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Wanda J. Abel

Partner

Wanda Abel is a corporate and securities attorney, representing clients in mergers, acquisitions, complex commercial agreements and financings, joint ventures, and public and private offerings. She counsels on securities disclosure and compliance issues, as well as general corporate and business law issues. She has served as in-house counsel for a large public company and acts as outside general counsel for many of her clients. Ms. Abel counsels boards of directors and special committees regarding corporate governance and fiduciary duties. Her intellectual property practice focuses on technology transfer and licensing, trademark and copyright registration and software partnering and implementation agreements. Her clients have included both start-up and established companies in high technology industries, water, oil and gas, software, and cable.

Ms. Abel’s clients include a number of nonprofit corporations. Her work for nonprofit clients spans both the business and intellectual property aspects of her practice. She has advised several nonprofit corporations regarding their establishment of and relationships with international affiliates. In addition, she has advised such entities regarding copyright protection and licensing of educational and promotional materials, artistic works, and theatrical and musical works.

Ms. Abel currently serves on the board of directors of Puce Cycle Corporation. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law and Intellectual Property Law Sections; the Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section, Securities Law subsection, and Intellectual Property Law section; the Colorado Women’s Bar Association; and the Denver Bar Association. She currently serves on the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) committee revising the Colorado Business Corporation Act, and she previously served on the CBA committee revising the Revised Uniform Partnership Act for enactment in Colorado and CBA committees drafting revisions to the Colorado Nonprofit Corporation Code and the Colorado Limited Liability Company Act. While in law school, Ms. Abel was a recipient of the Moses Lasky Scholarship. Prior to joining Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Ms. Abel served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph Quinn, of the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice.

Professional Activities

  • CBA Business Law Section Committee — Drafting the Colorado Business Corporation Act effective in 1994
  • CBA Ad Hoc Partnership Laws Committee — Revising RUPA for enactment in Colorado as the Colorado Uniform Partnership Act (1997) and drafting related amendments to the Colorado Uniform Limited Partnership Act of 1981 and the Limited Liability Company Act
  • CBA Statutory Revision Committee for Colorado Nonprofit Corporation Act — resulted in the adoption of the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act effective in 1998
  • CBA Business Corporation Act Revision Committee — Drafting revisions to the Colorado Business Corporation Act and the Colorado Corporations and Associations Act which were enacted in 2019
  • CWBA Ethics presentation (1996)
  • CWBA convention presentation on the Colorado Business Corporation Act (1996)
  • Denver Bar Association Meet-A-Lawyer Program
  • University of Denver Moot Court Board Client Counseling Competition

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Business Law Section and Securities Law Subsection
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Disclosure Requirements for Exchange Act Reports and Proxy Statements
  • Securities Law in a Post-Sarbanes Oxley World
  • Entity Selection for New Businesses
  • Colorado Revised Uniform Partnership Act
  • Distributor Agreements
  • International Agency Agreements
  • Distinctions between Corporate Names, Trade Names, and Trademarks

Recognition

  • Cathy Stricklin Krendl Business Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award, 2019
  • Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-AVVO

Selected Community Activities

  • Volunteer for the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, including serving as coordinator of the Denver Walk for PKD for 5 years.
  • Secretary of PTA at Steele Elementary School for 4 years.
  • Volunteer for the Washington Park House Tour (to raise funds for Steele Elementary School), including serving as co-chair for 2 years.
  • Expanding Your Horizons panelist on career options
    • presentation for middle school students

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