Douglas R. Griess

Douglas R. Griess

Practice Areas

Business Law, Business Acquisitions and Sales, LLCs, Commercial Law, Exit & Succession Planning, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Non-Profits, Intellectual Property, Trademarks


With roots in Wyoming, Douglas lived all over the country and in Italy as the son of an Air Force officer before ending up in Virginia where he finished school.

Douglas’s practice began in litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of insurance defense and bad faith, personal injury, commercial disputes, and construction. After several years litigating, Mr. Griess began advising businesses on transactional issues from formation to dissolution, particularly regarding LLC Operating Agreements, corporate structure, business exit and succession planning, contracts, and soft intellectual property issues from trade secrets to trademarks.

After working for others, Mr. Griess started The Griess Law Firm, LLC at the end of 2010 to focus on building his business practice where he built a broad client base that includes working with manufacturing, distributing, construction, technology, and professional service companies as well as their owners. After joining up with Aaron Atkinson in 2015, Doug and Aaron sought opportunities to augment their practices and resources available to their clients. As a result, they joined Hackstaff & Snow as partners in January 2016. Douglas lives with his wife and five children in Centennial, CO.

Professional Activities:

Mr. Griess engages in various teaching opportunities including presenting at local workshops, national trade associations, and providing professional education credits to lawyers and other professional through the National Business Institute. Courses he has contributed to include LLCs from A-Z, LLCs from Start to Finish, LLC Liability, and LLC Indemnification, where he addresses issues such as legal, regulatory, and registration compliance, operating agreements, company structure, liability and asset protection, and member/manager fiduciary duties and obligations.


Virginia Tech, B.S., honors baccalaureate, summa cum laude; University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.


Colorado, Wyoming, Tenth Circuit

Professional Memberships:

Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Wyoming Bar Association


AV Preeminent

In addition to speaking, Mr. Griess volunteers at the Legal Aid Clinic at the Denver Rescue Mission, is on the Advisory Board of the Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic, is an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom where he volunteers in aid of religious freedom rights, and is an Elder with his church.

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