Davis Graham & Stubbs

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Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (DGS) is a law firm with its office in Denver, Colorado.[1] It is the second largest law firm in Colorado.[2]


The firm that became DGS was founded in Denver in 1915 by attorneys Mason Lewis and James Grant to provide tax advice after the passing of the 16th Amendment.[3][4] The firm of Lewis & Grant merged with another Denver firm in 1947, forming Lewis, Grant, Newton, Davis & Henry, which later became Lewis, Grant & Davis.[5] It was one of the four leading firms in Denver by 1964, when the firm changed its name from Lewis, Grant & Davis to Davis Graham & Stubbs.[6]

Notable members[edit]

Partner J. Quigg Newton was elected Mayor of Denver in 1947.[5] Other alumni elected to public office include US Senator Gary Hart, Governor John Arthur Love and Lieutenant Governor Joe Rogers.[5] After playing football for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Byron White worked as a lawyer at the firm for about 15 years before becoming United States Deputy Attorney General in 1961 and then a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1962.[7]

In his memoir James Schroeder recounted that both he and his wife Pat Schroeder were interviewed for jobs at the firm by Jim Hoagland when the couple were approaching graduation from Harvard Law School. According to Schroeder, Hoagland felt that conflicts of interest could arise if both a husband and wife practiced law in the same city; the firm did not make an offer for either of the Schroeders.[8]

University of Southern California Law School professor W. David Slawson was an associate at Davis Graham when President Kennedy was assassinated. The firm granted him what was expected to be a 2 - 3-month leave of absence to work for what soon became the Warren Commission.[9]

The firm[edit]

The firm, which began to grow rapidly with the energy boom of the 1980s,[10] has around 150 lawyers and is led by co-managing partners Kristin Lentz and Chad Williams. The firm is the member of the Lex Mundi legal network for the state of Colorado.[11][12] The firm was ranked in "Band 1" in Colorado in the practice areas of "Corporate/M&A" and of "Natural Resources and Environment" in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA,[13] and it is included in Vault.com's "Top 150 Under 150" list of leading midsized US law firms.[3]

The firm had opened a Washington office by 1982.[14]

Notable Attorneys[edit]



  1. ^ [1], Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP website
  2. ^ [2], Denver Business Journal website
  3. ^ a b Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Vault.com
  4. ^ "Attorney Donald Stubbs dies at 88". Denver Post. 14 February 1996. 
  5. ^ a b c Timeline
  6. ^ Attorney marks 50 years at Davis Graham & Stubbs, Denver Business Journal, 19 October 2012
  7. ^ Byron White: the practicing lawyer, Robert H Harry
  8. ^ Schroeder, James (2009). Confessions of a Political Spouse. Fulcrum. p. 36. 
  9. ^ Philip, Shenon (2013). A Cruel and Shocking Act. Henry Holt. 
  10. ^ Goldstein, Tom. "Business and the Law". New York Times. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  11. ^ About DGS, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP website
  12. ^ Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, LexMundi
  13. ^ Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Chambers USA 2016
  14. ^ McAlister, Elisabeth (25 October 1982). "Federal Center Signs USIA". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  15. ^ http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/2016_0131_gorsuch_confirmation.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.cobar.org/-em-Colorado-Lawyer-em/Details-Page/ArticleID/59/Donald-S-Graham-1909%E2%80%932003
  17. ^ http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/11/tim-tymkovich-supreme-court-trump/