David R Fine

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David Fine is a Denver litigation attorney who focuses on public and commercial litigation, employment litigation and counseling. Mr. Fine also advises on government, public policy and regulatory affairs, including land use, state and local procurement, and bid protests. In addition, he has extensive political law experience, including campaign finance, elections, ethics compliance and lobbying compliance matters.

Mr. Fine's practice consists of 1) handling complex business and public litigation and investigations, 2) helping clients navigate legal, political, regulatory, land use and administrative issues involving local, state and federal governments and 3) advising clients on political, policy, strategic and public affairs.

Mr. Fine served as the city attorney for the City and County of Denver from 2007 to 2011. In that capacity, he provided policy and legal advice to former Mayor John Hickenlooper and other city leadership. Mr. Fine served as the final decision maker on all critical legal decisions facing the city and managed a large public law firm. Among the highlights of Mr. Fine's tenure as city attorney was his oversight of all legal matters related to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Mr. Fine has extensive experience in the following areas:

Litigation: Mr. Fine has handled complex matters in federal and state courts, and in arbitrations, for nearly thirty years. He has represented large and small corporations, governments, non-profits and individuals in, among other things, complex commercial litigation, class actions, public litigation (administrative, regulatory and political) and employment litigation.

Employment Law: Mr. Fine counsels various organizations, including corporations, non-profits and higher education institutions on a variety of federal and state employment issues, including trade secrets and noncompete covenants.

Education Law: Mr. Fine represents and handles independent and internal investigations for colleges and universities in a wide range of matters, including Title IX compliance, Title IX gender discrimination and sexual assault, tenure disputes, policies and handbooks, governance, contracts, FERPA and student privacy, student conduct and employment.

Political Law: Mr. Fine handles campaign finance, ethics compliance, constitutional, lobbying compliance, election and initiative matters on behalf of corporations, political organizations, trade associations, governments and candidates. He represented the Colorado Reapportionment Commission in the 2011 redistricting of the state legislature, and litigated federal redistricting matters in 2001 and 2006 in Colorado.

Government Representation: Mr. Fine represents businesses interfacing with state and local government in connection with administrative, regulatory and political matters, including public/private partnerships (P3).

State and Local Government Procurement: Mr. Fine represents government contractors, including airport concessionaires, in connection with all facets of state and local procurement, including bid protests and public/private partnerships (P3)

Land Use: Mr. Fine, as former Denver City Attorney, often helps real estate clients navigate the administrative, regulatory and political aspects of their developments, in front of planning commissions, zoning boards, city councils and mayors and their staffs.

Compliance Services: Mr. Fine conducts and advises clients in connection with corporate internal investigations.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, Government Relations, 2013-2018  
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Denver Government Relations Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2017 
  • Colorado Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2009, 2012-2017
  • 5280 Magazine, Top Lawyers, 2015, 2016


  • Colorado Bar Foundation, Bar Fellow
  • Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Urban Land Conservancy, Board of Directors, Secretary 
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation, Board of Directors, Governance Committee
  • Center for Legal Inclusiveness, Board of Directors, Past-Chair
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee, Election Task Force
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association