Musk-Zuckerberg “Fight” is a Pathetic Stunt

Mark Colen Billionaire Elon Musk recently challenged billionaire Mark Zuckerberg to a “cage match.” Zuckerberg took the bait and responded to the challenge (on Instagram) by writing, “Send me location.” This proposed event between the 52-year-old Musk and the 39-year-old Zuckerberg is a pathetic stunt set in motion by two egomaniacs whose lust for publicity […]

You, Too, Can Be a Coach

Tired of long hours and low pay? Fed up with unappreciative bosses? Set yourself free and become a coach. Coaching is where others pay you for your advice. But, unlike psychiatry, psychology, and counseling, coaching is unregulated. You don’t need a degree. Being a coach requires no training, but if you want coach training, there […]

The Burden of Proof for Piercing the Corporate Veil in Colorado

Colorado’s appellate courts have created unnecessary confusion concerning the burden of proof when a litigant seeks to pierce the corporate veil.  In 1972, the legislature enacted § 13-25-127, C.R.S., which provides, “(1) Any provision of the law to the contrary notwithstanding and except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the burden of proof […]

I Don’t Know

     Lemon or lime? I don’t know. Sweet or sour? I don’t know. Left or right? I don’t know. Up or down? I don’t know. Inhale or exhale? I don’t know. North pole or south pole? I don’t know. Friend or foe? I don’t know. Yin or yang? I don’t know. Khrushchev or Kennedy? […]

Mark Teaches Contract Drafting to Lawyers in Poland and Ukraine

Mark Teaches Contract Drafting to Lawyers in Poland and Ukraine

On October 14th and 15th 2022, Mark taught an intensive 7-hour webinar to lawyers in Poland and Ukraine on Practical Contract Drafting in English. The program was sponsored by the Center for American Studies in Warsaw. The initial feedback was outstanding, and Mark thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Mark Selected to Super Lawyers for Third Consecutive Year

Super Lawyers Rated

Mark has been selected for the Colorado Super Lawyers list for 2023, making this thethird year in a row for his selection. This honor is reserved for those lawyers who exhibitexcellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Colorado receive this distinction.

Colonel Alan J. Rubin Rode a Blazing Saddle

This article is to honor Colonel Alan J. Rubin. But first the backstory. In the summer of 1979, I worked as an armed guard at a high rise in Denver. I noticed haggard young lawyers leaving the building late each night. When I finished law school four years later, I did not want to be […]

Colorado Governor Jared Polis Appoints Mark to Commission

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has appointed Mark to serve on Colorado’s Combative Sports Commission (formerly the Colorado Boxing Commission).  The Commission is responsible for all rules to regulate the conduct, promotion and performance of boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts in the state. The seven-member Commission is comprised of three members appointed by the Governor, […]

Mark’s Clients Prevail in Road Maintenance Association Dispute

After a multi-day trial, a Boulder District Judge decided a dispute involving the Pine Valley Road Maintenance Association in a written order entered in October of 2019. Boulder District Judge Andrew McDonald ruled that the actions of three Nederland area residents were “unacceptable” in declaring themselves to be the Association’s “Interim Council,” changing the Association’s […]

Steven Pinker Praises Mark’s Article

Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker praised Mark’s article, How to Draft a Bad Contract, as “simply brilliant.”   Mark’s satircal article was first published in The Colorado Lawyer in August of 2015.  Pinker, a legend in the field of language, read the article and praised it as “simply brilliant.”  Mark’s article will be published again in […]

Court Quiets Title to Road in Favor of Mark’s Client

In May of 2021, after lengthy litigation, Boulder District Judge Andrew Hartman enter a Quiet Title Decree that gave Mark’s client, a homeowners association, the exclusive right to control access to the Summer Access Road, a private road in Boulder County that connects Ridge Road to Colorado Highway 119. The case provides a good example […]

Mark’s Clients Prevail in Claim for an Injunction Concerning an Equestrian Easement

On October 28, 2021, Arapahoe County District Judge Peter Michaelson denied a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction seeking to prohibit Mark’s clients for installing gates in an equestrian easement.  The Court accepted Mark’s argument that Colorado law does not prevent a the owner of a servient estate from putting unlocked gates in a non-exclusive easement […]

Mark Again Named a Super Lawyer

Mark was again named a Super Lawyer for 2022.  Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. 

Mark Defeats Statute of Limitations Defense in Quiet Title Case

In a quiet title action Mark filed on behalf of a condominium owner after another unit owner sold its unit without first offering it to Mark’s client, as required by the Declarations, the Arapahoe County District Court denied the Defendants’ motions for summary judgment.  In two Orders issued on January 28, 2022, District Judge Frederick […]

Mediation, Arbitration, and Litigation

Before signing a contract one issue to consider is how any disputes arising out of the contract will be resolved. Generally, such disputes are resolved by mediation, arbitration, or litigation.  Mediation is a non-binding process in which a neutral mediator helps the parties reach a mutually agreeable resolution. Most mediation clauses provide that the parties will share […]

Two TCLG Lawyers Publish Article in Causes of Action

Mark Cohen and Sierra Swearingen co-authored an article in the prestigious Causes of Action series. Their article, Cause of Action to Establish Liability of Corporate Director or Officer for Corporation’s Wrongful Conduct, appears at 36 COA2d 441. Causes of Action, published by Thomson West, is a series that provides extensive articles and case studies on […]