Clayton W. Barnett

Clayton W. Barnett

Special Counsel / COO
Denver, Colorado

Clay brings over 12 years of experience in legal practice, primariliy focused on commercial, natural resources and construction litigation as well as liquor licensing applications and construction contract negotiation. His experience includes successes in trying both jury and bench trials in County Court and District Court and has successfully litigated cases in Arbitrations and the Colorado Court of Appeals.  He takes pride in aggressive, yet cost-effective, representation of his clients with a results-oriented perspective.

Clay's experience includes the representation of:

- Developers, general contractors, sub-contractors and underground utility companies;

- Restaurants, bars and breweries;

-  Oil & Gas companies;

-  Any busines entites seeking counsel on risk avoidance and prevention as well as contract disputes

In addition to his role as Special Counsel, Clay is the Chief Operating Officer of Cantafio Hammond, P.C. In this role the scope of his responsibilities inlude: strategic growth planning and implementation, operational efficiency, firm and attorney-specific marketing, risk management controls and policies, budget management, technology management, compensation and benefits analysis,  real estate management as well as various other business agreements.

Areas of Practice

  • 75% Commercial and Natural Resources Litigation
  • 10% Mechanic's Lien
  • 10% Liquor Licensing
  • 5% Construction Contract Review and Negotiation

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2005
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2008


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D. - 2004
  • Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.A. - 2000
  • University of Colorado, Denver
    • M.S. Global Energy Management - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Denver Petroleum Club
  • Colorado Oil & Gas Association
  • The Association of General Contractors of America

Past Employment Positions

  • John Rodman & Associates, LLC, Associate, 2005 - 2006
  • Messner Reeves LLP, Partner, 2006 - 2017