Congratulations to Tama Levine, Lynn Lyon and Susan Reeves for being selected to The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 in Workers' Compensation Law - Employers.  Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

Kristin A. Caruso joins Ritsema & Lyon as a Shareholder in our Denver office and brings more than twelve years of insurance devense experience to the R&L team.  Kristin was a partner at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith and prior to that she was with McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter for over then years.  Kristin is the Vice President of the Coloardo Devense Lawyers Association and is active in the Coloraod Bar Association.  She graduated from Cornell University in 1998, and University of Denver, M.B.A. and J.D. in 2001.  Kristin will primarily focus her practice onworkers' compensation defense and can be reached at 303.297.7290 or

David R. Bennett joins Ritsema & Lyon as an Associate in our Denver office.  David previously served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Michael Berger of the Colorado Court of Appeals and also worked as a Legal Clerk at the Office of Administrative Courts.  He is a Colorado licensed attorney and received his JD from the University of Colorado School of Law in May 2013.  David can be reached at or 303.297.7261.  Please join us in welcoming David to the Ritsema & Lyon team!

Ritsema & Lyon would like to congratulate our colleague Paul Krueger, for receiving the 2015 Lansford Butler Award from the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Colorado Bar Association.  The Lansford Butler award is given to an attorney for outstanding service, dedication, and commitment to the field of Colorado Workers' Compensation Law.  This celebrated honor is bestowed after nomination from within the Workers' Compensation Executive Council, based upon an attorney's contribution to the Workers' Compensation system.  Congratulations Paul!!!

Margaret (Maggie) Wesley joins Ritsema & Lyon as an Associate in our Fort Collins office.  Maggie previously clerked for District Court Judge Thomas French in Fort Collins and also worked with the Office of General Counsel for Colorado State University.  She is a Colorado licensed attorney and graduated from Sturm College of Law in May 2013. In law school Maggie was involved in the Public Interest Law Group, Student Trial Lawyers Association and the DU Law Student Ambassadors. Maggie's undergraduate degree is in speech communications from the University of Southern Mississippi where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in May of 2007.  She can be reached at or 970.204.9056.  Please join us in welcoming Maggie to the Ritsema & Lyon team!

Ritsema & Lyon's Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel; 3203 Quebec in Denver. Stay tuned for more details!


Congratulations to Paul Feld, Paul Krueger, Lynn Lyon and Susan Reeves for being selected to the 2015 Colorado Super Lawyers list in Workers' Compensation Law - Employers. Special recognition goes to Tama Levine.  Tama is ranked in both the Top 100 list of Colorado Super Lawyers and the Top 50 Women colorado Super Lawyers for 2015.  We also congratulate Kelly Kruegel for her selection to Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Each Year, No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.  Ritsema & Lyon is honored to have these attorneys recognized in the 2015 Super Lawyers listing!

Rich Bovarnick, Diane Murley and Mike Desaulniers are joining the firm following the dissolution of Clifton & Bovarnick, P.C.

Rich A. Bovarnick is joining Ritsema & Lyon as a shareholder and brings 28 years of insurance defense experience to the R&L team.  Rich has had extensive experience in the civil litigation field since his admittance to the bar in 1986.  His emphasis is on insurance defense (premises, auto and truck liability, coverage and workers' compensation).  He has practiced before both the state and federal courts in Colorado and litigated in a majority of the counties in Colorado.  He is a frequent speaker on advanced workers’ compensation issues, trial tactics and the interplay of FMLA, ADA, and workers' compensation at insurance seminars and continuing legal education seminars.  Rich will continue to focus his practice on insurance defense and can be reached at 303.297.7283 or

Diane K. Murley is joining Ritsema & Lyon as an associate.  Diane has been an attorney in Colorado since 1980.  Her law work has focused primarily on defense of workers’ compensation matters.  In 1993 she enrolled at the University of Washington to obtain her Library Degree.  Since her graduation she has worked as a law librarian at several universities, specializing in legal research and online services.  Ms. Murley has taught legal research to law students and other graduate students, and has made presentations to lawyers, paralegals, and law librarians.  She has written for a number of publications including a quarterly column on technology for Law Library Journal.  Diane returned to the practice of law, with an emphasis on workers’ compensation defense, in 2009 and continues to focus on this area of law. Diane can be contacted at 303.297.7273 or

Mike A. Desaulniers will join the firm as an associate and brings more than 13 years of workers’ compensation experience to Ritsema & Lyon. Mike was admitted to the Colorado Bar Association in 1993. He began practicing law as a prosecutor for the 10th Judicial District litigating cases ranging from DUI to First-Degree Murder. After nine years as a prosecutor he entered private practice representing claimants in workers’ compensation claims and Social Security disability claims.  Mike moved to the defense side of workers’ compensation claims when he recently joined the firm of Clifton & Bovarnick.  Mike will focus his practice on workers’ compensation defense. 

He can be contacted at 303.297.7271 or

Please join us in welcoming the newest members to the Ritsema & Lyon team!

Ritsema & Lyon is excited to announce that three of our Denver attorneys have been named by 5280 Magazine as Top Lawyers for 2015. Congratulations to Lynn Lyon, Tama Levine and Paul Krueger on this recognition. This is the first year that 5280 magazine has listed Top Lawyers for the Denver area and we are proud to have been included in the inaugural list.

Ritsema & Lyon is proud to announce that we have been approved as panel counsel for  ACE/ESIS in Colorado.  If you have any questions about the panel counsel approval please don't hesitate to contact us.

Ritsema & Lyon is proud to announce U.S. News & World Report selected us as a 2015 Tier 1 Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firm" in Workers' Compensation Law – Employer.  Firms included in the 2015 "Best Law Firms" list are chosen based on professional excellence and high ratings from clients and peers.

Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.  This is the third consecutive year Ritsema & Lyon received this honor.  We appreciate the positive feedback our clients provided to U.S. News & World Report.  Thank you!

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