Dean E. Richardson

Dean E. Richardson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Denver, CO

Moye White LLP
 | 1400 16th Street, 6th Floor, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-292-2900
Fax: 303-292-4510
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (90%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Dean is a trial lawyer with extensive litigation experience representing a variety of clients in commercial, cannabis, trade secret, real estate, and business disputes.  He offers counsel in cases involving business torts, contracts, securities, and trade secrets.  Dean's primary focus is on enforcing, and defending, client interests in cases involving shareholder and member disputes.  Dean has prosecuted and defended cases in state and federal courts in Colorado and throughout the country.  He has drafted and successfully argued numerous appellate briefs on behalf of his clients.  

About Dean Richardson

Admitted: 2004, Colorado

Professional Webpage:


  • Named to The National Law Journal's inaugural list of 39 Cannabis Trailblazers. The Cannabis Trailblazers award honors attorneys “that shape the fast-growing industry and are involved in all areas of cannabis law, from helping regulate the market to providing licensing to new companies.”, Trailblazer in Cannabis, National Law Journal, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV® Preeminent™ (highest), AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Colorado Bar Association, 2019
  • Montgomery County, Maryland Chapter of American Inns of Court, Member
  • Denver Bar Association, 2019
  • American Bar Association, 2019

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program, 2016
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Former Board Member, Mile High Business Alliance.  Founded in 2007, the Mile High Business Alliance is a non-profit organization with nearly 300 members representing a diverse array of industries, including agriculture, health care, finance, manufacturing and retail. Members employ more than 5,000 local residents and contribute more than $252 Million of revenue to the State's economy. Our programs and activities all serve one primary purpose: to strengthen the relationships within our community to nurture a better economy. We connect local businesses to one another, to their neighbors, and to resources to help them thrive, 2014

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Presenter at National Business Institute (NBI), Business Litigation: Lost Profits Claims, 2013
  • Examine the issues that cannabis businesses face during startup, including choice of entity and jurisdiction, governance, early stage financing, tax, and considerations for exit. The panel will also discuss disputes that can arise from a failure to organize properly at startup and how to avoid those disputes., Panelist , Starting Up: Sowing the Seeds of Your Client’s Success, MJBizConNEXT and MJBizHemp, The Cannabis Law Sessions, National Cannabis Bar Association, Cannabis, 2019
  • Co-presenter of "Business Litigation" at the Cannabis Law Institute at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Speaker, Cannabis Law Institute at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, National Cannabis Bar Association, 2017
  • Cannabis Law Institute Conference, National Cannabis Bar Association, The George Washington School of Law, September 2018, Speaker, Initiating Litigation: Entity Disputes, Intellectual Property, Insurance and Other Claims, 2018
  • Cannabis Law Institute Conference, National Cannabis Bar Association, The George Washington School of Law, September 2018, Speaker, Defending Against: Products Liability, RICO, Dram Shop/Social Host, and Other Claims, 2018
  • An article addressing forum selection clauses in franchise agreements and recent decisions regarding the same. , A Not-So-Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Moye White Opportunities & Challenges, 2011
  • An article about how the Civil Access Pilot Project will affect business litigants. , Co-author, How New Rules Can Affect Your Business Lawsuits, Moye White Opportunities & Challenges, 2011, 2011
  • Co-Presenter, "How to Prove or Defend Lost Profits," at the Measuring Lost Profits in Litigation Conference, Colorado Society of CPAs and CLE of Colorado, December 5, 2012., 2012
  • Author, "Preventing Small Business Fraud," Moye White Opportunities & Challenges, April 2008
  • Co-Presenter at AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services Conference, Daubert Motions: What To Do After Testimony Has Been Excluded, 2013
  • Co-presenter at AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services Conference, The Financial Expert And The Litigator: What to Expect And How To Get Along, 2013


  • JD Parker Const. v. Eastern Equity Partners, L.L.C., 2009 WL 151491 (D.Colo. January 22, 2009)
  • A Good Time Rental, LLC v. First American Title Agency, Inc., 259 P.3d 534 (Colo. App. 2011), 2011
  • Kowalchik v. Brohl, 2012 COA 49; 2012 Colo. App. LEXIS 1279 (3/15/2012), 2012
  • Walter v. Walter, 181 Md. App. 273; 956 A.2d 255 (2008)
Office Location for Dean E. Richardson

1400 16th Street, 6th Floor
Denver, CO 80202

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Last Updated: 7/4/2019

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