Steven A. Klenda
Steven is a fourth-generation Coloradan. After completing an educational tour (B.A., Johns Hopkins (with honors); M.A., Univ. of Chicago (Searle Fellow); J.D., Northwestern), which included brief stints at the Department of the Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget, he cut his legal teeth representing creditors in fast-paced, procedurally intense chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. He has handled a variety of cases and appeals, including loan/real-estate workouts and rvestructurings, title issues, contract/business disputes, contested trusts and estates, regulatory compliance, and campaign finance/1st Amendment issues. On appeal, he has reversed an arbitration award as violating public policy; reversed a Colorado Division of Gaming licensing decision for violating due process; reversed confirmation of a chapter 11 plan because no evidence supported its feasibility; and obtained a unanimous Colorado Supreme Court opinion that rejected an effort to apply campaign finance regulations to political speech. As a former general counsel for a financial boutique, he values and aims to provide focused, strategic legal advice that considers the business and regulatory context and uncertainty.