Best of Colorado 2023 — Professional Services
Check out this year's winners and finalists for our Best of Colorado 2023 awards in the Professional Services sector!
Many of this year’s Best of Colorado winners embody the art of specialization. They don’t pretend to be something they are not, rather they concentrate on one element and aim to perfect it. That in turn has clearly helped them make a name for themselves.
Our readers (Best of Colorado customers) not only remember them but make a concerted effort to vote for them. That’s a tremendous accomplishment in this era of overwhelming messages, marketing and mindshare. But that takes time. Here at ColoradoBiz, we’ve heard many serial entrepreneurs and CEOs depict their success as a climb rather than a meandering journey. After all, the highest summits are always uphill and rarely scaled on the first day.
So, here’s to this year’s Best of Colorado winners. They have found a way to perfect their craft, grow their brand, and be recognized for their specialization. They have scaled the summit of success.
BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM
In business since 1991, Boulder CPA Group specializes in taxation for small to medium-sized businesses and individuals, from planning to compliance strategies. The firm strives to meet each client’s specific needs in planning for the future and achieving goals in an ever-changing financial and regulatory environment. Services include tax management, entity selection and restructuring, estate and trust planning, and IRS representation.
BEST ADVERTISING/MARKETING/PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENCY
Founded in 2006, estound is the Best of Colorado top vote-getter in the Ad/Marketing/PR category for the fourth straight year. The Denver-based agency is known for developing award-winning marketing, consulting and web design/development services. The firm creates and manages digital-centric marketing portfolios that generate reliable, steady business gains.
BEST EVENT PLANNING SERVICE
Bespoke helps clients bring their business’ brand stories to life through personal and group engagement. That means designing the right mix of engagement opportunities to meet business goals — from meetings, conferences, fundraising campaigns, trade shows, incentive trips, online gatherings, video, podcasts and social media.
Bespoke oversees and executes these events, from invitation to registration, entertainment, speakers, food, signage and decor, audiovisual, amenities and more.
BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN
Founded in 2006, Denver-based Volume Nine is a digital marketing agency that provides custom digital marketing campaigns designed to rise above the online noise and reach target audiences. The firm helps clients grow their brands by delivering proven solutions in social media, marketing content and search engine optimization (SEO).
BEST LAW FIRM – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Dorsey & Whitney has been helping clients protect, enforce and leverage trademarks and copyrights for more than 50 years. The firm currently manages tens of thousands of active trademark and copyright applications and registrations on behalf of companies ranging from startups to global multinationals.
A few examples of Dorsey’s services regarding intellectual property include: registering, transferring and enforcing domain names; counseling on advertising claim substantiation and evaluation of competitor ad substantiation; performing intellectual property due diligence in M&A, financing and other business transactions; negotiating purchase, sale and financing agreements related to intellectual property; strategic positioning of trademarked or copyrighted products and services through licensing and joint venture programs; advising on issues unique to online retail sales.
BEST LAW FIRM – CORPORATE LITIGATION
Hassan + Cables represents businesses and nonprofit organizations on a wide range of legal and business matters, including civil litigation. The firm’s attorneys strive to develop options to resolve disputes without litigation wherever possible. However, where no other options are more suitable, the Boulder-based firm aggressively and professionally pursues clients’ goals and objections through the litigation process, whether through trial or appeal.
BEST LAW FIRM – EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR
The legal practice and professional capabilities of Kissinger & Fellman have been conscientiously developed with a focus on the representation of clients involved in all aspects of business and government. The firm’s clients range from large publicly owned corporations to sole business proprietors to individuals.
Headquartered in Denver with an additional office in Silver Spring, Maryland, the firm is equipped to handle the most complex litigation from start to finish, yet small enough to treat each client as important and give each case the personal attention it deserves.
BEST LAW FIRM – ESTATE PLANNING
Founded in 1997, Ambler Keenan Mitchell Johnson is dedicated to providing cost-effective service to clients as they accumulate, preserve and transfer wealth. The Denver-based firm believes an estate plan will be most effective when it is crafted by a team comprised of the client’s most trusted advisers.
The firm specializes in estate planning, probate and trust administration, second-parent adoption, corporate, power of attorney, guardianship/conservatorship, elder law, and LGBTQIA+.
BEST LAW FIRM – FAMILY LAW
Griffith’s family law attorneys are skilled at handling complex divorce and child custody cases as well as child support and spousal maintenance. The firm’s civil litigation attorneys handle similarly complex matters such as construction, insurance, real estate, and business litigation cases.
BEST LAW FIRM – PERSONAL INJURY (TIE)
“Life happens. We can help.” That’s the philosophy and guiding principle of founding partners Kevin Cheney, Tim Galluzzi and Travis Howard. The firm points out that a personal injury lawyer is an important asset for securing financial restitution for injuries. Personal injury lawyers typically work on a contingency basis, allowing clients to focus more on their claim rather than compensation for their legal team.
Cheney Galluzzi & Howard’s practice areas include catastrophic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, bad-faith insurance, premises liability, ski accidents and wrongful death.
Known for his ubiquitous “strong arm of the law” TV commercials, founding attorney Frank Azar has bult Franklin D. Azar & Associates into the largest plaintiff-centered personal injury firm in Colorado with offices in Denver, Aurora, Thornton, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
Azar is actively involved in cases across the country concerning wage and hour violations, insurance bad faith, products liability, and various mass torts concerning pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices.
BEST LAW FIRM –MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Holland & Hart provides tailored M&A advice at every stage in the business lifecycle. Representing buyers, sellers, private equity funds, venture capitalists, other investors and portfolio companies, the firm offers 360-degree perspective that you’d expect from an organization that’s been around since 1947.
Holland & Hart has worked with clients in the technology, food, beverage, and consumer products, energy and cannabis sectors.
- Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP
- Sherman & Howard LLC
- Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
- Hassan & Cables
BEST LOBBYING/LEGISLATIVE SERVICES
One of the nation’s leading lobbying firms – by some accounts No. 1 – Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck boasts a bipartisan team with full-service lobbying, public policy and legal representation that helps companies, associations, nonprofits and other organizations interpret federal government actions, solve challenges and seize opportunities. Brownstein’s government relations team offers comprehensive services before Congress, federal agencies and regulatory bodies, as well as at state and local levels throughout the country.
The firm combines outstanding lawyers, leading authorities on policy and true business acumen to solve clients’ toughest challenges. Founded in Denver, BHFS has expanded around the country, with 12 offices, 600 employees and 300 attorneys and policy professionals nationwide.
BEST MOVING COMPANY
In business since 1900, Johnson Storage & Moving is owned and operated by fourth-generation members of the Johnson family. The global logistics company helps families, government and businesses store and move their goods around the world.
Storage accommodations include short-term or long-term storage; self-storage lockers; floor space for furniture; open shelving for files and records; secure vault space for high-value items; and large spaces for automobiles, RVs, boats and floats.
BEST STORAGE FACILITIES
In business since 1972, Public Storage has self-storage facilities throughout the U.S. and many parts of the world. And those little (and big) units for personal, business, vehicle and boat storage add up: Public Storage is one of the world’s largest landlords, with more than 170 million rentable square feet of real estate.
BEST STAFFING/RECRUITING/EXECUTIVE SEARCH
Z3 Talent is a leading retained executive search firm for entrepreneurs, family-owned businesses, and private equity-backed companies. It helps growing businesses that are looking for a transformational shift to identify and recruit exceptional talent. The firm has been recognized by Hunt Scanlon as a Top 100 most prominent executive search firm serving the private equity sector and a Top 99 Retained Executive Search Firm by C-Suite CV Secure.