Elisabeth Polizzi Oertle

Elisabeth Polizzi Oertle


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Elisabeth Polizzi Oertle serves companies in a wide range of industries, including new and emerging technology, conventional and renewable energy, manufacturing, restaurants and hospitality, biotech, and cleantech, in addition to venture capital and private equity funds. She regularly advises companies on public and private financing and capital markets transactions, securities law disclosure and compliance, public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions, corporate governance and structuring transactions, complex commercial transactions, and protection, enforcement, and commercialization of intellectual property. She serves as outside general counsel to a variety of clients from emerging technology companies to established public energy companies. 

Before joining DGS, Ms. Oertle practiced with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, focusing 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, and her B.A., with honors, from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Oertle worked in the publishing industry. 

Ms. Oertle is admitted to practice in Colorado 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. She is the Secretary of the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation and volunteers as a tutor at University Prep, a Denver public charter school.


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

June 2015

Hardening Targets: The NSA Guide to Defending Against Destructive Malware

Faced with the increasing threat of cyberattack, boards of directors and C-level executives of public and private companies alike are becoming increasingly aware of the need to establish and maintain strategies at the C-level for preventing, detecting, and containing cybersecurity threats.

March 2015

What Net Neutrality Will Mean for Cyber-Street

The Federal Communications Commission's publication of new rules on March 12, 2015 treating internet service providers as common carriers (akin to utility companies) is seen by many to be a meaningful step toward ensuring "net neutrality" or an "open internet."

February 2015

Three Initiatives Promise to Accelerate Health IT in 2015

Three major legislative and regulatory proposals concerning technology in health care are in the works for 2015, each of them aiming to accelerate the growth of the already burgeoning health IT vertical by facilitating – and protecting – the electronic collection and sharing of health data.

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.