Deborah J. Friedman

Deborah J. Friedman


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P: 303.892.7575

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  • Colorado

Deborah Friedman’s practice has focused on securities, corporate finance, corporate governance and domestic and international mergers and acquisitions matters for publicly traded and privately held companies, primarily in the mining and oil and gas industries. She currently serves as U.S. securities counsel for several public mining companies. She is experienced in U.S. and international public equity and debt offerings, private placements, and public and private merger and acquisition transactions. Her practice also includes counseling clients on securities compliance, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley, and other corporate governance and compliance matters.

Ms. Friedman has represented major, mid-tier, and junior mining companies in finance, acquisition, disposition, and other transactions and matters in South and Central America (including Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, and Panama), the Pacific Rim (including Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Papua New Guinea and Singapore), and Africa (including South Africa and Ghana). She has acted as counsel to both sellers and buyers in public and private company transactions and to participants in complex joint ventures and strategic alliances.  She has handled commercial, export credit, and project financing transactions within and outside the U.S.  She also has experience in large and small mine construction and development and related issues.

Ms. Friedman served as the head of the Corporate Department and on the firm’s Executive Committee for a number of years.  She has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® under International Trade and Finance Law, and has been included for a number of years in Colorado Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters and the International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers by Law Business Research Ltd. 

Prior to joining DGS in 1999, Ms. Friedman served in various positions in the law departments of Cyprus Amax Minerals Company and AMAX Gold Inc. for 16 years, including General Counsel and Associate General Counsel of Cyprus Amax and General Counsel of AMAX Gold. She has also served as General Counsel of Apex Silver Mines Limited and Golden Minerals Company.


University of Michigan, J.D., 1977
University of Illinois, B.A., 1974

August 2015

52 DGS Attorneys Named Best Lawyers®

Fifty-two Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP attorneys were named Best Lawyers® by publisher Woodward/White, Inc. in its annual guide recognizing legal excellence. The 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America is based on a peer-review survey in which more than 43,000 attorneys comment on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. The publication only recognizes the top four percent of attorneys in the country.

November 2014

22 DGS Attorneys Named in Super Lawyers Business Edition

Twenty-two DGS lawyers have been designated "Super Lawyers" in the 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition published by Thomson Reuters. The annual, national listing of top attorneys in the U.S. serves as a guide for the go-to attorneys in litigation, real estate, corporate finance, energy, and environmental law, among others. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

July 2013

SEC Approves General Solicitation and Advertising for Accredited Investor-Only Securities Offerings: Excludes

On July 10, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") fulfilled its Congressional mandate by adopting new rules that will dramatically affect the landscape for unregistered securities offerings in the United States. These new rules authorize the use of general advertising and general solicitation methods in accredited investor-only offerings under the newly amended Rule 506. Historically, securities offerings that were not registered with the SEC were uniformly described as "private offerings," because that was their common identifying feature – the securities could not be publicly offered. With the adoption of new Rule 506(c), that common understanding has been eliminated.


August 2011

Davis Graham & Stubbs Attorneys Named Best Lawyers®

Thirty-eight DGS attorneys, including nearly half of the firm’s partners, were named Best Lawyers® by publisher Woodward/White, Inc. in its annual guide to legal excellence.  The 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America is based on a peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys comment on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”


August 2010

Davis Graham & Stubbs Attorneys Top “Best Lawyers” List in Colorado

The newly announced, 2011 edition of the Best Lawyers in America ranks Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP first in Colorado-based law practices for corporate governance and compliance law, environmental law, mergers and acquisitions law, natural resources law, oil and gas law and securities law. This year Best Lawyers recognizes 36 DGS attorneys, including 13 who have been named to the list for at least 10 years. Nearly half (46 percent) of DGS partners are recognized in the definitive guide to legal excellence, in addition to several attorneys of counsel to the firm. Best Lawyers is a peer-review survey of more than 39,000 in-house counsels and private practice attorneys.


January 2010

Davis Graham & Stubbs Names New Partners for 2010, Re-Elects Chris Richardson as Managing Partner for Additional Two-Year Term

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP announce the selection of two new partners to the firm and the re-election of Chris Richardson to serve an additional two-year term as the firm’s managing partner, following a firm-wide partners vote. Each appointment is effective January 1, 2010.


April 2007

Davis Graham & Stubbs Attorneys Featured at International Mining and Oil & Gas Institute in Argentina

Davis Graham & Stubbs partners Scot Anderson and Deborah Friedman will be lead participants for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s institute on International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment on April 16-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 


September 2006

Davis Graham & Stubbs Handles $225 Million Strategic Alliance for Apex Silver Mines

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has advised Apex Silver Mines Limited (AMEX: SIL), a mining exploration and development company, in a $225 million strategic alliance with Sumitomo Corporation, a diversified international company whose business operations include major interests in mining. Under the agreement, Sumitomo acquired a 35% participating interest in Apex Silver’s San Cristobal open-pit silver-zinc-lead project located in southwestern Bolivia and an option to earn a 35% share of additional Apex Silver exploration projects in Peru, Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia.


June 2006

Two More Davis Graham & Stubbs Attorneys Selected for International Who's Who Guides

Davis Graham & Stubbs lawyers Deborah Friedman and Tom McNamara were recently recognized by Who’s Who Legal as among the leading lawyers worldwide in their respective fields. Ms. Friedman was named in The International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers 2006, and Mr. McNamara was selected for The International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators 2006.


February 2006

Davis Graham & Stubbs Names New Executive Committee for 2006

Davis Graham & Stubbs has appointed its 2006 executive committee, which provides leadership for the firm's financial and strategic management. The firm's partners re-elected Christopher L. Richardson, a partner in the 115-lawyer firm's Finance & Acquisitions Group, to another two-year term as managing partner of the firm and chair of the Executive Committee. The new members of the Executive Committee, Tom Bell, Laura Riese, and Deborah Friedman, join Tom Johnson, Chuck Kaiser and Ron Levine, who served on the committee in 2005. The firm's Executive Director, Barbara Pierce, will continue to serve as an ex officio member of the committee.


August 2002

Changes to Section 16 Reporting Requirements: Section 403 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the “Act”), signed into law by President Bush on July 30, 2002, presents sweeping accounting and corporate governance reforms affecting publicly traded and reporting companies. Section 403 of the Act amended several aspects of the insider reporting requirements of Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).