Steve Atencio

S. W. Atencio & Associates, PC
4164 Austin Bluffs Parkway #420,
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Office Hours: by appointment


I was raised as an “Army Brat” and grew up in Europe and the western US. I graduated high school in Germany (Heidelberg American High School) and then attended Colorado State University from 1975 to 1980. I was the first person in my father’s family to attend college, and I worked my way through college, obtaining a BS in psychology. I then attended Stanford Law School, graduating in 1983.

Knowledgeable and Experienced

After graduating from Stanford I was hired as an associate in the Litigation Department at Sherman & Howard in Denver. One year later I was hired as a Law Clerk for a Justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. Following this, I became an Assistant Attorney General in the Water Unit, Department of Natural Resources. I opened my private practice in 1988 and I have previously served as a County Attorney and City Attorney.

Trust over 35 years of experience and education from a professional lawyer to get you through the legal system properly and fairly.

Stanford Law School, J.D. 1983

President, Class of 1983; President, Law Association; Co-Founder and Board Member, East Palo Alto Community Law Project

Colorado State University, B.S. 1980

Member, Committees to select and appoint faculty and staff
Member, CSU Community Advisory Board and KCSU Public Radio Board of Directors

Work Experience

S. W. Atencio & Associates, P.C. (1987-2014)
Owner and managing attorney of a small private law practice with an emphasis on water law, civil litigation, domestic matters, municipal & county representation, and real estate

Conejos County Attorney, Colorado (2001-2016)
Represent all elected and appointed officials and Department of Social Services (full time 2014-2016)

Alamosa Title & Closing, LLC (1999 to 2009)
Owner and title insurance agent (underwritten by Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund)

12th Judicial District (1988 to 1990) Water Referee, Water Division 3

Colorado Attorney General (1985-1987)
Assistant Attorney General, Natural Resources Section, Water Unit

Supreme Court of Colorado (1984-1985 term) Law Clerk, Hon. Howard M. Kirshbaum

Sherman & Howard (1983-1984) Associate, Litigation Department Law Clerk, Summer 1982

U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado (Summer 1981)
Law Clerk to U.S. Attorney Joseph Dolan and Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Torres


Licenses and Memberships

Licenses: Admitted to practice law in Colorado and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado (1983)

Memberships: Colorado Bar Association; El Paso County Bar Association; SLV Bar Association (past President); Judicial Nominating Commission, 12th Judicial District (1999-2004); Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (past Board Member)