Founding Partner Peter C. Dietze Receives Knous Award From CU Law School

Dietze and Davis, P.C. is proud to congratulate Peter Dietze for his receipt of the William Lee Knous Award for 2018.

The Knous Award is Colorado Law’s highest alumni honor and recognizes outstanding achievement and sustained service to the Law School.  It was established in memory of former governor, federal judge, distinguished statesman, and Colorado Law Alumnus, William Lee Knous, a 1911 graduate of the Law School  and the only person in Colorado history to have occupied the highest seats in each branch of government: President of the state Senate, Governor, and Chief Justice.  The Law Alumni Board of Directors has conferred this award annually since 1960. Renowned recipients include former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court Michael Bender and former Governor Bill Ritter.

The Law School will honor Peter at its 37th Annual Colorado Law Alumni Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Seawell Grand Ballroom of the Denver Center for Performing Arts.  The ceremony will also honor Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice of the Colorado Supreme Court.

Dietze and Davis, P.C. Creates Scholarship to Honor Founding Partner Peter C. Dietze

Dietze and Davis, P.C. is pleased to announce the establishment of the Peter C. Dietze Scholarship Fund at the University of Colorado Law School.  The Fund is being established by Dietze and Davis, P.C. to honor Peter’s notable career both inside and outside the courtroom, as well as the mentorship, leadership, and friendship he provided, and continues to provide, to those around him.

Peter graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1962 and has served as Boulder’s assistant city attorney between 1963 and 1965 and as the city attorney between 1965 and 1968.  Peter co-founded Dietze and Davis, P.C. with his friend and classmate, Joel Davis, in 1972 and recently retired after a long and accomplished career in real estate title insurance law.  Over the course of his career, Peter participated in over fifty Colorado appellate court cases and several federal appellate court cases.  He also has given generously to his alma mater, previously serving as Regent, member of the CU Law Alumni Advisory Board, and member of the University of Colorado Real Estate Foundation. 

The Peter C. Dietze Scholarship Fund will be used to provide scholarship awards each academic year to students enrolled in the University of Colorado Law School who have exhibited financial need and who intend to practice in Colorado after graduating.

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Please contact Dietze and Davis, P.C. at (303) 447-1375 or the University of Colorado Law School at (303) 492-6678 with any questions or for more information about the Peter C. Dietze Scholarship Fund.

Dietze and Davis, P.C. Shareholder Renée Ezer Presents Maximum Capacity CLE

Shareholder Renée Ezer presented on a panel of estate practitioners concerning “Maximum Capacity: Guidance for attorneys when dealing with clients or opposing parties who may have limited capacity. Sponsored by the Access to Legal Services Committee, in conjunction with the Domestic Relations and Elder Law Sections of the Boulder County Bar Association, the panel discussed issues related to important issues involving representing clients with diminished capacity, and compliance with associated ethical rules.

Mark Detsky Represented CIEA in Negotiations Over Potential Colorado Energy Plan (CEP)

Dietze and Davis, P.C. shareholder and attorney Mark Detsky represented our client, the Colorado Independent Energy Association (CIEA) in months of negotiations over the potential Colorado Energy Plan (CEP).  If successful, the CEP could retire 660 MW of coal-fired generation in Colorado and replace that generation with nearly 2 gigawatts of new wind and solar facilities, and new gas facilities.  CIEA represents the interests of the independent power producer industry in Colorado, the members of which will be submitting bids to allow Xcel to present a compelling CEP to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.  Mr. Detsky is quoted in the Denver Post article on the Settlement Agreement that seeks the Commission's approval to present the CEP:

Xcel Energy plans to retire two coal-fired plants in Pueblo, increase renewables


June is the time of year when the state and local bar associations announce their leadership for the 2017-18 year.  This year six Dietze and Davis, P.C. lawyers and a paralegal hold several leadership positions in the Colorado and Boulder County Bar Associations: 

  • Renee Ezer has accepted the gavel as incoming President of the Boulder County Bar Association.
  • Jennifer Lorenz will continue on the Boulder County Bar Association Board as the new Secretary/Treasurer.
  • Karl Kumli will chair the Natural Resource and Energy Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. 
  • Kara Godbehere is the incoming Secretary/Treasurer of the CBA Water Law Section.
  • Star Waring will continue her service on the CBA Water Law Section Executive Council. 
  • Star and Karl also will continue their service on the statewide Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors. 
  • Gabriella Stockmayer will serve another term as co-chair of the Natural Resource and Environmental Law Section of the Boulder County Bar Association.
  • Julie Wolfe continues her service as co-chair of the Paralegal Section of the Boulder County Bar Association.

Renee’s tenure marks the fourth time a D&D attorney has served as Boulder Bar President.  Steve Closky (2006-07), Karl (2009-2010) and Star (2011-2012) have held those reins in the past.  Of course, the standard for service was set by Joel Davis, who was a founder of the Boulder County Bar Foundation, and Peter Dietze, who served three terms (1977-1996) as a statewide elected Regent of the University of Colorado, including two terms as Chair of the Regents of the University.

Signing of HB 17-1227!

Mark Detsky is proud to share this picture of Governor Hickenlooper's bill signing ceremony in May 2017 of HB 17-1227, the culmination of three years of work with Dietze and Davis, P.C.'s client, the Energy Efficiency Business Coalition. -   The bill extends Colorado's energy efficiency resource standard for 10 years and brings the base line measurement forward 12 years to drive this strong corner of Colorado's economy. 


HB17-1227 can be found at the following link::

Kara Godbehere Participates in Panel Discussion

On November 17, 2016, Dietze and Davis, P.C. attorney Kara Godbehere moderated and participated in a panel discussion with Division 5 and 6 Water Court Judges James Boyd and Michael O’Hara III and Division 6 Referee Daniel Birch.  The panel discussed recent Colorado water law issues, legislation, and case law as well as a “view from the bench” on evidence, expert witnesses, and ethics.  This CLE was sponsored by the National Business Institute.  

Dietze and Davis, P.C. Congratulates Its Client, Energy Outreach Colorado, on a Victory for Black Hills Electric Customers

Dietze and Davis, P.C., on behalf of its client Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC), advocated zealously in the recent Phase I rate case of Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Company, LP for reductions to the overall proposed rate increase, and for the Colorado PUC’s rejection of the improper use of fixed charges to implement the rate increase.  The Commission adopted many of EOC’s recommendations, including disallowing collection from ratepayers of any equity compensation to high-level executives, and minimizing the disproportionate impacts on low-income customers of increasing the fixed monthly component of customers’ bills.  Congratulations to EOC!

Karl Kumli Gives Speech at Switch~9 Conference

Lawyers tend to be fond of words and Karl Kumli is . . . no exception.  So imagine the challenge for him to talk about the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (a law which gave a jump-start to renewable energy projects nationwide) in only 6 minutes.  But he did exactly that, distilling almost 40 years of legal history (Karl first started working with PURPA in 1980 when he was a law clerk in Washington, D.C.)  into 300 seconds.  A full house of 200 energy professionals attended the program at Boulder’s unique E-Town Hall on October 27.  Old friend and colleague Bill LeBlanc was the emcee for the program. 

The forum for Karl’s whirlwind presentation was the Switch~9, a biannual conference put on by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Energy Service Professionals.  The PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit-chat”) format requires presenters to complete their entire presentation using 20 slides which auto-advance every 15 seconds.  Karl got it done.  (However, after this experience, he advises that his next career move may be as a play-by-play announcer for the NHL!)

Karl Kumli Named Chair of Colorado State Historical Fund Advisory Committee

Karl Kumli has been asked to chair the Colorado State Historical Fund Advisory Committee (SHFAC).  That Committee conducts an in-depth review of grant applications which are made to History Colorado (the Colorado State Historical Society) for investigation and preservation of history and archaeology in Colorado.  Last year the SHFAC reviewed scores of grant applications and forwarded to the History Colorado board recommendations for funding $7.9 million in grants for archaeology and historic preservation in Colorado.   Karl has served on the SHFAC for the past two years.  This work compliments Karl’s past service on the Board of Trustees for Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and his current work on the boards of Colorado Preservation, Inc. and Hilos Culturales, an Indo-Hispanic Cultural Preservation nonprofit.

Dietze and Davis attorneys part of historic solar rate case compromise featured in Utility Dive

Dietze and Davis attorneys Mark Detsky and Gabriella Stockmayer are pleased to report that our client, Energy Outreach Colorado, has signed onto the “3 case settlement” involving applications by Public Service Company of Colorado for a revised rate design, a 50 MW utility-sponsored solar project, and the 2017-2019 Renewable Energy Plan.   Key points of emphasis for EOC, a statewide organization providing low income ratepayer assistance and demand side management products to low income customers, are a lowering of customer fixed charges and the first 100% low-income centered Community Solar Garden Project, with which EOC will partner with PSCO.

The settlement was recently featured in Utility Dive:

Dietze and Davis is a sponsor of the Buffalo Bicycle Classic Scholarship Ride on September 11th

The Buffalo Bicycle Classic dates back to 2003, having raised over 3 million dollars in support of student scholarships at CU Boulder. The students served by the BBC are some of Colorado’s brightest; each entering CU with over a 4.0 high school GPA. Our student scholars also demonstrate strong financial need, which makes this scholarship particularly important. Our $10,000 scholarship to these promising students makes higher education attainable. Through the generous support of our sponsorsvolunteers and riders, we are able to make a difference in the lives of over 400 students in the last fourteen years.