Following graduation from law school, Mr. Atkinson clerked for the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson III, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, followed by associate positions with Quarles & Brady in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Kirkland & Ellis' Denver office. In 1991, he joined the Denver office of Reinhart, Boener & VanDueren, and became managing partner of that branch in 1998.
Mr. Atkinson left private practice in 2000 to become Executive Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel of Quentra Networks, where he led the acquisition of six companies and directed all legal affairs, which was followed by his appointment as general counsel of Expanets, Inc., an $800 million/year communications equipment and services provider, where he was responsible for all legal affairs and supervised Human Resources for over 3,000 employees.
His current practice focuses on commercial litigation and transactional matters, general corporate and employment counseling. He serves as Vice President of the Board of the Mile High Down Syndrome Association, and as a director of the Toy Wall Foundation, Inc. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Atkinson was a staff instructor for the Winter Park Handicapped Ski Program (now the NSCD) and a participant in the inaugural Winter Olympics for the Disabled.