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Clarissa Collier


555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Clarissa Collier counsels U.S. and international clients on federal laws and regulations governing global trade and international business transactions. She also handles complex commercial litigation matters.

Export Controls: Clarissa helps clients with export controls, trade sanctions, and global trade compliance issues -- guiding them through the complex process of internal, criminal and civil investigations involving the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury, and Justice. She also assists clients with developing internal global trade compliance programs.
Clarissa has served as a teaching assistant in an international business transactions course at the Strum College of Law, University of Denver.

Commercial Litigation: Clarissa represents corporations, businesses, and individuals in a broad array of complex commercial litigation matters. She is a trusted advocate in state and federal court, who has completed various training programs through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.


Export Controls

Clarissa helps clients comply with laws and regulations such as:

  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Foreign Asset Controls Regulations 
  • International Investment and Trade in Services Survey Act
Commercial Litigation

Clarissa helps clients navigate litigation through:

  • Preparing pleadings
  • Managing document production and discovery
  • Taking and defending depositions 
  • Drafting, opposing and arguing dispositive motions
  • Negotiating favorable settlements
  • Conducting post-judgment discovery and collections

Client Results

Export Controls
  • Counseled a major defense service contractor (Xe Services, fka, Blackwater) with respect to complex regulatory and compliance matters affecting ITAR, EAR, OFAC, and other controls.

  • Guided U.S. contractors conducting business in Iraq on how to comply with U.S. export controls and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Commercial Litigation
  • Obtained a $2.3 million judgment on behalf of a bank enforcing its rights as creditor against a corporate debtor that defaulted on multiple loans. Secured summary judgment in the United States District Court for the District of Utah.


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions


  • Colorado Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, International, 2018
  • Gary McPherson Award for Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee, Lobato Litigation Team, Team of the Year Award, 2012

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, Delegate
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, Board of Trustees; Associates Advisory Board, Co-Chair, 2015-2017
  • Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates, Member
  • Denver Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Sam Cary Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, International Law Section, Litigation Section, Member
  • Downtown Denver Leadership Program, Alumni Association, Participant 2012

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