Firehouse Legal Briefings

19 Mar 2019

Ireland Stapleton’s special districts attorneys invite you to a half-day workshop focused on some of the issues most impacting today’s fire departments.

Firehouse Legal BriefingDon’t miss out on legal-focused resources and tools designed to help departments understand the legal process surrounding CORA, subpoenas and depositions; workforce management in a #MeToo era; the NFPA and the ADA, firefighter marijuana use and exposure in Colorado; the benefits of and consideration for merging fire departments; and a look hat hot topics including impact fees and Gallagher.


Matthew A. Court Matthew A. Court works with special districts in a variety of areas including contract drafting, transactional matters, state and federal statutory compliance issues, property inclusions and exclusions, and employment matters.

Kelley B. Duke Kelley B. Duke is an experienced trial attorney and also works as outside general counsel to fire districts. She assists her clients with general corporate governance, litigation and litigation strategy, property inclusions and exclusions, advice and assistance related to statutory compliance, and strategy for growth and development. Further, she represents districts in litigation matters involving legal process, real property, contract disputes and CORA requests.

Michelle B. Ferguson Michelle B. Ferguson serves as general counsel to special districts throughout the state of Colorado, providing legal advice on issues regarding Board governance, open meetings laws, open records, elections, TABOR and contracts. In addition to serving as general counsel to various special districts, Ms. Ferguson leads the firm’s employment law practice group. In her practice, she focuses on finding ways to keep fire departments out of court by being proactive in identifying and solving employment issues before a claim is filed. Ms. Ferguson counsels fire departments on all matters of employment law and day-to-day personnel issues, including harassment/discrimination, disabilities and reasonable accommodations, the FLSA, and collective bargaining. She also represents her clients in all types of administrative proceedings and litigation before federal and state courts.

Emily J. PowellEmily J. Powell is a special districts attorney and a director with the firm Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe. She is deeply involved in all aspects of representing special districts, such as contract and intergovernmental agreement negotiation and drafting, special district organization and authority formation, real property inclusions and exclusions and boundary realignment issues, and advice and assistance on all aspects of statutory compliance, regular and special board meeting procedures, regular and special elections and employment/volunteerism law. She also regularly provides legal advice on issues relating to the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, the Colorado Open Records Act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, budget and audit laws, and TABOR and Gallagher Amendment issues.

Dino A. RossDino A. Ross is a seasoned special districts attorney. He serves as general counsel or special counsel to Fire Protection Districts, Fire Authorities, Ambulance Districts, Park and Recreation Districts, and emergency dispatch agencies. He serves as special counsel to municipal fire departments.