Richard P. Holme

Richard P. Holme

Senior Of Counsel

P: 303.892.7340

F: 303.893.1379

Assistant

Donna Keuling

P: 303.892.7597

Admitted In

  • Colorado

Dick Holme has tried almost 70 jury trials, including those while he was a Deputy District Attorney in Denver (1969-71), numerous trials to courts, and several arbitrations. He has been a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1983 (Colorado State Chair, 1994-96). His varied commercial litigation practice has included defense of a breach of fiduciary duty claim challenging one of the largest land sales in Colorado history; a commodities fraud case involving hundreds of investors and claims for almost $100 million in losses; class actions for wide-spread environmental contamination; and arbitrations involving complex patent claims and employment claims involving damages of eight figures. He has also litigated and tried major contract actions, employment and discrimination issues, condemnation suits, and patent, intellectual property, trade secrets, product liability, securities fraud and natural resources cases. He has handled a number of major constitutional cases, including successful challenges to prohibitory billboard laws in Colorado and Maine, raising issues of free speech and takings without compensation; land use planning and zoning challenges; the validity of lobbying regulations; and a wide range of First Amendment issues in connection with the regular representation of Denver’s NBC television affiliate and other media clients by Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. Mr. Holme has briefed and argued numerous appellate court matters around the country.

Mr. Holme was appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court to serve two terms as a member of its Grievance Committee (1979 - 1985), and is now a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on Civil Rules. He served as first vice president of the Denver Bar Association (having previously been a member of its Board of Trustees from 1977 to 1980), and has served six terms as a member of the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association (1974-1976, 1985-1987 and 1995-2003). He also served on the governing Council of the Litigation Section of the Colorado Bar Association (1982-1984). He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Appellate Law and Litigation: First Amendment and has been selected for inclusion in Colorado Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.

Education

University of Colorado, J.D., 1966
Williams College, B.A., 1963

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.

January 2012

Rule of Seven for Trial Lawyers: Calculating Litigation Deadlines

The Colorado Lawyer

Starting January 1, 2012, all trial lawyers in the state, regardless of their areas of practice, have a new way of determining when actions must be taken in pending cases and cases to be filed in the future in almost all Colorado state courts. Trial lawyers and litigators will need to refer to the applicable newly adopted rules of procedure to be sure they are determining the correct deadlines for action.

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September 2011

Proposed New Rules for Calculating Trial and Appellate Deadlines -- Attorney Comments Requested

The Colorado Lawyer

To simplify how one determines when pre- and post-trial actions must be taken, the Colorado Supreme Court is considering significant changes to virtually all rules of procedure. Most of the new rules are expected to take effect on January 1, 2012, although some will be deferred until July 1, 2012. The changes are comprehensive, so it is possible that mistakes may have been made during the review process by the Court’s rules committees.

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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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July 2011

James River Insurance Co. v. Rapid Funding, L.L.C.

United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit

The DGS appellate group, led by Andrew M. Low, has won an appeal of a $5.8 million judgment against its client James River Insurance Company.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled in a published opinion that the jury was allowed to hear inadmissible evidence and that the judgment must be reversed and sent back to the trial court for a new trial.

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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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Successful Appeal in Trade Secret Case

The DGS appellate team scored another win in a published opinion released by the Tenth Circuit on August 11.  In Hertz v. Luzenac America, the Court of Appeals reinstated claims by DGS client Luzenac America, Inc. arising from misappropriation of certain of its trade secrets. 

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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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March 2008

Briefs from Davis Graham & Stubbs

Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission – Holme
Denver Foundation Board – Kawanabe
Federal Bench Selection Panel – Keller

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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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May 2006

2006 Amendments to the Civil Rules: Modernization, New Math, and Polishing

The Colorado Lawyer

After a lengthy period of gestation, the Supreme Court and its Standing Committee on Civil Rules finally gave birth to a series of significant amendments to several of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure. Specifically, this article addresses amendments to Rules 4, 5, 6, 43, and 121. The amendments to these rules deal with practical issues that have arisen since the rules were adopted or last amended. The changes will ease some of the timing stress on litigation counsel and create greater conformity with certain federal rules. All of these new rules became effective January 1, 2006. Rule 4 was adopted and became effective March 23, 2006.

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April 2006

'Private Judges' Alter Legal Landscape

The National Law Journal

There was a time when the use of private judges to solve litigious disputes was a California legal secret. But the secret is out now, and spreading fast. At least four states-Ohio, Indiana, Texas and Colorado-in the last year have have passed legislation or are considering new rules that broaden the authority of private judges to hear cases.

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September 2005

Appointed Judges Under New C.R.C.P. 122: A Significant Opportunity for Litigants

The Colorado Lawyer

Suppose there is a state court lawsuit where the client cannot justify the added monetary expense (or the emotional stress) that will almost inevitably be caused by indeterminate prolongation of the dispute. This expense can result from vacated and rescheduled pretrial hearings, delays in completing discovery, multiple trial settings with the consequent need for repeated preparation by lawyers and experts, and inconvenience to out-of-state witnesses. Suppose there is a case that is time-sensitive or complex and requires special attention, but the parties believe that the court will be unable to give the case the prompt handling or careful analysis it needs.

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May 2004

Back to the Future - New Rule 16.1: Simplified Procedure for Civil Cases Up to $100,000

The Colorado Lawyer

Effective July 1, 2004, all lawyers handling civil litigation must be familiar with new Rule 16.1 of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure ("C.RC.P." or "Rule"). Rule 16.1 provides dramatically simplified procedure and curtailed discovery, primarily for civil cases seeking damages up to $100,000 ("Simplified Procedure").

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December 2001

Civil Rules 16 and 26: Pretrial Procedure And Discovery Revisited and Revised

The Colorado Lawyer

Effective January 1, 1995, Rules 16 and 26 of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure (“C.R.C.P.” or “Rule”) were substantially amended and began governing what was hoped to be a new era of differential case management, judicial involvement in pretrial civil case planning and handling, limited discovery, and a heightened attention to professionalism among litigators and trial lawyers.1

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March 2000

Just, Speedy, and Inexpensive: Possible Simplified Procedure For Cases Under $100,000

The Colorado Lawyer

Recently, a number of Colorado lawyers, as well as the Justices of the Colorado Supreme Court, have become increasingly concerned that middle class citizens are being denied effective access to the civil justice system because of "the law's delay" and the prohibitive expense of pursuing even relatively small, but personally important, legal claims. This lack of effective access also appears linked to the public's decreasing confidence in and approval of the judicial system.

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August 1999

The Civil Litigator - Proposed Magistrate Rules: Crucial to Civil Litigators

The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 28, No. 8, August 1999

Under newly proposed rules for state court magistrates pending before the Colorado Supreme Court and published in the July 1999 issue of The Colorado Lawyer, if a civil litigator fails to object to the use of a magistrate in any proceeding, he or she may have impliedly and irrevocably consented to having all pretrial hearings, including the trial, handled exclusively by a magistrate, with no right to review by a district court judge.

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December 1994

Colorado's New Rules of Civil Procedure, Part II: Rediscovering Discovery

The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 23, No. 11

This is the second article describing the substantial changes in pretrial preparation and discovery for civil cases. The changes are effective January 1, 1995, and comprise significant revisions to Rule 16 of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure and most of the discovery rules.

Colorado's New Rules of Civil Procedure, Part II: Rediscovering Discovery

November 1994

Colorado's New Rules of Civil Procedure, Part I: Case Management and Disclosure

The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 23, No. 11

We were warned, but we largely ignored it. Now with little fanfare, our old, comfortable and ingrained habits of extended trial preparation, expansive discovery requests and evasive discovery responses are to be both shaken and stirred.

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