Denver, Colorado Probate Lawyers

MEET OUR TEAM

Local experts with decades of combined experience

R. Eric Solem • FOUNDING PARTNER

Eric founded the firm in 1990.  He received his JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School and is licensed in both Wisconsin and Colorado.  Eric has practiced before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit Court of appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  His current emphasis is in the drafting of special needs trusts and Medicaid and Medicare lien resolution.  Eric's successes include numerous elder law cases in the appellate courts and federal and state lower courts.  He won the only Colorado State cases establishing restrictions on Medicaid estate recoveries and Medicaid personal injury liens.

Eric is a co-founder and past President of the Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities, Inc., has been distinguished as a Colorado "Super Lawyer" for many years, and is a long time member of  National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and the Trust and Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association.

Nathan Williams • MANAGING PARTNER

Nathan is both a CPA and an Attorney.  He obtained his undergraduate degree at Miami University (Ohio), and began his career as an accountant in Chicago before relocating to Denver to attend the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law where he earned both his J.D. degree and LLM in taxation.

In addition to probate litigation (including trusts and estates, will contests, conservatorship and guardianship matters), Nathan is an experienced estate planner and estate administrator. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, and the Colorado Society of CPAs.

Lance E. McKinley • PARTNER

Lance E. McKinley is a partner with the law firm of Solem Williams & McKinley, P.C. His practice focuses on probate matters, disability trusts, estate planning and administration, and public benefits issues. He received his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2001. He joined the firm in 2004 and has been a partner there since 2010. Prior to private practice, he was a law clerk in Arapahoe County District Court, where he clerked for the Hon. Juanita L. Rice and the Hon. Gerald J. Rafferty. 

 

He has presented continuing education services to other lawyers on the topics of Qualified Settlement Funds, Medicare Set-Asides in liability cases, and the state Medicaid appeals process.  He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and Arapahoe County Bar Association.

David F. Steinhoff • OF COUNSEL

David has been practicing law for 41 years. He earned his BA in History and Mathematics and JD from the University of Denver.  Prior to joining the firm in 1997, he served as Staff Attorney and Division Director for Colorado Legal Services and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado.

 

In addition to representing clients in 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 classes for the legal community and public on topics such as Estate Planning, Estate Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Medicaid, Guardianships, and Conservatorships.  David served as Deputy Public Administrator for the 18th Judicial District from 2002 to 2010.  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).  David speaks fluent Spanish.

Peter T. Harris • OF COUNSEL

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

Zach F. Woodward • ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

Zach received a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder, and went on to receive his JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  He began his career as a Deputy District Attorney in Jefferson County, Colorado.  During his time as a prosecutor, he conducted more than 50 jury trials, securing justice in cases ranging from felony drug trafficking to sex assault, kidnapping and murder.

 

Zach joined Solem Williams & McKinley, P.C. as an associate in 2019, focusing primarily on probate litigation, though he handles all matters related to estate planning and legal protection for our community's most vulnerable members: children, those with disabilities, and the elderly.  Zach is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.

Linda Moon • PARALEGAL

Linda began her career as a paralegal in 1987 and became certified in 1992 from the University of Colorado Extended Paralegal Studies Program, Magna Cum Laude.  She is a recognized expert in the areas of Medicaid and public benefits programs.  Linda has provided paralegal support in cases before administrative courts, Colorado District Courts, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, as well as the 8th and 10th federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and the US Supreme Court.  She has provided services to the Denver Probate Court as court visitor and has experience as a professional fiduciary.  Linda has also written articles and seminar materials, and has been a speaker in multiple seminars for the legal community.

Judy Williams • PARALEGAL

Judy joined the firm in 2016, bringing 25 years of experience in probate administration, estate planning and office management.  She was previously a paralegal and office manager for Edward B. Lee & Associates, Deputy Public Administrator for Arapahoe County.

Courtney A. Krugman • PARALEGAL

Courtney graduated with a BS in Secondary Education from the University of South Dakota, an MS in Technical Communications from CU Denver, and earned her Paralegal Certificate from Arapahoe Community College.  In addition to over 15 years of technical writing, editing, change management, and corporate training experience, Courtney brings several years of experience in estate planning, probate, and, most recently, medical malpractice litigation.  She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association.

Matthew J. Ferrer • PARALEGAL

Matthew graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  He has worked as an Estate Planning Paralegal for two years.

Kat Suhova • LEGAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Kat graduated from the University of Denver in 2019 with a dual degree in Biochemistry and Finance.  She has previous experience working for a family law attorney and for a multi-national finance firm.  She aspires to pursue a law degree in the near future, and hopes to one day be able to practice either Patent or Intellectual Property Law. 

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