Tess Hand-Bender, Associate

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(303) 893-6100
855.206.1549
(303) 893-6110

 
 
Assistant:

 Meranda Vieyra-Blass
mvieyrablass@rplaw.com
  • Named to the Rising Stars List published nationwide in Colorado Super Lawyers® (2014).
  • Clerked for the Hon. Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
  • Clerked for the Hon. Philip A. Brimmer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.
  • Graduated in the top 10% of her law school class at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
  • Served as a submissions editor for the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law

Practice Areas:

  • Complex Civil and Commercial Litigation

Reilly Pozner LLP

Tess Hand-Bender, Associate

 

(303) 893-6100
855.206.1549
(303) 893-6110

 
 
Assistant:

 Meranda Vieyra-Blass
mvieyrablass@rplaw.com
 • Education
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About Tess:

Tess Hand-Bender is a litigation associate with the firm.

Tess focuses her practice on complex civil litigation. Prior to joining Reilly Pozner, she was a law clerk to the Hon. Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The previous year, she served as law clerk to the Hon. Philip A. Brimmer of the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado.

In these clerkships, Tess gained valuable research and writing experience – as well as exposure to diverse areas of civil and criminal law.

Tess earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she often received the highest or second-highest grades in her courses and was a member of Order of the Coif, which recognizes scholarship. She was a research assistant to two professors and submissions editor for the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law.

Tess holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa and departmental honors, from Stanford University.

Between college and law school, Tess was a legal assistant in a solo criminal defense office in San Francisco. After this experience, she knew she wanted to become the kind of litigator who uses her skills to excel in the courtroom.

Tess is on the trial team for these cases:

  • Pro bono representation of nine same-sex couples who are challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying and refusing to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples entered into in other states.  McDaniel-Miccio, et al. v. State of Colorado, Denver County District Court, Case No. 2014-cv-30731.
  • Reilly Pozner has been approved by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy court to act as Lehman’s national coordinating and lead trial counsel in prosecuting claims against mortgage loan originators that sold Lehman defective loans, and to respond to billions of dollars in claims filed against the Lehman estate. This is a significant representation—involving several hundred cases in 26 states.
  • When a group of automobile dealerships faced a purported class action claiming that new cars were equipped in violation of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, it hired Reilly Pozner to defend its interests.  After winning landmark reversals at the Colorado Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of the trial court’s initial approval of class treatment, the firm defeated Plaintiffs’ second attempt at class certification in the trial court.

 

Prior to law school, I took a few months off to travel. I was privileged to visit 12 countries in Northern Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

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image Practice Areasimage
  • Complex Civil and Commercial Litigation
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  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law
    Order of the Coif
    Jurisprudence Award (highest Grade): Criminal Procedure Adjudication; Family Law; Privacy Law
    Prosser Award (Second Highest Grade): Civil Procedure; Contracts; Administrative Law
    Submissions Editor,Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law
  • B.A., Stanford University
    Phi Beta Kappa
    Departmental Honors
 Clerkshipsimage
  • Hon. Neil M. Gorsuch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Hon. Philip A. Brimmer, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
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  • State of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
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  • Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers® (2014)
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  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Colorado GLBT Bar Association
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee (Food Stamps Task Force)
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • American Bar Association
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