Rachel James is a partner in the Taxation, Employee Benefits, and Estate Planning & Administration Groups of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. Her primary area of expertise is employee benefits, which includes employee plans that are subject to and exempt from ERISA. She advises companies of all sizes regarding the design and administration of their retirement, executive compensation and welfare benefit plans, and assists in the maintenance of the DGS regional prototype defined contribution plan. Ms. James also has extensive experience in identifying, negotiating, and resolving employee benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions.
Additionally, Ms. James advises exempt organizations as well as individuals and companies interested in creating or contributing to exempt organizations. She establishes and counsels public charities and private foundations, including charities founded and supported by corporations.
Ms. James graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2000. Prior to attending law school, she practiced as a CPA for two years. Ms. James received her B.S.B.A. in accounting from the University of Colorado (summa cum laude, 1995).
Ms. James is a former chairperson of the Executive Council of the Colorado Bar Association Section of Taxation. Ms. James has also lectured at Continuing Legal Education programs presented by the Colorado Bar Association and spoken at several professional, business and lay group meetings. Ms. James’ most recent presentations include “Final Department of Labor Fiduciary/Conflict of Interest Regulations,” discussing the final fiduciary regulations issued by the United States Department of Labor and “Fee Disclosure: The Deadlines Have Passed – What Now?” discussing the ongoing issues associated with fee disclosure requirements. Additionally, Ms. James’ articles have been published in The Colorado Lawyer. She has also been listed in the 2014-2019 editions of Best Lawyers in America® for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law. Ms. James serves on the Engagement Committee of The First Tee of Denver, a nonprofit that works to educate and inspire youth academically, socially, and physically through the game of golf.
University of Colorado, J.D., 2000
University of Colorado, B.S.B.A., summa cum laude, 1995