February 2017

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Announces Personnel Changes.  Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. said a bittersweet farewell to its special district/litigation paralegal Sarah Ewan, as she retired from office life to begin her new career as a mom.  At the same time, we are fortunate to have Michele (Mitch) Barrasso join the firm.  Mitch brings a wealth of special district knowledge and experience to the firm, and we are confident that our clients and consultants will enjoy working with her as much as we do!

December 2016

The Family Tree’s Holidays of Hope Adopt-A-Family. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. adopted a family through the Family Tree’s Holidays of Hope Adopt-A-Family program. The Family Tree provides  innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. We are proud of the generous donations made by everyone at the firm.

Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation – Christmas for Kids. Cameron J. Richards is a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation, whose primary mission is to raise money for disadvantaged children in the Denver and Front Range area. Its holiday fundraising event is Christmas for Kids which raises money to help these children and their families enjoy the holiday season.

November 2016

Groundbreaking for Levitt Pavilion – Denver. Levitt Pavilion – Denver celebrated its official groundbreaking. Colin Mielke, the President of the Board of Directors for the Friends of Levitt Pavilion, was instrumental in supporting and ensuring the success of this project. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. is proud to have supported this project and Mr. Mielke.

September 2016

Presentation at 2016 Special District Association Conference. Jeffrey Erb and Colin Mielke presented “The Nuts and Bolts of Capital Projects – From Start to Finish” at the 2016 Special District Association Conference in Keystone, Colorado.

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Welcomes Cameron Richards. The attorneys and staff at Seter & Vander Wall are pleased to welcome Cameron J. Richards, Esq. to the firm. Cameron earned his Juris Doctorate from University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law in 2012, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2003, where he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, and worked for the Book Review section of The Historian.  Following law school, Mr. Richards focused on civil litigation and workers’ compensation defense.  Mr. Richards currently practices in the areas of special district representation, land use, real estate development and associated litigation.

April 2016

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary. April 23, 2016 marked the 15-year anniversary of Seter & Vander Wall’s inception. The firm celebrated with an employee bowling tournament and a special anniversary cake!

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Announces Personnel Changes. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. promoted its paralegal and part-time receptionist, Sarah Ewan, to a full time paralegal position, and welcomed Chelsie Gonzalez to the firm as our new receptionist/administrative assistant. Chelsie brings a wealth of administrative support and bowling experience to the office!

March 2016

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Continues Support of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado.Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. continued its support of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado as a “leadership law firm” for the 14th consecutive year. The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado provides civil legal services for low-income people in the State of Colorado.

February 2016

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Donates to the Kids in Need of Dentistry (“KIND”) Toothbrushes for Tots Drive. For the fifth consecutive year, the attorneys, paralegals and staff at Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. collected and donated toothbrushes and dental care supplies for the KIND drive, sponsored by the Denver Bar Association. This year’s drive resulted in the most generous collection yet!

January 2016

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Announces New Shareholder. Seter & Vander Wall attorney Jeffrey E. Erb has been named a shareholder of the firm. Mr. Erb’s practice focuses on the representation of local governments and quasi-municipal entities, including their formation, financing, development and day-to-day operations. Mr. Erb also provides litigation representation to local governments and private entities through all stages of the trial and appeal process. The firm congratulates Jeff on his new ownership role!

December 2015

Seter & Vander Wall’s Paralegal Extraordinaire Retires. Sandy Thomas reached her long-anticipated goal of retirement at the end of 2015, after spending the last eleven years of her paralegal career with Seter & Vander Wall. We appreciate her dedication to the firm, and will miss her expertise and sense of humor. Congratulations and best wishes, Sandy!

Seter & Vander Wall Continues Support of Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver. The firm is proud to once again provide sponsorship of the Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver. Associate Colin Mielke serves as President of the Board of Directors for the organization. Levitt Pavilion Denver is a public/private partnership between the City and County of Denver & Levitt Pavilion Denver, and will be operated by Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver, a Colorado non-profit with a mission to build community through music by creating an outdoor amphitheater in Ruby Hill Park, located adjacent to the South Platte River greenbelt. Levitt Pavilion Denver has an anticipated opening date of July 2017.

September2015

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Participates in the Annual Special District Association Conference in Keystone. Seter & Vander Wall’s attorneys and paralegals participated in the annual Special District Association conference in Keystone, Colorado, making it the 14th consecutive year that Seter & Vander Wall has participated in or presented at the conference.

July 2015

Seter & Vander Wall Lease Renewal Results in Honorary Gift. Upon completion of Seter & Vander Wall’s lease renewal at The Solarium, the firm’s tenant representative Matt Edgar, broker/owner of Community First Commercial Real Estate, generously donated $3,200 to the Douglas County Libraries Foundation on behalf of the firm as part of his company’s mission to support the community. Matt, we appreciate your generosity and your patience!

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Supports Denver Bar Association Back to School Supply Drive. The firm and its employees continued their annual tradition of shopping for and donating school supplies to families in need through the Denver Bar Association Community Action Network. The school supply drive benefits Denver Public Schools and the Children’s Outreach Project.

April 2015

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Sponsors the Barristers Benefit Ball for the Metro Volunteer Lawyers. For the second consecutive year, Seter & Vander Wall P.C. sponsored the Barristers Benefit Ball to support the Metro Volunteer Lawyers (“MVL”). MVL is the pro bono arm of the Denver Bar Association, providing civil legal services to those in need in the Denver metropolitan area. MVL’s mission is to “bridge the gap in access to justice by coordinating the provision of pro bono legal services by volunteer lawyers within the Denver metro area to people who could not otherwise afford legal services for their civil legal issues.” Elizabeth Dauer volunteered her time to MVL for planning the Barristers Benefit Ball, and served as the chairperson for raffle ticket sales.

Seter & Vander Wall P.C. to Expand Current Office Space. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. is expanding its current office space at the Solarium building in Greenwood Village! Following the expansion and office space update, the firm, its clients and visitors will enjoy a larger, state of the art conference room and other enhancements in the same convenient location at Orchard Road and Quebec Street in the Tech Center.

March 2015

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Welcomes Russell Newton. Seter & Vander Wall welcomed Russell Newton, Esq. to the firm. Russ earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2011 and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Economics in 2006. Following law school, Mr. Newton earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado Denver Business School in 2014. Mr. Newton has experience working as a contract attorney within various practice areas, including construction defect, business transactions, and trademark law. Mr. Newton’s practice includes litigation assistance for special districts and municipalities.

February 2015

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Continues Support of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado.Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. continued its support of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado as a “leadership law firm” for the 13th consecutive year. The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado provides civil legal services for low-income people in the State of Colorado.

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Donates to the Kids in Need of Dentistry (“KIND”) Toothbrushes for Tots Drive. For the fourth consecutive year, the attorneys, paralegals and staff at Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. collected and donated toothbrushes and dental care supplies for the KIND drive, sponsored by the Denver Bar Association.

January 2015

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Announces New Director. Seter & Vander Wall attorney Jeffrey E. Erb has been named a director of the firm. Mr. Erb’s practice focuses on the representation of local governments and quasi-municipal entities, including their formation, financing, development and day-to-day operations. He also provides litigation representation to local governments and private entities through all stages of the trial and appeal process. He has been with the firm since 2010, and will be an integral part of the firm’s management team.

December 2014

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Bids a Bittersweet Farewell. Our friend and colleague, Jen Wascak, left the firm to return to a career in the public sector. She will be greatly missed by the firm’s staff and clients, but will be a tremendous asset in her new position. We wish her all the best.

September 2014

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Participates in the Annual Special District Association Conference in Keystone. Seter & Vander Wall’s attorneys and paralegal participated in the annual Special District Association conference in Keystone, Colorado, making it the 13th consecutive year that Seter & Vander Wall has participated in or presented at the conference.

Kim Seter and Elizabeth Dauer lead a discussion at the SDA Conference Library District Forum, along with the Director of the Elbert County Library District and the President of the Colorado Association of Libraries.

Colin Mielke and Jen Wascak presented “A Tax in Fee’s Clothing – Preventing Litigation Over Your District’s Fees and Taxes,” a discussion on the differences between special district fees and taxes, and why boards of directors need to know the difference. The presentation included topics such as: 1) Identifying how the problem of imposing a tax as a fee arises; 2) Discussion of the consequences of imposing a tax, but calling it a fee; 3) Providing a “cheat sheet” of solutions to ensure boards of directors correctly identify proposed fees and taxes, and the proper steps to implement each.

July 2014

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Supports Denver Bar Association Back to School Supply Drive. The firm and its employees continued their annual tradition of shopping for and donating school supplies to families in need through the Denver Bar Association Community Action Network. The school supply drive benefits Denver Public Schools and the Children’s Outreach Project.

June 2014

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Presents Webinar on Colorado Open Records Act. Attorneys Jeffrey E. Erb and Colin. B. Mielke presented a webinar sponsored by the Colorado Special District Association on recent updates to the Colorado Open Records Act related to research and retrieval fees, creation of open records acts policies, and issues related to responding to records requests. Over 200 participants registered for the webinar, setting a new record for SDA webinar registration.

May 2014

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Sponsors Sean May Memorial Run. The Sean May Memorial Run in Barr Lake State Park benefits the 17th Judicial District’s Access to Justice Committee which develops, coordinates, and promotes initiatives to expand access to and enhance the quality of justice in Adams and Broomfield counties. In addition to its sponsorship, many of the attorneys, staff and family participated in both the 5k and 9-mile runs, with a couple top ten finishers!

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Helps Pass Ballot Question for Central Clear Creek Sanitation District. The Central Clear Creek Sanitation District passed a ballot question at the May 2014 election approving the issuance and repayment of bonds for needed improvements and upgrades to its sewer treatment plant. Prior to hiring Seter & Vander Wall, P.C., the District’s attempts to pass the question failed twice. Construction on the improvements is expected to begin in early 2015.

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. at Barristers Benefit Ball for the Metro Volunteer Lawyers.Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. purchased a table at the Barristers Ball to support the Metro Volunteer Laywers (“MVL”). MVL is the pro bono arm of the Denver Bar Association providing civil legal services to those in need in the Denver metropolitan area counties. MVL’s mission is to “bridge the gap in access to justice by coordinating the provision of pro bono legal services by volunteer lawyers within the Denver Metro Area to people who could not otherwise afford legal services for their civil legal issues.”

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Continues Support of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado.Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. continued its support of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado as a “leadership law firm” for the 12th consecutive year. The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado provides civil legal services for low-income people in the State of Colorado.

April 2014

Sarah Fisher Joins Seter & Vander Wall, P.C., Sarah Fisher joins Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. as an administrative assistant. Ms. Fisher recently completed her paralegal certificate and will provide administrative support to the firm.

March 2014

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. argues at the Colorado Supreme Court. Kim J. Seter, Esq. and Jeffrey E. Erb, Esq. attended oral arguments at the Colorado Supreme Court. Mr. Seter presented the argument to the justices on behalf of its client, Pivotal Parker Commercial, LLC, in the case of SDI, Inc. v. Pivotal Parker Commercial, LLC, case no. 2012SC870 regarding the delegation of governmental power to private parties and the potential effects on public financing. An opinion is pending.

February 2014

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Donates to the Kids in Need of Dentistry (“KIND”) Toothbrushes for Tots Drive. The attorneys, paralegal and staff at Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. collected and donated toothbrushes and dental care supplies for the KIND drive.

October 2013

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Donates to the Poudre River Library Trust. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. supported the expansion and remodel of the Poudre River downtown library through a financial contribution to the Poudre River Library Trust.  The firm’s gift will help construct the performance area in the Library Park section of the District’s Old Town Library. Seter & Vander Wall applauds the efforts of the Poudre River Library Trust, the Board of Trustees of the Poudre River Library District, and the Library Director and staff in updating and upgrading the Old Town Library in Ft. Collins and improving library services throughout the Library District.  The firm is proud of the role it has played in the formation and growth of the Library District and its excellent reputation.

September 2013

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Answers the Call for Flood Victim Assistance. Colorado experienced unprecedented rain and flooding in multiple counties along the Front Range and Eastern Plains.  The firm’s employees generously contributed to the Weld County United Way and the Community Foundation of Greeley and Weld County to assist those affected by the devastating floods in Northern Colorado.  Seter & Vander Wall matched all employee contributions and continues to be proud of its employees’ generosity in responding to the needs of the community.

Seter and Vander Wall, P.C. Participates in the Annual Special District Association Conference in Keystone. Seter & Vander Wall’s attorneys and paralegals participated in the annual Special District Association conference in Keystone, Colorado, marking the 12th consecutive year that Seter & Vander Wall has participated in or presented at the conference.

Jen Wascak joins Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Jen Wascak, Esq., most recently the Adams County Attorney, brings over 15 years of experience in local government, land use, zoning, and employment matters to Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. She will continue to focus her legal practice on these areas and special districts.

August 2013

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Wins Motion for Summary Judgment Preventing the Imposition of an Illegal Statutory Lien. Attorneys Kim J. Seter and Jeffrey E. Erb obtained a Douglas County District Court Order declaring that United Water & Sanitation District may not impose liens pursuant to § 32-1-1001(1)(j)(I), C.R.S. against property located outside its boundaries and to which it does not provide service.

July 2013

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Supports Denver Bar Association Back to School Supply Drive. The firm and its employees continued their annual tradition of shopping for and donating school supplies to families in need through the Denver Bar Association Community Action Network. The school supply drive benefits Denver Public Schools and the Children’s Outreach Project.

June 2013

Colin Mielke, Esq. joins Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Colin Mielke, Esq. joins the expanding legal team at Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Mr. Mielke is a 2009 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and following a clerkship for Judge Enquist in Colorado’s First Judicial District, has focused his practice on the representation of special districts, municipal law, and land use.

May 2013

Kim J. Seter Volunteers at Edison Elementary School. Kim J. Seter, dressed as George Washington, volunteered at Edison Elementary School to teach 3rd graders about the structure of the United States government. Kim “Washington” was a big hit, and he has been invited to two additional schools to continue his impersonation and education of youth.

April 2013

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Obtains a Preliminary Injunction Preventing Collection of an Illegal Fee. Attorneys Kim J. Seter and Jeffrey E. Erb obtained a preliminary injunction in Gunnison County District Court enjoining a special district from collecting a fee that is not authorized by § 32-1-1001, C.R.S. of the Special District Act.

Jacqueline C. Murphy Hired as Senior Library Consultant for the Colorado Department of Education. Jacqueline C. Murphy was hired as the Senior Library Consultant for the Colorado Department of Education. Relying on her experience representing libraries, Ms. Murphy will serve as a consultant to the Department of Education and libraries throughout Colorado on the many issues affecting libraries today.

January 2013

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Continues Role on Special District Association Legislative Committee. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C., begins another year as a member of the Special District Association’s Legislative Committee. As a member of the committee, Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. provides input to the Special District Association regarding proposed legislation affecting special districts in Colorado.

December 2012

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Welcomes Attorney Elizabeth A. Dauer. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. expanded its attorney ranks with the hiring of Elizabeth A. Dauer. Ms. Dauer is a 2011 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and, prior to her employment at Seter & Vander Wall, P.C., was a law clerk at the Arapahoe County District Court. Ms. Dauer’s practice focuses on the representation of municipal entities and special districts including their formation, financing and infrastructure development, and related litigation and appeals.

November 2012

Seter & Vander Wall Clients Pass Ballot Questions at November Election. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. guided two of its clients to successful election results by “de-TABORING” certain revenue streams. Following the successful elections, these clients are now able to obtain and use grant funds and other revenues to provide additional improvements and services in their communities.

October 2012

Jacqueline C. Murphy Leads Workshop at Colorado Association of Libraries Annual Conference. Jacqueline C. Murphy, along with Shelly Walchak from the Colorado State Library, lead a workshop entitled “Trustee Policy Workshop: Hands on Exercises in Writing Clear, Effective Policies.” Through this workshop, Ms. Murphy provided library trustees with expert guidance on how to create policies that will help the library run smoothly.

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Victorious at Colorado Court of Appeals. Attorneys Kim J. Seter and Jeffrey E. Erb were victorious in their appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals in the case of SDI, Inc. v. Pivotal Parker Commercial, LLC, ___292 P.3d 1165___ (Colo. App. 2012) (Case No. 11 CA 0134). Mr. Seter and Mr. Erb successfully argued that a special district cannot assign its legislative power to set development fees to private parties and that any such delegation, including the ability to charge interest on the development fees, was void. Further, the Court of Appeals concluded that the statutory perpetual lien created by statute in favor of a special district cannot be assigned to a private party. As a result of this ruling, Mr. Seter and Mr. Erb’s client realized a significant increase in the value of the real estate that was the subject of this lawsuit.

September 2012

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Achieves Dismissal of Case Against Library. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. attorneys Kim J. Seter, Jacqueline C. Murphy, and Jeffrey E. Erb successfully defeated all claims against their client in JM Fay v. Arapahoe Library District. The district court judge granted the Library’s motions for summary judgment on each claim raised by the plaintiff, including: (1) library service is not a state or local public benefit that requires the patron to provide a secure and verifiable form of identification; and (2) the library district’s Board of Trustees has the discretion to allow nonresidents of the library district to use library materials and equipment as well as other library resources, including meeting rooms, study rooms, and other library programs.

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Launches New Website. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. is pleased to announce the launch of its new website.

July 2012

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Attorney Joins Raw Water Infrastructure Tour of Denver Water Facilities. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. attorney, Jeffrey Erb, as a member of the Denver Water Citizen’s Advisory Committee, toured Denver Water infrastructure projects to gain firsthand knowledge of various delivery and treatment options being utilized to deliver raw water.

April 2012

Seter & Vander Wall. P.C. Attorney Co-Authors Featured Article in Colorado Municipalities Magazine. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. attorney Jacqueline C. Murphy co-authored an article entitled, “Building Community with Libraries: Libraries Revitalize Lives . . . and Communities” in the April 2012 edition of Colorado Municipalities, the official publication of the Colorado Municipal League.

Denver Water Commissioners Appoint Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Attorney to Denver Water Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The Denver Water Commissioners appointed attorney Jeffrey E. Erb to the Citizen’s Advisory Committee. As a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, Mr. Erb is tasked with advising Denver Water staff and the Board of Water Commissioners on a variety of water issues while encouraging and coordinating public participation in the water department’s policy-making process.

November 2011

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Secures Grant for Open Space Renovation Project. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. attorneys Barbara Vander Wall and Jeffrey Erb secured a $120,000 Adams County Open Space Grant for a park/open space renovation project for the Eagle Creek Metropolitan District.

October 2011

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Attorney presents at the Colorado Association of Libraries Annual Conference. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. attorney, Jacqueline C. Murphy presented a program outlining the legal issues libraries should be aware of when creating and implementing library policy.

September 2011

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. presents at the 2011 Special District Association Annual Conference. The attorneys of Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. delivered a highly attended presentation at the 2011 Special District Association Annual Conference on the impact of foreclosures and declining property values on special districts.

May 2011

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. joins Board of Directors of the Water Infrastructure Network, Colorado (WIN Colorado). Seter & Vander Wall, P.C., represented by Kim J. Seter, joins the Board of Directors of WIN Colorado. WIN Colorado is focused on obtaining increased private, local, state and federal funding for the considerable backlog of unfunded water, waste water, and storm water infrastructure projects throughout Colorado.

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. Secures Grant for Open Space Pedestrian Bridge Project. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. attorney Jeffrey Erb secured a $297,000 Adams County Open Space grant for the Wright Farms Metropolitan District to design and build a pedestrian bridge over Brantner Gulch and to connect to the regional trail system.

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. presents at Colorado Municipal League Annual Conference.Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. attorney Jacqueline C. Murphy and a panel of other experts headlined a discussion on “Ways that Libraries Add Value to Your Community” at the Colorado Municipal League Annual Conference.

April 2011

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. hires new paralegal, Catherine Bright. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. is pleased to announce that Catherine Bright has joined the firm as a paralegal. Ms. Bright brings a wide range of paralegal and business experience to help continue the firm’s tradition of providing comprehensive legal solutions to its clients.

October 2010

Seter & Vander Presents Seminar Regarding Advocacy Do’s and Don’ts for Colorado Library Consortium. Attorney Jacqueline C. Murphy presents seminar regarding what steps a library can and cannot do in support of ballot questions.

January 2010

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. hires new attorney, Jeffrey Erb. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Erb has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Mr. Erb previously clerked at the Colorado Court of Appeals and gained additional experience in commercial litigation and real estate. He will join the firm’s special district, real estate and litigation practice.

November 2009

Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. presents at 2009 Colorado Association of Libraries Annual Conference. Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. attorneys Kim J. Seter and Jacqueline C. Murphy delivered a highly attended presentation on important changes to the Library Law, including the effect of recently adopted laws co-authored by Mr. Seter and Ms. Murphy.