Laird Blue

Laird specializes in taxation including corporate taxation, tax controversy, deferred compensation planning, estate planning, individual tax planning, probate and exempt entities. Laird represents corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, exempt entities, individuals and families with a wide variety of their tax and corporate needs.

Laird represents clients in front of the IRS, state and local taxing authorities in all matters of tax controversy including audits, tax and penalty assessments, offers in compromise, installment agreements and employment tax matters.

Laird assists clients in the formation and operation of exempt entities such as private foundations and public charities, whether the formation of the entity is related to the client’s estate planning goals or to address specific needs in the community.

Laird represents personal representatives in the probate process including post-mortem tax planning, probate litigation, and representation of the estate in audits by federal, state and local taxation authorities. Laird also represents trustees in the administration of trusts including the interpretation of trust documents.

Laird also represents internet service providers with compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


Significant Representations
  • Representation of independent directors of publicly traded company in a spin-off and merger transaction.
  • Representation of a National Bank in the formation of their Trust Department, including the drafting of Trust Department Policies and Procedure for submission and approval by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
  • Representation of Oil and Gas Company in negotiation of oil and gas lease in California.
  • Representation of Broker Dealer in NASD Arbitration.
  • Representation of individuals and businesses in front of the Internal Revenue Service, the Colorado Department of Revenue and local taxing jurisdictions.
  • Representation of Internet Service Provider in various asset acquisitions and mergers.
  • Representation of a Colorado resident in the purchase of a Helicopter Pilot Training school in Hawaii including communications and negotiations with the FAA, INS, and local Hawaiian airport authority.
  • Representation of a family owned auto body repair shop to a national consolidator, including negotiation with the SBA for the release of the company from a small business loan.


Honors / Distinctions

  • Denver Business Journal “2005 Top 40 Under 40”
  • University of Denver Law Review, Articles Editor 1992-1993
  • American Jurisprudence Award – Administrative Law


Admitted to Practice Before

  • Admitted in Colorado


Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • CK Catholic Education Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2009-present
  • The Design Council, Board of Directors 2004-2006
  • Paragon Theatre Co., Chair, 2006-2008; Board of Directors, 2002-2012
  • CultureHaus, Co-Chair, 1999-2001; Board of Directors, 1999-2003
  • Children’s Hospital Foundation – Corporate Committee, 2001 & 2002
  • Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Leadership Arts Program, 2000-2001
  • Great Art for a Great City Committee, Member, 1999


LL.M. Taxation, University of Denver College of Law Graduate Tax Program (2000)

J.D., University of Denver College of Law (1993) (Denver Law Review Articles Editor)

B.S. Political Science, Duke University (1988)



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 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, 363 […]

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.

Christopher R. Johnson Speaks on Cybersecurity and the Community Bank

Jones & Keller attorney, Christopher R. Johnson, will be presenting a continuing legal education program on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 as part of the Colorado Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Subsection CLE Luncheon Series. Christopher will speak on the evolution of state and federal cybersecurity regulatory regimes applicable to financial institutions including community banks, available compliance […]