Allan is a Colorado native who graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1976. Allan has an extensive background in real estate matters involving land conservation, land use, and governmental procedures and regulations. Allan has been involved in more than 2000 land conservation transactions since 1991. Allan is a frequent presenter on land conservation, title and title insurance, and non-profit management matters at national, statewide and local conferences. Allan was a Peer Reviewer for the Land Trust Alliance Publication “Acquiring Land and Conservation Easements” (Henderson, Monica and MaryKay O’Donnell, 2009).
Prior to founding his own firm in 1995, Allan was Western Regional Counsel for The Nature Conservancy (1991-1995) where he was involved in land conservation transactions throughout the western United States; Managing Shareholder of Dietze, Davis & Porter, P.C. (1981-1991), where he represented three national title insurance companies on title claims and focused on real estate and land use issues (1981-1991); an Assistant Boulder County Attorney (1978-1981) involved in land use, affordable housing, public works, property taxation and general matters (1978-1981); and a Judicial Law Clerk for Judge Edwin Ruland, Colorado Court of Appeals (1977-1978).
Allan was a commissioner on the Boulder County Housing Authority from 1983 to 1993 and served as its chairman for nine of those years. He served on the City of Boulder Affordable Housing Task Force for several years. Allan was the recipient of the Boulder County (CO) Bar Association Ron Porter Community Service Award in 1995, the Boulder Homeless Awareness Week Award in 1993, and the City of Boulder Heart of Boulder Award in 1988 for volunteer services to a variety of community organizations, including the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless.
Marie graduated from the Denver Paralegal Institute in 2001 and has a B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA (1992). Marie has worked with Allan since 2001, almost exclusively on land conservation and affordable housing matters, and has been involved in more than 1200 land conservation transactions during that time. Marie has presented numerous times on land conservation, title and title insurance matters at the national, statewide and local conferences.
Prior to her land conservation work Marie worked for a domestic relations law firm in Boulder, CO. Marie has also assisted in the organization of fundraisers and political forums for the Sierra Club.