Dipak P. Patel

Dipak P. Patel

Broomfield, Colorado
Dipak P. Patel
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Mr. Patel is a member of our civil and family law team. Prior to joining Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., Mr. Patel spent twelve years at two respected Boulder general practice firms working as counsel to both startups and established businesses, and as a litigator. Skillful on behalf of both employers and employees, Mr. Patel has defended companies and owners in both agency and court proceedings, while also representing individuals with severance agreements, and discrimination and wage claim matters. He also helps clients improve their settlement or litigation posture by completing nuanced evaluations of employment policies, non-competition agreements, and non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements. Mr. Patel also represented numerous clients in personal injury cases, settling several for policy limits. Mr. Patel advocates devotedly for his family law clients, including those in high-conflict relationships, in actions for the allocation of parental rights or dissolution of marriage.

His clients have included a major organic nut butter startup, one of the 50 fastest growing woman-owned companies globally, and a major oil and gas well-site supervision and consulting company.

At Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., Mr. Patel continues serving a broad range of clients providing creative legal solutions and practical industry experience in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Originally from Los Angeles, Mr. Patel has lived and studied in Toronto; Columbus, Ohio; Oxford; Paris; and Geneva. When not in the office, he enjoys time with his young daughter or training for his next IronMan® triathlon.


• Arbitration of dispute involving fraud, statutory civil theft, and civil conspiracy involving disputed sale of business assets including a franchise license; enforced $536,000 judgment by setting aside fraudulent conveyances
• Successful defense of commercial litigation action brought against company and owner clients involving an international distributor agreement in which plaintiff's claims exceeded $10,000,000 in both arbitration and district court
• Representation of several Colorado employers through state and federal departments of labor investigations and hearings involving alleged employee misclassification and wage and hour issues
• Enforcement of $1.6 million judgment lien by, among other methods, marshaling debtor's real properties and homestead through levy and execution (Sheriff's sales)
• Assistance to oil and gas well-site supervision and consulting company (and its principals) in overcoming a state agency's determination of successor liability and its associated insurance rate consequences
• Successful representation of individuals through EEOC and CCRD Probable Cause findings in cases involving employer retaliation or discrimination based on gender, sexual harassment, age, religion, race, and national origin
• Negotiation of various severance or separation agreements for employees and employers, where appropriate
• Advise individual and entity clients concerning the enforceability of provisions in non-competition agreements, non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements, and employment policies
• Advocacy for family law clients, including those in high-conflict relationships, in actions for the allocation of parental rights or dissolution of marriage
• Assist secured creditor clients perfect and foreclose on their security interests in collateral
• Assistance to victims of sexual harassment and hostile work environment in having the DOJ and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission accept their cases for co-prosecution
• Successful defense of a medical doctor client from an overzealous medical practice's attempts to enforce a non-competition agreement and attendant liquidated damages forfeiture clause
• Negotiation of favorable severance terms for an executive-level creative professional separated from an international company located in Colorado
• Successful defense of client against a party asserting theories of common law marriage, fraud, and other civil claims
• Obtained verdict for individual in wage claim litigation for $30,000+ in back pay, interest, and penalties
• Assistance to multistate employer in the prompt resolution of multiparty employment tort claims including fraudulent concealment and fraudulent inducement into employment
• Counsel to one of 50 fastest growing woman-owned companies globally on employer best practices and compliance with labor and employment law for its 15,000+ employees
• Settlement of numerous personal injury cases including several for policy limits

Areas of Practice

  • 30% Labor/Employment
  • 25% Business and General Civil Litigation
  • 25% General Practice
  • 20% Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2001
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2002
  • Supreme Court of Colorado, 2001


  • The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2001
    • Honors: International Law Moot Court Regional Semifinalist; Public Interest Law Foundation, Fellow
  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • Coursework: International Business Transactions; International Environmental Law - 1999
  • The University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • Honours B.A. - 1997
    • Major: Economics; International Development
  • Oxford University, Oxford, England
    • Coursework: E.U. Law; Social Policy and Income Distribution - 1999


  • Resurgent NLRB Finds Employees Chilled by Common Language in Arbitration Agreements and Employer Policies, Co-Presenter, CLE, Boulder County Bar Association, March 8, 2016
  • Following the Employee Grievance from Start to Finish; Plus Tips to Avoid It In the First Place from the Corporate and Employee Perspective, Co-Presenter, CLE, Boulder County Bar Association, November 13, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Top-Rated Employment & Labor Attorney, Super Lawyers, Boulder, CO, 2017 - 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated, Highest Level of Professional Excellence, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017 - Present
  • Pro Bono Award Recipient, Boulder County Legal Services, 2016 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member, 2001 - Present
  • Boulder Bar Association, Member, 2001 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association, Member, 1999 - 2005
  • Denver Bar Association, Executive Council Member, 2003 - 2005

Past Employment Positions

  • Colorado Civil Rights Division, Investigator, 2004 - 2005
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Intake Director, 2002 - 2004

Pro Bono Activities

  • Executive Member, GS Boulder Cycling, 2006 - 2007
  • Boulder Legal Clinic, Volunteer
  • USA Triathlon, Member, 2003 - Present


  • English
  • Gujarati
  • French
  • Hindi