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August 21, 2019

Best Lawyers® in America Honors G. Brent Coan, James P. Stouffer, Richard M. Hess, Jr. & John W. Madden, III

Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC is pleased to announce that attorneys G. Brent Coan, James P. Stouffer, Richard M. Hess Jr. and John W. Madden III were selected by their peers for the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers® in America.

This is Mr. Coan’s seventh year in a row of inclusion for his work in corporate and real estate law. 2020 is Mr. Stouffer’s and Mr. Hess’ tenth and fifth year, respectively, of selection for trusts and estates. Additionally, this is Mr. Madden’s fifth year having been selected for construction law.

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Mr. Coan’s law practice is focused on corporate and real estate related matters including: purchase and sale transactions; business organization and capitalization; corporate M&A transactions; land planning and development; and all issues related to financial institutions and lender/creditors’ rights involving real estate and commercial loan transactions.

Mr. Stouffer’s legal practice is concentrated on estate planning and administration, business planning, and real estate. His estate planning and administration practice frequently involves creation and sale of entities, distribution of assets and other related undertakings. Mr. Stouffer’s approach to estate planning is to emphasize listening and thoroughly understanding the client’s needs and objectives, then provide them with the information and strategies they need to reach those goals.

Mr. Hess’ practice emphasizes wealth preservation and transfer, family philanthropy and the related fields of succession and exit planning for closely-held businesses and professional practices. He assists business partners, entrepreneurs, professional practices, individuals, and family groups in preserving and facilitating the transfer of wealth as well as managing inter-generational philanthropy.

Mr. Madden has significant experience with complex real estate and construction litigation. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, serving in the major trials sections, trying over 35 cases. He also served as Regional Director for the Federal Trade Commission’s Denver office.

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