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JONES & KELLER HISTORY

Jones & Keller is one of Colorado’s oldest and most respected law firms. Jones & Keller was formed in January 1991 by the merger of two esteemed Denver firms, Jones, Meiklejohn, Kehl & Lyons, and Keller, Wing & Godbolt, and today is a strong, growing full-service law firm comprising talented lawyers focused on client satisfaction.

Jones & Keller is named after Marion Jones and Alec Keller, who founded our predecessor firms over 70 years ago. Their legacy is the high standard that drives the firm today. Our mission is to provide the firm’s broad range of clients with consistent service of the highest quality and responsiveness, for reasonable fees. We value the relationship of respect, mutual trust and confidence that we have earned with our clients and those within our profession. We work hard to
safeguard the reputation and to promote the values of Jones & Keller.

ABOUT JONES & KELLER

We strive to maintain civility in our work place and in our dealings with others, while advocating our clients’ interests with ethical and vigorous compassion. Our success in achieving these goals can be measured by our most valuable asset—our human resources. Our culture has attracted preeminent attorneys in all of our major fields of practice and an extremely competent professional staff, most of whom have served the Jones & Keller mission for many, many years.

We continue to attract talented lawyers and staff, while maintaining our goal that each addition to the firm must enhance the range and quality of our work, but never detract from our close relationships with our clients.

Jones & Keller represents individuals and public and privately held businesses from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, providing a wide array of business and personal legal services. We strive to maintain a hands-on relationship with our clients, while providing highly specialized practitioners who can meet clients’ needs efficiently and cost effectively. The firm includes lawyers experienced in the areas necessary to provide a full range of business, administrative, tax and litigation services. When beneficial to the interests of our clients, our lawyers work in multi-disciplinary teams across areas of expertise to efficiently serve
our clients’ needs. These teams regularly utilize the specialized knowledge and experience housed in multiple practice areas of the firm, working together to provide legal representation and advisory services to our clients on a comprehensive array of transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters.

We want those who choose us as their lawyers to feel at home and assured
their legal matters will be handled with the utmost attention and skill.
We hope this website helps you understand how we approach our work
and what we think are our special attributes.

Alternative investment sellers: If you can’t answer these questions, step to the sidelines

You may be liable for what you don’t know. The questions to ask before offering alternative investments to your clients.

Howard Kenison Chair-elect of American Bar Association Section of Environment Energy and Resources

Jones & Keller is proud to announce that Howard Kenison, a shareholder in the Denver-based business law firm, is Chair-elect of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER). He will serve a one-year term before assuming the Chair position from August 2020 to August 2021. Howard was first elected Vice […]

8 Jones & Keller Attorneys Named 2020 “Best Lawyers in America”

Jones & Keller is pleased to announce that eight attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. Inclusion in this singular list is based on a rigorous peer review evaluation process to capture a consensus opinion of the leading lawyers in each geographic area. This year’s list recognized […]

Don’t Be Held Hostage: Fighting Ransomware

Fight the threat of ransomware by following these best practices.

Avoiding Pitfalls When Buying and Selling a Business: Buyer’s Viewpoint (Part 2)

The trail of business sales gone bad is littered with examples of buy missteps.

Avoiding Pitfalls When Buying and Selling a Business: Seller’s Viewpoint (Part 1)

Business owners setting out to sell their business face numerous transactions risks. 

This New Colorado Law Champions Free Speech

The law will take effect July 1 and protects citizens and news organizations from baseless lawsuits.

Howard Kenison Top Ranked in the 2019 Chambers USA Guide

We are delighted to announce that Howard Kenison has been recommended in Chambers and Partners as a top-ranked environmental litigation attorney in Colorado. Kenison represents clients in matters such as air quality, NEPA and site remediation, and hazardous waste. “I am honored to be a member of this distinguished list of recommended attorneys for the […]

Equal Pay, Minimum Wage, and the Newest Colorado Employment Laws

By Larry Lee Colorado lawmakers have had a busy legislative session. Six new employment laws were enacted in the state addressing equal gender pay, criminal history inquiries, felony convictions for wage violations, local government rule for minimum wage, garnishments and a study of a family and medical leave insurance program. Here’s the highlights and effective […]

SEC Adopts Regulation Best Interest: New Standards for Broker-Dealers

By Dave Thayer   Doing business has become riskier for broker-dealers giving investment advice. On June 5, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted “Regulation Best Interest” which in a nutshell says that broker-dealers cannot put their own pocketbooks ahead of their clients’ “best interest.” For years, broker-dealers were viewed as purveyors of investment […]

SEC proposes new public company disclosure rules

By Dave Thayer On May 3, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed amendments to improve and streamline financial disclosures relating to business acquisitions and dispositions. The proposed amendments are primarily to rules contained in Article 11 of Regulation S-X, but include changes to other related rules and disclosures, such as Form 8-K. The SEC […]

Jones & Keller Announces 2019 Executive Changes

Charles Wern becomes president and Paul Vorndran and Nicole Westbrook join the Executive Committee at the Denver-based business law firm.

New SEC Rules Modify and Simplify Regulation S-K

By Reid A. Godbolt The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently adopted amendments (available at https://www.sec.gov/rules/proposed/2017/33-10425.pdf) to its Regulation S-K and related rules and forms in seeking to modernize and simplify disclosure requirements for public companies, investment advisers and investment companies. The amendments are intended to improve the readability and navigability of disclosure documents and […]

14 Jones & Keller Attorneys Named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Please join us at Jones & Keller in congratulating attorneys selected to this this year’s lists.

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 […]

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