August 25, 2019

Two Law Legends and CBA-CLE Recognized by International CLE Organization for Legal Publication: Limited Liability Companies & Partnerships in Colorado

StarburstAwardsLogoThe Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), an international continuing legal education organization, awarded Colorado Bar Association CLE (CBA-CLE) with the Award of Outstanding Achievement in the publication category for its business law book Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships in Colorado.

Lidstone-SparkmanAttorneys Herrick Lidstone, Jr. and Allen Sparkman, two business law legends in Colorado, have taken a complex subject and written a clear, concise treatise on how to structure a business. The criteria for an ACLEA award include excellence in style, innovation, and content, in addition to the book’s appeal to a broad spectrum of the legal community. CBA-CLE Assistant Executive Director Dawn McKnight says, “We are extremely honored to win this award and grateful to have as authors two legends in the field, Herrick Lidstone and Allen Sparkman. Their vast experience, diligence, and thoroughness are evident throughout the book. They spent countless hours researching, writing, and revising this treatise to make it a comprehensive guide for practitioners.”


Partnerships and other business entities have a fascinating history going back thousands of years.  Now in the twenty-first century, the variety of ways in which a new business may be formed and operated has made this a complex and especially important practice area.  Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships is a business law treatise for practitioners as they advise clients on issues from the time of a business’s formation to the time of dissolution. Topics include: choice of entity, formation and dissolution of the entity, creditor rights, securities and tax issues, as well as ethical considerations.


Lidstone_HerrickHerrick Lidstone, Esq. is a shareholder and managing director of Burns Figa & Will, P.C. in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Mr. Lidstone practices in the areas of business transactions, including partnership, limited liability company, and corporate law, federal and state securities compliance, mergers and acquisitions, contract law, tax law, real estate law, and natural resources law. Mr. Lidstone’s work includes the preparation of securities disclosure documents for financing transactions, as well as agreements for business transactions,

limited liability companies, partnerships, lending transactions, real estate and mineral property acquisitions, mergers, and the exploration and development of mineral and oil and gas properties.

SparkmanAllenAllen Sparkman, Esq. practices law in Denver and Houston as a partner of Sparkman + Foote LLP. Mr. Sparkman’s practice includes the areas of business transactions, securities, tax, and professional responsibility. Mr. Sparkman’s work includes the preparation of securities disclosure documents for start-up companies in a variety of fields, including offshore oil and gas exploration, foreign mining operations, real estate, and comic book certification. He also regularly prepares LLC and partnership documents, and represents buyers and sellers of businesses, including preparing or reviewing all necessary legal documents.

Colorado Bar Association CLE (CBA-CLE) is the nonprofit educational arm of the Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association. We produce high-quality continuing legal education programs and legal publications for attorneys and legal professionals.

Team CBA-CLE Scores a “Hat Trick” with Three International Awards, Including One for Legal Connection

The staff of Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CBA-CLE) has so many enthusiastic hockey fans (including recreational players, coaches, referees, and those who just watch) that we thought it appropriate to have a hockey theme to celebrate when we won three awards in 2011. The “Hat Trick” from the international organization, the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), included awards in the categories of Publications, Technology (for this blog!), and Public Interest.

Dawn McKnight, Assistant Executive Director of CBA-CLE says, “Our staff does an incredible job and we could not have won the awards without the help of the hundreds of attorneys and legal professionals in Colorado who contribute their time and resources to the projects.  There are too many people to name that volunteer countless hours for us, but we are extremely grateful and lucky to work with such talented and dedicated people. It’s very rewarding to be recognized by this international organization for the work we do and especially to win three in one year!  We’ll continue to work hard to achieve our ‘goals’ of providing quality legal education programs and publications for our legal community.”


  • Public Service Category:   Senior Law Day Project
  • Senior Law Day is an annual event for the public, held in several different locations each year around the state and offers workshops taught by attorneys and other professionals on critical topics  to seniors including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Estate Planning and many other issues.
  • Publications Category:   Residential Construction Law in Colorado, Third Edition
  • Written by noted attorneys Ronald M. Sandgrund, Scott F. Sullan, and Leslie A. Tuft, this timely and well-written book reviews critical issues with homeowners’ legal rights and remedies arising from the design, construction, marketing, and sale of single-family homes and multi-family communities.
  • Technology Category:   CBA-CLE Legal Connection Blog –
  • A free resource for the Colorado legal community to get the latest Colorado legal news easier and faster from one centralized, searchable resource.

DEFINITION OF A HAT TRICK: Three goals scored by one player in a single game.

ABOUT ACLEA: Established in 1964, ACLEA is an international association providing educational opportunities and professional interaction for its members.  The organization includes members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and Mexico. Administrators, trainers, managers, educators, publishers, programmers and meeting professionals are all members of ACLEA.

ABOUT CBA-CLE:  Colorado Bar Association CLE [CBA-CLE] is the nonprofit education arm of the Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association. We produce high-quality continuing legal education programs and legal publications for attorneys and legal professionals in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region.