Tess Hand-Bender focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and appeals. She has represented clients from a variety of industries at all stages of litigation and confidential arbitration, from initiation of proceedings through trial and appeal. Ms. Hand-Bender has experience in a wide range of commercial disputes, including contract and business tort matters.
Ms. Hand-Bender also maintains an active pro bono practice. In addition to working with the Colorado Lawyer’s Committee and serving as the chair-elect of its Young Lawyer’s Division, she first chaired a pro bono misdemeanor trial for an indigent client and served on the trial team representing nine Colorado couples who successfully challenged the constitutionality of Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage. Ms. Hand-Bender and the team were honored with a Special Recognition Award from the Colorado Lawyers Committee and the Visionaries in Action Award from the GLBT Community Center of Colorado.
Before joining DGS, Ms. Hand-Bender practiced at a boutique litigation firm in Denver. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and to the Honorable Philip A. Brimmer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Ms. Hand-Bender graduated from Berkeley School of Law, where she was Order of the Coif and served as the submissions editor for the Criminal Law Journal.She is active in the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and Colorado GLBT Bar Association and has been named a “Rising Star” by Colorado Super Lawyers. She is admitted to practice in Colorado and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.
University of California, Berkeley School of Law , J.D., Order of the Coif, 2010
Stanford University, B.A., 2005