General Practice Areas:  Linda Glesne has practiced law with Collins Cockrel & Cole for more than fifteen years and has been a Shareholder with the Firm for ten years.  Her areas of focus are on developed and operating special districts (park and recreation, water and sanitation and fire services). She also represents non-profit corporations providing quasi-municipal services.  Linda assists Firm clients both as general legal counsel and also in providing special counsel representation on employment and personnel matters, including drafting policies and helping employers assess potential claims and provide responses to administrative agency requests from the EEOC and Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Training, Community and Speaking Engagements:  Linda is a frequent speaker for the Special District Association (SDA) on topics involving employment and best management practices for establishing a working relationship between a governing board and the public and staff, along with various topics related to fire service consolidation, pensions, and general governance.  Linda also serves on the SDA Executive Legislative Committee.  Linda also provides training to individual boards and staff.

Past Experience:  Prior to joining CC&C, Linda gained valuable corporate experience working with the Schwinn/GT Corporation in Boulder as Assistant General Counsel and then General Counsel in bankruptcy. The lessons learned about disbanding assets in bankruptcy, including not just the physical assets but also the reduction in a large workforce and the emotional impact of change, have stayed with her into her current employment practice. Linda has a “whole agency” approach to employment representation and counseling employers as a result. You will frequently hear her analyze a complex employment matter by assessing the impact on the whole organization, as well as assessing the individual and the department she is considering. Linda also has prior experience with insurance and liability issues, and direct employment consultation, from her six years as a Staff Attorney with the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TML-IRP).

Linda received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Political Science from Trinity University and her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in both Colorado and Texas. While that might make her sound like a Texas native, she spent her whole childhood in the Denver suburbs. When Linda isn’t hanging with her three kids, you might spot her hiking one of Colorado’s hiking trails or skiing one of its classic resorts, practicing yoga in one of many local yoga studios or festivals in Colorado, or traveling, which is her favorite past-time.