Benjamin Kahn, Partner
Benjamin Alexander Kahn is a founding partner of the Conundrum Group. Ben can try any civil case, and handle most legal matters the Group might advise on. Ben has two decades of experience in the practice of law, and is the owner and operator of two other successful small businesses.
Ben received his undergraduate BA degree with a double major in History and American Studies from Tufts University in 1992, completing the Tufts in Washington program and graduating cum laude and summa cum honori in thesi. During college, Ben worked for famed Indian law firm Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse & Endreson. He then attended both the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Colorado School of Law, graduating from Michigan in 1995. During law school, Ben worked for two elite private law firms in the West, the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund in Alaska, the Colorado office of the National Wildlife Federation, and the Environmental Protection Agency in Denver. His training work focused on water, natural resources, environmental, Indian law, real estate and commercial litigation issues. Ben then clerked for the Honorable George E. Lohr on the Colorado Supreme Court and completed a Bates Fellowship in New Zealand. Ben started his private practice career at the litigation boutique Kennedy & Christopher, where he specialized in complex insurance coverage matters and the defense of legal and medical professionals.
Ben joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck in 2000 and spent twelve years at the firm in the Litigation Department, including seven years as a Partner. At the firm, Ben handled matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars, extensive facts and discovery, complex legal issues, and complicated resolution options. His practice focused on commercial litigation, real estate, natural resources, and insurance. He also defended products liability cases across the country for a major sports product distributor. In the real property context, Ben primarily represented land owners and developers. In other areas he represented private individuals and entities, but also handled the legal work of massive public companies. Many of the matters Ben handled at the firm involved some of the most prominent issues at play in the Denver economy and throughout the West.
Ben has practiced in more than twenty state courts on a pro hac vice basis and more than ten federal courts throughout the country. He is admitted in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. He has handled more than a dozen appeals in Colorado and elsewhere. He is a member of the Denver Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association (CBA Water, Environmental, Communications & Technology, Litigation and Judicial Sections).
As a business owner, Ben has an acute
understanding of the legal needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs. Ben formed Park Hill
Property & Capital Holdings, LLC in 2004 to buy at risk historic
buildings in arts districts, and preserve their existence and historic integrity
while renovating them for modern commercial use. PHP&CH currently owns renovated historic commercial buildings in Denver’s River North Arts District (RINO) and in the Historic
Salida Arts District. Ben also formed Los Diablos Verdes, LLC in 2007 to invest in the leisure
industry, and LDV currently owns a commercial building in the surfing mecca of
Sayulita, Mexico and raw land outside of Breckenridge in Alma, Colorado. LDV also has invested in vintage musical instruments and other collectibles. Ben has experienced everything that a small business owner
might face in getting out of the gates and maintaining business success. These first hand experiences uniquely
qualify him to advise and counsel small and growing businesses with legal
Ben exemplifies the Conundrum Group’s commitment to community service. He volunteered on the Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine Reservation and was a licensed disc jockey on a community radio station while at Tufts. He served as a Special Assistant Attorney General defending state doctors early in his career, and was a Referral Attorney for the Colorado Lawyers for the Arts from 1997 until 2011. He served on the Board of Governors for Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. from 2004 through 2007 as well, and was the Chair of the GPHC Property and Community Planning Committees during his GPHC Board tenure. At GPHC, Ben participated as the GPHC representative in hundreds of property zoning and licensing applications and on matters involving the GPHC Art Fair, the Denver School for the Arts, Johnson and Wales University, and the creation of the Art Garage and Bike Depot. In 2005, he also was a member of the AIPAC Political Leadership Initiative. Ben has been a participating member of the Tufts Alumni Admissions Program since 1997. He also has been a member of the Board of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts since 2004 and has donated or volunteered hundreds of hours of his personal time to other community matters.
Finally, Ben likes to ski, surf, river raft, and spend time with his family, as well as make art and play music in his studio.
Benjamin A. Kahn, Co-Author, "Commencement of State Claims in Federal Court: An Eighth Circuit Analysis," 25(2) William Mitchell Law Review 1 (Spring 1999)
Benjamin A. Kahn, Author, "The Legal Framework Surrounding Maori Claims to Water Resources in New Zealand: In Contrast to the American Indian Experience," 35(1) Stanford Journal of International Law 49 (Winter 1999)
Benjamin A. Kahn, Co-Author, "Unauthorized Settlement Agreements in a Reservation of Rights Context," 34 ABA Tort & Insurance Law Journal 799 (1999)
Benjamin A. Kahn, Co-Author, "Utilizing Statutory Defenses for Potential Product Liability Claims," Defense Counsel Journal (April 2009)
Benjamin A. Kahn, Author, "Separate and Unequal: Environmental Regulatory Management on Indian Reservations, 35(2) University of California-Davis Environs: Environmental Law Journal 203 (Spring 2012)
Benjamin A. Kahn, Author "A Place Called Home: Native Sovereignty Through Statehood and Political Participation," 53 University of New Mexico Natural Resources Journal (Fall 2012)
Benjamin A. Kahn, Author, "Sword or Submission? American Indian Natural Resource Claims Settlement Legislation," 37 University of Oklahoma American Indian Law Review 109 (2012-2013)