About

Professional Achievements

Gene has more than four decades of proven success collaborating with sophisticated clients and thought leaders across the legal, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and business communities. The breadth of his experience uniquely qualifies him to offer valuable insights and recommendations to key decision-makers.

Throughout his legal career, clients routinely retained Gene to provide strategic legal and business advice to their senior executives and board of directors. He also helped resolve their complex construction, real estate, and commercial disputes before state and federal judges, arbitrators, government agencies, and various ADR forums. His experience includes U.S. litigation and arbitration proceedings arising from international construction projects and business transactions based in Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Gene has provided legal and ADR services to publicly traded, privately held, and family-owned businesses from virtually every segment of the construction and real estate development industries.

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) has included Gene on its roster of approved arbitrators for the past 25 years. The AAA enlists experienced ADR professionals who understand the intricacies of the parties’ dispute and their industry, and Gene continues to serve as an arbitrator on AAA-appointed construction, real estate, and commercial cases.

In 2018, Gene was invited to become a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators, an internationally recognized invitation-only association of commercial arbitrators. He is an active participant in the College’s educational programs and promotes its highest ethical standards and innovative best practices in the field of commercial arbitration.

In 2019, Gene was recognized by Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession, as Denver’s Lawyer of the Year in the field of arbitration. Best Lawyers also recognized Gene as Denver’s Lawyer of the Year in the field of construction law in 2016. He continues to be recognized annually by Best Lawyers for his arbitration and construction law expertise. 

Gene’s unique legal, ADR, and industry experience has allowed him to study not only the accomplishments but also the inadvertent missteps of countless law firm and business leaders. Through his broad experience, he has learned valuable lessons that he would like to share with the next generation of law firm leaders to help them avoid the costly mishaps that many of their peers have suffered.

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Practicing attorney in local, regional, and Am Law 100 national law firms with ownership, management, and construction practice group leadership responsibilities.

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Mediator and arbitrator in more than 200 complex construction, commercial, and family-owned business disputes administered privately and by the AAA with an amount in controversy totaling $70 million in one case.

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Mentor and executive coach to business owners, leaders, and young professionals who are interested in advancing their careers in law, arbitration, mediation, construction, and real estate development.

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Adviser and board member with leadership responsibilities for charitable, nonprofit, industry, and quasi-governmental foundations, organizations, and associations. 

Experience

During his legal career, Gene handled complex litigation and arbitration before state and federal courts, arbitration panels, government agencies and a variety of ADR forums. His experience includes U.S. litigation and arbitration arising from international business transactions and projects located in Canada, Britain, Honduras and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Today

Gene focuses on helping businesses avoid or successfully resolve complex commercial disputes involving real estate, construction, law firm operations, insurance and related e-discovery matters. With more than 20 years of ADR experience as a third-party neutral, he has served as a neutral in more than 150 proceedings.

Recognition

Gene’s leadership extends beyond business and into the community. His distinguished credentials of city-building engagement include, most notably, his 2016 mayoral appointment to the Denver Urban Renewal Authority board of commissioners, and his role as chairperson of the internationally recognized Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) and Denver Civic Ventures. In 2014, Gene received the Honorary Partner Award from DDP for exhibiting strong leadership and engagement for a period of more than 10 years.

Thought Leader. Consensus Builder. Problem Solver.

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