Practicing General Commercial Litigation at a Small Firm

Jordan FActorI am a partner at Allen Vellone Wolf Helfrich & Factor, PC in Denver, CO. I have been very fortunate in my career to avoid specialization while still handling challenging and complex matters. I practice general commercial litigation across a range of industries — including energy, software technology, agriculture, finance, and construction — in a variety of forums — state court, federal court, bankruptcy court, probate court, arbitration forums, and administrative bodies — and involving a broad set of issues — including securities laws, fiduciary duties, employment law, consumer protection, commercial agreements, and intellectual property rights. I also have handled dozens of appeals, many raising issues that I don’t handle as a trial lawyer, such as criminal convictions and sentencing, and have represented plaintiffs in a variety of civil rights cases. A significant part of my practice recently has involved representing cannabis companies in all aspects of their business, including a host of different transactions. I attribute the breadth of my practice to my decision to work at small firms. Following my clerkship on the 10th Circuit, my top priority was to take a law firm job that provided me immediately with a significant amount of responsibility. Only smaller firms were willing to do so. Within one week of being admitted to the bar, I argued my first appeal. In my first year as a lawyer, I took or defended over three dozen depositions. Working at a small firm accelerated my professional development. It also allowed me to grow a practice across a range of industries. I did not need to differentiate myself from hundreds of other attorneys at my firm by specializing in a narrow area. I am now one of four partners in a fifteen-lawyer firm. Owning and running a small business has given me invaluable insight into the pressures and issues that my clients confront. It has also allowed me to shape my firm’s culture and help create a place where I love going to work.

Updated September 2021