LAW WEEK COLORADO
DENVER — Two prominent Holland & Hart partners are leaving the firm. Scott Barker, chair of the firm’s litigation department, will start July 1 at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell. Dan Frost, a veteran construction claims and transactions attorney, will start Monday at Snell & Wilmer.
The departures were separately confirmed Friday by the attorneys’ new firms, in response to Law Week inquiries.
Barker, a Top 10 “Colorado Super Lawyer” and member of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, will leave Holland & Hart after three decades.
“Both Holland & Hart and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell are, in my estimation, the two best litigation firms in the state of Colorado, or for that matter, in the region,” Barker said, declining all other comment other than to say he is “delighted to be associated with Holland & Hart, and looking forward to working at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell.”
Frost, who has a significant construction practice, has worked at Denver firms since graduating from law school in 1978. He practiced at Fairfield and Woods before moving 11 years ago to Holland & Hart. Frost said his move to Snell & Wilmer is “an opportunity to help them build their Denver practice, and I’m excited about that.”
Frost said details of his biggest recent projects are confidential, but they include representation of an international gold mining company in a transaction in Mexico; completing complex railway oil-gathering contracts for an oil and gas company that owns fields in North Dakota; and litigation involving a claim on a large power plant.
“I have so much respect for the firm I’m leaving,” Frost said. “I’m leaving a lot of great friends and a good firm. It’s been a great 11 years, but I have this opportunity and this challenge that I’m really looking forward to meeting.”