RBF Law Case Discussed in Law360 Article “Lenders Say Lehman Mortgage Row Not For Bankruptcy Court”

Jul. 17, 2017

Several mortgage originators that Lehman accuses of selling the faulty mortgages that led the failed investment bank to pay more than $1.2 billion in settlements argued Friday that Lehman’s claims are state law complaints that do not belong in New York bankruptcy court.

The group of 23 originators said that the claims they sold Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. bad mortgages and forced it into the settlement have no connection to the firm’s Chapter 11 plan and that the bankruptcy court has no jurisdiction. Read the full article here.

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RBF Law Partner Marsha Piccone Featured in Law Week Colorado “Managing Partner Round Table: Pro Bono Pros”

Jul. 13, 2017

Law Week gathered a group of attorneys specializing in pro bono work for its second quarter roundtable. Participants included Denver Bar Association Metro Volunteer Lawyers director Toni-Anne Dasent, Hogan Lovells partner Clay James, Rollin Braswell Fisher partner Marsha Piccone, Association of Corporate Counsel pro bono and community outreach committee chair Carolyn Powell and Davis Graham & Stubbs partner Peter Schwartz. Read the full article here.

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RBF Law Case Discussed in Law360 Article “Lehman Judge Signs Off On MBS Claims Estimation Deal”

Jul. 6, 2017

A compromise years in the making to resolve claims against Lehman Brothers for selling billions of dollars’ worth of dud mortgage-backed securities before its collapse by using a court-assisted estimation process was approved by a New York bankruptcy judge Thursday, who hailed the deal as “impressively robust.”

The multiparty deal approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley C. Chapman stipulates that Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. will waive its right to challenge the court’s ultimate determination of what the defunct firm owes investors for the repurchase of MBS that lost value in the financial crisis.

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RBF Law Case Discussed in Law360 Article “Lehman Throws Support Behind RMBS Settlement”

Jul. 3, 2017

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. urged a New York bankruptcy court on Friday to approve a grand bargain to end claims over billions of dollars’ worth of dud financial-crisis-era mortgage-backed securities that it sold to investors who were left holding them after the bank’s failure.

If a judge approves the motion at a hearing on Thursday, it will yield a multiweek estimation proceeding in coming months that will resolve billions of dollars’ worth of claims for repurchase of MBS that lost value in the financial crisis.

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Marsha Piccone Featured in Law Week Colorado Article “RBF Law Expands with Former Appellate Judge”

Jun. 23, 2017

A year and a half after opening its doors, RBF Law is growing. RBF opened in October 2015 with a group of attorneys who shared a Denver litigation firm pedigree of having all worked at both Reilly Pozner and Jones & Keller. Since the beginning of the year, the litigation-focused firm has added five attorneys to its list of partners and associates — though two came as promotions from full-time staff attorney positions. Anchoring the list of additions is former Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Marsha Piccone, who joined in May and bolsters the firm’s appellate practice.

“The first year … it felt like we were in a row boat and we were in some pretty big waves and got just over the top of the wave. But then a couple times, we looked around like, whoah if the wave gets any bigger, this is going to be a tough one to get over,” partner Caleb Durling, said “We got through that first year and felt like we made it, we’re doing ok, the bills are all paid, the lights are on, and in order to do what we think we need to do now and in the future we just need a little bit more bandwidth.” Read the full article here.

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RBF Law Case Discussed in Law360 Article “$2.4B Lehman RMBS Deal Draws Investor Side-Eye”

Jun. 8, 2017

Institutional investors holding a large slice of hundreds of millions of Lehman Brothers-related residential mortgage-back securities trusts put a New York bankruptcy court on notice Tuesday that they’re dubious of a deal announced days ago that would set a $2.4 billion floor for the trusts’ resolution, pointing to numerous provisions that would bar future legal claims.

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RBF Law Expands its Appellate Services and Forms an ADR Practice with the Addition of Former Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Marsha M. Piccone

Jun. 7, 2017

Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC (RBF Law) announced that Marsha M. Piccone joined the firm as a partner. A former Colorado Court of Appeals Judge, Piccone brings her extensive expertise in appellate law, arbitration, complex commercial litigation, and products liability defense litigation to the firm. Piccone will head RBF Law’s appellate law practice and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practice. “We are delighted to build on our existing complex commercial and financial services practice with Marsha’s experience as an appellate judge, litigator, and neutral. She’s a perfect fit, and the impact is already felt,” said founding partner Michael A. Rollin.

Read the full press release here.

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RBF Law Case Discussed in Law360 Article “Lehman​ ​Deal ​Looks To End MBS Claims For Minimum ​$2.4B”

Jun. 3, 2017

Trustees overseeing hundreds of mortgage-backed securities trusts that left a $6 billion unpaid bill when Lehman Brothers imploded agreed Thursday to settle all their repurchase claims for north of $2 billion and potentially much more.

The trustees had been the lone holdouts to the tripartite settlement in New York bankruptcy court, in which Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. will agree to ask for a $2.4 billion claim amount, setting what the trustees view as a functional floor. Lehman had said yes in March, joined by a group of 14 institutional investors, including Goldman Sachs Asset Management LP, BlackRock Financial Management Inc. and Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC, the ones left holding the $6 billion bag.

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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.
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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. 

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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