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David L. Starbuck Partner

Denver office of BakerHostetler

“David Starbuck is described as ‘absolutely brilliant.” — Chambers HNW 2021

David Starbuck counsels individual and closely held business clients regarding private wealth planning. In serving his clientele, David designs tax-advantaged trust structures and advises on sophisticated business succession techniques, including family limited partnerships, sales to grantor trusts, intra-family asset sales and buy/sell agreements. He assists his clients regarding choice of entity planning; real estate transactions; charitable giving; incentive trust analysis; life insurance planning; corporate, partnership and limited liability company restructures; and fiduciary matters. David also represents financial institutions, advising them on trust administration, taxation and reformation matters. David maintains an active lecturing schedule, speaking both locally and nationally in the areas of family limited partnership planning, generationskipping tax planning, and estate and business succession planning. David is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© and is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He served as the Tax Group coordinator for the firm's Denver office from 2000 to 2010.


        Chambers HNW: Private Wealth Law in Colorado (2016 to 2022)

The Best Lawyers in America® 

        Colorado: Tax Law (2018 to Present) 

       Colorado: Trusts and Estates (2010 to Present)

       Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” (2018, 2021)

 5280 Magazine: Top Colorado Lawyer, Estate Planning (2015 to 2019) 

Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent


       American College of Trust and Estate Council

        American Bar Association: Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section

        Colorado Bar Association: Trusts and Estates Section

        Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council

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