Clarissa Collier
 

Clarissa Collier helps clients develop and implement litigation and trial strategies in complex civil disputes. She handles cases involving a broad array of business disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, and unfair competition. Clarissa also defends clients in personal injury cases.  

In addition to her litigation expertise, Clarissa maintains an active white collar and investigations practice. She conducts independent internal investigations to minimize clients’ legal exposure and responds to federal and state government investigations.

Other Experience

Holland & Hart LLP

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Rising Stars
     Business Litigation, 2019
     International, 2018
Gary McPherson Award for Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, 2016
Colorado Lawyers Committee Team of the Year Award 
     Lobato Litigation, 2012
American Bar Association
     Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates 
     Litigation Section
Colorado Bar Association, Board of Governors
Denver Bar Association
Faculty of Federal Advocates 
Sam Cary Bar Association 
Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado
     Board of Trustees, 2017-2018
     Associates Advisory Board, Co-Chair, 2015-2017

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation, Vice Chair of Board of Directors
Downtown Denver Leadership Program 
     Alumni Association
     Participant, 2012

Personal Interests

Enjoying the great outdoors, listening to live music, traveling, and watching the Denver Broncos


Clarissa Collier handles cases involving business disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, and unfair competition. Clarissa also defends clients in personal injury cases, and maintains an active white collar and investigations practice.

Representative Cases Commercial Litigation Commercial Litigation
  • Obtained $2.3 million summary judgment in the United States District Court for the District of Utah on behalf of a Fortune 500 financial institution enforcing its rights as a creditor against a corporate debtor.
  • Solo-chaired a fraud and negligent misrepresentation jury trial in federal court in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado arising from a business dispute.
  • Represented a school district on a pro bono basis in a high-profile lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Colorado school finance system.
Investigations & Compliance Investigations & Compliance
  • Represented an oil and gas developer in responding to a multi-agency securities investigation involving the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and several state securities boards and divisions.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a Fortune 500 holding company for various life insurance companies and investment firms relating to a former employee's allegations of retaliation, discrimination and violations of the Securities Exchange Act.
  • Represented a major defense service contractor in voluntarily disclosing potential export controls and trade sanctions violations to the Departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury.
  • Represented a defense service contractor in response to a Department of Justice investigation involving alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations.
Personal Injury Personal Injury
  • Favorably settled a string of premises liability cases for a franchisor of more than 350 fast food restaurants.
  • Favorably settled a negligence case for a de minimis amount for a state sanctioned rodeo.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Other Experience

Holland & Hart LLP

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Rising Stars
     Business Litigation, 2019
     International, 2018
Gary McPherson Award for Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, 2016
Colorado Lawyers Committee Team of the Year Award 
     Lobato Litigation, 2012
American Bar Association
     Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates 
     Litigation Section
Colorado Bar Association, Board of Governors
Denver Bar Association
Faculty of Federal Advocates 
Sam Cary Bar Association 
Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado
     Board of Trustees, 2017-2018
     Associates Advisory Board, Co-Chair, 2015-2017

Government Service

Extern for The Honorable Jeffrey Donnell of Albany County District Court

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation, Vice Chair of Board of Directors
Downtown Denver Leadership Program 
     Alumni Association
     Participant, 2012

Personal Interests

Enjoying the great outdoors, listening to live music, traveling, and watching the Denver Broncos

Articles/Presentations
  • 2014 Associates Campaign for Justice—"May I See Your ID?," The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 43, No. 4 (April 2014).
  • "Exploring the Limits of the In Pari Delicto Defense," ABI Young and New Members Committee eNewsletter, Vol. 10, No. 2 (March 2012).
Education
  • University of Wyoming College of Law, J.D., 2008, cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • University of Wyoming, B.A., 2005, Criminal Justice, cum laude
Government Service

Extern for The Honorable Jeffrey Donnell of Albany County District Court

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado