Attorney Profiles: Our Local Government Attorneys in Denver, CO

James P. Collins

James P. Collins

Jim Collins holds Bachelor, MBA, and Juris Doctorate degrees. He has since 1977 been a member of the local, state, and national Bar Associations. He is a member of various business and community volunteer associations, and is a former two-term Mayor of the City of Littleton. Jim has served as Executive Vice President of the Special District Association of Colorado since 1975.

Prior to co-founding Collins Cockrel & Cole in 1978, he owned and operated a local government management and financial consulting firm for six years, and has held local government positions including: Assistant and Interim City Manager, Community Development Director, Personnel Director, Urban Renewal Authority Executive Director, and Federal Programs Coordinator.

Paul R. Cockrel

Paul R. CockrelPaul Cockrel has practiced primarily in the area of special district, local government, finance, and administrative law. His practice also involves related areas of law, including land-use planning, and environmental and water law. Paul was one of the principal authors of House Bill 1320 (The Special District Act) in addition to other laws affecting special districts and governmental entities in Colorado.

Paul represented the Special District Association before the Interim Committee of the General Assembly studying special districts. He has also worked on an interagency task force studying governmental immunity. During this period, Paul also served as the principal technical spokesman for special districts in legislative hearings and at intergovernmental conferences. He has spoken at topical seminars involving special districts and related governmental subjects and has served on the Governor’s Review Task Force.

Paul graduated from the University of Denver and the University of Denver College of Law. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Federal Bar. He has served on various bar association committees, including the committee on government law. He also has served on the board of directors of a national bank and on the Evergreen Community Advisory Group, a local planning committee appointed by the Jefferson County Commissioners.


Robert G. Cole

Robert G. ColeBob Cole’s practice focuses on emergency services and municipal clients, and has involved water rights, special district, public lands, and environmental issues before state, county and federal agencies and courts, including testimony before Colorado legislative committees. Before becoming a lawyer, Bob worked for nine years for the United States Forest Service in the Sequoia, Cleveland and Klamath National Forests in California— primarily in fire management and timber management.

Bob is also: a member of the Board of Directors of the National Forest Foundation and Chair of its Grants Committee; volunteer assistant coach with Evergreen High School Mountain Bike Team; former President of Snow Dodgers Youth Ski Club; a member of the National Fire Protection Association Wildland Fire Working Section; an associate member of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association; an associate member of the National Association of Forest Service Retirees; previously Chair for the Mile High Chapter of the Society of American Foresters; and a former member of the Clear Creek County Planning Commission and Upper Bear Creek/East Mount Evans master plan task force.

Bob obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from Oklahoma State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the Denver, Colorado, and American Bar Associations, and Metro City Attorneys Association.


Timothy J. Flynn

Timothy J. Flynn

Tim Flynn has practiced law since 1980, primarily with the firm of Flynn and Flynn of Englewood.  He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and University of Utah College of Law, and has served on many public and private community organizations. Tim continues his practice in representation of local governments, general litigation, probate administration, and wills & trusts.

Evan D. Ela

Evan D. Ela

Evan Ela’s practice has involved special district, municipal, environmental, and water law.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Evan worked professionally as a consulting hydrologist in Colorado for many years. Prior to joining Collins Cockrel & Cole, Evan practiced water and environmental law in the Office of the City Attorney in Thornton, Colorado. Evan’s law practice continues to emphasize water rights, environmental, local government and special district law.

Evan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Watershed Science from Utah State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law. He is a member of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, the American Water Resources Association, and the Colorado Water Congress.  Collins Cockrel & Cole actively supports the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and the Colorado Water Trust.

Linda M. Glesne

Linda M. Glesne

Linda Glesne’s practice focuses on local government law, primarily representing special districts as general counsel and serving as special counsel on employment and personnel matters.  Linda’s practice expertise emphasizes emergency services, park and recreation, and water/wastewater, employment law (defense) and EEOC and administrative agency representation.  Prior to joining Collins Cockrel & Cole, Linda was an attorney with the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool, where her practice focused on insurance coverage, governmental immunity and liability issues, and employment law consultation and training.  After moving back to Colorado, she served as Assistant General Counsel and then General Counsel in bankruptcy to the biking and fitness corporation Schwinn/GT Corp.

Linda served as a director of the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation for 2 years.  She regularly presents speeches in conjunction with the Special District Association (SDA).

Linda grew up in the Denver suburbs and then moved to Texas, where she attended college and practiced law.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science, cum laude, from Trinity University and earned her J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law.  Linda is licensed to practice law in both Colorado and Texas.


David A. Greher

David Greher’s practice focuses on local government law, primarily representing special districts as general counsel, to which he brings particular expertise regarding public finance, taxation, due diligence review, complex transactions, civil litigation and public-private partnership matters. Before joing Collins Cockrel & Cole, David practiced for nearly five years as a bond lawyer at both Kutak Rock’s Denver office and at Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schrek. During this time, he represented Colorado special districts as bond and disclosure counsel; other clients included business improvement districts, water conservancy districts, home rule and statutory municipalities and counties, and urban renewal authorities. David also has several years of experience in both corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, as well as in complex civil litigation.

David received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1992 and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1996.


Kathryn G. Winn


KGW HeadshotKathryn Winn’s practice emphasizes the representation of local governments, including special districts and municipalities.  Kathryn speaks regularly at the SDA Conference and Spring Workshops on topics such as open records, open meetings, boardsmanship, the Special District Act, and HIPAA, and annually updates the SDA Board Member Manual.   Prior to joining Collins Cockrel & Cole in 2008, Kathryn worked for Great Outdoors Colorado where she assisted municipalities and land trusts in acquisitions of land for parks and open space.

Kathryn received her bachelor’s degree in English from Mary Washington College in Virginia, and her law degree from the University of Denver.  Her activities outside of the office include cycling, animal rescue, and photography.

Joan M. Fritsche

Joan M. Fritsche

Joan Fritsche’s current practice primarily involves the formation and representation of special districts as general counsel, with a focus on water and sanitation and developer districts.  In addition, she advises clients on election law and the Fair Campaign Practices Act, and serves as special counsel conducting due diligence reviews of existing districts related to real estate transactions.  Joan began her legal career in the Adams County Attorney’s Office in the land use division before moving to private practice.

Joan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Marquette University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver where she served on the University of Denver Law Review.  Prior to attending law school, Joan worked in Chicago and Aspen in hotel management for Hyatt, the Four Seasons, and the Hotel Jerome.  Joan’s community commitments have included serving on the Board of Directors for the Civic Center Conservancy; serving on the Special District Association Executive Legislative Committee; and volunteering for nonprofit organizations and schools in her community.


Matthew P. Ruhland

Matt Ruhland’s current practice focuses on assisting local governments, developers and property owners in the organization and utilization of special districts to provide for the financing, construction, management and operation of essential public services, utilities and infrastructure. Once organized, Matt provides ongoing representation for special districts in all aspects of their operations and funding, including compliance with local government law and counsel in relation to governmental construction projects. In addition, Matt assists potential land purchasers with special district due diligence, including providing opinions on the standing of any related special district as well as the obligations and financial capacities of such special district as it relates to the development of the property. Prior to joining Collins Cockrel & Cole, Matt spent nearly 9 years at a firm that specialized in special district organization and representation. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of North Dakota and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver. Matt’s community involvements include sitting on the boards of the Jefferson Park United Neighbors and YouthRoots, as well as serving as president of the Designer Volleyball League (non-profit league focused on design and real estate professionals).


Joseph W. Norris

Joseph W. Norris

Joe Norris’ practice focuses primarily on water court proceedings and other water resource related matters. His experience also includes special district and local government representation. He is a member of the Colorado and Federal Bar as well as the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations and has contributed to a number of publications and presentations on water law topics and is an active member of the POND Committee of the Colorado Water Congress.

Joe received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he served on the Editorial Board of the Water Law Review. Prior to law school, Joe earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University, specifically focusing on the areas of water resources and hydrology; and has worked for public, private, and non-profit entities providing engineering and water resource related services.


Allison C. Ulmer

Allison Ulmer received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Smith College in 2001 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2006. Allison began her career at Isaacson Rosenbaum, P.C. in Denver, where she practiced real estate, land use and conservation law. Prior to joining Collins, Cockrel & Cole, Allison was an attorney at The Alliance for Climate Protection, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., where she focused on leasing and employment law.






Bart W. Miller

Bart Miller’s practice focuses on local government law, primarily representing special district, municipal and emergency services clients, as general counsel. Before joining Collins Cockrel & Cole, Bart worked as assistant director of the Colorado Office of Legislative Legal Services, a nonpartisan staff agency of the Colorado State Legislature. In Bart’s 32 years with the Colorado Legislature he focused on legislation relating to natural resources, environment, government organization, open records, open meetings, insurance, business and occupational regulation, public utilities, and employment. Bart also handled Colorado legislative branch matters relating to contract, employment, and litigation issues. Bart was elected as a founding City Council member of the City of Centennial, Colorado, serving from 2001 – 2008. Bart was Mayor Pro Tem of Centennial for 4 years and served as a Director of the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District. In addition he has been a Director of the Willows Water District and the Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority (ACWWA). Bart was also a founding Director of the Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA).

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