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Cliff Stricklin

Partner

, Bryan Cave LLP
Denver

Tel

1 303 866 0372

Fax

1 303 335 3972

Boulder

Tel

1 303 417 8541
cliff.stricklin@bryancave.com
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Cliff Stricklin

Partner


Denver and Boulder



1700 Lincoln Street, Suite 4100
Denver, Colorado 80203

Phone:

1 303 866 0372

Fax:

1 303 335 3972

email:

cliff.stricklin@bryancave.com

Cliff Stricklin guides companies and executives through critical situations where litigation is a possible result. He advises clients in commercial disputes and defends them against government inquiries and private allegations of wrongdoing. Should litigation become necessary, Mr. Stricklin is an accomplished trial lawyer who has successfully tried and won some of the nation’s largest, most complex cases.

Prior to private practice, Mr. Stricklin served in a variety of leadership roles with the U.S. Department of Justice, including First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Enron Task Force. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Stricklin was the lead trial attorney in the insider trading case against former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio. After a federal jury found the defendant guilty of 19 counts, the Rocky Mountain News reported, “Stricklin’s stunning performance was the defining moment of the trial.” For his work, the Department presented him with the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Mr. Stricklin was also a key member of the Enron Task Force that tried and convicted former Enron executives Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay on securities fraud and insider trading charges. He was the co-lead prosecutor in the trial against five Enron Broadband Services executives that involved telecommunications, bandwidth technology, intellectual property and securities regulation. Those cases earned him the Department’s highest recognition: the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service.

Mr. Stricklin’s courtroom experience extends to the bench. During his distinguished term as a state district judge, he heard thousands of cases – not one case was overturned on appeal. Mr. Stricklin also served as presiding judge in Dallas County, Texas, a position he used to implement a number of measures designed to bring openness and fairness to the justice system. The Dallas Morning News opined, “Mr. Stricklin totes impressive credentials. His work ethic, calm judicial temperament and judgment have earned him the respect of his robed colleagues … Mr. Stricklin has performed admirably on the bench.”

Mr. Stricklin created and serves as adjunct professor over the White Collar Criminal Law course at the University of Colorado’s School of Law. He has previously taught litigation skills at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of law. Mr. Stricklin oversees Bryan Cave's Colorado white collar practice and prior to the firms' combination was a member of Holme Roberts & Owen's Executive Committee. He started his legal career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Texas. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association, Securities Section
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Best Overall Litigator, People and Barrister’s Best, Law Week Colorado’s Best in Show 2011
  • Chambers USA, White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2012, 2014
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2011-2013; Top 100 List, 2012 and 2013
  • Finalist, Denver Business Journal’s 2009 PowerBook Legal Industry Leader Award
  • Winner, Denver Business Journal’s 2007 PowerBook Legal Industry Leader Award
  • U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service
  • U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service
  • U.S. Postmaster General’s Chief Inspector Award
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Director’s Award for Outstanding Criminal Investigation
  • Texas Department of Public Safety’s Director’s Award
  • Named to Baylor University’s “Alumni 150” as being one of the university’s 150 most remarkable graduates over the last 150 years

Cliff Stricklin guides companies and executives through critical situations where litigation is a possible result. He advises clients in commercial disputes and defends them against government inquiries and private allegations of wrongdoing. Should litigation become necessary, Mr. Stricklin is an accomplished trial lawyer who has successfully tried and won some of the nation’s largest, most complex cases.

Prior to private practice, Mr. Stricklin served in a variety of leadership roles with the U.S. Department of Justice, including First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Enron Task Force. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Stricklin was the lead trial attorney in the insider trading case against former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio. After a federal jury found the defendant guilty of 19 counts, the Rocky Mountain News reported, “Stricklin’s stunning performance was the defining moment of the trial.” For his work, the Department presented him with the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Mr. Stricklin was also a key member of the Enron Task Force that tried and convicted former Enron executives Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay on securities fraud and insider trading charges. He was the co-lead prosecutor in the trial against five Enron Broadband Services executives that involved telecommunications, bandwidth technology, intellectual property and securities regulation. Those cases earned him the Department’s highest recognition: the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service.

Mr. Stricklin’s courtroom experience extends to the bench. During his distinguished term as a state district judge, he heard thousands of cases – not one case was overturned on appeal. Mr. Stricklin also served as presiding judge in Dallas County, Texas, a position he used to implement a number of measures designed to bring openness and fairness to the justice system. The Dallas Morning News opined, “Mr. Stricklin totes impressive credentials. His work ethic, calm judicial temperament and judgment have earned him the respect of his robed colleagues … Mr. Stricklin has performed admirably on the bench.”

Mr. Stricklin created and serves as adjunct professor over the White Collar Criminal Law course at the University of Colorado’s School of Law. He has previously taught litigation skills at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of law. Mr. Stricklin oversees Bryan Cave's Colorado white collar practice and prior to the firms' combination was a member of Holme Roberts & Owen's Executive Committee. He started his legal career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Texas. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Select Representations

  • Represented a large regional not-for-profit hospital in a qui tam matter under the False Claims Act alleging Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The investigation lasted 18 months. Result: minimal settlement with the state Attorney General’s office and the federal government declined to intervene.
  • Represented a large civil engineering firm in a qui tam matter under the False Claims Act and a civil and criminal investigation by the Department of Energy and the Department of Justice. Result: the relator was dismissed and there was a civil settlement with the DOJ that included a non-prosecution agreement.
  • Represented a principal investor in a complicated investment plan investigated over a three-year period for securities fraud. Result: no charges filed.
  • Represented a healthcare industry executive investigated for conspiracy to defraud the government and importation of unlicensed medical devices. Result: no jail time, no probation, pled guilty to misprision and paid a $10,000 fine.
  • Lead the defense of Xcel Energy, Inc. and Public Service Company of Colorado against federal criminal charges arising out of an accident that killed five contractors at a hydroelectric power plant. Result: after a five-week long trial involving complex OSHA regulations, a jury retuned not guilty verdicts in favor of both companies.
  • Represented an international engineering firm in a qui tam matter under the False Claims Act relating to work performed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Result: the government declined to intervene.
  • Represented Leprino Foods Company in environmental litigation against the seller of property that failed to disclose the presence of asbestos. Result: a successful settlement for Leprino Foods Company.
  • Represented Chemical & Metal Industries, Inc., in an appeal from a $3 million fine and restitution award in the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Result: restitution vacated completely and fine reduced to $500,000.
  • Represented an executive at a Fortune 500 healthcare company in a matter involving the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law. Result: no charges brought.
  • Defended a natural gas production and distribution company against a civil complaint filed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Result: a successful settlement for the client.
  • Defended Eddie Bauer in an intellectual property case involving trademarked brand names. Result: a successful settlement for Eddie Bauer.
  • Represented a Nobel Prize winning scientist in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Result: no charges brought.

Bar and Court Admissions

Colorado, 2008

Texas, 1991

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas and District of Colorado

Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Education

Washington & Lee University, J.D., 1991

Baylor University, B.A., 1986

Speeches and Seminars

  • “Defending Public Corporations in High Stakes Criminal Trials,” American Bar Association’s Business Law Section’s Spring Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada (March 2012)
  • "Beyond the Law: Regulatory and Criminal Liability in M&A Deals," 4th Annual Conference of Private Equity and M&A Finance, Denver, Colorado (October 2010)
  • "Dealmakers Spotlight on White Collar Crime," Rocky Mountain Top 200 Dealmakers Summit 2010, Denver, Colorado (June 2010)
  • "Regulatory and Criminal Issues in Real Estate Transactions," 29th Annual California Bar Association Real Property Law Section Retreat, Napa, California (April 2010)
  • "Ethical Duties of Corporate Counsel: Why Your Job Is So Tough,” CH2M Hill Legal Retreat, Greenwood Village, Colorado (November 2009)
  • "Hidden Dangers: Scrutiny of Real Estate Investments in a Time of Crisis,” San Francisco Real Estate Investment Forum, San Francisco, California (October 2009)
  • Keynote Speaker: “Preparing Your Fraud Case for Trial,” Colorado State Investigator’s Association Annual Conference, Golden, Colorado (October 2009)
  • "Where Were the Lawyers?,” El Paso Gas Pipelines Group Legal Retreat, Vail, Colorado (September 2009)
  • Plenary Speaker: “Proposing Sensible New Laws in a Time of Economic Crisis,” 84th Annual International Meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Denver, Colorado (August 2009)
  • Panelist: “Developments in Consumer Class Actions and Other Subprime-Related Litigation,” Colorado Bar Association’s Economic Crisis Litigation Update, Denver, Colorado (July 2009)
  • Plenary Panelist: “Recent Trials: A Roundtable Discussion,” American Bar Association’s 23rd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, San Francisco, California (March 2009)
  • Panelist: “Legal Ethics: Securities Law Violations Liability and How to Avoid Violating the Securities Laws,” Colorado Bar Association’s Fundamentals of Securities Law Conference, Denver, Colorado (January 2009)
  • "10b5-1 Trading Plan Taboos,” Holland & Hart Securities Law Update, Denver, Colorado (November 2008)
  • Keynote Speaker: “Taking Risks in a Risky Environment,” Denver Business Journal’s PowerBook 2008 Luncheon Celebration, Denver, Colorado (October 2008)
  • "Legal & Regulatory Changes After the Storm,” Holland & Hart Securities Law Update, Denver, Colorado (October 2008)
  • Guest Commentary: “Too Tough Rules Could Stifle Rebound,” The Denver Post Op-Ed
    (October 20, 2008)
  • Guest Commentary: “Suffering in Sudan Is Made Worse,” The Denver Post Op-Ed (June 22, 2008)
  • Keynote Speaker: “Leading While Supervising,” 9th Annual Texas Parole and Community Services Awards Lunch, Dallas, Texas (June 2008)
  • Keynote Speaker: “Morals, Ethics and the Law: Succeeding in Business in the 21st Century,” Holland & Hart Employment Law Update, Denver, Colorado (June 2008)
  • Keynote Speaker: “What I’ve Learned from Investigating and Trying America’s Biggest Cases,” 2nd Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference, Charleston, South Carolina (May 2008)
  • "Inside the Nacchio Trial,” Denver Press Club, Denver, Colorado (October 2007)
  • "Lessons Learned from Trying Complex Cases,” Lorman Educational Services, Denver, Colorado (October 2007)
  • Panelist” “Reflections on the Trial of Joseph P. Nacchio,” American Bar Association White Collar Crime Committee, Rocky Mountain Regional Subcommittee, Denver, Colorado
    (October 2007)
  • "A Prosecutor's Perspective: Practical Advice for Securities Law Practitioners,” Securities Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, Denver, Colorado (August 2007)
  • "Qwest Communications: An Investigation and Trial Preparation Case Study," Federal Bureau of Investigation’s White Collar Special Agent Conference, Denver, Colorado (July 2007)
  • "Investigating and Prosecuting Complex Financial Cases,” U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Senior Staff Conference, Washington, D.C. (May 2007)

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association, Securities Section
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Best Overall Litigator, People and Barrister’s Best, Law Week Colorado’s Best in Show 2011
  • Chambers USA, White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2012, 2014
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2011-2013; Top 100 List, 2012 and 2013
  • Finalist, Denver Business Journal’s 2009 PowerBook Legal Industry Leader Award
  • Winner, Denver Business Journal’s 2007 PowerBook Legal Industry Leader Award
  • U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service
  • U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service
  • U.S. Postmaster General’s Chief Inspector Award
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Director’s Award for Outstanding Criminal Investigation
  • Texas Department of Public Safety’s Director’s Award
  • Named to Baylor University’s “Alumni 150” as being one of the university’s 150 most remarkable graduates over the last 150 years

Education

  • Washington & Lee University, J.D., 1991
  • Baylor University, B.A., 1986

Admissions

  • Colorado, 2008
  • Texas, 1991
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas and District of Colorado
  • Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization