Though the firm known today as Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti did not officially open its doors until January 1985, the seeds of the collaboration were sown years earlier. As founding partner Tom Ragonetti emphasizes, “the move was carefully planned. There was no shooting from the hip.”
This ability to merge thoughtful business expertise with a challenge-driven enthusiasm for legal practice has resulted in what the Chambers USA Guide to America’s leading business lawyers now calls “The #1 Real Estate Firm in Colorado.”
The firm was founded in 1985 by Bruce Johnson, Frank Robinson, Bill Neff and Tom Ragonetti, partners in two of Denver’s most respected firms. Predictably, this caused quite a stir. Originally named Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, P.C., the new firm set up shop in Denver’s 17th Street Plaza, a home it would outgrow within its first year. By the end of 1985, Art Otten, a former partner of Robinson and Ragonetti, joined forces with the new firm, bringing with him prized client Colorado National Bank. Those in the legal and business communities who may have greeted Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti’s arrival with skepticism now took notice. The new firm was fast becoming an admired force on Denver’s legal scene.
The firm grew from seven to 20 lawyers in a mere two years. Despite its burgeoning success, Otten Johnson never abandoned its measured approach to growth, ensuring its ability to provide the finest legal services to every client. Throughout its history, Otten Johnson has maintained the highest standards, hiring only the most skilled lawyers willing to work as a team in the best interest of every client. Today, the firm, approximately 35 lawyers in size, continues strong, practicing in seven distinct practice areas. To companies seeking expert legal service, Otten Johnson provides committed, innovative and candid business counsel, to help clients reach their most ambitious business goals.