About the Associates Campaign

The Associates Campaign is a friendly competition amongst Colorado law firms that raises funds to support Colorado Legal Services. It takes place during March of each year. This campaign helps Coloradans experiencing a crisis like domestic abuse or homelessness by ensuring they get the legal help they need to achieve safety and stability. The competition is organized and run by the associates at participating law firms. Each firm designates one or more “firm reps”. The firm rep is in charge of asking their fellow associates, partners, and staff to make donations. 

Check out the FAQs below to learn more or skim the list below to see if your firm is participating. 

Frequently Asked Questions

All we need is the name and email address for at least one associate who is willing to represent the firm and ask their colleagues for their support. Sign up using this form. 

Yes! We hold a kickoff event each February to train firm reps on how the Associates Campaign works. We’ll even help you practice asking your colleagues to donate. 

The 2024 Associates Campaign Kickoff will be on February 15th from noon to 1 pm at Faegre Drinker. Lunch is provided for firm reps. Please be sure that all of your firm’s reps are listed below so that we know how many people to expect at the kickoff. 

Can’t make it in-person? We’ll record the event and share it for firm reps that can’t attend in person.

All firms that participate are recognized on this page. 

We also present awards to firm that go above and beyond. Awards are presented at a celebration event in April. 2024’s celebration event will be held on April 10th from 5 to 7 pm at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Below is a list of awards that firms can compete to receive. 

  • Highest Grand Total Gift
    • Small Firm (1-9 Associates)
    • Medium Firm (10-19 Associates)
    • Large Firm (20+ Associates)
    • This category includes all gifts made, including by partners, support staff, friends, and family. Donors must indicate which firm should get credit for their gift.
  • Highest Per Capita Associate Gift
    • Small Firm (1-9 Associates)
    • Medium Firm (10-19 Associates)
    • Large Firm (20+ Associates)
  • Highest Number of Non-Associate Donors
    • Small Firm (1-9 Associates)
    • Medium Firm (10-19 Associates)
    • Large Firm (20+ Associates)
    • This category includes all gifts made by non-associates, including by partners, support staff, friends, and family. Donors must indicate which firm should get credit for their gift.
  • Most Growth Year Over Year
    • Small Firm (1-9 Associates)
    • Medium Firm (10-19 Associates)
    • Large Firm (20+ Associates)
  • 100% Associate Participation
  • Most Creative Fundraising

Yes! We welcome firms of all sizes to participate, whether you have one associate or 50. We even have awards specifically for small firms. 

The suggested donation is half the associate’s hourly fee–we hope this makes participation achievable for everyone.

Ways to give:

  • Online. Click here to give online. Please use your firm email address to ensure the firm gets credit for the gift. 
  • Check. Mail checks payable to the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado to 1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 701 Denver, Colorado 80203. Please include your firm’s name in the memo line to ensure the firm gets credit for the gift. 

Online donations must be received between midnight on March 1st and midnight on March 31st to count for awards purposes. Similarly, checks must be dated no earlier than March 1st and postmarked no later than March 31st and received no later than April 5th to count for awards purposes. 

Many firms create internal competitions or incentives to make the Associates Campaign fun for everyone involved. Below are some of the ideas that firms have shared with us.

  • The associate who donates the most gets to pick a partner who has to share an embarrassing photo from their teenage years.
  • The firm rep wears a silly outfit if the firm meets its giving goal. Examples have included firm reps dressing up as cats, wearing tutus, etc.
  • A firm rep had a life-sized cutout of a beloved partner giving a thumbs up made. As associates gave, the cutout appeared in front of their office.

If you come up with a fun incentive or competition, please share it with us!

To count for awards purposes, donations must be made during the month of March.* Anyone employed by a firm can donate, including associates, partners, and support staff. Friends and family can also give and designate their gift to count for a particular law firm. The firm may also match gifts made by its employees.

The suggested gift for an associate is half of their hourly fee, but gifts in any amount are welcome. 

*Online donations must be received between March 1st and March 31st to count for awards purposes. Similarly, checks must be dated no earlier than March 1st and postmarked no later than March 31st and received no later than April 5th to count for awards purposes. 

We suggest that associates give an amount equal to half of their hourly fee. For attorneys who do not bill by the hour, we ask for an equivalent amount that is meaningful to them. This gift can be given all at once or divided up into a monthly gift that adds up to that amount over a year. 

Although we have a suggested gift amount, donations in any amount are appreciated and provide hope and help to low-income Coloradans. 

The Associates Campaign benefits Colorado Legal Services. Their attorneys provide free legal help to Coloradans facing a crisis like domestic abuse or homelessness.

Colorado Legal Services has only 85 lawyers on staff, but nearly 700,000 Coloradans qualify for their help. By contrast, there are 535 public defenders in the state. For every person served by legal services, at least one income-eligible person is turned away because of inadequate resources.

Generally, Colorado Legal Services helps people who are living at or below 125% of the federal poverty level. For a single person, that amount is $18,225 and for a family of four, it is $37,500. 

Colorado Legal Services’ clients face problems that threaten their basic needs, like income, housing, food, and physical safety. 

Colorado Legal Services helps low-income families with problems that affect their basic needs. Case types include:

  • Family–Domestic violence, guardianship, child custody, child support, etc.
  • Housing–Eviction defense, foreclosure defense, landlord/tenant disputes, etc.
  • Elder–Wills, powers of attorney, elder abuse prevention, etc.
  • Consumer–Bankruptcy, garnishment, debt collection defense, small claims, etc.
  • Other–Record sealing, disaster relief assistance, obtaining IDs for unhoused Coloradans, etc.

2024 participating Firms

Firm Reps Listed Below Firm Name

Akerman
Nick Erickson

Armstrong Teasdale
Meredith Grant
Keyur Parikh

Arnold & Porter
Kristen Kendall

Baker Hostetler
Keeley Cronin

Ballard Spahr
Alexia Champman
Anjie Zhi

Bartlick Beck
Gabe Levin

Beatty & Wozniak
Devon Bell

Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti
Andrew Fischer

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Tristan Jensen
Matt Nilsen

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Spencer Rubin

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine
Lizzy Torma

Burns Figa & Will
Laura Fodor

Butler Snow
Dalton Kelley

Clark Hill
Edgar Barraza

Cooley
Katlynn Bruce

Crowell & Moring
Ashleigh Kaspari
Laura Martinez

Davis Graham & Stubbs
Jessica Dangoia
Stephanie Danner
Nick Eaton

Dietz & Davis
Matt Nadel

Faegre Drinker
Mary Hershewe
Ethan Bell
Tyler Griffin

Fairfield & Woods
Nafisa Hagmayer

Foley & Lardner
Kelsey Boehm

Foley Hoag
Stephen Robin

Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher
Erin O’Neill

Fox Rothschild
Spencer Allen

Gibson Dunn
Lydia Lulkin
Hannah Regan-Smith

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani
Brittany Bulawa
William Dewey

Greenberg Traurig
Mary Katherine Andrews

Haddon Morgan Foreman
Meredith O’Harris

Harris Law Firm
Jacob Allen

Hogan Lovells
Sydnie Pennington
Hanna Wynn

Holland & Hart
Hannah Armentrout
Ryan Lundquist

Husch Blackwell
Owen Davis

Ireland Stapleton
Firm Reps Coming Soon

Jones & Keller
Benjamin Brown

Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell
Slone Isselhard
Riley Scott

Koenig Oesler Tyalor Schoenfeld & Gaddis
John Kyed

Kutak Rock
Katie Crane
John Ringenberg

Lathrop GPM
Blaine Bengston

Lewis Roca
Wilson Collins
Hannah Goldstein
Greg Gerbus

Littler Mendelson
Kelsey Van Overloop

Merchant & Gould
Kelsey Covert

Messner Reeves
Jean Peterson

Michael Best
Liz Trower
Emily Figura

Morrison & Foerster
Elizabeth Weil Shaw

Moye White, LLP
Lilly Lentz
Kole Kelley

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti
Mike Davidson

Perkins Coie
Gabriella Gallego

Polsinelli
Shaye Maetzold Anderson
Cole Anthony
April Fortner
Maya Raphael
John Scott

Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC
Stephanie Wise

Sherman & Howard
Andi Savage
Natalie Whitacre

Sherr Puttman Akins & Lamb
Emily Koekkoek

Snell & Wilmer
Blake Jackson
Luke O’Keefe

Spencer Fane
Jose Castro

Squire Patton Boggs
David Coats

Stinson
Jonathan Manning

Trout Raley
Davis Wert

Wells Anderson & Race, LLC
Claire Lee-Hsu
Chelsie Smith

Wheeler Trig O’Donnell
Mickey Redlingshafer
Iva Velickovic

White & Steele
Morgan Nance

Wilhite Law Firm
Anastasia Evans

Williams Weece Pepple & Ferguson
Jacqueline Hyatt

WilmerHale
Zach Lass

Woods Aitken
Abigail Frame