Firm Profile > Husch Blackwell LLP > Denver, United States

Husch Blackwell LLP
SUITE 1000
DENVER, CO 80202
United States

Education Tier 1

Based in Kansas City, ‘well-respected‘ education powerhouse Husch Blackwell LLP has a multi-state presence and a deep bench of experts handling the full gamut of education law matters, with particular strength in Title IX independent reviews. Practice head Hayley Hanson, based in Kansas City, has over two decades of experience and is the key contact for sensitive investigations relating to social media, sexual assault allegations, and racial discrimination in higher education institutions. She also handles corporate mandates including acquisitions and asset transfers for universities. The wider team includes litigator Derek Teeter, who handles a significant amount of high-stakes litigations for universities and colleges on Title IX and the Clery Act. In Chicago, managing partner Julie Miceli advises universities on compliance, financial aid work, and campus safety, while ‘standout partnerLisa Parker is singled out for her healthcare-related education practice. She works closely with practice head Hanson on large M&A matters. Clients include religious institutions, non-profits, and K-12 school districts. In Austin, Scott Schneider is the key contact for sensitive employment-related matters including sexual misconduct, internal investigations, and Title IX work. The group has bolstered its education practice via five lateral hires, including some from Polsinelli PC.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Hanson

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Parker; Derek Teeter; Julie Miceli; Scott Schneider


The practice has an incredible and deep bench of education resources in a broad range of substantive areas that are unique to higher education. The team is responsive and very agile.

What makes the team stand out is the common sense approach to tough problems and the responsiveness. Lisa Parker is a standout in this regard.’

Lisa Parker deserves special recognition. Her legal skills, knowledge of the industry and responsiveness is worthy of high praise. She is my go-to lawyer for higher education matters.’

Key clients

Chicago State University

Colorado State University

Franciscan University

Indiana State University

Johns Hopkins University

MidAmerica Nazarene

Northwestern University

Northwest Missouri State University

Ohio State University

Point Loma Nazarene

St. Louis University

Texas A&M University

Trevecca Nazarene

United Educators

University of Illinois

University of Iowa

University of Kansas

University of Tulsa

Wichita State University

William Jewell College

Cannabis Tier 3

Husch Blackwell LLP is well regarded for its 'experience with cannabis in multiple states as well as its impressive connectivity to regulators’. The Denver-based practice handles cannabis and industrial hemp regulatory matters and transactional work, and also advises on corporate and securities issues, vendor contracts, employment law, governance, real estate, IP, customs, litigation and tax matters. Steven Levine leads the team and is known for marijuana and industrial hemp regulatory and corporate M&A work. Also recommended is associate Meghan Brennan, who is building a reputation in policy and legislation work, regularly meeting with lawmakers and working with regulatory agencies on rulemaking committees.

Practice head(s):

Steven Levine

Other key lawyers:

Marshall Custer; Meghan Brennan


‘The team is unbelievably knowledgeable in every aspect I use, which have been four different topics, from general business compliance to estate to working on court proceedings.’

‘They’ve collaborated with us on business and compliance objectives for investment opportunities within our business model.’

‘Marshall Custer is my main contact at HB. He’s very knowledgeable in all compliance aspects in our business and other related matters. He brings in other appropriate team members that suite their expertise where applicable. I always start with Marshall, as I’m confident with his counsel to me personally and my business.’

‘Husch Blackwell has offered exceptional services to the cannabis industry across multiple, complex regulatory schemes. They regularly monitor and update clients on changing regulations while also offering advice as to how such changes may impact the business. Husch Blackwell also works well under tight timelines while dealing with complex legal issues.’

‘Their reach and depth in various markets is substantial, as is their ability to handle various subject matters.’

‘Husch Blackwell attorneys pride themselves in learning the client’s business with an eye towards providing specialized services that speak directly to the client’s key issues in any given project. Their attorneys also regularly go above and beyond to meet timelines while providing exceptional service.’

‘Specific experience with Cannabis in multiple states as well as impressive connectivity to regulators.’

‘Practical problem/dispute resolution strategies leading to quicker resolution and cost containment.’

‘Availability, responsiveness and candor – overall a customer service commitment not often seen in large firms.’

Key clients


Pioneer Interests

Metrc LLC

Columbia Care, Inc.

Clear Cannabis, Inc.

Green Sage Real Estate

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 4

Led from Kansas City by John Crossley, Husch Blackwell LLP‘s cross-disciplinary renewable energy group, which resources matters utilizing sector-specific experts from across the firm’s corporate, regulatory, finance, real estate environmental and tax groups, provides ‘practical and pragmatic advice‘ to developers, tax credit investors and lenders engaged in solar, wind and battery storage projects. Although the firm is active in deals throughout the country, it has gained particular praise from clients in relation to Texas-based matters which require knowledge of the state’s unique regulatory requirements. In this regard, Maria Faconti, who has in-house experience at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, ‘has hands-on experience with the myriad regulatory requirements needed to finance a Texas renewable energy project and to keep it in compliance with the ever changing regulatory landscape in the state’. 

Practice head(s):

John Crossley

Other key lawyers:

Jim Goettsch; Maria Faconti; Kaitlyn DeYoung; Chris Reeder


My company retained the firm to serve as our local counsel for the tax equity financing of several Texas wind and solar projects. The reason we initially hired them and continued to hire them for another four financings was because of the strength of their Texas regulatory practice.

The firm is really a rarity in how well-suited they are to serve as local counsel, in that they have specialists that know the Texas market so well.’

Our primary go-to lawyer at the firm is Maria Faconti. Having worked at the Texas PUC, Maria has hands-on experience with the myriad PUC and ERCOT requirements needed to finance a Texas renewable energy project and to keep it in compliance with the ever-changing regulatory landscape in the state.’

And, long after the financings have closed, Maria is proactive in advising us of changes to the regulatory requirements that our operating renewable projects must comply with and new developments that will have an impact on future Texas financings. She is truly an expert and is never wrong!’

Chris Reeder is an exceptionally strong commercial lawyer that we often work with on broader commercial issues.’

Key clients

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

Ares Management Corporation

Lincolnway Energy

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC

Diode Ventures, LLC

Black & Veatch

Leeward Renewable Energy

Swift Current Energy

GridLiance LLC

General Electric Energy Financial Services

Government contracts Tier 4

Primarily based in Washington DC, Husch Blackwell LLP has notable expertise handling federal construction contracting matters. In addition to representing clients in contract disputes and claims litigation, the department is well placed to advise on all phases of the procurement and contract administration processes. Regulatory compliance and bid protests are core areas of practice for Brian Waagner, who jointly heads the department with Hal Perloff. Perloff is often engaged in the defense of FCA allegations, and suspension and debarment proceedings. Steven Neeley is also recommended in the government contracts team; he has experience in transactional matters and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Hal Perloff; Brian Waagner

Other key lawyers:

Steven Neeley; William Hughes

Key clients

The Clark Construction Group, LLC

Lendlease (US) Public Partnerships LLC


Lawrence Livermore National Security

Day & Zimmermann

Express Scripts, Inc.

Centene Corporation

JF Brennan Company

SupplyCore, Inc.

Martin UAV, LLC


Harcros Chemical, Inc.

Total Administrative Services Corporation

W.S. Darley Company

Schutt Industries

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 4

With offices in Kansas City, St. Louis and Milwaukee, Husch Blackwell LLP has a notably strong presence in the Midwest, acting on a national scale for clients based in the region and for international clients seeking to buy or sell businesses in the Midwest. Kirstin Salzman heads the M&A, securities and corporate governance team from Kansas City; she handles joint ventures, governance issues, private equity and venture capital investments, regularly advising private equity and mezzanine funds in portfolio investments. Phoenix-based Chris Erblich leads the financial services and capital markets industry unit.

Practice head(s):

Chris Erblich; Kirstin Salzman

Other key lawyers:

Jim Goettsch; Mary Anne O’Connell


‘The Husch team has a ton of experience executing middle market transactions, allowing them to provide sound advice and innovative solutions for their clients. They also work incredibly hard – we make investments all around the globe and it’s not unusual for us to have meetings pop up at 2am that they need to attend – they are always available when their clients need them.’

‘They are incredibly dedicated to their clients and are regularly available 24/7 when we need them, especially when working on global transactions. They provide innovative solutions and are incredible at focusing on the things that matter. Their experience allows them to know what matters, protect their clients, and do it in a way that’s fun to work with them.’

Key clients

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

Associated Bank N.A.

Casey’s General Stores

Commerce Bancshares

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.

Five Elms Capital

Green Plains, Inc.


Nidec Motor Corporation


Real estate Tier 4

Praised by clients for its ‘wealth of knowledge’, Husch Blackwell LLP is well-regarded for corporate real estate transactions, social infrastructure developments and property litigation with distinguished expertise in public-private partnership projects and deals involving stadiums and sporting arenas. Caroline Hermeling leads the department from St. Louis.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Hermeling


‘Husch real estate team provides a wealth of knowledge regarding the exact legal issues that we face as a shopping center developer. The rates for Husch attorneys and paralegals are very competitive in the Chattanooga market and even more competitive on a national scale.’

‘Husch has responded to every major project involving CBL transactions with streamlined billing and, when necessary, data production and assistance with discovery requirements in litigation matters.’

Key clients

City of Anaheim

MGE Capital

Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency

Hillyard Industries

Diode Ventures

Western Union

The StarWood Group (d/b/a 900 N Tucker LLC)

Raven Development

U.S. Capital Development

Kiel Center

Northpoint Development


Circuit of the Americas

CH Coakley

NRP Group

Tires Made Easy, Inc.

The lawyers of Husch Blackwell understand that deep legal subject-matter expertise is merely the first step in building strong client relationships. Our firm is dedicated to an absolute focus on client service, building knowledge of each client’s business and delivering measurable value. From offices in 18 U.S. cities we provide legal insight and business leadership that helps our clients identify smart solutions, advance their goals and move forward.

With predecessor firms stretching back over a century, Husch Blackwell has a deep commitment to and a shared history with the communities we serve. The firm’s current configuration is the product of a 2008 merger between St. Louis-based Husch & Eppenberger and Kansas City-based Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin to form a powerhouse Midwestern law firm. The firm has continued to expand its footprint throughout the Midwest since the merger, most notably combining with Texas-based Brown McCarroll in 2013 and Milwaukee-based Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek in 2016.

Rather than traditional legal practice areas, Husch Blackwell is organized around six strategic industries—energy and natural resources; financial services and capital markets; food and agribusiness; healthcare, life sciences and education; real estate, development and construction; and technology, manufacturing and transportation. This structure, implemented in 2012, provides the firm with the ability to field deep, interdisciplinary teams capable of quickly identifying the right skill sets required by each client’s unique legal and business challenges.

Department Name Email Telephone
Paul Eberle Chief Executive 414 978 5550
Greg Smith Chairman 314 480 1720
Michael Hargens Commercial Litigation
JoAnn Sandifer Commercial Litigation
Steve Carman Energy
Steve Carman Food & Agribusiness
Curt Chase Healthcare
Hayley Hanson Higher Education
Scott Davis Insurance
John Cruciani Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy
Aron Carnahan Intellectual Property
Jeff Neeley International Trade
Paul Pautler Labor & Employment
Eric Lenzen Mergers & Acquisitions
Eric Lenzen Private Equity
Carrie Hermeling Real Estate, Development & Construction
Steve Camp Banking & Finance
Chris Rockers Banking & Finance
Derek Taylor Banking & Finance
Total partners firmwide : 323
Total lawyers firmwide : 622