Attorneys Paul C. Rufien Special Counsel

Mr. Rufien has been in practice since 1990, specializing in the representation of local government entities, with particular emphasis on special districts, as well as other non-profit entities. Through his practice, Mr. Rufien has extensive experience in intergovernmental contracts and relationships, construction contracts, real property transactions, public finance, TABOR issues, and all other contractual and transactional matters affecting local governments in Colorado. Mr. Rufien is an experienced litigator, having tried numerous cases before Colorado and Federal courts. He has been lead counsel in published appellate opinions impacting Colorado local governments, including TABOR cases.

Mr. Rufien has been published in The Colorado Lawyer discussing TABOR issues. He has been a frequent speaker on behalf of the Special District Association of Colorado during its annual workshops and conference. Topics of his presentation have ranged from the basics of serving on the governing body of a public entity to complex Constitutional issues. He has also given presentations for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Local Government, Colorado and National Parks and Recreation Associations, Colorado County Attorneys Association, and has lectured for continuing legal education seminars. In addition, Mr. Rufien has testified before the Colorado legislature as an expert in local government issues, including the formation of intergovernmental authorities.

Representative clients of Mr. Rufien include Foothills Park and Recreation District, Forest View Acres Water District, Forest Hills Metropolitan District, Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District, Columbine Knolls/Grove Metropolitan Recreation District and Rangeview Metropolitan District. He has also represented South Suburban Park and Recreation District, Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, Beaver Creek Metropolitan District, Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority, and Vail Park and Recreation District as special litigation counsel.