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Professional Bio For Keith M. Olivia

Keith M. Olivia was an attorney in the Boulder and Denver offices of large National and International law firms for 12 years before joining Roberts & Olivia, LLC in October 2009. His practice focuses on representing clients in their business transactions, including in a variety of corporate, securities, tax and other matters.

Keith regularly counsels clients regarding choice of entity and other formation issues; private placements of debt and equity securities; compensation planning and other employment matters; commercial contracts; intellectual property matters; and mergers and other acquisition transactions. Keith also represents venture capital firms and angel investors in their investments. He has represented clients in various industries, including biotech, software, manufacturing, medical device, other high tech, natural foods, consumer products, telecommunications, outdoor recreation and natural resources.

Prior to moving to Colorado, Keith was an associate with a large law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before entering law school, he worked in the audit department of a bank holding company in Pennsylvania.


Keith has served as counsel to issuers and investors in financing transactions, and buyers and sellers in merger and other types of acquisition transactions. His experience includes the following types of matters:

  • Tax structuring for entity formation, equity compensation, business combination, and other matters
  • Drafting limited liability company agreements, partnership agreements and shareholder agreements
  • Public offerings, private placements, venture capital financings, and other debt and equity financings
  • General business representation of both public and private companies in contract, employment, intellectual property and other business matters
  • Sales and acquisitions of public and private target companies by both public and private companies through mergers, stock acquisitions, and assets acquisitions


Hogan & Hartson LLP, Boulder and Denver, CO 1999 - 2009

Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, Boulder, CO 1997 - 1999

Lionel Sawyer & Collins, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1995 - 1996


  • University of Colorado School of Law, Adjunct Faculty, 2013-2018
  • Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at the University of Colorado School of Law, Supervising Attorney and Guest Lecturer, 2000 - Present
  • Colorado State University, GSSE MBA Program, Instructor, 2016
  • Boulder County Bar Association, CBA Board of Governors, 2013-2018; Board of Directors, 2010-2013; Co-Chariman of Business Law Section, 2008-2010
  • Boulder County Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees 2015-2018; President 2017-2018
  • Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, Board of Advisors and Secretary, 2011-2017
  • Boulder Police Department, Professional Standards Review Board, 2015-2018


  • "Equity Compensation Plans for Corporations," Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at the University of Colorado School of Law, Spring 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • "Choice of Legal Entity," Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at the University of Colorado School of Law, Fall 2009 and 2010
  • "Drafting LLC Operating Agreements," Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at the University of Colorado School of Law, Fall 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • "Unintended Consequences: A review of potentially problematic provisions of the Colorado Limited Liability Company Act," Boulder County Bar Association CLE, Fall 2008
  • "Two and Twenty - Discussion of Carried Interests," Venture Capital and Private Equity Class at the University of Colorado School of Law, Spring 2008