HBC Sponsors Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado

Hutchinson Black and Cook is proud to announce that it is an Executive Member and sponsor of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado School of Law for the academic year 2012-2013.  The Silicon Flatirons Center is a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary research center at the University of Colorado School of Law.  Silicon Flatirons' core mission is to elevate the debate surrounding technology policy issues; support and enable entrepreneurship in the technology community; and to inspire, prepare and place students in these important areas.  In fulfilling this mission, Silicon Flatirons serves as a source for new ideas, a forum for in-depth discussions and research, as well as a valuable campus platform for the technology community.

HBC attorney Justin C. Konrad advises Silicon Flatirons as a member of the Silicon Flatirons Advisory Board, whose members are drawn from local and national leaders in business, goverment and the nonprofit sector.

For more information about Silicon Flatirons and upcoming events, visit the Silicon Flatirons website at www.siliconflatirons.com.

HBC Welcomes Emily Nation as a New Associate Attorney

HBC is very pleased to welcome Emily Nation as an associate attorney with the firm.  Emily is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law, graduating in the top 10% of her class, and was a member of the University of Colorado Law Review.  Emily obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from Dartmouth College.  After law school, Emily clerked for the Honorable Monica M. Márquez at the Colorado Supreme Court.  Emily's practice will focus on general civil litigation.

Colorado Secretary of State Issues Notification of Deceptive Solicitation

The Colorado Secretary of State's office has issued the following warning regarding possibly deceptive solicitations issued by "Compliance Services":

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office is notifying Colorado businesses of a possibly deceptive solicitation issued by “Compliance Services.” The entity has mailed solicitations titled “Annual Minutes Requirement Statement Directors and Shareholders” to businesses in Colorado. These solicitations offer to prepare documents to satisfy the annual minutes requirement for a $125.00 fee. Though most corporations are required to keep records of annual minutes, they are not required to file these records with any third party.

Although the solicitations contain disclaimers stating that “The preparation of minutes of annual meetings does not satisfy the requirement to file the Periodic Report required by COLORADO REVISED STATUTES Section 7-90-501,” the solicitation is creating confusion. Please be aware, the minutes of annual meetings are not required to be filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office or any other government agency or third party. In addition, records of annual meetings are separate from the annual report filing with the Secretary of State’s Office, which for most businesses is just a $10 fee, online at www.sos.state.co.us.

Please feel free to contact an HBC business attorney if you have any questions regarding your company's corporate minutes or any other matters related to the organization or operation of your business.

Fraud Alert: Beware of Email EIN Verification Requests

Several business attorneys at HBC have recently fielded questions from our corporate clients about emails allegedly from the IRS relating to clients' federal tax identification (EIN) numbers.  These emails appear to originate from the IRS and request that recipients “validate” their EIN through an attached hyperlinked website. If you receive one of these emails, delete it and do not click on any links.  The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers by email regarding tax matters and any email that appears to be from the IRS requesting that a taxpayer click on a link or open an attached file is very likely to be fraudulent. 

One version of the suspect email reads as follows:

Dear business owners,

Due to the changes in the taxation policies that have been recently ratified, IRS informs that LLC, C-Corporations and S-Corporations have to validate their EIN in order to confirm their actual status. You have 14-day period in order to examine all the changes and make necessary amendments. We are sorry to cause inconvenience.

For the details please refer to: <>

Sincerely yours,
Margaret Myers
Internal Revenue Service Representative

Please feel free to contact our business attorneys if you have any questions about your federal tax identification number or any other matters related to the organization or operation of your business.

Bill Meyer, Baine Kerr, Brad Peterson, Kimberly Hult, Chris Ford, and Connie Eyster Named “Best Lawyers in America” for 2013

Six HBC lawyers, Bill Meyer, Baine Kerr, Brad Peterson, Kimberly Hult, Chris Ford, and Connie Eyster, have been named in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  Woodward White, Inc., publisher of the annual Best Lawyers list, surveys attorneys across the country to determine those to be included.  Bill was selected for his commercial litigation practice, Baine and Kimberly for plaintiff’s medical malpractice, Brad for his work in construction law, Chris for plaintiff’s personal injury and Connie for her trust and estates practice.

Baine Kerr To Be Honored at Equal Rights Advocates' 38th Annual Luncheon

Equal Rights Advocates is a nonprofit legal organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls.  ERA will host its 38th annual luncheon on June 8, 2012, at the Union Square Hilton Hotel in San Francisco, CA, where it will honor HBC attorney Baine Kerr as one of two groundbreaking national Title IX litigators and present a video about the Title IX cases that Baine has undertaken at HBC.  More information is available in the press release put together by ERA announcing the luncheon.

Melissa Sullivan to Present at CBA Annual Legislative Update

Melissa Sullivan will present the Trust and Estate Section update at the Annual Legislative Update Luncheon organizaed by the Colorado Bar Association.  The Annual Legislative Update is intended for practitioners in the business, real estate, taxation and trust & estate areas of law in Colorado, and will take place at Fogo De Chao, 1513 Wynkoop Street in Denver, on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:30am.  More information and registration is available online at the Colorado Bar Association's website.

Tax Exempt Nonprofits: Remember the Form 990 Deadline of May 15, 2012!

Although nonprofit organizations that have received exemption from federal taxation, including exemption under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3), are exempt from payment of federal income tax, most such organizations are still required to file an annual an exempt organization information return with the IRS each year.  Organizations with $50,000 or more in annual gross receipts normally file Form 990 or Form 990-EZ, and those with less than $50,000 in annual gross receipts normally file Form 990-N (also called the "e-Postcard").  The deadline for these filings is the 15th day of the 5th month after the close of the organization's tax year, which means that calendar-year organizations must file by Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (or seek an extension of time to file).  Failure to file information returns for three consecutive years can lead to revocation of the organization's tax exempt status.

If you need advice or assistance with legal issues relating to your nonprofit organization, feel free to contact HBC's business attorneys to discuss potential representation.  Please note that all information provided on our website is subject to our standard disclaimer.

Melissa Sullivan Co-Authors 2011 Colorado Trust and Estate Law Update

The 2011 Annual Survey of Colorado Law, published by the Colorado Bar Association and Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., features a chapter on Trust and Estate Law co-authored by HBC attorney Melissa Sullivan.  This annual compilation discusses 2011 updates to Colorado case law as well as statutory and regulatory developments, all organized by practice area.  Copies of the 2011 Annual Survey may be ordered from the Colorado Bar Association website

Connie Eyster elected to American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Connie Tromble Eyster has recently been elected to the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a nonprofit association of lawyers existing since 1949 whose members have demonstrated the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.  Connie, who has been with Hutchinson Black and Cook since 2001, is a Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated attorney, and has been named the 2012 Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year for Denver, Colorado by Best Lawyers®.  Connie is active in the Trust and Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, currently serving as the Vice Chair of that section of the CBA.

Bill Meyer Signs Letter to UN Secretary-General In Support Of Syrian Lawyers

HBC Attorney Bill Meyer, as Chair of the International Legal Assistance Consortium, spoke along with fourteen of the world's major international organizations representing the legal profession in a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, in support of the lawyers of Syria who have reportedly been harassed, imprisoned and abused for participating in peaceful dissent or representing Syrian citizens involved in protests.

The letter is intended to send a powerful message that there is cohesive international support for those peacefully working for reform in Syria, and that Syrian legal professionals who are silent or who support regime policies are on the wrong side of history.

An Internation Bar Association press release describing the letter is available here, and the full text of the letter may be dowloaded here.

Bill Meyer, Baine Kerr, and Brad Peterson Voted Colorado Super Lawyers® for 2012

Three Hutchinson Black and Cook lawyers, Bill Meyer (Business Litigation), Baine Kerr (Plaintiff Medical Malpractice)and Brad Peterson (Construction Litigation) have been voted 2012 Colorado Super Lawyers® by the publishers of Law & Politics magazine after a state-wide survey and independent review of the lawyers’ credentials.  HBC is very proud to have its lawyers recognized by their peers and to be named Colorado Super Lawyers®.

Melissa Sullivan, Angela Little and Justin Konrad Become Newest Members of HBC

HBC is happy to announce that as of January 1, 2012, Melissa Sullivan, Angela Little and Justin Konrad have accepted offers to become the newest Members of HBC.

Melissa Sullivan joined HBC as an associate in 2007. Her practice focuses primarily on estate planning and probate and trust administration, including representation of clients in connection with the preparation of their wills, trusts and other estate planning documents and concerns. She also assists individuals with preparation of marital agreements and families with administration of decedent's estates.  Prior to attending law school, Melissa received her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She taught high school mathematics in South Carolina and Illinois, where she also worked with students learning English as a second language.

Angela Little joined HBC as an associate in 2007 after seven years of civil litigation experience at Smith Moore LLP in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Prior to relocating to Colorado, she handled trial and appellate matters in state and federal courts in the Southeast.  Angela's practice continues to focus on commercial litigation.  Before attending law school, Angela served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tutume, Botswana, where she taught O-level English language and literature from 1993 through 1995.

Justin Konrad joined HBC as an associate in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, Justin clerked for the Honorable David M. Ebel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. His practice is focused on the intellectual property aspects of business law, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, domain names and licensing agreements. Justin also focuses on entertainment law, addressing the legal issues of musicians, filmmakers, writers and others in the entertainment industries. In addition, Justin is experienced in general-counsel representation of emerging and growing businesses, emphasizing business formation, contracts and operations, mergers and acquisitions, and employment and consulting arrangements.  Justin is an avid backcountry and alpine skier and mountain biker, and has extensive experience as a recording engineer, record producer and professional guitarist.

The firm is delighted to welcome Melissa, Angela and Justin as Members.

Baine Kerr to Speak at Harvard Law School on "Litigating to Fight Discrimination"

HBC attorney and member Baine Kerr will be featured as a panelist at the sixth annual Harvard Women's Law Association Conference on February 3, 2011.  The theme of this year's HWLA Conference is "Mind the Gap: Achieving Actual Parity" and Baine will be speaking as a panelist at the "Litigating to Fight Discrimination" panel about his extensive experience in using litigation tools and techniques to combat discrimination.

For more information about the panel or the HWLA Conference generally, please visit the HWLA Conference website.

Bill Meyer's ILAC Mission to Libya Profiled in the Boulder Daily Camera

As chair of the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), HBC attorney Bill Meyer spent eight days in November 2011 in Libya, investigating allegations of human rights abuses and discussing the provision of legal assistance to help the country establish democracy and the rule of law. 

The Boulder Daily Camera interviewed Bill and has published an article profiling the mission, available at the Daily Camera's website.