Donnie Emmi

Donnie Emmi is an experienced lawyer committed to finding the best possible solution for his clients. His approach is creative, allowing him to see issues from all sides and to advise the most advantageous course of action.

Donnie grew up in a small farming town in northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating high school, he attended East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania pursuing an education in business management, finance, and psychology. While attending college, Donnie joined the United States Air Force, Pennsylvania Air National Guard where he had the opportunity and privilege of travelling the world and defending our country. He later transferred to the Colorado Air National Guard after enrolling at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Donnie also attended law school at Brooklyn Law School while working fulltime for a prestigious private equity / venture capital firm dealing with equity and financial investments into public and private companies.

During his free time, Donnie can frequently be found skiing with his family, coaching baseball, and designing and building greenhouses and landscaping projects.

Recently, Donnie authored the legal chapter in a book concerning marijuana companies’ access to banking, Navigating Safe Harbor: Cannabis Banking in a time of Uncertainty. The author of the book, Sundie Seefried does an incredible job writing the true story of her journey to pioneer, design and build a full-scope cannabis banking program. A copy of Ms. Seefried’s amazing book can be purchased here: HTTP://SAFEHARBORPRIVATEBANKING.COM/ .

Business Transactions:

  •   Banking and financing*
  •   Marijuana business acquisitions*
  •   Marijuana business startups
  •   Marijuana banking*
  •   Marijuana finance*
  •   Mining disputes/ formation*
  •   Management Agreements
  •   Appeals
  •   Mergers and acquisitions*
  •   Corporation/LLC formation

Litigation Work

  •   Marijuana business disputes*
  •   Catastrophic personal injuries*
  •   Estate
  •   Securities fraud*
  •   Construction defect defense*
  •   Collection defense
  •   Mortgage fraud*
  •   Real estate fraud
  •   Business and corporate disputes*
  •   Medical Malpractice*
  •   Mining*

Education

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado Bar

Acts as Counsel, Pro Hac Vice

  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
  • Kansas

Professional Associations

FIRM DESCRIPTION

At Hunsaker | Emmi, P.C., we’re driven to find the best solution for every client. Our attorneys work to make our clients’ lives better.

We understand that, when you work with us, you are entrusting us with your life, livelihood, and business, and we believe there is no greater responsibility than that. Our firm takes giving clients like you top-notch service and representation seriously, which is why we make it a point to be easily accessible, cost-effective, and personal. That means your case is covered, from every angle.

We have the experience, knowledge, and creativity to help you resolve your legal problem. Please contact us anytime to learn what we can do for you.

Steven Weigler

Steven Weigler gained extensive experience from his role as a senior attorney for a Fortune 50 technology company where he handled complex business negotiations and asset-protection cases. He was also the CEO, founder, and general counsel of an educational technology startup that developed predictive analytics to identify and help at-risk youth. In addition, he has served as a prosecutor in Dade County, Florida, and as a litigator in a prominent Denver law firm.

An entrepreneur himself, Steven is passionate about helping business owners achieve their goals and receive expert, empathetic legal support.

Steven specializes in protecting intellectual property, general business counsel (including employment), and information technology law. His years of entrepreneurial experience give him a unique insight into emerging companies, and he strives to be the legal “go-to” legal counsel for his clients’ growing businesses.

FIRM DESCRIPTION

EmergeCounsel’s focus areas are in the protection of intellectual property and business assets. Our clients are worldwide. Our TOTALTM® and AMAZON SELLERSservices provide trademark guidance, search, appeals of office actions and denials, and trademark monitoring and enforcement at flat, affordable rates. EmergeCounsel also has an extensive network of professionals who provide co-counsel and services in taxation, patents, accounting, bookkeeping, marketing, copywriting and editing, financing, and more.

David J. Schaller

David Schaller represents clients in franchise and distribution disputes, business torts, insurance bad faith, and professional liability matters. He relies on his significant prior experience in business to appreciate his clients’ priorities relating to complex commercial disputes.

Dave has extensive experience representing major companies in disputes related to franchise and distribution agreements, including winning precedent-setting judgments for his clients. He has successfully tried cases and arbitrations, conducted evidentiary hearings, prevailed on dispositive motions, and negotiated highly favorable settlements in jurisdictions across the country.

Dave spent 12 years in business before entering law. During this time, he developed firsthand experience with the types of challenges and disputes his clients bring to him now, including contractual breaches, employment claims, competition issues, vendor agreements, and real estate transactions. This background heavily informs Dave’s practice and helps him walk in his clients’ shoes. He efficiently and creatively resolves legal disputes while safeguarding the relationships that help his clients’ businesses thrive.

The Franchise Law Practice:

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell represents franchisors, manufacturers, and distributors in disputes with their franchisees or dealers, or in matters related to their distribution networks. We have tried cases before federal and state courts and administrative agencies from Alaska to North Carolina.

We have helped resolve disputes involving all facets of the relationship between franchisors and franchisees, including dealer fraud, establishments, terminations, relocations, franchise modifications, product introductions, and allocation of products. Beyond federal and state dealer-based or franchise-based statutory claims, our practice routinely involves defending the common law claims that typically accompany those franchise-act-based statutory claims, such as business torts, breach of contract, bad faith, and RICO.

Our role as co-national trial counsel for a major motor-vehicle manufacturer and national trial counsel for a major motor-vehicle distributor has helped hone our skills in varied venues and forums throughout the country.

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell:

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell excels at all stages of complex civil litigation—pretrial, trial, post-trial, and appellate. The firm is recognized nationally for its significant experience in substantive practice areas of interest to corporations, including commercial litigation, product liability, employment, franchise, insurance, personal injury defense, intellectual property, and professional liability.

We use the knowledge gained through our extensive trial experience to our clients’ advantage when conducting internal investigations, early case assessments, pre-trial negotiations, and counseling to avoid future litigation.

Our firm structure neither depends on nor is geared toward considerations of leveraging high partner-associate ratios, keeping work within our own firm, or maximizing staffing levels or billable hours. Consequently, we are completely comfortable in partnering with, or retaining and supervising, lawyers from other firms who can bring to bear resources or specialized expertise best suited to the accomplishment of our clients’ goals. We have many years of experience working in close collaboration with other firms and lawyers, including members of many of the largest and best law firms in the nation, and we take pride in making these teams work effectively and efficiently for our clients’ interests.

Todd J. McNamara

Todd J. McNamara graduated magna cum laude from Chaminade College, Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1974 and secured his law degree with honors from St. John’s University School of Law in 1979. Todd was the shareholder in charge of a mid-sized firm’s employment law section for approximately 10 years. In 1995, Todd opened his own firm, and limits his practice exclusively to employment law matters. He has lectured on numerous occasions, both locally and nationally, on employment law matters.

Todd was lead private class counsel in Wilkerson, et al., v. Martin-Marietta, the largest age discrimination claim brought within the State of Colorado, which settled for a reported $7.6 million. In LaSelle v. Public Service, Todd secured a $2.1 million judgment on behalf of 90 plaintiffs in an ERISA claim. Todd secured the first race discrimination verdict in the United States against a real estate franchise for failure to award a sales agency to an African-American in Tyler v. ReMax. In addition, Todd was co-counsel in Vaszlavik v. Storage Tek, an age discrimination class action, which settled for $5 million. Todd served as class co-counsel in an ERISA action, Piet, et al. v. Lontine, which settled for $5 million. Additionally, he has settled a two plaintiff sex discrimination case for $1.3 million, a seven person age discrimination case for $2.2 million, a multi-plaintiff disability case for $1.1 million and a race discrimination case for $1.75 million. Todd, together with class co-counsel, settled a $3.85 million disability discrimination case against the United States Postal Service. Todd settled an FLSA case for $835,000 in 2012 and together with co-counsel, settled an FLSA case for $4.4 million in 2013. He has 10 recoveries for his clients in excess of $1 million.

Todd has previously served as co-chair of the Colorado Bar Association Labor Law Committee and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association. He serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association Employment Panel. He is editor of Federal Employment Jury Instructions and has just recently completed a tenth supplement to that publication, which is used throughout the United States by both lawyers and judges. He is a co-chapter editor of the Practitioners Guide to Colorado Employment Law and has published a number of other articles on employment law issues in both Trial Talk and The Colorado Lawyer. He has been listed as a Colorado Super Lawyer under Labor and Employment since the inception of that award in 2006 and for 10 consecutive years. In addition, Todd J. McNamara P.C. maintains an AV rating, the highest possible, with Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Martindale Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Law and Employment Section. He has been selected as one of the “Top 50” lawyers, among over 24,000 in the State on two occasions and one of the “Top 100” three times. He was honored with the designation of Lawyer of the Year – Employment Law (Individuals) in 2013. He has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment for many years. Todd is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, one of approximately only 20 in Colorado.

Kory D. George

Kory George is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee and is co-chair of the Firm’s Construction Law, Commercial Litigation, and Dispute Resolution practice groups. He has practiced law with Woods & Aitken LLP since 2003, with an emphasis in construction law, construction litigation, and commercial litigation. His experience includes advising and representing construction industry participants and commercial entities in all aspects of claim and dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation, arbitration, dispute review boards, and litigation at the state and federal court levels. Kory has experience representing clients on a multitude of projects both regionally and nationally. In addition, he also has extensive experience in contract drafting, contract negotiations, and the legal aspects of project management.

Kory has presented nationally at the ABA Construction Industry Forum, Construction SuperConference, and Concentrated Course in Construction Contracts. He has made numerous national, regional, and local presentations for various construction industry associations, such as the AGC, ABC, ASA, CFMA, DBIA, AIA, NECA, IEC and various other trade and professional organizations. He has authored several articles published in periodicals such as The Construction Lawyer and The Journal of American College of Construction Lawyers. Kory was lead editor on a number of contract drafting working groups for ConsensusDocs. He is an active member in the ABA Forum on Construction Law and several other regional and local industry trade organizations.

Kory is recognized as an AV Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and is repeatedly selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Construction Law. He is a prior recipient of the Attorney Council Member of the Year by American Subcontractors Association of Colorado (ASAC).

The Construction Law Practice:

Woods & Aitken LLP’s national construction law practice group has counseled clients in the construction industry throughout the United States since the Firm’s founding in 1921. This tradition and dedication to the construction industry provides the experience and knowledge from which creative, value-driven, and ethical solutions to the challenges facing our construction clients can be achieved. Our service-oriented philosophy fuels our commitment to long-term client relationships and enables us to provide effective solutions consistent with the goals and business propositions of our clients.

Woods & Aitken counsels companies from all facets of the construction industry. Our clients include general contractors, trade contractors, specialty subcontractors, project owners, architects, engineers, suppliers, and sureties working on a variety of types of construction projects. We have experience in all legal aspects of the construction process from bid to project closeout.

When disputes arise, Woods & Aitken strives to work with our clients to identify the key issues and develop efficient and cost-effective approaches to early resolution. We have obtained favorable settlements for our clients through mediations, dispute review boards and other early resolution processes. However, if resolution cannot be achieved short of trial, our team has extensive experience in construction litigation having achieved success in arbitrations, state and federal courts, and other evidentiary proceedings.

Woods & Aitken LLP:

Since 1921, Woods & Aitken LLP has focused its practice of law on achieving long-term client success on local, regional, and national levels. Our commitment to client service has fueled the expansion from our original Lincoln, Nebraska office to offices in Denver, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska; and Washington, D.C. We are at our best when we focus on leveraging our firm’s broad expertise to assist individuals and businesses reach their goals.

Client service is the hallmark of everything we do. Integrity, hard work, an understanding of the law, and an even deeper understanding of our clients’ concerns are the foundation upon which we serve. To excel, we believe our commitment to service must be delivered by attorneys who demonstrate the highest levels of academic achievement, strive to be world-class in their chosen area of practice, and understand their success as legal professionals is first and foremost determined by their ability to provide superior legal solutions to their clients.

Julie Herzog

Julie Herzog specializes in corporate, securities and merger and acquisition transactions. She has handled transactions valued at over $4 billion for major public companies and investment banks and enjoys working with a diverse clientele ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to startups, family offices, and venture capital and private equity funds. In the last three years, Julie negotiated and closed over 50 transactions valued at over $1.3 billion on behalf of our clients. Her clients represent a variety of industry sectors, including energy, health care, technology, manufacturing, real estate, food and beverage, business consulting and other services. She has counseled over 150 companies from inception through initial public offerings or successful sales.

Before joining the firm in 2003, Julie practiced corporate and securities law for more than eight years at major international law firms, Morrison & Foerster’s Denver and Hong Kong offices and Jones Day’s Chicago office.  In 2004, she started her own clothing business, grew the business over three years and successfully sold it in 2007. Her experience managing the entire lifecycle of a business adds value to her work with clients.

Each client has varying demands and requirements and Julie has earned a reputation for respecting the unique qualities of each of her clients. Her approach is refreshingly down-to-earth as she meets her clients’ business objectives, while appropriately addressing the legal and business risks. Having been on both sides of the desk, she understands the importance of timeliness, efficiency and other factors that create quality customer service—and that is what she delivers.

Practice Areas

– Entity and fund formations

– Domestic and international public and private mergers and acquisitions

– Partnerships, joint ventures and strategic alliances

– Management buyouts and debt and equity financings (including angel investments, venture capital, private equity and public offerings)

– Technology transfer and licensing

– Corporate governance matters, including director and officer liability protection

– Securities and stock exchange compliance

– Commercial transactions

– Real estate and development

Bar Admissions

– Colorado

– Illinois (inactive)

Education

– Juris doctor, cum laude, Southern Methodist University (1994)

*Law Review Managing Editor and elected to Order of the Coif (top 10%)

– Bachelors of science in accounting and political science, with honors, Oklahoma State University (1991)

– Certificate in Authentic Leadership, Naropa University  (2003)

Professional Affiliations

– Rocky Mountain Securities Conference – 2017 and 2018 Planning Committee

– American Bar Association – Business Law Section

*Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, Market Trends Subcommittee

*Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities

– Colorado Bar Association  – Business Law Section

*Mergers & Acquisitions Subsection

*Securities Law Subsection

– Association for Corporate Growth (Corporate Affairs Committee)

– Entrepreneurs’ Organization (Co-Chair Alchemy 2015, Forum Moderator 2014, Membership Chair 2017-2018)

– University of Colorado Leeds School of Business Women’s Council

– Blackstone Entrepreneurs’ Network – Network Advisor 2017 and 2018

– Boomtown Accelerator – Mentor (2017)

Honors & Awards

– Honored with the 2017 and 2018 M&A Lawyer of the Year by ACQ Global Awards

– Presented with the 2017 M&A Corporate LiveWire Award

– Named to the Colorado Super Lawyers lists – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018

– Colorado Super Lawyers – Top 50 Women – 2015, 2016 & 2017

– Finalist in the Law category for the Denver Business Journal’s 2015 Outstanding Women in Business Award

– Won the Corporate Live Wire award for Elite M&A Lawyer in Colorado in 2015

– Named one of InterContinental Finance Magazine’s “100 Leading Female Lawyers” for 2014

– Finalist for “Top Woman Lawyer” in 2010

– “Woman of Accomplishment” by Law Week Colorado in 2009

– Finalist in the “Mile Hi Leader” category for the Denver Business Journal’s 2005 “Outstanding Women in Business Awards”

– Denver Business Journal “40 under 40” in 2002

Community Activities & Personal Interests

Julie has been involved in a variety of charitable organizations during her career. As the Chair of the Underwriting Committee for the Women Inspiring Leadership Development (WILD) Summit she helped create the initial Summit in 2013, raise nearly $260,000 in donations, and grow participation to over 500 women in 2014.  She has volunteered at Anchor Center for Blind Children, served as an Associate Board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and served as a Guardian ad Litem through the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center.

In her free time Julie enjoys spending time with her triplets, country western dancing, yoga, golf, running, skiing and she loves personal development and learning opportunities.  She and her triplets earned their black belts in karate in 2017.  She is also a founder and President of Chrysalis Development Group LLC, a real estate investment company.

Speeches & Publications

– Presented at Fortis Law Partners 2018 Lunch & Learn Series – “How Do I Maximize My Company’s Value for a Future Exit Event? And Laying the Foundation for a Successful Exit.” (2018)

– Moderator at The Business Buyer’s Symposium “Growth Through Acquisition” hosted by Transworld Business Advisors of Denver (2017 & 2018)

– Presented “Securities Law Survival Guide” at the Colorado Bar Business Law Institute’s annual CLE (2017)

– Presented at Fortis Law Partners 2017 Lunch & Learn Series – “How Do I Maximize My Company’s Value for a Future Exit Event?” (2017)

– Presented “Critical Updates in the Changing M&A Landscape” to the Colorado Bar Association, M&A Subsection (2015)

– Featured speaker on a national webcast entitled “How to Effectively Deal with an SEC Investigation” (2014)

– Featured speaker on a national webcast entitled “SEC and Dodd-Frank Act Regulations Compliance: Emerging Issues and Practical Guidance” (2013)

– Presented “Securities Law Survival Guide” to the Colorado Bar Association (2012)

– Featured on Mile High Radio’s “Blind Justice”, speaking on the recently enacted JOBS Act (2012)

– Quoted in the regional and national press on corporate governance and securities issues

– Lectured on entity formations, technology transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital financings to trade organizations and bar associations (2000-Present)

– Published law review article on Securities Law in the George Washington Law Review (1994)

– Published law review article on Oil and Gas Law in the Baylor Law Review (1994)

Representative Transactions

– Represented NetFactor on the sale of substantially all of their assets to Bombora

– Represented a local private equity fund in negotiating with other investors and lender for a $17 million purchase of a multifamily apartment complex in Thornton through a tenant in common structure and $14 million Freddie Mac loan

– Represented a Spanish private equity firm with three $1+ million Preferred Stock investments in California tech start-ups

– Assisted a majority investor in connection with a $63 million Fannie Mae refinancing of a construction loan for a multifamily apartment complex in Austin, Texas

– Assisted and negotiated several large scale M&A deals for clients

– Assisted and advised on multiple aspects for the construction and operation of a world class aquatic training facility including raising private capital from investors and the negotiation and closing of bank debt financing of over $6 million

– Assisted a family-office client with an investment in tenants-in-common that purchased a multi-family apartment complex in Texas for $37 million and related Freddie Mac financing of $22 million and two additional Freddie Mac refinancings for other projects totaling $88 million

– Represented a Colorado pet foods company in its $2.5 million sale to a strategic buyer

– Represented the Rocky Mountain’s leading manufacturer of bottled water in connection with its SEC filings, NASDAQ compliance, going private, debt financings and general corporate and governance matters

– Finalized the launch of a private placement of up to $1.6 million for the holding company of a multi-state title insurance underwriting company.  The deal was designed to eliminate corporate debt and add working capital to, among other things, fund expansion efforts

– Assisted a family-office client with an investment in a joint venture that purchased a multi-family apartment complex in Arizona and the sale via a reverse 1031 exchange of another multi-family apartment complex in Texas for $37.3 million

– Negotiated the joint development and licensing of new predictive analytics applications in the mental health industry on behalf of a leading Colorado non-profit

– Assisted a client in the manufacturing industry with negotiating and closing a sale of the company, yielding an excellent result for a long-term client and its owners

– Represented a family office/private equity fund in connection with the purchase of 11 and sale of 7 multi-family apartment complexes throughout the country with an aggregate value of $800 million and simultaneous obtaining or amending of $300 million in FHA multi-family primary and supplemental loans

– Represented the founders of pet products leader, The Kyjen Company, in sale to The Riverside Company

– Represented a global leading publicly held medical technology company in connection with its domestic and international acquisitions of, and investments in, a number of privately-held companies and divestitures ranging in size from $20-80 million, including divestiture of a German subsidiary to a U.S. public company, a U.S. subsidiary to a Dutch company and acquisition of a privately held U.S. company

– Represented a family office/private equity fund in connection with 10-15 hedge fund and real estate investments, debt financings and refinancings for real estate projects, including Fannie Mae loans, and development projects annually averaging approximately $80 million

– Represented a publicly held environmental technology products and services company in connection with its public and private offerings, international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, stock exchange compliance, corporate governance and general corporate and commercial matters, including structuring and closing a $300 million joint venture for a new manufacturing facility, multi-million dollar PIPEs by strategic and financial investors, a $30 million registered direct offering, $27 million confidentially marketed public offering, reorganization in Delaware, stock split, two restatements, SEC investigation, derivative lawsuits and debt financings

– Represented healthcare technology and services company in the medical transcription and electronic medical records space in a $14 million management buyout and recapitalization

– Represent large Colorado non-profit organization that provides comprehensive and accessible mental health and substance abuse treatment, housing, education and employment services for adults and is the leading resource of treatment for children, teens and families

– Assisted public companies in connection with restatements of financial statements due to SEC comments and advice to the board and management as to appropriate public disclosures

– Represented a family office/private equity fund in connection with a complex 1031 reverse exchange, the acquisition of three multi-family apartment complexes with an aggregate value of $165 million and simultaneous negotiation and closing of Fannie Mae loans

– Assisted Motor Sport Country Club in connection with its financial restatements and going private transaction

– Represented a medical documentation software and services company in connection with 5-10 acquisitions of privately-held companies per year over 5 years as part of its roll-up strategy, a $3 million Series A Convertible Preferred Stock offering to angel investors and $10 million Series B offering to a private equity fund

– Represent real estate developers in connection with fund formations, Regulation D offerings, debt financings and development of various projects through Colorado

– Represented Fortune 20 company in the healthcare industry in connection with its acquisitions of, and investments in, a number of privately-held companies and joint ventures

– Facilitated the negotiations and closing for a $2.1 billion hardware and software products distributor resulting in distribution agreements with 15-20 vendors, representing over $250 million in revenue and subsequently prepared new hardware, software and services distribution and license agreements to standardize and streamline operations

– Represented Saratoga Harness Racing’s acquisition of Fitzgerald’s casino in Black Hawk, Colorado

– Assisted real estate development company in connection with its $8.5 million acquisition of real estate near Vail, Colorado, including recapitalization and debt financing

– Represented a publicly held Australian manufacturer of cryogenic and high vacuum equipment with two acquisitions in the United States

– Assisted a mother-owned publisher of online consumer reporting services in the automobile industry in connection with the sale of the company to the industry leader

– Assisted several start-up companies in connection with their formation, debt and equity financings, shareholder and buy-sell agreements, software development, technology licensing, manufacturing, supply and OEM agreements, website privacy policies and terms of use and various other commercial transactions.

 

Steven C. Choquette

STEVEN C. CHOQUETTE is an experienced mediator, arbitrator, and trial lawyer who brings passion and creativity to resolving disputes via both Alternative Dispute Resolution and litigation.

During nearly 30 years practicing law, he has focused on business, personal injury, and wrongful death matters.  He has mediated dozens of cases in those areas, and also in construction, insurance coverage, landlord-tenant, employment, homeowners association, and other areas.

He has arbitrated several commercial cases as both arbitrator and lawyer, and was recently chairman of a three-arbitrator panel in a large commercial dispute.

From 2006-2008, he was an adjunct professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution at Denver University’s Sturm College of Law.

In 2007, following 20 years as an associate and partner with the US national law firm of Holland & Hart LLP, he co-founded a firm now known as Choquette & Hart LLP.

He received his Juris Doctorate from Denver University and his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University.

He has long held Martindale.com’s highest ranking of AV Preeminent/5.0, has been named a Colorado “Super Lawyer” every year since the program’s inception in 2006, and has been peer-selected to “The Best Lawyers in America” since 2014.