Elisabeth Polizzi Oertle

Elisabeth Polizzi Oertle


P: 303.892.7235

F: 303.893.1379




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P: 303.892.7540

Admitted In

  • Colorado
  • New York

Elisabeth Polizzi Oertle is a corporate attorney who advises both public and private companies on a broad spectrum of issues, including securities law disclosure and compliance, corporate and financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, complex commercial transactions, private placements, and public offerings. Ms. Oertle serves clients in a range of industries, including conventional and renewable energy, clean tech and other technologies, manufacturing, hospitality, private equity, and early stage startups. In addition, Ms. Oertle regularly drafts and reviews periodic reports and other documents required to be filed with the SEC under the federal securities laws.

Ms. Oertle regularly counsels clients on:

  • Venture capital investments, including seed and angel funding and preferred stock financings
  • Protection, enforcement, and commercialization of intellectual property
  • Corporate, limited liability company, and partnership formations, reorganizations, and equity recapitalizations
  • SEC disclosure specific to the oil and gas industry
  • Drafting and negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, joint venture agreements, and other agreements related to oil and gas companies

Before joining DGS, Ms. Oertle practiced as an associate with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, where her practice focused on capital markets, real estate finance, and distressed mergers and acquisitions. In 2006, she served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. 

Ms. Oertle received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2007, and her B.A., with honors, from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Oertle was a freelance copy editor. 

Ms. Oertle is admitted to practice in Colorado and New York and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, the Colorado Technology Association, and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. Her native language is English and she is proficient in Spanish.


University of Michigan Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007
State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., cum laude, 1999

June 2014

Calling All Angels: Advanced Industry Investment Tax Credit Incentivizes Early Stage Investment in Innovative Start-Up & Emerging Companies

On May 30, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law HB14-1012, creating an exciting new state income tax credit to incentivize investment in Colorado's advanced industry companies. Subject to certain limitations discussed below, qualified investors will receive a tax credit of 25 percent of their qualified investments in qualified small businesses in advanced industries. If the company is located in a rural or economically distressed area in Colorado, the tax credit is 30 percent of the qualified investment. 

March 2014

Energy Industry Faces Increased Exposure to Claims by Patent Trolls

A patent-assertion entity (PAE) or non-practicing entity (NPE) is an entity that enforces patent rights against others, but does not itself use the patents for any productive purpose. A perennial adversary of high-tech companies and startups, recent studies looking at the rise in patent litigation reveal that these "patent trolls" are turning their sights increasingly on less traditional technology innovators – including those in the energy industry.