Lillian L. Alves

Of Counsel

  • Office Contact Info
  • Biography

    Lillian Alves is of counsel in the firm’s Denver office and co-chair of the firm’s Government Regulatory & Administrative Law practice group. Prior to joining Gordon & Rees in May 2018, she was the Deputy Securities Commissioner at the Colorado Division of Securities. She is also a former federal prosecutor, having served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Colorado during her time with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She received the Colorado U.S. Attorney Award of Excellence as a result of her work with white collar, immigration, and child sexual exploitation prosecutions. Her experience also includes operating an in-house anti-counterfeiting program for a company that designs and manufactures protective solutions for smartphones and tablets. Ms. Alves clerked for the New Mexico Court of Appeals with the Honorable Michael E. Vigil, now a justice with the New Mexico Supreme Court.

    Ms. Alves is experienced in complex litigation including jury trials, administrative hearings, motions practice, and appeals. She has led countless government investigations and enforcement actions as a federal prosecutor and state securities regulator. Since joining Gordon & Rees, Ms. Alves has leveraged her government experience to represent entity clients in state and federal grand jury investigations. 

    Admissions

    Colorado
    U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
    New Mexico
    U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico

    Community Involvement

    Ms. Alves is actively involved with volunteering her time to serve nonprofit organizations that promote public health, safety, and wellbeing, particularly for children.

  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience

    Gordon & Rees

    • Represent nonprofit entity in high stakes litigation involving federal criminal causes of action brought by private litigants.
    • Negotiated settlement where parties entered into a series of new contracts for services and materials in exchange for dismissal of breach of contract action.
    • Negotiated a felony neglect charge of a long-term care professional to a petty offense plea.
    • Reduced compliance burden and exposure of nationwide client operations in a New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions audit via early communication with the regulator in order to narrow the scope of records requested.

    State Securities Regulation

    • Oversaw daily securities examination and enforcement decisions.
    • Analyzed proposed legislation at the Colorado State Legislature for impact on Division of Securities operations and testified in legislative hearings.
    • Drafted regulations and interpretative opinion letters covering a variety of topics including broker-dealer and investment adviser regulation and responsibilities and dishonest and unethical conduct.
    • Settled administrative cases involving violations of the Colorado Securities Act and Rules such as selling unregistered securities, selling securities without a license, books and records violations, failure to disclose conflicts of interest, and custody violations.

    Federal Prosecutor and Federal Agency Counsel Experience

    • Tried case against a war criminal on charges of unlawful procurement of naturalization, visa fraud, and aggravated identity theft for which Ms. Alves received the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of General Counsel Award.
    • Tried case of first impression regarding the definition of electronic waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act as well as mail and wire fraud, smuggling, and obstruction for which Ms. Alves received letters of commendation from the Colorado U.S. Attorney and Colorado Special Agent in Charge with Homeland Security Investigations for her efforts.
    • Served as the District of Colorado’s point of contact in a national operation involving the seizure of websites selling counterfeit merchandise.
    • Coordinated enforcement and litigation strategy in administrative immigration cases involving national security concerns.
    • Represented the Department of Homeland Security in immigration court and before the Board of Immigration Appeals in a case spanning several years involving the “reason to believe” that an individual has been involved in drug trafficking grounds of inadmissibility resulting in a favorable published Tenth Circuit decision.
    • Served as office point of contact regarding the use of administrative summons and subpoenas and border search authority.
  • Education

    Education

    J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2005

    • Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy: Managing Editor

    B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, Spanish, Colorado College, 1999

  • Languages
    • Spanish