Dinsmore names Erich Kennedy Denver Managing Partner

March 11, 2015News Releases
Dinsmore & Shohl’s Erich Kennedy has been named Managing Partner of the Denver office. Kennedy took over the reins from Mary Groves and assumed his new role in January. He says he’s looking forward to leading the office and understands a key objective is to establish the firm’s presence.

“Denver is Dinsmore’s first office west of the Mississippi, and the firm doesn’t have the name recognition here that it has in the Midwest. We want to change that, which means staying active in the community and communicating to clients and prospective clients not only who we are, but also the depth of expertise that we can offer as part of Dinsmore,” said Kennedy.

Dinsmore gained the Denver location when the firm merged with Peck, Shaffer & Williams last year. Outgoing Managing Partner Mary Groves opened the location for Peck Shaffer 10 years ago. She will remain practicing in the office and says Kennedy is a natural fit for this new role.

“Erich has the desire to build something and is well respected in the office and the legal community. He can take what we have and add to it,” said Groves. “I realized this was a good time to transition to a new role in the office when the merger happened last year. It allows someone else to take over with a fresh outlook and new ideas. Erich has the past knowledge of what our office has been and will guide our future.”

A Partner in the firm’s Public Finance group, Kennedy focuses his practice on finance and business matters. He represents both lenders and borrowers in a wide range of finance transactions, both taxable and tax-exempt. He serves as bond counsel in conduit bond issuances. Kennedy also has broad practice experience assisting clients with day-to-day operational and business matters. He has assisted for-profit and nonprofit clients with incorporation and corporate governance, contracting and leasing matters, and acquisitions.

Kennedy recently graduated Leadership Pikes Peak, an experience that sparked for him a broader appreciation for community leadership and involvement. He is involved with Peak Vista, the Colorado Nonprofit Association, and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

“Mary created a great foundation. I think we can build off that foundation and use the Dinsmore platform to expand our service in Denver,” said Kennedy. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the future brings.”