Major Local Firm Models Law Firm of the Future with People First Strategy


Fennemore, the fastest-growing BigLaw firm in the country according to, added nationally renowned Denver litigation firm Reilly LLP to its roster. The group of accomplished trial lawyers, led by Dan Reilly, has a long history of success on complex trustee and fiduciary litigation including securing a $106 million judgment for breach of trust against a national bank and representing the Denver Broncos and its related organizations on major bet-the-company litigation.

Reilly served as lead counsel defending the trust and estate plan of the former Denver Bronco’s owner.  Recently the trial court dismissed the claims holding the trust valid and enforceable and that the trustees had full and complete authority to administer it as written.

Reilly also has always had a deep commitment to pro bono work and proudly served as lead counsel on the landmark lawsuit that challenged Colorado’s laws prohibiting same-sex marriage.

“Fennemore proudly welcomes these dynamic, complex-litigation trailblazers  and remarkable allied legal professionals from Reilly, as we implement our People First model for how our firm will strategically grow, acquire top-shelf talent and better serve our clients across the country,” said Fennemore’s CEO James Goodnow.

Fennemore’s People First model incorporates four key pillars that align well with the Reilly making the add a perfect fit: A tech-centric distributed workforce; an environment where lawyers are guided by a C-Suite to run their practice groups like Fennemore’s clients run their own businesses; a culture that boosts productivity by celebrating work-life balance; and service that gives each client extraordinary lawyer access and decisive power.

“Fennemore’s contemporary entrepreneurial vision to build the law firm of the future made this an opportunity   that our trial-tested team  could not pass up,” said Dan Reilly, founder of Reilly. “For us, this is a monumental day in our  20-year history.  We are looking forward to  expanding our complex litigation  reach with  Fennemore’s best-in-class lawyers,” added Reilly.

Reilly, a Denver-based trial firm offering extensive national and commercial litigation experience, was established in 2000 by veteran trial attorneys Dan Reilly and Larry Pozner. Its lawyers have appeared as lead counsel for Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States and have handled matters in more than 40 states. The firm has an emphasis on complex trustee and fiduciary litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving significant liability exposure, and the likelihood of going to trial.

Founded in 1885, Fennemore is an NLJ250 law firm that helps businesses thrive. Whether launching start-ups with its venture accelerator, leading high-stakes mergers and acquisitions for Fortune 500 companies, or handling bet-the- company litigation for growth-phase enterprises, Fennemore has the back of business.

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