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Kevin Lazar, Esq.

Lazar Law, LLC

3900 East Mexico Ave. | Suite 300

Denver, CO 80210

Office: 720-907-7662

Phone: 303-912-9874



Kevin received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 2006. While in law school, Kevin was an Editor on the University of Denver Water Law Review and he finished in the top 20% of his law school class. Prior to law school, Kevin received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000. Subsequent law school, Kevin clerked for the Honorable John L. Wheeler at the Arapahoe County District Court working in both the civil and criminal dockets. After his clerkship, he practiced law in the small mountain town of Gunnison, CO working on real estate matters, water law issues, land use disputes, and other litigation matters. Soon after, Kevin worked for an environmental consulting firm helping to put together a damages claim against British Petroleum (BP) for the damage caused from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Kevin decided to open up his solo practice, Lazar Law, LLC, in October 2013, and focuses on elder law issues, estate administration, and estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advanced directives, and other estate planning documents.

Katherine E. Whitney, Esq.

Messner Reeves LLP

1430 Wynkoop Street | Suite 300

Denver, CO 80202

303-547-3609 direct



Ms. Whitney is a real estate lawyer in Denver who has been working on real estate transactions throughout Colorado’s Front Range for more than 10 years. Before she was a lawyer, she was a commercial lender, so she has a deep understanding of title and finance-related issues. She truly understands the nitty-gritty of how to get a deal done and can be a great asset to buyers, sellers, and brokers. Katherine earned her J.D. at the University of Colorado Law School, where she interned with the Honorable Judge David M. Furman of the Colorado Court of Appeals. She was elected to the law school’s financial advisory board and served as an editor of The Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. When away from the office, she enjoys Schutzhund training and exploring Colorado’s back country with her Belgian Malinois.


Deanne R. Stodden, Esq.

Messner Reeves LLP

1430 Wynkoop Street | Suite 300

Denver, CO 80202

Main: 303-623-1800



Deanne is a partner with Messner Reeves, LLP.  Prior to joining Messner Reeves, Deanne was the owner of the Stodden Law Firm, LLC and of counsel to Carpenter & Klatskin, P.C..  Deanne’s practice encompasses all areas of real estate law, business law, banking law and creditor’s rights. The majority of her legal career has focused on the representation of large and small financial institutions and other creditors in residential and commercial foreclosures, loan workouts, deficiency actions and real estate litigation.  Deanne handles quiet title actions, partition actions, drafts party wall agreements and handles title claims and lien priority disputes.  Deanne has significant experience negotiating and documenting loan transactions involving real estate.  She drafts and negotiates residential and commercial leases, license agreements, cell tower leases and enjoys working with small businesses on entity formation and organizational structure as well as a providing assistance with a variety of business-related agreements.

In addition to her work, Deanne is active in the legal community and is a frequent author and speaker on a variety of real estate law and creditors’ rights topics.  Deanne is the Managing Editor of the Colorado Bar Association CLE Colorado Real Estate Practice books and helps teach the thirteen-week course in real estate practice.  Deanne is currently a member of the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee and is a liaison to the Colorado Bar Association Real Estate Section Council.  In addition, Deanne is on the Board of Directors for Colorado Canine Rescue.

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  • "Over the years I have closed real estate transactions with several Title companies around town, and I can't remember any of them. These companies were completely serviceable, and did a fine job, I guess that is an ok thing, I don't really think too much about title insurance. However, I recently had the pleasure to meet several folks over at Canyon Title. The professionalism and expertise were certainly memorable, and I left with the feeling that Canyon Title really understands how important it is for their clients to have a smooth closing. I have heard several stories of the Pros at Canyon Title going way out of their way to ensure that all the "t"s are crossed and the "i"s are dotted. Now I have zero doubt that these stories are actually facts. Canyon Title will be my title company of choice from here on out!"
    - Brian G., Littleton, CO
  • "We had a problem with our original HUD statement and the payout from our former lender. The problem was handled very quickly and efficiently, and was resolved in less than one business day. Shandelle was superb. Great company, great people!"
    - Jim V., Louisville, CO
  • "The entire staff at Canyon is so professional and willing to help and accommodate my requests. Ben Bunte and Mike Carwin, by far exceed all expectations. They are always willing to go over and above to make things happen and get our loans closed. It is truly a pleasure to work with such top notch professionals, and I would highly recommend them and Canyon Title to anyone."
    - Leslie L., Aurora, CO
  • "Tiffany Malafronte was our closer. She provided us with a Spanish speaking closer by the name of Leon Crawford. He was AWESOME!!! He was gentle, and courteous and made them feel confident about the transaction. My clients walked away from the closing guaranteeing more referrals for my business! I contribute some of that to Canyon Title for a job well done in providing the translator! Most large Title company's don't provide that service, and if they do it's not as sufficient as it was the Canyon Tile. I greatly appreciate it!"
    - T Wilcox
  • "Even though I was running late as the seller's agent, Canyon started the closing and everything went smoothly, as usual. Seller and Buyer was happy which is very important. They are always available for questions and changes -- Canyon title cares about the details!!"
    - Rochelle Landau
  • "Best experience with a title company ever! Tony and his team quickly respond to my requests and get they get me and my team what we need within the hour of our request. The folks at Canyon are professional and can always seem to find me a closer no matter how far away the client(s) live. My clients are always well taken care of with Canyon title and for that reason I will only work with Canyon Title for my refinance transactions. I also love seeing their name on our purchase contracts."
    - Sean Houlihan
  • "Canyon Title was great, always helpful and responsive and easy to work with!"
    - Julie Trivers:
  • "Great Service. Tony, Sabrina and the rest of the staff are amazing. My title company for life :-)"
    - Kemper Lewis
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