Attorneys

Fred L. Otis

A native of Greeley, Colorado, Fred is the deal-maker and the go-to Greeley real estate attorney. He focuses on commercial real estate and business transactions and has practiced in Greeley for over 30 years. Fred received his undergraduate degree from John Brown University and his law degree from the University of Arkansas. Fred is admitted to practice in Colorado and before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Weld County Bar Association, serving as President from 1988 to 1989, and as Chairman of the Real Estate Section from 1979 to 1986. Read More

Jeffrey T. Bedingfield

Jeff, a long-time resident of Greeley, Colorado, is our go-to business lawyer.  Often found behind piles of papers to be reviewed for the next big business deal, Jeff counsels individuals and businesses in all types of general business matters, from routine questions about management, employment, or contracts, to large acquisitions or planning for the transition or succession of the business to the next generation.  Jeff earned his law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  During law school, he served for three years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Howard J. Blanding of the Circuit Court for Clackamas County, Oregon.  Read More

Jennifer Lynn Peters

A notorious night-owl, Jennifer is our lead litigator. She focuses on commercial litigation, probate and trust litigation, and appeals. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and her law degree from the University of Colorado, where she was a published member of the Colorado Journal of International Law & Policy. She is admitted to practice in Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Jennifer is a long-standing member of the board of directors of the Weld County Bar Association, and currently serves as one of its representatives to the Board of Governors for the Colorado Bar Association. Read More

Timothy P. Brynteson

Tim, a fan of TCBY frozen yogurt, is not your average tax attorney.  He is a business pro, having previously managed a large Ford dealership in Greeley, Colorado.  Tim represents individuals and families in estate planning matters, including business succession planning.  He also routinely advises businesses on general business matters, and can provide representation in tax controversies.  Tim graduated in 1991 from the University of Colorado, Boulder School of Law. During law school, he clerked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Civil Division and after graduation went to work for the Office of District Counsel, Internal Revenue Service. He was responsible for trying cases in front of the Tax Court, advising the IRS on tax law and collection matters, and was appointed as Special Assistant United States Attorney to represent the IRS in Bankruptcy Court.  Read More

John A. Kolanz

John Kolanz brings over 25 years of practice experience in environmental and natural resource law to Otis, Bedingfield & Peters, LLC.  John spent the first eight years of his career in the highly-regarded environmental section of a large law firm.  There he was part of a sophisticated practice counseling corporate clients on a broad range of regulatory compliance and permitting issues arising out of business operations, enforcement activities, and real estate transactions.  Read More

Timothy R. Odil

A former law clerk for the Weld County Courts, Tim is a member of our litigation team. His practice focuses on all aspects of commercial litigation and appeals. He also handles contract and regulatory disputes with local, state or federal governmental agencies, employment matters, and campaign finance issues. Tim received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Formerly with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP in Denver where he practiced for eight years, Tim is admitted to practice in Colorado, in the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Colorado and New Mexico, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Read More

Michael D. Stewart

Mike is of counsel to the firm and part of our transactions team. A Greeley business attorney for more than thirty years, Mike has assisted clients in Greeley and throughout northern Colorado with all types of real estate and business matters. He has also handled bankruptcy matters for creditors and is widely known for his experience with and knowledge of community association’s law. An avid and talented photographer, Mike received his business degree from the University of Colorado, magna cum laude, in 1975, and his Law degree from the University of Colorado in 1978. He is a third generation Weld County native and grew up on a farm east of Pierce.  Mike served in the United States Army with most of his service time spent in Germany. Read More

Don J. Hoff

Don has lived in Greeley since 1973. Don’s practice focuses on real estate transactions, wills, trusts, estate planning and probate administration. He also works in municipal law, having represented numerous small towns in Weld County over the years. Don received his undergraduate degree and his law degree from the University of North Dakota. Don is admitted to practice in Colorado, North Dakota and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Don previously served as a Municipal Judge for various municipalities in Weld County for more than 25 years and has served as a Town Attorney for more than 35 years. Don is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Weld County Bar Association. Read More

Christian J. Schulte

Christian has handled hundreds of jury trials and brings almost 20 years of prior courtroom experience to our firm. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was awarded the National Merit Scholarship.  He worked in the car rental business and in Missouri state government before going to law school. Christian received his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1997, where he was an Associate Editor of the University of Colorado Law Review. Read More

Brandy E. Natalzia

Brandy, a dedicated runner, is a member of our business and transactions team. She graduated, cum laude, from Florida Coastal School of Law where she received Class Book Awards for her work on Trusts & Estates and Transactional Drafting. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, cum laude, from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Brandy is admitted to practice in Colorado and Florida. Before relocating to Northern Colorado with her husband, Brandy worked as an associate attorney at Eavenson, Fraser, Lunsford & Evans, P.L. in Florida, handling corporate transactions and entity formation. She is a former judicial intern for the Honorable Jay Cohen of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Marcia Morales Howard of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Read More

Nathaniel Wallshein

Nathaniel Wallshein is a member of the firm’s litigation team. Nate was born and raised in northern Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and he earned his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School. During law school, he worked as a law clerk for the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of the Interior, and as a law clerk for the Office of Chief Counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy.Read More

Corey W. Moore

Corey Moore is a member of the firm’s transaction team. Born in Broomfield, Colorado, Corey most recently worked as a law clerk at Donahoe & Young, LLP in Valencia, California, where he handled bankruptcy, business, and real estate matters. A former middle and high school history teacher, Corey holds a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley and earned his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he focused on estate and tax planning. During his tenure at Pepperdine University, Corey gained valuable experience working in-house at a global fixed-income investment firm in London, a litigation and transactional firm in Denver, and with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Hardcore Gang Division.Read More

Lia Szasz

Lia obtained her undergraduate degree from Washington State University and her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law. While in law school, Lia received the best overall combined brief and oral argument award in the Colorado Appellate Advocacy Competition, and represented CU in the American Bar Association’s Client Counseling Competition. Before law school, Lia worked for a real estate and estate planning law firm, and served as a law clerk for OBP throughout law school. With a background in agriculture and real estate, she is particularly adept at assisting clients with matters related to farming and ranching operations.   Read More

Support Staff

Jennifer Vannoy

Firm Administrator
Jennifer is our Firm Administrator, which means she oversees all of the day to day operations of the firm, and handles all of the budgeting, accounting, planning, staffing, and all things IT. She received her bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She has extensive business management and accounting experience, and is returning home, so to speak, having previously worked for over seven years with managing members Fred L. Otis and Jennifer Lynn Peters when they were members of Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC.

Cindy Rivers

Senior Litigation Paralegal

Cindy is the paralegal for attorneys Jennifer Lynn Peters and Timothy R. Odil. Cindy has over 10 years of prior experience in the legal field and previously served as Treasurer of the Kersey Area Chamber of Commerce.

Leigh Downing

Senior Transactional Paralegal

Leigh is attorney Fred L. Otis’ paralegal and has worked with him for over 20 years. She grew up in Greeley and graduated from Greeley West High School. She is currently attending Metropolitan State University in Denver working towards her Bachelors of Science in Integrative Healthcare. She has two kids, a son who is a Junior at UNC and a daughter who is a senior at Greeley West High School.   She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, gardening, continually learning and assisting others.

Christy Roche

Paralegal

Christy is a paralegal for our litigation team. She received her Post-Bachelor Paralegal Certificate from Lansing Community College in 2013. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration from Northwood University in 2011. Christy moved to Colorado from Michigan in 2013. She has experience with legal research and rental property management, as well as volunteer work for the Arenac County Prosecutor’s Office in Michigan.

Joan Gale

Paralegal

Joan serves as the legal assistant for Don Hoff.  She has over 35 years of legal experience providing freelance legal support services through Legal Works as well as working for several law offices in Greeley.  She has an Associate in Arts degree from Aims and attained Certified Legal Assistant status through NALA. Joan enjoys camping, hiking and fishing in the Colorado mountains.

Diane R. Goddard

Legal Assistant

Diane is the legal assistant to attorneys Jeffrey T. Bedingfield, Timothy P. Brynteson and John A. Kolanz. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in 1989. She has over 28 years of prior experience working for law firms in Greeley and Fort Collins, with 20 of those years working for Jeff Bedingfield.

Pam Thompson

Receptionist / Legal Assistant

Pam is the face of OBP, and serves as the legal assistant to our transactions team. She has significant previous experience in law firms and in the oil and gas and real estate development industries. She attended Aims Community College.

Mike Peters

Administrative & Legal Assistant

Mike is the legal assistant to our litigation team. Mike previously attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Valarie Roche

Administrative & Legal Assistant

Valarie provides legal and administrative support to our Greeley office.  Valarie received her Bachelors of Science degree from Pittsburg State University in 2013.

April Crosser

Administrative Assistant

April provides administrative support to our Greeley office. She is a graduate of New Mexico State University. April has over ten years of administrative support experience in various fields including other law firms. Born and raised in New Mexico she has resided in Colorado for 14 years.