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Areas of Concentration

  • Alcoholic Beverage Licensing
  • Hospitality Law
  • Complex Civil and Securities Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate/Transactional Matters
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical and Recreational Retail Marijuana Licensing

Mr. Stapen concentrates his practice primarily in federal and state alcoholic beverage licensing, hospitality law, real estate and related commercial matters. He represents distilleries, rectifiers, breweries, wineries, importers, wholesalers, hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs, golf courses, convenience stores and retail liquor stores throughout the State of Colorado in securing and protecting their liquor licenses, navigating regulatory and land use issues, in the negotiation and drafting of commercial and real estate transactions, and in the purchase and sale of their businesses. Mr. Stapen is a member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys and the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals. His experience allows him to structure and report his client’s operations to meet the requirements of the Colorado Liquor Code and the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Mr. Stapen also represents medical and retail marijuana businesses and related vendors in various matters from formation, licensing, compliance, transactions and exit strategies.

Mr. Stapen’s litigation practice is quite diverse and he has trial experience in federal and state courts, and in arbitrations under the auspices of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (f/k/a NASD) and American Arbitration Association. He has also assisted public and private companies in preparation of offering materials, mergers and acquisitions, registration statements, and other federal and state regulatory filings. Mr. Stapen frequently counsels his clients in all facets of corporate governance issues.

Education

  • J.D., 1996,University of Denver
  • B.S., 1993,Colorado State University, Sigma Iota Epsilon

Professional Experience

  • 1998 to present, Partner, Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings, P.C.
  • 1996-1998, Private practice

Notable Cases and Representative Transactions

Lead counsel in prosecuting hundreds of applications and hearings at federal, state and local licensing levels involving new to industry, transfer of ownership, change of location, modification of premises, and enforcement actions for all facets of the three tier “tied house” alcoholic beverage licensing industry (manufacturer, wholesale/distributor and retail).

Lead counsel in obtaining defense verdict for individual accused of broker-dealer violations and securities fraud, involving tens of millions of dollars, in a national coin-operated public payphone “investment contract” transaction.

Lead counsel and successful defense of an employee accused of misappropriating trades secrets from a national automobile warranty program.

Local counsel for publicly held telecommunications company in connection with securities, derivative and other suits arising from restatement of financial statements.

Assisted in obtaining a settlement in a complex negligence claim on behalf of a family in a National Association of Securities Dealers arbitration proceeding against a large brokerage firm for an amount in excess of $5 million.

Lead counsel in obtaining favorable consent decrees and resolutions in numerous Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA (f/k/a/ National Association of Securities Dealers), New York Stock Exchange, and state securities agencies’ investigations and enforcement actions involving insider trading, improper financial statement preparation, sale of unregistered securities, broker-dealer violations and fraud.

Representation of hundreds of clients in the purchase and sale of assets, equity and real estate.