More Than Your Attorney -
 


Your Trusted Legal Partner

DANETTE LILJA
Founder, Partner & Managing Member

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"As a creative, business owner and entrepreneur, I sincerely enjoy working with individuals and business owners to protect their personal and business assets. I understand the need to balance dreams and budgets, so you can grow your business, realize your dreams and prosper."

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Professional Bio

Danette's legal practice helps clients grow and protect their businesses by leveraging more than 25 years of experience as an attorney, marketing executive and small-business owner. Her breadth and depth of legal and business experience provides the foundation for working with clients on day-to-day matters and transactions, including: contract drafting, review and negotiation; purchase and sale agreements; technology transfers; corporate compliance; and business succession planning. Danette draws upon the same experience to help individuals protect their personal assets with comprehensive estate planning. She also helps organizations and individuals protect and promote their valuable intellectual property assets, such as trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

Education
  • JD, The George Washington University Law School, 2008

  • MBA, International Business, Regis University, 2003

  • Bachelor of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, 1997

 

Bar Admissions: Colorado Bar, 2008 (Registration No. 40481)

 

Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Colorado Bar Association

  • El Paso County Bar Association

  • Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Ex Officio Board Member (2015 - 2017)

  • President & Chairman, Tri-Lakes Economic Development Corporation (2013 - 2017)

  • Board Member, Tri-Lakes Economic Development Corporation (2011 - 2013)

  • Celebrate Technology (Communications Committee Member 2004)

  • Public Relations Society of America, Pikes Peak Chapter (President-Elect 2004)

  • Star Academy Charter School (Board Member 2003)

  • Public Relations Society of America, Pikes Peak Chapter (Vice President 2003)

  • Public Relations Society of America, Pikes Peak Chapter (Treasurer 2002)

Personal Bio

Danette loves to travel. She's lived in or visited 44 different states and 25 different countries. From hiking Kilimanjaro to traversing the Inca Trail, adventure is in her blood. Although it is the people she meets on her journeys, more so than the destinations, that keep her planning the next expedition. Adventures, however, do not have to be strictly foreign affairs, when she and her husband venture out locally, they head to the mountains to bike, camp, and climb 14,000+ foot mountains. When it comes to less adrenaline-filled activities, Danette chooses a yoga class or sharing a meal and glass of wine with friends and family.

Professional Experience
  • Founder, Partner & Managing Member, Northvale Legal Services LLC, Colorado Springs, CO 2011 - Present

  • Attorney & Partner, BL Speer & Associates, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2011 – 2020

  • Attorney, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Washington, DC, 2007 – 2010

  • Legal Intern, Federal Communications Commission, 2006

  • Adjunct Professor, Regis University, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2005

  • Co-founder, Vice President, Northvail LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2003 – 2005

  • Partner, Vice President, DRH Marketing & Communications LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2002 – 2004

  • Director of Marketing and Public Relations, USA.NET, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2000 – 2002

  • Senior Marketing Account Executive, Department of Defense: Morale, Welfare & Recreation, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, 1998 – 1999

  • Staff Writer, Hoover's Online, Austin, Texas, 1996 – 1997

  • Director, United Service Organizations (USO), Camp Casey, Korea, 1995

  • Public Affairs Specialist, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1994

  • Sales Manager, Mayfield Lumber, Arlington, Texas, 1993 – 1994

  • Registered Financial Representative, Waddell & Reed, Inc., Dallas, Texas, 1992

  • Russian Linguist, U.S. Army Military Intelligence, Worldwide, 1988 – 1992, Honorable Discharge

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KATIE ARMSTRONG
Associate Partner

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"Supporting entrepreneurs in the pursuit of their personal and professional dreams is my passion. As an attorney, I strive to protect clients from the unknown while creating cost-effective solutions to support their legal and business journey."

Professional Bio

Katie’s legal practice draws on the sum of her experience as an attorney, entrepreneur, business owner, and life coach. Clients benefit from her diverse, industry expertise, which includes health and wellness, oil and gas, advertising, online retail, cannabis, and real estate. Katie’s hands-on knowledge working with entrepreneurial individuals, startups and established businesses means she provides clients with practical legal advice and guidance to mitigate risks while fostering growth.

Education
  • ACSTH Certification, Human Potential Institute, 2010

  • JD, The George Washington University Law School, 2008

  • B.A. University of Colorado, 2004

 

Bar Admissions: Colorado Bar, 2008 (Registration No. 41119)

 

Professional Associations & Affiliations: Colorado Bar Association

Personal Bio

Katie is a nature lover and health enthusiast. A former competitive triathlete and yoga instructor; she currently enjoys training for cross fit or taking her daughter on a nature hike. Katie has lived and traveled abroad extensively and draws inspiration from native cultures and the diversity of the natural world.

Professional Experience
  • Associate Partner, Northvale Legal Services LLC, Colorado Springs, CO 2022 - Present

  • Founder and CEO, Inspired Living, 2019 - Present

  • Founder and CEO, The OM Collection, 2010 - Present

  • In-house Counsel and Marketing Manager, Sonic Holdings Inc., 2021 - 2022

  • Global Business Development, Boulder Video, 2015 - 2018 

  • Associate, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver, CO, 2008 - 2010

  • Legal Intern, Colorado Attorney General, Criminal Appellate Division, 2007