Solem, Harris & McKinley, P.C.

Our People

Passion. Experience. Diligence.


 
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Senior Partner

R. Eric Solem

Eric founded the firm in 1990.  He received his JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison and is licensed in both Wisconsin and Colorado. He has practiced before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit Court of appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  His current emphasis is in the drafting of special needs trusts and Medicaid and Medicare lien resolution. He has successfully argued and won numerous elder law cases in the appellate courts, and federal and state lower courts, and won the only cases in Colorado establishing restrictions on Medicaid estate recoveries and Medicaid personal injury liens. Eric is past co-chair of the Elder Law and a member of the Trust and Probate Section of the Colorado Bar Association. He also is a long time member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He was the past President of the Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities, Inc. Eric was distinguished as a Colorado "Super Lawyer" in 5280: Denver's Mile High Magazine for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.

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Partner

Peter T. Harris

Peter joined the firm in 2003.  Peter received his JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and BA from Michigan State University.  Peter has over 17 years of experience as a civil litigator.  He has practiced before all trial courts in the Denver metro area and the state Court of Appeals.  Presently he oversees probate litigation for the firm, including contested guardianship and conservatorship proceedings and the prosecution and defense of fiduciary theft cases.  Peter is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.

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Partner

Lance E. McKinley

Lance joined the firm in 2004 after receiving his JD from the University of Colorado School of Law and his BA from Colorado State University.  His early legal experience included clerking for two Judges with the Arapahoe County District Court.  Lance’s practice includes estate planning, probate of estates, guardianships and conservatorships, probate approval of personal injury cases for incapacitated plaintiffs, Medicaid and Medicare issues, and special needs and disability trusts.  Lance is a member of the Colorado Bar Association.

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OF COUNSEL

David F. Steinhoff 

Dave and Eric formed Solem, Mack & Steinhoff PC in 1997.  In 2017, Dave limited his work hours and the firm became known as Solem, Harris & McKinley PC.  Dave continues to see clients on a regular basis.  He earned his BA and JD from the University of Denver.  Prior to private practice, he served as a division director for Colorado Legal Services and then as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado.  He is a member of the Trust & Estates and Elder Law Sections of the Colorado Bar Association and of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).  He served as Deputy Public Administrator for the 18th Judicial District from 2002 to 2010.  In addition to estate planning and litigation, he has held fiduciary roles (trustee, conservator, special administrator, and personal representative) throughout his practice and has written articles and taught the legal community and public on Estate Planning, Estate Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Medicaid, Guardianships, and Conservatorships.

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COUNSEL

Tyler D. Lambert 

Tyler joined the firm in 2017 after receiving his JD from Indiana University - Maurer School of Law and his BA from Indiana University, Bloomington where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.  Before joining Solem, Harris & McKinley, P.C., Tyler practiced criminal defense and appeared before all trial courts throughout the Front Range.  In addition to his private practice work, Tyler served as a contract attorney for the Alternate Defense Counsel where he provided criminal defense to indigent clients.  Since joining the firm Tyler has been providing his clients legal services in the areas of probate litigation, estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, and special needs and disability trusts.  Tyler is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.

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Senior paralegal

Karen Takamatsu 

Karen is a Denver native.  She obtained a BA (History) from the University of Colorado.  She has over 30 years of paralegal experience in probate and estate planning.  She began her legal career at Sherman & Howard in the Tax and Probate Department.  Karen has worked with Eric since he started in private practice and is experienced in drafting estate planning documents and administering probate estates.


SENIOR PARALEGAL

Linda Moon

Linda obtained her paralegal certificate (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of ColoradoParalegal Certificate Program in 1992.  She has approximately 30 years experience as an elder law paralegal focusing on Medicaid and other public benefits programs.  She has provided paralegal support in cases before administrative courts, Colorado District Courts, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as the 8th and 10th federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and the US Supreme Court.  Linda has provided services to the Denver Probate Court as court visitor and has experience as a professional fiduciary.  She has also written articles and seminar materials, and has been a speaker in multiple seminars for the legal community.


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Judy Williams 

Judy is a Denver native.  She joined the firm in 2016.  She brought with her 25 years of extensive experience in probate administration, estate planning and office management while working as a paralegal/office manager for Edward B. Lee & Associates, Deputy Public Administrator for Arapahoe County. 

 
 

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Sarah Stearns 

Sarah joined the firm in 2015 and brings with her approximately 16 years of experience.  She works on probate litigation matters as well as general estate planning for our clients. She received her B.A. (Business) from Metropolitan State University Denver in 2004.  Prior to joining our firm Sarah worked for ALG Attorneys, Hamilton, Faatz & Waller, P.C., and Farrell & Seldin, Sarah works closely with our litigation team as well as our estate planning and guardianship and conservatorship cases. 

 
 

Legal Assistant

Virginia "Ginny" Brookhouser  

Ginny joined the firm in 2015.  She received her B.A. (Foreign Languages) from the University of Denver.  She is fluent in Spanish and French.  Prior to joining the firm, Ginny worked for Energy and Resource Consulting Group, LLC, Harvey Economics, and Denver Gold Group.  Ginny maintains a special interest in elder care issues and drafting estate planning documents for our clients.

 
 

Administrative Assistant

Katie E. Solem   

Katie joined the firm in 2007.  She attended the University of Northern Colorado.  Katie’s primary responsibility is management of the firm’s client billing system.

 

 
 

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receptionist 

Dolores Marsh    

Dolores joined the firm in 2011 as the front desk administrator.  She brought 10 years of office experience and several years of experience as a home health care provider for the elderly.  She is a graduate of Buena High School in Arizona and is certified by the International Air Academy in Pasadena, CA.  She works directly with clients and attorneys and provides a valuable contribution to the firm.

 


Exemplative Cases

  • Adamson Pain Case – Class Action case dealing with evaluation of pain symptoms in disability cases.  Case settled favorably.
  • Assisted Aurora Theater Shooting Victims
  • Assisted Columbine High School Shooting Victims
  • Monez v. Reinertson, 140 P.3d 242 (Colo.App.2006) (due process safeguards for home and community based Medicaid clients)
  • Estate of Schiavo – Ct. of Appeals – cite -  (establish standards for Medicaid estate recovery)
  • Houghton v. Reinertson, 382 F.3d 1162(10th Cir. 2004) (preservation of retirement benefits for spouse of Medicaid nursing home recipient)
  • Mandy R. Class Action (rights of developmentally disabled persons to comprehensive services)
  • Ramey v. Reinertson, 268 F.3d 995 (10th Cir. 2001) special needs trusts for SSI recipients protected
  • State v. S.P. – Ct. of Appeals – 356 P.3d 1033 (Colo. App. 2015) Medicaid lien rights for personal injury cases
  • Representative Clients:  Pinnacol Insurance, Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities, Colorado Historical Society, Association Retarded Citizens (“ARC”), Colorado State Bank & Trust

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