HIGHLIGHTS

RBF Law Announces New Team Members

May. 23, 2017

Marsha M. Piccone, Partner

As a trial lawyer and former Colorado Court of Appeals Judge, Marsha is bringing a wealth of experience to RBF Law. Her practice areas include appellate law, complex commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and products liability litigation. Marsha serves as the appointed Chair of the Colorado Supreme Court’s Committee on Civil Jury Instruction and dedicates her time to presenting and writing on a variety of topics. She is a leader in the legal community and has been recognized by The Denver Post’s Top Lawyers of Denver, Best Lawyers of America, and Colorado Super Lawyers. Learn more about Marsha.

Kasey K. Johnson, Associate

Kasey focuses her practice on complex civil and commercial litigation, product liability, personal injury, insurance defense, and financial services. She has significant litigation experience, successfully arguing motions in state and federal courts across the country. Learn more about Kasey.

Edgar Barraza, Associate

Edgar focuses his practice on complex civil and commercial litigation, product liability, and financial services. As the first ‘DREAMer’ admitted to the Colorado Bar, he volunteers his time to help youth from underrepresented backgrounds gain access to law school. Learn more about Edgar.

Corey J. Longhurst, Associate

In addition to his existing commercial litigation practice, Corey coordinates the firm’s pro bono efforts. In his new role, Corey furthers the firm’s commitment to social justice and develops partnerships with community organizations.
Learn more about Corey.

Michael Tanner, Associate

Michael has been with the firm for a year and a half and has recently been promoted to associate. His diverse legal background ranges from bankruptcy and contract disputes to environmental litigation and regulatory compliance. Learn more about Michael.

RBF Law’s Edgar Barraza recently interviewed by Channel 7 as the first “DREAMer” admitted to practice law in Colorado

May. 4, 2017

Edgar Barraza, the first “DREAMer” to be admitted as a lawyer to the Colorado State Bar, has joined Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC (RBF Law). Barraza is a unique hire for the Colorado based litigation firm as he is one of a small handful of attorneys in the United States to overcome the struggle of an undocumented immigration status and become a practicing attorney.

RBF Law partner Michael Rollin comments, “Edgar is extremely bright and a great addition to our commercial litigation and appellate practice. His life story is inspiring and he reminds us of the struggles and successes of our own dauntless immigrant families.” Read the full press release. 

Learn more about Edgar Barraza. 

RBF Law Case Discussed in Law360 Article “BlackRock, Others Back $2B Deal With Lehman Estate”

Apr. 4, 2017

Fourteen institutional investors, including a unit of BlackRock Inc., said Monday that the estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. has offered to pay more than $2 billion to settle a suit over the defunct bank’s failure to repurchase dud mortgages that it sold to investors before the financial crisis.

Investors that bought residential mortgage-backed securities from Lehman were left holding the bag in 2008 when the company filed for bankruptcy. As the housing market collapsed and default rates rose, the investment bank wasn’t able to honor its commitment to buy bank mortgages that didn’t measure up to the standards it promised.

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Learn more about Michael Rollin.

Immigration Lecture hosted by RBF Law and presented by RMIAN featured in Law Week Colorado “Immigration Enforcement has Attorneys Stepping Up”

Mar. 24, 2017

Lawyers have shown they’re more willing to volunteer in the face of increased immigration enforcement.

With immigration issues now regularly in the spotlight, organizations offering support to immigrant communities are receiving record support. Last week, Rollin Braswell Fisher and the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network held a crash course on immigration law for attorneys wanting to help but who are unfamiliar with the area of the law. A batch of new executive orders and changing enforcement priorities make immigration law a moving target for even practiced practitioners, though. Read the full article.

CLC nominee for “Team of the Year” includes RBF Law partner Caleb Durling

Mar. 21, 2017

The Colorado Lawyers Committee has nominated the Jail Wait Litigation Team, including RBF Law partner Caleb Durling, for “Team of the Year.” The Jail Wait team previously received a special recognition award from the CLC in May 2013. The winner of this prestigious award will be announced at this year’s CLC Awards Luncheon on May 5th. Congratulations to Caleb and the entire Jail Wait team! Click here to learn more.

Learn more about Caleb Durling.

RBF Law Hosts Immigration Law Lecture Presented by RMIAN

Mar. 17, 2017


On March 15th, 2017, RBF Law partnered with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) to present a free, one hour lecture on immigration law. The presentation was well-attended by attorneys and legal professionals from across the state hoping to learn more about immigration law and how they can commit their skills and resources to help the immigrant community.

RBF Law managing partner Maritza Dominguez Braswell introduced the event by explaining her own motivation for taking action as a mother of two, daughter of Mexican-born immigrants, and a lawyer. RMIAN’s Executive Director, Mekela Goehring, and Pro Bono Coordinator, Alex Gavern, then presented on the intricacies of immigration law and evolving policies under the current administration.

This lecture is just one way RBF seeks to create a platform for private practice lawyers looking to make an impact.  As Maritza explained, “We are trying to bring commercial litigators and other similarly situated lawyers together to build a network of support as it concerns social justice issues.”

RBF Law also announced the creation of a new position within the firm, Pro Bono and Community Engagement Associate, which will be filled by Corey Longhurst.

RMIAN will be teaming up with the ACLU and the AILA Colorado Chapter to present a training on April 4th entitled Responding to Executive Actions: Essential Tools for Getting Immigrants Out of Detention. To learn more about RMIAN and their upcoming events click here.

Learn more about Maritza Dominguez Braswell and Corey Longhurst.

 

Press Release: Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC Answers the Call for Social Justice and Partners with Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network to Provide Free Immigration Law Lecture

Feb. 28, 2017

Colorado litigation firm, Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC and Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network are partnering to provide a free one hour presentation in Greenwood Village on March 15, 2017 for Colorado lawyers and legal professionals regarding immigration policy directives, recent executive orders, and the impact of those orders on the immigrant community. This presentation is part of RBF Law’s new direction toward social justice and advocacy in the Colorado community.

Read the full press release here.

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RBF Law Case Discussed in Law360 Article “Vague Terms Kills Banks’ Lehman Claims over 600K Mortgages”

Feb. 24, 2017

Banks that were left holding hundreds of thousands of dud mortgages when Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed in 2008 had their bankruptcy claims related to most of those mortgages expunged by a New York federal judge on Wednesday, with the court saying the banks had effectively abandoned them.

U.S. Bank NA, Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. and other institutions bought millions of residential mortgages from Lehman in the leadup
to the financial crisis that they would bundle into securities and sell. The banks administer trusts that in turn…

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Learn more about Michael Rollin.

RBF Law Hosts Roundtable with Dean Smith of DU Sturm College of Law

Jan. 23, 2017

23On December 2, 2016, RBF was proud to host Bruce Smith, the new Dean of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  RBF’s roundtable discussion with Dean Smith and his team centered on law and technology and DU’s innovation and commitment to experiential learning.  Thank you Dean Smith for taking the time to speak with our team, we look forward to your next visit!

RBF Law Partner Michael Rollin featured in Law Week Colorado Article “Managing Partner Round Table”

Jan. 9, 2017

colorado_law_weekAs one of a handful of managing partners interviewed by Law Week Colorado, RBF partner, Michael Rollin, discusses the growth and successes of RBF over the last year and what is expected in 2017. Read the full article here.

Learn more about Michael Rollin.

RBF Law is Changing the Game, One Case at a Time. An Original Law Firm’s Year in Review

Dec. 1, 2016

Greenwood Village, Colorado – The founders of RBF Law set out a year ago to practice civil and commercial litigation differently. For RBF Law, being an “original law firm” is part of all aspects of their business model and litigation techniques. Two months ago, the firm celebrated their one year anniversary. Managing Partner Maritza Braswell said, “When we started RBF we knew it could be something special, but we had no idea there would be so much support from our community of friends and colleagues. We are grateful for an incredibly successful first year, and we look forward to many more.”

The RBF Law year anniversary was commemorated with a small cocktail party with some of the biggest names in Colorado law and business in attendance. Over appetizers, the guests learned about how RBF Law managed to do away with the aging model of a law firm to pave the road for something new. Here is what the RBF Law partners had to share about how being original has led to success in one of America’s oldest industries:

Be Service Oriented: RBF Law is a resource for their clients and their clients come first. As commercial lawyers, they learn their clients’ businesses inside and out to strategically address their legal issues. The firm’s ultimate goal on every case is to efficiently provide the best legal advice and services possible. Every client at RBF Law is provided with consistent and focused litigation services, as well as, individual attention.

Be Cost-Conscious: The RBF Law partners made a decision to keep the firm’s overhead low. This is seen in multiple ways ranging from the choice of office space that is outside of downtown Denver to the use of time-saving technology. The firm utilizes a streamlined case management technique and employs a flexible staff of contract attorneys. RBF Law passes all of these savings along to their clients.

Be Diverse and Inclusive. RBF law is intentionally diverse and is headed by one of the only Latina managing partners in the country, Maritza Braswell. The firm provides each client with a smart and unique legal team that have a blend of different life experiences and backgrounds. The firm’s fundamental diversity and modern management style makes them better lawyers and

RBF Law Partner Caleb Durling’s Pro Bono Win Discussed in LinkedIn Pulse Article

Nov. 9, 2016

RBF Law Partner Caleb Durling’s pro bono case The Center for Legal Advocacy d/b/a Disability Law Center v. Bicha, et al., was discussed in a LinkedIn article written by Colorado criminal defense attorney, Iris Eytan. Caleb has been actively involved in this ongoing pro bono litigation since 2011.

Eytan’s article discusses how lawyers from different backgrounds and practice areas can work together as a team to achieve great results.

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Learn more about Caleb Durling.

RBF Law Case Discussed in Law360 Article ” Banks Press Lehman For Billions Of Dollars In RMBS Claims”

Oct. 14, 2016

Originally posted on September 30, 2016

New York, NY

Law360_bigA group of banks and financial services firms, including Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., on Thursday challenged Lehman Brothers’ attempt in New York bankruptcy court to nix billions of dollars in claims arising from the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities before Lehman’s 2008 collapse.

The firms, which served as trustees to residential mortgage-backed securitization trusts, are fighting a motion by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. to disallow 36,351 RMBS claims asserted in the Chapter 11 case. The loans were purchased for more than $8 billion but are…

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Learn more about Michael Rollin and Maritza Braswell.

RBF Law Case Discussed in Law 360 Article “Lehman Ends $1B Spat Over GreenPoint RMBS”

Sep. 21, 2016

Originally posted on September 20, 2016

New York, NY

Law360_bigA New York judge on Tuesday approved a settlement that significantly reduces a $1.3 billion claim brought by insurer Syncora Guarantee Inc. against the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy estate over faulty residential mortgage-backed securities originating from GreenPoint Mortgage Funding Inc.

The settlement, approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman, will reduce the size of Syncora’s claim against Lehman to $37 million. The deal also releases Lehman from potential claims brought by U.S. Bank NA, indenture trustee to a securitized trust consisting of more than 29,000 GreenPoint loans….

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Learn more about Michael Rollin and Maritza Braswell.

RBF Law Participates in 2016 Colorado Law Classic Golf Tournament

Sep. 14, 2016

CO Law Classic 1On August 28, members of RBF Law participated in the 5th Annual Colorado Law Classic Golf Tournament at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colorado. The tournament was put on by the University of Colorado School of Law to support the Sarah L. Rector Memorial Scholarship Fund and the CU Law Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (the ELC). The firm fielded two teams and had the opportunity to sponsor the second hole of an 18-hole course.

Click here to learn more about The Sarah L. Rector Memorial Scholarship Fund.

RBF Law Case Discussed in Law360 Article “Lehman Brothers Wants Billions In RMBS Claims Wiped Out”

Sep. 9, 2016

Originally posted on August 31, 2016

New York, NY

 

Law360_bigLehman Brothers Holdings Inc. on Tuesday asked a New York judge to wipe out billions of dollars’ worth of claims arising from investor losses tied to faulty residential mortgage-backed securities that the firm sold before filing for bankruptcy in September 2008.

Attorneys representing the Lehman estate filed an objection that seeks to disallow and expunge 36,351 mortgage-backed securities claims brought by a group of trustees that oversee RMBS securitization trusts. Although the dispute has gone on for several years, Lehman claims that the trustees still have…

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Learn more about Maritza Dominguez Braswell and Michael Rollin.

RBF Law Partner Maritza Dominguez Braswell Named a Finalist for 2016 Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Awards

Sep. 2, 2016

Denver, CO

RBF Law is proud to announce that Partner Maritza Dominguez Braswell was named a finalist for the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Award for the category of Law.

Out of 240 nominees, Maritza was selected as one of the thirty seven finalists honored based on her entrepreneurial spirt, accomplishments in her career and her commitment to philanthropy. The awards ceremony took place on August 25, 2016 and featured a program celebrating a wide variety of women leaders throughout Colorado. Congratulations Maritza!

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Read more about Maritza Dominguez Braswell.

RBF Law Partner Maritza Braswell featured in Denver Business Journal Article “Maritza Braswell inherited father’s entrepreneurial spirit.”

Aug. 30, 2016

Originally posted on August 26, 2016

To “lead like a woman” is the goal that drives attorney Maritza Braswell.

Growing up with her dad as a role model, Braswell inherited his entrepreneurial spirit while at the same time loving the practice of law.

After working with the Family Tree Women in Crisis shelter, she went to Rutgers law school and found her way in commercial litigation.

Now a partner at the firm, Braswell has served as trial counsel in her representation of American International Group Inc. against Bank of America and currently serves as national counsel for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Her work has been reported in Reuters and Law360.

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Learn more about Maritza Braswell.

RBF Law Case Discussed in Law360 Article “JPMorgan’s $4.5B RMBS Investors Deal Gets Judge’s Nod”

Aug. 15, 2016

Originally posted on August 12, 2016

Los Angeles, CA

Law360_bigA New York state judge on Friday granted approval of a $4.5 billion settlement to resolve institutional investors’ claims that JPMorgan & Chase Co. misled consumers into buying risky residential mortgage-backed securities in the lead-up to the financial crisis in 2007, saying a lone objector’s argument lacked merit.

New York Supreme Court Judge Marcy S. Friedman found that the 2013 deal to resolve claims brought by holders of the securities backed by subprime mortgages that went bust during the financial crisis was negotiated in good faith…

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Learn more about Michael Rollin and Maritza Dominguez Braswell.

RBF Law Case Discussed in Law360 Article “Travelers Asks 9th Circ. To Rehear NFL Workers’ Comp Row”

Aug. 12, 2016

Originally posted on June 3, 2016

Los Angeles, CA

Law360_bigTravelers Indemnity Co. urged the Ninth Circuit Thursday to rehear its push to be reimbursed part of a personal injury claim paid out to former NFL player Jim Rourke, saying the panel’s decision last month to send the case to the state workers comp board would create an unintended “windfall” for illegally uninsured employers.

A Ninth Circuit panel in May affirmed a lower court ruling that the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, and not the federal court system, has jurisdiction over Travelers’ claim that the New…

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