Kittredge LLC was founded to provide businesses, organizations, individuals, and entrepreneurs access to legal services of the highest quality in a more efficient, flexible, and responsive format than traditional models can offer. From general legal advice to crisis management to public policy analysis to high-stakes litigation, Kittredge will assess your situation and develop a plan and assemble a team tailored to meet your goals.
Traditional legal services models are designed to satisfy law firms’ and lawyers’ goal, and a client’s needs are simply fit into their preexisting structure. An organization or entrepreneur needing legal assistance typically has only a few choices: pick a law firm and let the firm assign their own attorneys to the project, hire a full-time in house counsel, or go without and try to navigate the legal and regulatory system on their own. Kittredge exists because those should no longer be your only options.
Kittredge’s business is based on the proposition that every client is unique, and every situation that arises deserves a unique response and plan of attack. When you hire Kittredge, we don’t try to fit your issue into a preexisting template and assign it to a preexisting group of expensive personnel that we need to keep busy. Instead, founder Dan Domenico reviews each potential client and matter to determine the best strategic and tactical approach. If it is something that can best be handled entirely by Kittredge, we will recommend and execute that. If specialized or additional counsel is needed, or if the matter requires input from accountants or public or government relations professionals, we will make that recommendation. We then will work with you and the team we’ve assembled to reach your goals.
In this way we assemble on a case-by-case basis the best possible team for you, not for some law firm budgetary goals. Law Week Colorado profiled this innovative plan in 2015[link], analogizing it to a general contractor for legal rather than construction needs. It is also akin to having access to the strategic legal insights and management skills of your own general counsel, but at a fraction of the costs. Either way, the goal at Kittredge LLC is the same: to provide access to the best quality legal services without the inefficiencies and limited options that weigh down traditional models.
Litigation and Appeals
Public Policy and Political Process
Regulatory and Administrative
Crisis Management and Avoidance
Dan Domenico, Founding Partner
Dan Domenico is the founder and managing partner of Kittredge LLC. Dan is an expert in high stakes and appellate litigation, administrative and regulatory law, and the intersection of public policy and the legal world. Over his career, Dan has advised clients ranging from small business owners to Fortune 500 companies and from cabinet secretaries to the last three Colorado governors. He has argued multiple times in the United States Supreme Court, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Colorado Supreme Court, has been counsel of record for dozens of state attorneys general in briefings before the Supreme Court and courts around the country, and supervised the trial of many of the most important cases in Colorado over the past decade.
Prior to founding Kittredge LLC, Dan was Solicitor General of Colorado. As Solicitor General, Dan was in charge of major litigation and appeals for the State of Colorado, Governors Owens, Ritter, and Hickenlooper, and all state agencies. He litigated many of the state’s most important cases in the state and federal courts, including multiple arguments in the Colorado and U.S. Supreme Courts. He also served on the state Title Setting Board, reviewing and adopting the ballot language for statewide voter initiatives. He was also responsible for the Office of the Attorney General’s legal review of all agency rulemaking, and for the office’s opinions on bond and other transactional matters. When he was appointed to be Solicitor General by former Attorney General John Suthers in 2006, he was the youngest Solicitor General in the country and his nine years of service are the longest ever in that role in Colorado.
Before that appointment, Dan was the Special Assistant to the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. In that position, he was responsible for legal advice to the Secretary and the Department’s divisions, including the National Park and Fish and Wildlife Services, and the Bureaus of Land Management, Reclamation, and Indian Affairs. His work included Supreme Court litigation, interstate and international water compacts, Endangered Species Act and NEPA reviews, land use, and oil and gas leasing and royalties.
Before moving to Washington, Dan served as counsel to U.S. Senator John Thune’s campaign in South Dakota, planning and overseeing compliance and litigation efforts in a tightly-contested race. From 2003-2004, Dan was a law clerk to Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich, now Chief Judge of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Judge Tymkovich was himself a former Solicitor General of Colorado.
Dan began his career as an attorney at the international firm Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). He worked on a wide range of legal issues for clients around the country, including major antitrust litigation, education law, venture capital, land use, private equity transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Dan is a native of Boulder, and an honors graduate of both Georgetown University and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Michael L. Francisco , Counsel
Michael L. Francisco serves as Counsel with Kittredge, LLC. The former Colorado Assistant Solicitor General and Tenth Circuit law clerk’s practice covers all aspects of commercial litigation, appeals, and strategic counseling for growing businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as for religious institutions and other nonprofit entities. He focuses much of his practice on public and political law, including constitutional rights. In 2016, he served as lead counsel in the federal case enjoining Colorado’s prohibition on posting “ballot selfies” before election day.
His appellate experience includes arguing three cases before the Colorado Supreme Court, serving as counsel of record on six briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, and numerous briefs in the courts of appeals. In the past two years, his amicus curiae work has included two cases where certiorari was granted by the U.S. Supreme Court and four cases where the Colorado Supreme Court has granted certiorari.
In addition to appellate work, his experience includes all phases of trial work, mediation, and arbitration. He has routinely counseled both for-profit and non-profit entities on a range of issues.
Michael served as Assistant Solicitor General for Colorado’s Attorney General. In this role, he handled high-profile litigation on public issues defending challenges to the Colorado Constitution, including the challenges to Colorado’s traditional marriage laws. He has spoken nationally on the topic of attorney ethics and marijuana laws. Michael also spent time in private practice for Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons (now Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie) and clerked for Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Michael received his J.D. from Cornell Law School and his B.A. from Hillsdale College. He is a member of the Federalist Society and ADF’s Grant Funding Committee. He sits on the board of directors for Summit Ministries and Adopt A Love Story. Michael resides in Colorado Springs with his family.