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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.

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 […]

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, […]

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