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After graduating from Duke Law, for six years, I worked at a law firm that is consistently ranked as the best law firm in the Rocky Mountain Region, according to Vault, and as the best litigation firm in the country, according to The American Lawyer. Working with some of the best lawyers in the country and with some of the biggest clients taught me the standards that are required to perform legal services at the absolute highest levels.
Now, working in a boutique practice over the last eight years, I apply those same standards, but to a different legal demographic. We’ve represented over 400 clients, including startups, tech companies, and growing businesses in all manner of complex situations, business transactions, business disputes, and litigation. We pride ourselves in developing mastery and expertise in complex and transformative areas of technology and the law that are far beyond the kin of most attorneys. For example, we’ve developed a niche practice in the law of web scraping, that, to my knowledge, has no parallel at boutique firms in the United States.
In my personal life, I’m a sub-3 marathoner and a sub-24-hour finisher at the Leadville 100-Mile Trail Run. And though I’m now technically a master’s runner, I can still bust out a decent time at the local 5k.
I play guitar, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica.
I grew up in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and then spent some time traveling around the world before moving back to Colorado permanently in 2006. After more than a decade living on the Front Range, I then moved to Salida, Colorado, in the Heart of the Rockies. I still come back to Denver and Boulder often to see family and meet with clients and friends. But the true joy comes from every moment I get to spend with my wife Monica and my son Eoin.
There are many aspects of my job I enjoy, but the best part is giving people options.
Because life is about taking risks. Whether you’re deciding if you should leave your stable job to start your own business, choosing who you’re going to marry, or thinking about chancing 10 miles over the speed limit to arrive 5 minutes earlier to your destination—it’s all about risks and options.
That’s a major part of our job: getting you up to speed on your options. We learn your unique past, present, and future. We then analyze and provide you the lay of the legal landscape—contoured by the law and our experience. With that comes, not only legal insight, but a view of the practical considerations involved. Because ultimately, the best option for you, your business, and your life is more than just a legal consideration.
And that’s a pretty amazing thing to be—someone who provides other people with options.
I’ve assisted clients from acquiring other businesses—from restaurants to tech firms—to selling their own; from forming new entities to converting or transferring current ones; from capital raises to resolving founder disputes and employee complaints.
And as a co-founder of my own small, retail company, I know what it’s like when it’s my bottom line—and we’ll be right there with you when it’s yours.
Prior to joining McCarthy Garber Law, I spent a good amount of time in the court rooms, representing clients at trial (primarily employment disputes and constitutional issues) and arguing appeals. I’ve represented appellate clients before the US Supreme Court, Washington State Supreme Court, and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Before that, I clerked for numerous judges, getting a behind-the-bench perspective, in both federal and state courts.
I’ve also taught business law, torts, and economics at the graduate and undergraduate levels (and was tapped to teach college economics in Shanghai). For my own schooling, I graduated magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law (JD); with merit from University College-London (LLM); and, summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with degrees in Economic (BS) and Philosophy (BA).
When not practicing law, I’m writing short stories and novels; reading better ones; creating game mechanics for a board game company; and, volunteering at Brink Literacy Project (operating Tethered by Letters and F(r)iction).
Contact Asa at [email protected]