Top Company 2015: Gutterman Griffiths
Winner: Consulting and Professional Services
Gutterman Griffiths PC
Three words from them, about them: Compassion. Competence. Collaboration.
Gutterman Griffiths is all about families: The family within the firm, and the families they help through difficult transitions.
“We apply triage concepts to ensure that all clients get the attention they need, when they need it most, and we avoid harm to our clients from our own actions,” Vice President Ann Gushurst says. “We employ a team approach to combine the talent and experience of our various members to ensure each client gets precisely the expertise that client’s case requires.”
Since its inception in 2002 with just three attorneys, Gutterman Griffiths has more than quadrupled its revenues.
“We build a specific team for the particular client, from the very best professionals in the industry who can flexibly provide the perfect level of service for the client’s needs,” President Diana Powell says. “We litigate, we collaborate, we mediate, we solve problems.”
Gutterman Griffiths has achieved AV Preeminent status in Martindale Hubbell, which signifies the highest level of legal ability and adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. The firm has been recognized every year since 2006 as a Top 100 Woman-Owned Business by ColoradoBiz, as well as one of the Top 250 Private Companies.
All shareholders have been selected for inclusion as Colorado Super Lawyers, and every shareholder has earned a prestigious 10/10 on the attorney rating website www.avvo.com. Sheila Gutterman was recognized as the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Athena Award winner of 2014 for her outstanding personal and professional accomplishments in forging a path of female leadership.
The secret sauce: “The firm is dedicated to bringing up the next generation of lawyers through its unique Pathfinders program,” Powell says. “We reach out to hire new college graduates to give them a taste of law, and mentor them through the whole process from a new legal assistant, to paralegal, to law student to new lawyer.”
Greystone Technology Group
Greystone provides five unique but complementary technology services: IT management, IT consulting, Web development, mobile app development and digital marketing management. Over the past 11 years, the company’s average annual growth has been more than 40 percent, and it boasts a 97 percent client retention rate. The company’s Volunteer Time Off (VTO) program gives employees three paid days per year to volunteer with the organization of their choice, with a company donation to each organization for each day worked.
Innovest Portfolio Solutions LLC
Denver-based Innovest, an independent, fee-only investment consulting firm, adheres to the principle, “We hire great people,” and it works to keep the company commited to work-life balance. The employee-owned firm, which has clients in 19 states and assets of nearly $9 billion, provides flexible schedules and unlimited vacation time for everyone; if employees need time, they take it. A sabbatical program allows employees who have met tenure requirements to completely “check out” for a one-month period every three years.
TaxOps, a business tax specialty and consulting firm, prides itself on helping employees achieve career goals by working less, making more, and becoming more valuable. Employees rank their top five workplace perks in order of importance: no time sheets; no office hours; entrepreneurial; team-oriented environment; and no dress code. For its clients, the company uses an innovative fixed-fee business model to achieve best results. In addition to tax outsourcing, TaxOps provides specialized tax solutions and expertise through TaxOps Minimization and TaxOptimization.