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Zakhem Law, LLC

Zakhem Law, LLC

700 17th Street
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Denver, Colorado 80202

Phone(303) 228-1200

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Law Firm Overview

Zakhem Law, LLC is one of Colorado’s leading law firms, providing clients across the state with innovative and powerful representation in a wide range of legal areas. Our successful practice is founded on a whole-team strategy for approaching our cases. We combine and integrate the varied experience and knowledge of all our attorneys into every case we take on, allowing us to provide thorough, well-rounded counsel.

We pool our resources and work diligently to give you the efficient and effective service you’re looking for. Our areas of focus include business, tax, and government law, estate planning, criminal defense, personal injury, and real estate. Whether we’re fighting to protect your personal rights, helping your family plan for the future, or helping your business through any type of legal or financial matter, you can trust Zakhem Law to serve you with loyalty, honesty, and aggressive legal work.

At Zakhem Law, we have built up a large network of resources and connections across local communities, businesses, and the government. It’s the kind of network that helps us get things done quickly, effectively, and to our clients’ greatest satisfaction. Our commitment is to getting you where you want to be, in your personal, professional, and financial life.

Languages: English

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Business Successions; Buy & Sell Agreements; Employment Contracts; Non-Compete Agreements; Leases; Medical and Licensed Professional Practices; Employer Intentional Torts; Employer Liability; Guardianship; Medical Powers of Attorney; Trade Associations; Governmental Affairs; Liability Issues; Bench Warrants; Commercial & Residential Real Estate; Infringement Disputes; Business Torts; Collections; Construction Fraud; Consumer Rights; Legal Malpractice; Disability Insurance; Auto Insurance; Homeowners Claims; Statutory Interpretation; Securities Litigation; Bench Warrants; Misdemeanor Charges; Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists; Dog Bites; Hit and Run Accidents; ATV Accidents; Jet-ski/Personal Watercraft Accidents; Drunk Driving Accidents; Nursing Home Negligence; Condemnation.

Areas of Law Description

Our practice includes:

- Business Law

Many of Colorado’s dynamic entrepreneurs and corporate counsel turn to the business law specialists at Zakhem Law. Whether you are a garage inventor starting a brand new business, a hard charging CEO negotiating a blockbuster merger, or a grizzled veteran planning for succession, we have handled situations similar to yours. Our attorneys have extensive experience creating winning strategies in the following areas:

* Business Organization and Entity Formation

The business law attorney team at Zakhem Law assists many types of business organizations. Legal guidance for setting up your business can include many steps, none of which you can afford to skip. Our Denver business law team represents:

• Limited liability companies
• Partnerships
• S and C Corporations
• Self-proprietorships
• Nonprofit organizations

* Nonprofit Organizations

Starting and running a nonprofit organization can be a challenge, to say the least. In addition to securing the necessary funds, nonprofit heads must follow business regulations to the letter. The success of the organization depends on this strict adherence. At Zakhem Law we have served numerous nonprofit, philanthropic, and tax-exempt organizations in Denver and throughout Colorado. Whether you are in the process of starting a nonprofit entity or restructuring your current organization, we can help you navigate critical business law issues.

* Medical and Licensed Professional Practices

When starting a medical or other professional practice, there can be an overwhelming amount of red tape. At Zakhem Law we are experienced business law professionals with detailed knowledge of the regulations imposed upon professional practices. Make sure your practice is safe from claims of noncompliance. Meet with a Denver medical and licensed professional practices attorney and secure peace of mind for your practice.

* Securities

We represent private companies in issuing securities to investors. Our securities attorneys have extensive expertise in areas of regulatory compliance, specifically the registration of securities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, private placements under Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933, and registration of the state securities with respect to "Blue Sky" laws. Further, the firm has extensive experience in the preparation and filing of mandatory reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (such as Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K).

* Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involve complex business activity and heaps of paperwork. Creating bigger and more powerful companies requires well thought out strategy to ensure long-term success. If your company is looking to expand or acquire, you want to make sure your M&A transactions are done with effective and meticulous operation. You want to make sure your investment banker is working on your M&A with proper attention to your interests. Our M&A attorney team can help guide you through the complex laws surrounding mergers and acquisitions.

* Employment Law

Whether you employ 10, 100 or 1000 employees in your company, employee management can be a difficult task. As an employer, you want to be prepared for awkward situations. It's a smart move to draw on the specialized knowledge of an experienced law team for help in the creation of employment contracts, employee handbooks and personnel policies. The employment attorneys at the law firm of Zakhem Law work to minimize conflict between employers and employees, and to make sure conflicts that do arise are settled fairly.

* Franchising

Are you buying a franchise business? Or maybe you are ready to franchise your concept? Either way, the franchise attorneys at Zakhem Law have you covered with extensive experience in handling franchise law for over eight years both for the franchisee and the franchisor. Representing both sides has provided us with a unique and comprehensive understanding of franchise law.

* Intellectual Property Law

Patents, copyrights and trademarks all fall under the category of intellectual property. Intellectual property is invaluable to any business because it differentiates your product or service offerings from your competition. Zakhem Law is experienced in registering trademarks, patents & copyrights. From the preliminary search to the preparation and filing of the application, Zakhem Law knows how to handle all aspects of registering intellectual property.

- Estate Planning

The basic concept of estate planning is simple. Maximize returns while minimizing taxes and fees. When you mix elements like businesses, retirement investments, children, and the constantly shifting tax laws together, the complexity can quickly spiral out of control and overwhelm less experienced attorneys. Zakhem Law is well known for creative wealth preservation strategies that leverage several areas of the law. Our multi-disciplinary approach generates highly effective plans for both simple and complex estates.

* Wills

Life can be unpredictable. At Zakhem Law, our estate planning commitment is to assist our clients in securing a future that provides for them and their loved ones. In addition to effective wills and trusts, our attorneys can prepare various healthcare and financial directives necessary to ensure a complete estate plan, including living wills and medical powers of attorney that will carry out your medical wishes when you are incapacitated and preserve your family’s wealth.

* Trusts

Trusts are an invaluable tool to a seasoned estate planner. A well-executed trust can provide the control and security you want for your estate. Popular benefits include:

• Spendthrift Protection
• Asset Protection
• Tax Planning
• Privacy
• Corporate Succession
• Facilitation of Co-Ownership

* Tax Planning

Zakhem Law provides counsel and representation regarding the most advanced level of tax-planning strategies to individuals, business entities, trusts and estates, charitable and educational organizations, and private foundations. Moreover, our tax attorneys advise individuals on personal income and transfer tax matters, business investments and sales, estate and trust administration and wealth preservation.

* Probate & Will Disputes

Despite explicit provisions in will and estate documents, family members still often question the validity of those documents. At Zakhem Law we work with Colorado probate laws to ensure that estates are divided up fairly. We work to have your loved one's wishes interpreted in a way that best represents his or her legal intentions, and that takes into consideration the needs and wishes of close family members.

- Election and Governmental Law

We have a deep and detailed knowledge of election and governmental law that enables us to deliver strategic legal advice with the highest ethical standards and a special respect for the art of diplomacy. We represent all levels of government leaders, former elected officials, businesses, election vendors and fundraisers, current candidates, and trade associations, as well as political parties and organizations. Our office provides a nexus for strategic alliances across the country in the political and legal context.

- Real Estate Law

The success of your Colorado real estate deals can be dramatically improved by working with an experienced attorney that can identify opportunities and use the law to your advantage. Real estate transactions are one of the core areas of our legal practice. Zakhem Law has extensive experience with a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions including farm and ranch land. Whether you are a first time home buyer or a seasoned investor, a solid legal team can help you maximize your return on investment and protect your rights.

- Litigation and Criminal Defense

Our Denver litigation lawyers' team has helped businesses, organizations and individuals assert their rights in State and Federal courtrooms with favorable results. When you step into a courtroom to go up against accusations or people who have injured you, you need a strong aggressive legal force on your side. You need intelligent and fearless representation-that is exactly what we offer.

* Commercial Litigation

The business attorneys at Zakhem Law handle all types of business and commercial litigation. We have helped countless Colorado businesses succeed at handling potentially damaging claims. Conflict resolution is our expertise - we foster alternative dispute resolution but are also well prepared to step into the courtroom if necessary. The arena of commercial litigation is unique and requires a high degree of skill, distinct knowledge of business law, and creative maneuvering.

* Civil Litigation

At the Denver law firm of Zakhem Law, we specialize in civil litigation and help private individuals and organizations solve non-criminal disputes. The civil litigation process can be lengthy and complex. Whether you are on the side of defense or prosecution, you will need an attorney who can build a strong case through diligent research, and use it to present compelling arguments. If you suffered physical or financial harm and you need a civil litigation expert, consider hiring the Colorado firm with a record of strong courtroom representation.

* Insurance Disputes and Liability

Insurance companies are in the business of providing protection and peace of mind, so why is it so often a struggle to get them to pay out? It is no secret that insurance companies prosper most when they can hold onto their reserves and avoid large pay-outs. They make money through interest on their investments. Insurance adjusters are trained and paid to persuade you to take as little as possible. If you are dealing with a difficult insurance adjuster and you know something is just not right, we can help.

* Constitutional Law

Constitutional rights are constantly under scrutiny in the justice system. People who have suffered physical, emotional or financial harm are afforded the right to speak up about injustice and to seek restitution. On the other side, both companies and individuals charged with having inflicted such harm have the right to a vigorous and thorough defense. Our experienced constitutional rights lawyers will work tirelessly to protect your rights. Whether you are working to expose unfair discrimination or looking to fight baseless accusations, you will receive devoted, focused attention from our legal professionals.

* Contract Disputes

A contract is more than a promise; it's a legal obligation. Entering into a contract requires comprehension of its language, and knowledge of each party's rights. The attorney team of Zakhem Law has been interpreting and evaluating contracts using modern contract laws for many years. We give those contracts clear and understandable provisions. If you need to put a relationship or mutual agreement in writing, make sure that document clearly states your rights as well as your obligations.

* Securities Litigation

The laws governing sale of securities are explicit, and the penalties for securities fraud can be severe and financially taxing. Stockbroker fraud is any inappropriate or unfair activity on the part of a stockbroker that results in a loss of client assets. Our attorneys will advise you on how best to proceed and how to prepare for binding arbitration. We have studied securities law for years and are well versed on the current statutes governing trading activity.

* Criminal Defense

The law firm of Zakhem Law represents individuals accused of crimes in Denver and surrounding areas. Our defense tactics are the result of many combined years of criminal defense and prosecutorial experience. A criminal conviction can mean the end of your career, limited freedom, and financial devastation. Your criminal defense team will work diligently to build a strong defense against the state and defeat weak arguments presented by the prosecution.

* Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, allows clients to opt for low-profile solutions using compromise and negotiation. Choosing ADR as opposed to litigation is often more cost-effective, but it may not be the best method if neither party is willing to compromise. The attorneys at the law firm of Zakhem Law, LLC are ADR specialists, and we understand how to use it to reach acceptable legal solutions. If your case isn't suitable for ADR, we have the expertise to take it to court.

- Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Injuries and deaths that could have been prevented take a tragic toll on families. Even putting aside the emotional pain, the financial responsibilities alone can be devastating. At Zakhem Law our personal injury lawyers can represent you if you've been hurt by the negligence of others:

• Auto accidents
• Uninsured/underinsured motorists
• Motorcycle accidents
• Tractor-trailer/truck accidents
• Dog bites
• Construction accidents
• Hit and run accidents
• Pedestrian accidents
• Bus accidents
• Train accidents
• Aviation accidents
• Boating accidents
• Bicycle accidents
• ATV accidents
• Jet-ski/personal watercraft accidents
• Drunk driving accidents
• Nursing home negligence
• Slip and fall/dangerous premises accidents
• Nursing home abuse/negligence
• Defective products
• Medical malpractice


John Skari, Jr., Esq. John L. Skari, Jr., Esq.
Banking and Finance, Business and Industry, Civil Rights, Criminal Law, General Practice

John Zakhem, Esq. John Zakhem, Esq.
Business and Industry, Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Estate Planning, Ethics


  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Lawyer's Committee
  • Colorado Access to Justice Commission

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