To our valued clients:

As your law firm, one of our key priorities is to keep close watch on the evolving complexities of the state’s regulatory environment, especially those that could someday impact your legal right to absolute confidentiality through client-attorney privilege.

To that end, we have initiated a restructuring of how we operate to pre-empt situations in which the licensed mental health professionals who consult with our firm conceivably could be in conflict between your right to client confidentiality and their duty to report as required by Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) statute.

Please be certain that there is no current or even anticipated case concerning this potential conflict of interest. Nor has there been any attempt by DORA or the courts to deny attorney-client privilege.

What we are doing is getting ahead of any possibility that it becomes an issue in the future.

Our new way of working for you is simply this: Going forward, the firm’s attorneys and certified paralegals will be responsible to the court, with mental health boards being the primary point of contact for all grievance matters.

At the same time, our team of extremely knowledgeable therapists will now act strictly as consulting experts to Robert A. Lees & Associates attorneys and paralegals. They will continue to provide us with valuable insights, but without the potential risk of being in conflict with DORA duty-to-report requirements or having to testify in front of an administrative judge as to how they advised one of our clients.

Granted, this restructuring will mean changes both in our firm’s people and the specific way in which we handle your affairs. We appreciate your patience as we install our new protocols.

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me for any reason. If I don’t know the answer right away, we will get it quickly.

For more than 30 years, Robert A. Lees & Associates has been honored to provide Colorado’s mental health professionals with experienced, compassionate legal counsel and representation. We look forward to continuing to serve your needs for a long time to come.

Thank you again.

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Areas of Practice

Experienced. Trustworthy. Respected.

Serving Colorado since 1983

A Full-Service Colorado Law Firm

Serving Colorado professionals since 1983

Since our inception in 1983, Robert A. Lees & Associates has focused on relationships. We believe that the relationship between a client and their lawyer should inspire comfort and confidence. We listen to you in order to resolve your problems. We take the time to thoroughly discover your needs and take decisive steps to accomplish your goals, and we always communicate with you about next steps, updates, and options. We also leverage our relationships with regulatory agencies and the courts to stay ahead of developing legal trends, which enables us to better protect our clients.

How we can help you

We have acquired a wide range of knowledge and expertise over our more than 30 year history. At the same, we have cultivated vital relationships and partnerships over this same time period. With the combined horsepower of these two factors, we are able to develop complete solutions to your problems. Our full-service law firm represents clients on issues involving:

Regulatory Law (DORA) and Consulting

  • Mental Health Law for Counselors, Therapists, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.
  • Administrative Law Defense
  • Administrative and Regulatory Proceedings
  • Grievance Defense and Negotiations
  • Investigation and Complaint Defense
  • Cease and Desist Orders, Protection Orders
  • Office of Administrative Courts
  • Administrative Law Hearings

Corporation Law and Business Formation 

  • Business Formation and Sale for All Professionals
  • Business Practice Reviews and
  • Risk Management and Due Diligence
  • Profit and Nonprofit Corporations
  • Business Start-Ups for Licensed Professionals
  • Professional and Executive Defense
  • Nonprofit Formation for Religious Institutions
    and Organizations
  • All Related Contracts


  • Civil Litigation in all Courts for Professionals
    • Subpoena Defense and Response
    • Depositions
    • Administrative proceedings and before regulatory agencies
    • Arbitration and Mediation
    • Federal
    • State

Co-Responder Programs  

  • Author and Prepare Co-Responder Agreements and Protocols
  • Address and Prepare Operational Guidelines for Therapists, Peace Officers and First Responders


  • Defense of Medicaid, Medicare Audits
  • Defense of Provider Insurance Audits

License Protection  

  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Other Professionals

Note: We are panel approved by most insurance companies. Please specify our firm to your insurance carrier.

Consultation and Continuing Education Courses for:

  • Professionals (counts as Professional Development or Continuing Education credit)
  • Mental Health Therapists (counts as Professional Development or Continuing Education credit)
  • Risk Management
  • Safety Protocols
  • Business Management and Supervisory Personnel

Services for Mental Health Professionals

Mental health professionals have turned to us for years looking for answers to their legal problems. Our firm has successfully resolved issues of coaching standards in Colorado and how they apply to mental health practitioners. In February 2012, our firm successfully argued for and obtained a reversal from the Court of Appeals against the State of Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) and the State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. This is the only time in DORA’s more than 30 year history where it was compelled by the courts to issue a reversal as a result of our law firm’s actions. Despite this, we do not maintain an adversarial relationship with DORA, but work with them to resolve a variety of issues. It is through creative partnerships like this, and innovative corporate structures (like our Master Services Organization), that we are able to offer solutions to mental health professionals that fully address their needs. Our comprehensive services include:

  • Legal representation — Robert A. Lees & Associates advises you on such important matters as DORA regulatory law, grievance defense, dispute resolution, business issues, asset protection and risk management for child-centered practices.
  • Record Breaking Defense – Robert A. Lees & Associates was the first law firm to win an appeals action against the State of Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) and the State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners.
  • Professional consultation — Our law firm supports mental health professionals through business, consultation and training services.
  • Education — We offer extensive training options to improve your skills, build your business and stay ahead of Colorado licensure requirements.

What you will find at Robert A. Lees & Associates is a law firm that is on the cutting edge of the mental health field. Our team takes pride in being on the front lines of the regulatory world. We study and understand the rules, laws, regulations, and policies so that we can provide you with superior protection. We are approved by almost all the major insurance panels, which allows us to defend you in any action brought against you.

We are not just a defensive measure, however. We want you to succeed. We want to see your practice grow and develop. We can consult with you and offer you proven strategies that will set your practice on a trajectory for growth.

Contact us today!

If you feel that we would be a good fit for your professional and personal goals, we would love to hear from you! Call Robert A. Lees & Associates at 303-292-1020 or contact us online so that we can determine how best to help you. Please be advised that we cannot provide you with any legal advice unless you are a client of the Firm.