HBC Attorneys John Clune and Keith Edwards Bring Action Against Former NFL Player

HBC attorneys John Clune and Keith Edwards filed a civil action against fomer NFL football player Jarryd Hayne for sexual battery in Santa Clara County California, Superior Court.  The complaint alleges that Hanye took a visibly intoxicated woman back to his home in San Jose where he raped her.  The Santa Clara County native was passed out in the Uber ride to his home and awoke the next morning in significant pain and bleeding.  Hayne later acknowledged that he did have sexal intercourse with the woman.

Media coverage includes:

"Rugby-player-turned-49er accused of rape in civil suit," Mercury News, 12/19/17.

"Lawyer John Clune is acting for Jarryd Hayne's alleged rape victim," News.com.au, 12/20/17

HBC's Chris Ford and John Clune Settle Baylor Title IX Lawsuit

HBC's Title IX sexual assault lawsuit against Baylor University on behalf of a former Baylor student has been settled.  The complaint, filed in January 2017 by HBC partners Chris Ford and John Clune, received much attention by bringing to light their own investigation that found 52 acts of rape by more than 30 football players over a 4-year period at Baylor.  Both sides were able to work together in a meaningful fashion to resolve the matter.  The alleged perpetrators, Tre'Von Armstead and Myke Chatman, former Baylor football players, are awaiting a criminal trial for the 2013 rape.

The settlement was reported widely.  Below is one such article.

Baylor, Alleged Gang Rape Victim Reach Settlement in Title IX Suit, Waco-Tribune Herald, Sept. 5, 2017

More info on HBC's national Title IX practice can be found here.

HBC Congratulates its Ten 2018 Best Lawyers

HBC congratulates Bill Meyer, Jim Carpenter, Baine Kerr, Brad Peterson, Kimberly Hult, Chris Ford, Connie Eyster, Maureen Eldredge, Bob Schuetze and Glen Gordon for their selection as "Best Lawyers in America" for 2018.  The selection process is based on an exhaustive peer review survey of nearly 50,000 attorneys.  The practice areas for which the selections were made are:  Corporate Governance Law and Mergers and Acquisitions:  Jim Carpenter.  Corporate Law: Jim Carpenter and Maureen Eldredge.  Construction Law:  Brad Peterson.  Trusts and Estates:  Connie Eyster.  Commercial Litigation:  Bill Meyer.   Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation:  Chris Ford, Bob Schuetze and Glen Gordon.  Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice:  Kimberly Hult and Baine Kerr.  Railroad Law:  Bob Schuetze.

HBC's Chris Ford Completes Legal Aid Foundation Chairpersonship

HBC partner Chris Ford finished his two-year term as Chair of the nonprofit The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado on June 30, 2017.  During his chairpersonship, the Foundation raised record contributions during its annual fundraising campaigns.  For the 2016-2017 Annual Campaign, the Foundation raised more than it ever has - close to $2 million.  Funds raised by the Foundation support Colorado Legal Services, which provides critical legal services to low income Coloradoans who cannot otherwise afford civil legal representation.  Chris will continue to chair a strategic fundraising task force for the Foundation and the Foundation's Boulder Annual Campaign.

HBC Welcomes Lisa Willcox as an Associate Attorney

HBC is very pleased to welcome Lisa Willcox as an associate attorney with the firm.  Lisa is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law, graduating in the top 2% of her class, with an emphasis in taxation.  At CU Law, Lisa was a member and publishing student author of the University of Colorado Law Review.  Lisa obtained a B.A. in Economics and English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.  Before law school, Lisa worked as a project manager and business analyst for the software development life cycle at a small division of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  Lisa's practice will focus on estate planning and probate administration, as well as tax, business transactions and real estate.

HBC's Chris Ford to Speak at Harvard Title IX Conference

HBC partner Chris Ford is a featured speaker at Harvard's HALT Title IX Conference "What Comes Next: Title IX Under a Trump Administration."  The two-day conference covers a variety of topics involving Title IX rights and advocacy.  Chris is speaking on a panel with a Co-Founder of Know your IX, an organization focused on empowering students to stop sexual violence.  Chris is one of HBC's nationally-recognized Title IX litigation attorneys.

HBC's John Clune and Lauren Groth Speak at Denver Council on Sexual Assault

HBC Attorneys John Clune and Lauren Groth recently gave a Title IX presentation to the Denver Sexual Assault Interagency Council.  In attendance was the Council's Title IX working group consisting of staff from Higher Education, the Denver Public School System, Denver Police officials as well as the Denver District Attorneys office.  Mr. Clune and Ms. Groth discussed and fielded questions on best practices under Title IX, differences between Higher Education and K-12 dynamics, and the future of the Department of Education's role in the enforcement of these civil rights.

Baine Kerr Elected to Texas Institute of Letters

HBC's Baine Kerr (a Texas native) has been elected into the esteemed Texas Institute of Letters.  The Institute is a distinguished honor society founded in 1936 to celebrate Texas literature and recognize exceptional literary achievement.  Current members include well-known authors Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry.  Besides Baine, this year's impressive inductees include numerous award-winning novelists, columnists and playwrights.  Baine is the author of the two best-selling legal thrillers, Harmful Intent, and Wrongful Death.

HBC Title IX Lawyers Chris Ford and John Clune File Lawsuit Against Baylor University

HBC Lawyers Chris Ford and John Clune filed a groundbreaking Title IX lawsuit against Baylor University on behalf of a former Baylor student.  The lawsuit, filed on January 27, 2017, resulted in national media coverage.  Read more at:

"Lawsuit alleges Baylor football rape scandal more widespread than reported," The Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2017.

"New Lawsuit Amplifies Allegations of Sexual Assault at Baylor," The New York Times, Jan. 27, 2017

Related Commentary:

"College town cops are part of the problem at Baylor, other football factories," Orlando Sentinel, Feb. 8, 2017

"Big 12 Votes to Withhold Revenue from Baylor Pending Review," NPR, "All Things Considered", Feb. 8, 2017