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Professional Biography


Attorney, Advisor and Nonprofit Leader 


4662 South Elizabeth Court

Cherry Hills Village, Colorado


Telephone: 303.589.0758

SYNOPSIS: Globally-recognized attorney, facilitator, problem-solver and champion of causes.   Leads and counsels nonprofit, for-profit and government organizations. Creates strong sustainable financial models for companies. Successful leader in civic, charitable, cultural, educational, governmental, healthcare and corporate environments. Builds positive relationships and development opportunities for large and small companies and governments in Africa, Asia, Australia, China, Europe and North America. Outstanding corporate spokesperson and advocate. Excellent media relations, conflict resolution, reputation management, writing and oral communication skills. Extensive budget oversight and staff supervision experience. Personal career billings in excess of thirty million dollars.



 President and CEO, Tisdale & Associates LLC (Denver)  February 2002 – Present

  •  Direct all client services, including corporate counseling, contractual negotiations, litigations and dispute resolutions for clients in California, Colorado, China, France and Mexico

  • Create successful outcomes for clients in commercial transactions

  • Build effective relationships with all stakeholders: clients, adversaries, courts, legislators, government officials, decision makers and investors

  • Create and implement business plans, strategic plans and policy statements for private and public entities

  • Negotiate and manage contractual matters on behalf of nonprofit and for-profit organizations and NGOs

  • Provide C-Level services and legal advice to commercial entities, nonprofits and NGOs

 General Counsel, Liberté International Corp. (Denver) February 2002 – February 2004

  •  General Counsel and Member of the Office of the Chairman to first international private banking firm chartered in Colorado to provide asset protection for foreign capital depositors

  • Create global marketing strategies compliant with Colorado enabling legislation, federal banking legislation and international currency laws

 Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP (Denver and Los Angeles) February 1997 – February 2002

  •  Represented the National Accountability Bureau of the Government of Pakistan, successfully retrieving millions of dollars in misappropriated government assets from corrupt government officials and procuring their extradition

  • Continued representation of Trammel Crow Company in California, Cyprus Amax Minerals Company and numerous banks and other money-center financial institutions in their commercial transaction dispute resolution and litigation needs

 Director, Global Liability Services Management (Denver, Minneapolis, Brussels) January 1994 – December 1996 

  • Provide domestic and international consulting services to global companies, including issue management, liability analysis and media control, to companies, identifying, analyzing and solving issues surrounding financial, environmental and construction catastrophic events 

  • Managing Partner, Popham Haik Schnobrich & Kaufman LLP (Denver, Miami, Minneapolis, Washington DC, Newport Beach, Leipzig, Stuttgart and Beijing) August 1992 – February 1997 

  • Continued representation of Gillett Holdings, Inc. in its $1.2 billion reorganization with Apollo Advisors, Carl Icahn and others

  • Represented Trammell Crow Company in its development of Park Place, a $1 billion multi-use property in Irvine / Newport Beach, including commercial leasing and litigations

  • Represented Cyprus Amax Minerals Company’s multi-million dollar mining, environmental and securities interests in Australia, New Zealand, Idaho and Colorado

  • Successfully reorganized the NGO responsible for distributing all United States Agency for International Development microenterprise loans in Africa

  • Advised the German Unity Commission concerning private property reparations

  • Advised the Government of Pakistan concerning design, development and legal issues associated with the planning of Islamabad New City 

Partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck (Denver and Los Angeles) August 1976 – August 1992 

  • Represented hundreds of clients in commercial transactions, civil litigations, land use/planning, banking, finance, real estate, and restructuring matters, including the Chapter 11 reorganization of Gillett Holdings, Inc.

  • Clients included major banks, financial institutions and advisors, real estate developers, insurance companies, hospitals, conglomerate and management companies and high net worth individuals 

Partner, Warner Properties, Inc. (Vail, CO) May 1985 – February 2000 

  • Developed five large multi-use developments throughout the Vail Valley, including single and multi-family residential, commercial, retail and hotel properties, including The Osprey at Beaver Creek (f/k/a The Inn at Beaver Creek), voted the #1 Resort in the continental United States and the #6 Best Resort in the world by Travel+Leisure Magazine (American Express) 

Law Clerk to Chief Judge Alfred A. Arraj, US District Court (D. Colo.) August 1975 – August 1976 

  • Researched and drafted legal opinions for approval by Judge Arraj on multiple matters, including US v Bishop, Love v The Pullman Co, and In re King Resources 


Mayor, City of Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.   Elected as Mayor of the #1 Best Suburb of America to Live In (Wall Street Journal, September 2012) by a landslide in three way race in April 2012, with first term expiring January 2015; elected twice previously as city councilmember (2000-2008) and selected as Mayor Pro Tem; outspoken and effective regionalism advocate

Chairman of the Board, Colorado State Board of Registered Psychotherapists. Appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to Board responsible for registering, reviewing and disciplining all psychotherapists in Colorado; trainer for Chairs and Vice-Chairs of all Mental Health Boards (2011—) 

Board and Administrative Committee Member, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) – Denver.   Responsible for regional planning for 56 county and municipal governments in the Denver metropolitan area and distribution of federal highway funds for projects and serve on Area Agency for Aging, principal draftsman and advocate of policy initiatives, securing approval through collaborative efforts on a regional basis (2000—2008, 2012—) 

Board and Executive Committee Member, Metro Mayors Caucus – Denver. Responsible for direction, planning and policy-making on a collaborative consensus-driven basis for 40 mayors in the Denver metro area (2012—) 

Chair, Policy Committee of the Colorado Municipal League. Responsible for drafting and setting public and legislative policy for all municipalities in the State of Colorado, including drafting and stewardship of proposed legislation (2000-2008, 2012—) 

Chairman of the Board, Colorado Neurological Institute. Headed the largest neurological institute between Chicago and San Francisco; cooperated in design and oversaw major fundraising and donor relation activities; established the CO-DOC Stroke Telemedicine Network and negotiated and managed operating agreements with 12 hospitals in Colorado; negotiated numerous cooperative relationships with grant and funding sources; chaired strategic planning committee (2004—2010) 

Chairman of the Board, Eagle Health Care Center – Eagle, CO. Created and led the first successful joint venture between a nonprofit hospital and a for-profit hospital to build a new medical facility in a common market, negotiating contract for development and management of relations between the two hospital venturers (1999—2006) 

Board Member and Treasurer, Vail Valley Medical Center – Vail, CO. Managed budget, negotiated contracts, oversaw physician relations, including with Steadman*Hawkins Clinic, designed and implemented successful donor events, capital campaigns and fundraising activities (1992—2006) 

Board Member, United Cerebral Palsy Legacy Foundation – Denver. Solicited major gifts from significant donors, launched a new charter school and secured a new campus for the nonprofit. Served as emcee and auctioneer at its premier fundraising gala (1997—2007) 

Board Member, Employer Services Program, Inc. – Denver. Charter board member of public-private partnership that provided education, training, rehabilitation and employment of persons with disabilities in the Denver Region (1980—1985) 

Board Member, Company of Angels Theatre Company – Los Angeles. Provide leadership, counsel and fundraising leadership to the oldest continuously operating theatre company in LA, founded by Leonard Nimoy in 1959 (2007—2011) 

Capital Campaign Cabinet Member, Lone Tree Cultural Arts Center – Lone Tree, CO. Fundraiser for new cultural arts center and theatre in suburban Denver, secured the largest corporate gift for the Arts Center (2009—2011) 

Emcee and Live Auctioneer, Children’s Diabetes Foundation, Denver Ballet Guild, Women’s Lighthouse Project, St. Mary’s Academy, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Make A Wish Foundation, Mental Health America Foundation, Colorado Epilepsy Foundation, Cancer League of Colorado, LightSpark Cancer Resources and many others.   Raised millions of dollars for nonprofits (1992—) 

District Justice and-Law Related Education Coordinator, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International – Denver, Los Angeles and Washington DC. Responsible for planning and administering programs for lawyers and law students for largest law fraternity in the world, including creating law-related education programs for primary and secondary schools throughout Colorado and serving as LEAA-OJJDP Program Coordinator for Colorado 


  • Juris Doctor, The University of Michigan Law School – Ann Arbor. Graduated in the top third of the class; Research and Administrative Editor, U Mich J L Reform

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology, The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; graduated 11th in a class of 11,000 


  • Admitted to the Bars of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals – Tenth Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United State District Court for the Northern District of California, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, and the Colorado Supreme Court

  • Denver and Colorado Bar Associations – Served on numerous committees and practice groups.

  • Colorado Bar Foundation – Fellow

  • American Bar Association – Chaired Foreclosures in Real Property committee

  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity – numerous significant leadership posts

  • A-V rated lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell, for over 30 years

  • Listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the American West, Who’s Who in Law, Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and Colorado Super Lawyers

  • Denver Law Club – Vice President, Grievance Committee Chair and featured performer

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