John A. Elofson

John A. Elofson


John Elofson’s practice focuses on securities offerings and compliance and mergers and acquisitions. He has represented clients in a variety of industries in debt and equity offerings, mergers, stock and asset purchases, joint ventures, tender offers, and proxy contests. He frequently advises clients on reporting obligations under the federal securities laws and stock exchange rules as well as on corporate governance matters and takeover defenses.

Mr. Elofson joined Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in 2004 after practicing for five years in the corporate department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City. Following the completion of his legal studies, Mr. Elofson served one-year terms as a law clerk for the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and for the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

While pursuing his legal education at Columbia University, Mr. Elofson was a James Kent Scholar in 1995-96 and 1996-97, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar in 1994-95, and the recipient of the Class of 1912 Prize in 1994. He also served as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Law & Social Problems from 1996 to 1997. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and has written numerous articles on corporate law. His community activities include service as an officer of the Denver Scholarship Foundation, a provider of college scholarships and related services to graduates of the Denver Public School system.


Columbia University, J.D., 1997
University of Colorado, M.A., 1992
University of Colorado, B.A., 1989


Mr. Elofson has represented, among others:

  • Issuers of over $5 billion in debt and equity in a variety of public and private capital markets transactions
  • Target companies, special committees, and acquirors in various going-private transactions
  • A private equity-backed energy firm in multiple asset acquisitions
  • A public energy company in connection with a significant private investment in public equity (PIPE) investment by a private equity firm
  • The successful insurgent in a hostile proxy contest for control of a $500 million public company
  • Public companies in numerous $100 million-plus acquisitions
  • Targets and acquirers in a variety of actual and potential hostile takeover situations

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