the investment world, a number of titles may be used by a professional offering various investments. But most of these are marketing tools issued by various organizations, and […]

ETF Recommendations Under Scrutiny

(Originally published December 1, 2015) By Paul L. Vorndran Regulators have been warning investors about investing in Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), a unit investment trust or open-end investment company whose shares represent an interest in a portfolio of securities that track an underlying benchmark or index.  In June 2009, those warnings were directed to broker-dealers and […]

Reid Godbolt Awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado

Jones & Keller is pleased to announce that Reid A. Godbolt has been awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado. The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon an attorney who has demonstrated outstanding lifetime contributions to religion, profession and country. “I am humbled and honored by this award and […]

Colorado Rejects Williamson “Presumption”

(Originally published December 1, 2015) By Paul L. Vorndran A panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals issued an opinion giving the Colorado Securities Commissioner a victory in a long standing effort to regulate joint ventures and general partnerships. In Rome v. HEI Resources, Inc. et al, 2014 CA 160, the Court first held that there is […]

Colorado Investment Adviser Revoked for Non-Securities Transactions

(Originally published December 1, 2015) By Paul L. Vorndran As a cautionary tale, Colorado licensed investment advisers should be mindful that non-securities transactions with their clients will be scrutinized by the Colorado Divisions of Securities. In December 2013, Secure Retirement Group, Inc. doing business as Secure Financial Group, Inc. and its principal, David L. Gonzales, […]

Colorado Securities Commissioner Loses Important Case Interpreting Definition of ‘Security’

(Originally published December 1, 2015) by Paul Vorndran Denver District Court recently determined that oil and gas joint venture interests promoted by Colorado companies HEI Resources, Inc. and Heartland Energy Development Corporation were not securities under the Colorado Securities Act. On October 17, 2013 following an intensely contested case brought by the Colorado Securities Commissioner, […]

Definition of ‘Note’ in Colorado Securities Act Limited

(Originally published March 17, 2016) by Paul L. Vorndran The Colorado Court of Appeals reversed a criminal conviction for securities fraud pursuant to C.R.S. § 11-51-501(1)(b) finding the trial court erred in refusing to give a proffered instruction that not all promissory notes are securities for purposes of the Colorado Securities Act (CSA).  In People v. Mendenhall, […]

Tax Traps for the Unwary

TAX TRAPS FOR THE UNWARY – EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION ISSUES IN M&A TRANSACTIONS (PART I: SECTION 280G) By Charles E. Wern, JD, LLM and D. Laird Blue, JD, LLM, Shareholders, Jones & Keller, PC Changes to the U.S. regulatory landscape and corporate tax law structure could spark increased M&A deal activity and strategic partnering in the banking […]

Jones & Keller President Brad H. Hamilton in Independent Banker

President of Jones & Keller and well-known securities attorney, Brad H. Hamilton, was quoted by Independent Banker in an article by Karen Epper Hoffman on the need for community banks to understand cybersecurity issues; how to provide cybersecurity direction at board meetings and executive events; learning to present online security issues in basic terms; introducing […]

Denver Business Journal Recognizes Jones & Keller, P.C. Women in Law

We are pleased to announce our women attorneys at Jones & Keller were covered in the April 27th edition of the Denver Business Journal, Women in Law. Congratulations to our attorneys, and thank you to the Denver Business Journal for focusing our attention to the important role they possess in our community.

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