Ben Figa is an associate attorney at the Firm with a practice focusing on litigation, real estate, government entities, and employment. Prior to joining the firm, he spent most of the last decade representing state and local governments at several levels.
Previously Ben was an Assistant City Attorney for the City and County of Denver’s Taxpayer Protection Unit where he handled a broad variety of commercial matters involving eminent domain, planning and zoning, sales and use tax, foreclosure, and ADA accessibility. Before that, he served as Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor John Hickenlooper advising on legislation, judicial appointments, open records, and criminal justice. He brings significant trial experience to firm having tried over thirty cases as a Deputy District Attorney in Boulder.
A Colorado native, Ben honors the tradition of public service of the firm’s founders, the late Hugh Burns and U.S. District Judge Phillip S. Figa. He enjoys yoga, skiing, traveling, and fitness challenges like running marathons.
University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D. (2009)
Articles and Staff Editor, Denver University Law Review (2007-2009)
Northwestern University, B.A. (2004)
Areas of Expertise:
State and Local Government
- Negotiated class action settlement related to wheelchair seating at Red Rocks Amphitheater, avoiding litigation risk to the City and County of Denver and serving the public by improving venue access to persons with disabilities.
- Represented the City and County of Denver in eminent domain trial for acquisition of property rights in Denver’s River North Arts District and saved millions of taxpayer dollars by obtaining a favorable award.
- Won challenge to the City and County of Denver’s zoning approval for a 6-story, 101-unit affordable housing project by successfully arguing that Board of Adjustment properly granted a variance.
- Defended the Governor of Colorado in challenge to the state’s prohibition on gay marriage and served as advisor in bringing about cost-effective resolution to what was at the time unsettled law.
- Obtained reversal of defendant’s eight criminal convictions and sentence to 25 years in prison by successfully arguing that he did not get a fair trial because of prosecutorial misconduct.
- Won motion for summary judgment in federal civil right action against school district in which school board initially approved of renewing a principal’s contract but ultimately rescinded its decision.
- Colorado Bar Association
- University of Denver, Sturm College of Law Alumni Council
- Mountain States Anti-Defamation League
- Colorado (2009)
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado (2010)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit (2010)
- Pennsylvania (2018)