John L. McCabe

John L. McCabe

Senior Of Counsel

P: 303.892.7351

F: 303.893.1379

Assistant

Ruthie Hall

P: 303.892.7519

Admitted In

  • Colorado
  • Illinois

John McCabe has concentrated his practice on domestic and international business acquisitions and debt financings, particularly in the cable television, financial services, natural resources, and wholesale distribution industries. Mr. McCabe also has extensive experience in Uniform Commercial Code and other commercial and consumer law matters. 

Mr. McCabe has also served as lead counsel in a variety of transactions involving, among other things, acquisitions and joint ventures in the telecommunication industry; debt financings, acquisitions, and dispositions in the mining and oil and gas industries; franchising transactions in the retail industry; and general corporate counseling to a wide variety of startup and established businesses in the high tech, distribution, professional services, and bank credit card industries.

Mr. McCabe is a member of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Business Advisory Committee and served for eight years as the business appointee of the Governor of the State of Colorado to the Colorado Commission on Consumer Credit. He is a past chairman of the Commercial Law Division of the Business Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association and was co-chairman of the Colorado Bar Association Ad Hoc Committee on Revised Article 9 of the UCC. Mr. McCabe has been named in The Best Lawyers in America® every year since 1993 and has been selected for inclusion in Colorado Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.

Education

Harvard University, LL.B., 1966
University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1963 

Representative Transactions Include the Following:

  • The sale by Jones Intercable, Inc. to Bell Canada International Inc. of a 30 percent interest in the company and the follow-on sale of the company to Comcast 
  • The negotiation on behalf of a regional telephone company of a joint venture with the predecessor of Nextel Communications to develop an alternative cellular delivery system 
  • Representation of Nu-West Industries, Inc., an Idaho-based phosphate fertilizer manufacturer, in a series of major debt financings with Barclays Bank, G.E. Capital and Bank Indosuez and the eventual auction and sale of this publicly-traded company 
  • New Mexico Blue Cross and Blue Shield in its acquisition by Health Care Services Corporation 
  • Framatome ANP’s acquisition of certain nuclear fuel handling equipment and service assets of Washington Group International 
August 2012

45 DGS Attorneys Named Best Lawyers®

Forty-five DGS attorneys were named Best Lawyers® by publisher Woodward/White, Inc. in its annual guide recognizing legal excellence.

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.”

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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.

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January 2010

Doing Business in the United States: Colorado

Practical Law Company

Colorado has a common law legal system, subject to preemption by the federal laws of the US. Under Colorado law, the Colorado constitution takes precedence over all other laws and the courts can declare statutes, regulations, or actions that violate the constitution invalid.

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August 2009

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

The 2010 edition of the Best Lawyers in America ranks Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP first in Colorado-based attorneys practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate governance and compliance law, environmental law, natural resources law, oil & gas law and securities law. 

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October 2008

Davis Graham & Stubbs tops "Best Lawyer" list in Colorado

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, with 31 attorneys practicing in 30 fields, ranks first in Colorado in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyers in America for the practice areas of corporate and securities law and commercial litigation as well as energy, environmental, natural resources and oil and gas law. The number of DGS lawyers recognized in the definitive guide to legal excellence increased by two, and includes nearly half of the firm’s partners. 

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September 2007

Davis Graham & Stubbs Tops "Best Lawyers" List in Colorado

Davis Graham & Stubbs – with 29 attorneys practicing in 30 fields – ranks first in Colorado-based attorneys listed in the 2008 edition of Best Lawyers in America for the practice areas of commercial litigation, natural resources, environmental law and corporate governance and compliance law. The number of DGS lawyers recognized in the definitive guide to legal excellence increased by three, and includes half of the firm’s partners. The book, targeted for in-house counsel, is to be published in December 2007.

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September 2006

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 26 Davis Graham & Stubbs Attorneys

Twenty-six Davis Graham & Stubbs attorneys practicing in 28 fields will be recognized in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The number of DGS lawyers recognized in the definitive guide to legal excellence increased by five this year, and represents more than 40% of DGS partners overall. DGS ranks first in the number of Colorado-based attorneys listed by the 2007 edition of Best Lawyers in the Commercial Litigation, Natural Resources, Environmental Law, Securities Law and Corporate Governance and Compliance Law practice areas.

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September 2001

Introducing Revised Article 9 of The Uniform Commercial Code

The Colorado Lawyer

Co-authors: John L. McCabe and Arthur H. Travers

On July 1, 2001, a comprehensive revision ("Revision") of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code ("UCC") became effective in Colorado and all but a handful of other jurisdictions.  By January 2,2002, it will be effective in all jurisdictions.1  A great deal already has been written about revised Article 9, much of it more detailed than this article, and a great deal more will be written as practitioners gain experience with revised Article 9 in operation.

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July 2001

Revised Article 9 Ushers in a New Era in Secured Transactions

A new era in secured transactions began on July 1 of this year.  On that date revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code took effect in Colorado and in practically every other state in the United States.  The revision significantly alters many of the rules that govern the relationship between debtors and creditors.

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September 1999

A Central Filing System for Financing Statements

The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 28, No. 9, September 1999

Senate Bill 65, which became effective, in part, July 1, 1999, and will be fully effective January 1, 2000, essays a complete overhaul of the Colorado system for filing financing statements under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and effective financing statements under the filing system established in response to the federal Food Security Act of 1985. Under this legislation, all such statements will be filed in the newly created office of the Central Filing Officer unless a particular statement covers collateral so closely related to real estate that filing with the real estate records is appropriate.

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