Areas of Practice

Business and Corporate

Business and Corporate

Sparks Willson provides a full range of legal services to its business clients. Our firm and its attorneys have a proven record with a wide range of companies including manufacturing, technology, healthcare, retail, sports, and real estate companies. We can work with you and your business from its formation through a liquidity event.

Areas of Focus:
  • Business/Entity Formation, Operations, Governance,  and Reorganization
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Contracts and Licensing
  • Securities and Transactions
  • Healthcare and Medical Practice
  • Corporate Finance
  • Software and Intellectual Property
  • Manufacturing
  • Family Business and Entrepreneurs
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Litigation

Litigation

Litigation in today’s environment can be complex, time consuming, and expensive.  Our attorneys will work to assure that your litigation strategy takes into account your unique circumstances and strategic objectives.  We will help you manage and understand the litigation process from start to finish so that you will be able to plan for each stage and work with us during each phase of your matter.  Sparks Willson handles all aspects of litigation including trials, arbitration, and appeals.
Areas of Focus:
  • Commercial Litigation (Contract and Business Disputes)
  • Complex Litigation
  • Probate Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Civil Appeals
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Estate Planning and Probate

Estate Planning and Probate

Assisting clients with estate planning is an intensely personal process, from choosing how to create and implement a plan to pass the client’s legacy to providing guidance after the death of a loved one.  Our attorneys work with clients to ensure that their plan reflects their desires, and that they have a clear understanding of how their plan works, and why it takes the form that it does.

In providing guidance for the administration of trusts and estates we work with family members as beneficiaries and as fiduciaries to see to it that the deceased’s plans are carried out as intended and beneficiaries are kept informed on a timely basis regarding the progress of trust or estate administration.  We take a collaborative approach to the administration process, routinely coordinating our efforts with the deceased’s accountants and financial advisors.

Areas of Focus:
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Living Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Business Succession
  • Tax Planning Charitable Giving
  • Private Foundations
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Real Estate

Real Estate

Our experienced, responsive team of real estate lawyers provide a full spectrum of legal services to commercial, industrial, and residential real estate matters.  Whether it’s a complex real estate transaction, a trial or county board proceeding, or the process of assisting our corporate lawyers with real estate issues, our real estate lawyers seek the creative solutions that serve your particular needs.

Areas of Focus:
  • Contracts, Acquisition and Sale Transactions
  • Leasing including Office Leases, Retail Leases, and Ground Leases
  • Quiet Title, Adverse Possession, Chain of Title Issues, Easement Rights
  • Title Insurance and Survey Matters
  • Lending, Foreclosures, Workouts and Receiverships
  • Real Estate Disputes, Commercial Evictions, Boundary or Easement Disputes
  • Land Development and Land Use, Zoning, Variance and Subdivision Approvals
  • Condemnation Matters
Attorneys and Paralegals:

Taxation

Taxation

On behalf of our clients we handle and resolve a broad range of federal, state, and local tax issues, including income and estate tax planning for individuals and businesses, IRS controversies, mergers and acquisitions, state or local sales or use tax matters, and tax issues affecting non-profit organization.  Every client’s tax concerns are unique.  We strive to provide clear explanations, explore available alternatives and tailor the solution to achieve the client’s objectives.

Areas of Focus:
  • Estate and Gift Tax
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Business Transactions
  • Employee Benefits
  • Income Tax
  • State and Local Tax
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Employment Law

Employment Law

At Sparks Willson, we are committed to offering quality, practical solutions for your work force needs. We work proactively with clients to help them understand and navigate the heavily-regulated area of employment law. We believe that proper planning and training can help you avoid costly employment litigation.

We advise employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring, employment agreements, workplace policies and handbooks, discipline, investigations, termination, layoffs, reductions in force and other employment law issues.  We represent business in administrative actions before the Colorado Civil Rights Division, the Colorado Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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Sports and Entertainment

Sports and Entertainment

Global growth in the popularity and visibility of sports has created a high-profile, multibillion dollar industry.  Such growth has been accompanied by an increase in the complexity and importance of the legal issues facing the industry.  Sparks Willson provides a full range of legal services to a diverse client base, including athletes, coaches, executives, national governing bodies for sport, professional sports teams and leagues, sports venues, college conferences, health clubs, nonprofit corporations and charity sports organizations, and sports officials.

Areas of Focus:
  • Arbitrations
  • Arena/Stadium Use Agreements
  • Broadcast Agreements
  • Coaching Contracts
  • Collaboration Agreements
  • Copyright
  • Contracts
  • Facilities
  • Grievances
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licensing
  • Nonprofit
  • Olympic Sports
  • On-Air Talent Agreements
  • Production Agreements
  • Professional Sports Law
  • Publishing
  • Right of Privacy
  • Sponsorships
  • Sports Officials
  • Safe Sport Investigations
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Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing

Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing

Many businesses rely heavily on the value of their intellectual property. We can help you develop a practical and cost-effective strategy to protect your intellectual property.

Areas of Focus:
  • Brand Management
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Infringement
  • Licensing
  • Multimedia Law
  • Music
  • Proprietary Rights
  • Publishing
  • Registration
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark
  • Technology Transfers
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Governments, Special Districts, and Zoning

Governments, Special Districts, and Zoning

Our firm represents governmental entities and statutory special districts. Paul Hurcomb was appointed County Attorney for Teller County in 2016.  Chris Brandt previously served as the County Attorney for Teller County from 1997 to 2015. The attorneys at Sparks Willson have experience and expertise representing and advising government entities on a broad range of issues. Such entities are subject to quite different and special requirements, and, as a result, can often require specialized legal advice. As a result of our general governmental representation, our attorneys are able to provide our governmental clients with advice in many areas, including open meetings, executive sessions, open records, land use/zoning and subdivision, taxation, TABOR restrictions, campaign practices, contracting, employment and human resources, finance, real property, as well as many others.

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