Mark K. Payne

Mark Payne is the managing partner at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, LLP where he specializes in representing community associations in Colorado. Mark provides general counsel to homeowners associations, including counseling boards about responsible governance; preparation of opinions and recommendations for boards of directors; review and amendment of association governing documents; drafting and amendment of contracts; completion and build-out of incomplete communities; and assisting newly-formed associations during the period of declarant control and transition to owner control. He is a frequent speaker at community association seminars and a contributor to various industry publications. Mark has been admitted to the College of Community Association Lawyers, a group of fewer than 150 lawyers nationwide who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the development of community association law.

Before joining WLPP, Mark was a sole practitioner in Littleton, Colorado from 1992 through 1997, and before that, he practiced in a small general practice firm in Greenwood Village, Colorado, where he focused on real estate and business transactions, and commercial litigation.

 

Mark graduated from the University of Denver in 1978 earning his B.S.B.A., cum laude, with a major in Real Estate and Construction Management, and graduated from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1982. He is a member of the American, Colorado and Arapahoe County Bar associations, and is admitted to practice in Colorado state and federal courts. To contact Mark directly, you may email him at mpayne@wlpplaw.com.

Suzanne M. Leff

Suzanne Leff Suzanne M. Leff is a partner at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, LLP. She provides general counsel to community associations, and focuses on general business representation, document drafting and interpretation, contract review, covenant enforcement, and governance practices. She presents educational seminars to property managers, board members, and other attorneys who work with community associations. In 2011, she acted as program chair for two CBA-CLE full-day seminars for attorneys. Those classes covered community association responsible governance policies and practices and issues that communities face during economic downturns and stalled development. Suzanne writes articles for the firm's blog on topics such as changes to legislation affecting community associations, fiduciary duties of board members, the practical application of laws affecting associations, and alternative dispute resolution. She works on legislation impacting associations as a member of the Community Associations Institute's Colorado Legislative Action Committee.

Outside of her law practice, Suzanne devotes time to volunteer activities that support Denver Public Schools. Most recently she served as co-chair of a community committee that developed recommendations for improving schools in Northwest Denver.

Suzanne received her law degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law, where she served on the Board of Editors of the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy. She earned her B.A. in English and professional writing, with distinction, from Purdue University. To contact Suzanne directly, you may e-mail her at sleff@wlpplaw.com.

Stephane R. Dupont

Stephane Dupont is a partner at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, LLP where he specializes in representing community associations in Colorado. He joined the firm in June 2008 and is the managing collections and litagation attorney. In addition to handling collections and general association litigation, Stephane assists associations in handling covenant enforcement issues, prepares opinions and recommendations for boards of directors and provides general business and governance advice.

Before joining WLPP, Stephane practiced law in Floria from 1999 through 2008 where he handled real estate and commercial litagation and represented community associations in a wide array of association matters including assessment collection, covenant and rule interpretation, association contract review, association document and amendment preparation, resolution of general and windstorm related insurance claims, opinion letters, conversion projects, attendance at board and owner meetings and litagation of covenant and lien foreclosure matters.

Stephane earned his undergraduate degree cum laude from Barry University in 1996 and graduated in 1999 from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in the top 20% of his class. He is a member of the American, Colorado, and Denver Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in Colorado and Florida state and federal courts. To contact Stephane directly, you may email him at sdupont@wlpplaw.com.

Molly A. Foley-Healy

Molly A. Foley-Healy is a partner at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, and has been an attorney since 1989. Prior to joining the firm and entering private practice in Colorado, Molly was involved in the community association industry as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Community Associations Institute. In that capacity, Molly was the chief lobbyist for CAI National and helped legislative action committees around the country craft proactive legislation to further the interests of community associations and the individuals who reside in them, and to address onerous legislation. Molly was also actively involved in governance issues and was the senior executive responsible for working directly with the College of Community Associations Lawyers and assisting the CAI Board of Trustees in transitioning to John Carver’s Policy Governance Model®.

Molly moved to Colorado in 2007 to practice community association law. Molly provides general counsel to community associations including the review and amendment of governing documents; drafting and revising Responsible Governance Policies; reviewing, amending and negotiating contracts; providing legal opinions on maintenance and insurance responsibilities and assisting directors of self-managed communities in understanding and carrying out their fiduciary duties.  Molly is committed to a preventative approach to community association law that focuses on problem-solving and sound governance techniques. 

Molly actively teaches classes to managers and board members on topics ranging from legislative updates to complying with CCIOA to effective governance. Molly is Chair of CAI’s Colorado Legislative Action Committee and is the author of The Capitol Chronicles column in the Common Interests magazine.  Molly is also a prolific contributor to our blog. 

Molly graduated from Central Michigan University in 1986 earning her B.A.A., with a double major in Political Science and Interpersonal and Public Communications.  Molly graduated from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1989.  Molly is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. To contact Molly directly, you may e-mail her at mfoley-healy@wlpplaw.com.

Lindsay S. Smith

Lindsay Smith is an attorney at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis and Payne, LLP where she practices in general community association and real estate law. She provides legal representation in covenant enforcement, eviction, bankruptcy, and general association litigation; contract and document drafting and review; and general business and governance advice for association clients. She regularly contributes to the firm's blog on topics such as governance and litigation.

A Colorado native, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2001, magna cum laude. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Pi, and Alpha Gamma Delta. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 2004, with distinction. She was Articles Development Editor of the American Indian Law Review, which also published her article on American Indian water rights issues. She is a member of the Colorado and American Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in Colorado state and federal courts.To contact Lindsay directly, you may e-mail her at lsmith@wlpplaw.com.

Gina Botti

Gina Botti is an attorney at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis and Payne, LLP. Gina's practice focuses on litigation and assessment  collection for community association clients.

Before joining the firm, Gina practiced law in Washington, D.C. as an associate litigation attorney for a real estate law firm specializing in landlord and tenant litigation, real estate transactions, general business law and estate administration.

Gina graduated magna cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law in 2007. While at UDC-DCSL, Gina served as a Senior Editor of the UDC-DCSL Law Review. Gina is a member of the Colorado, and Denver County Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice in Colorado state and federal courts as well as in Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts. In addition to her work with the firm, Gina is active with several local animal advocacy groups. To contact Gina directly, you may e-mail her at gbotti@wlpplaw.com.

Douglas J. Stallworthy

Douglas Stallworthy’s practice focuses on general business representation of community associations. His experience with commercial leasing, general corporate law, civil litigation, and employment law, and his interest in land use and development, allow him to provide the range of services that Colorado community associations need. Doug received his law degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. While in law school, Doug was President of the Land Use Law Society and Secretary of the Food, Agriculture, and Resource Management Law Society.

Prior to joining Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, LLP, Doug practiced at Aab & Botts, LLC, and worked on the Promontory Financial Services Review as a Contract Analyst reviewing mortgage documents relating to the major bank’s compliance with foreclosure and bankruptcy law. In addition, Doug interned in the Attorney General’s Natural Resource and Environmental Section where he worked closely with staff attorneys preparing legal memorandum, conducting legal research, and formulating legal strategies in the areas of water law and administrative law. Doug also worked on land development issues as a Law Clerk for Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP, including drafting motions related to bankruptcy and land use matters. As an intern with the City Attorney for the City of Cherry Hills Village, Doug prepared and presented extensive research for the Planning and Zoning Commission, resulting in the adoption of a tree preservation ordinance.

Having graduated from college in New Zealand with a Bachelor's degree in Land Surveying, Doug worked as a Planner and Survey Project Manager for Colorado Land Consultants Associates, Inc. for four years. During this time, Doug worked closely with developers, consultants, and city planners on a multitude of commercial and residential development projects. He also authored the article “How reserve space can be used to encourage urban wildlife,” published in the New Zealand Survey Quarterly. Doug holds dual citizenship from the United States and New Zealand.

To contact Doug directly, you may e-mail him at dstallworthy@wlpplaw.com.

Lawrence B. Leff

 

Larry Leff, an attorney since 1974, became the litigation partner with Jim Winzenburg and co-founded The Law firm of Winzenburg & Leff in 1979. The firm has now evolved into Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis and Payne. Larry has been active in the American, Colorado, Denver, and Arapahoe County Bar Associations, the Plaintiff and National Employment Lawyers Associations, the Colorado Labor Law Forum, the American and Colorado Trial Lawyers’ Associations, and the American Inns of Court. His practice has covered many different homeowners association issues over the years, ranging from assessment collection and covenant enforcement to numerous construction related matters such as mechanics liens and complex construction litigation. His practice is concentrated on employment law issues and litigation: he defends against wrongful termination lawsuits and other employment issues for homeowner associations.

 

Larry was born and raised in Chicago. He did his undergraduate work at St. Louis University, and received his AB in History. Upon graduation, he joined the Peace Corps and served as a rural health volunteer in central Thailand. After his tour was up, he returned to St. Louis and taught high school history for two years. He then enrolled in Washington University, St. Louis, in the law and social work schools, and received a joint MSW-JD degree.