About Us

About Us

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado and founded in 2001, Colorado Advocates is a lobbying and government relations, issues management and public affairs firm whose attorneys, lobbyists and public relations professionals will help you achieve your business objectives by getting your story heard, understood and remembered by public officials, the news media and other audiences important to you.

Colorado Advocates’ mission is to create opportunities for our clients to develop and expand their reputations among the audiences most important to them and to help our clients mitigate potential regulatory, marketplace and constituent challenges.

Our team of seasoned professionals have extensive experience in all aspects of representation – including law, government relations, lobbying, media relations, coalition building and community engagement. This professional team is comprised to make a difference in the world as well as a world of difference. We are extremely committed, passionate and enthusiastic about our craft. Our business culture and our conduct prioritize collaboration, community, professionalism and respect as we help protect and advance your interests.

These values guide our advocacy on your behalf:

Collaboration
We work with you at every step of the engagement to jointly develop and execute successful advocacy strategies.

Professionalism
Honesty and integrity coupled with a strong work ethic are the core tenets of our advocacy work on your behalf.

Respect
We hold in the highest regard and practice patience and courtesy to the people, institutions and processes with whom we engage.

Community
We continuously give back to our community through board memberships, pro bono work and charitable fundraising activities.

Leadership

Jep Seman, Principal and Cofounder.

One of Colorado Advocates’ two founders, Mr. Seman is responsible for setting the firm’s overall direction and strategic vision. An attorney by training, Mr. Seman is a veteran of Capitol Hill in Washington DC, having served on the personal staff of former U.S. Senator Gary Hart, and as Counsel to the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

With over 25 years of legal and government relations experience, Mr. Seman guides clients through the public policy and political processes attendant to a variety of issues and industry sectors, including healthcare, transportation, telecommunications, natural resources development, hospitality, energy production. He has specialized expertise in environmental law and regulatory compliance. Additionally, he provides strategic communications counsel, media representation, media training and crisis counsel to companies across the country, particularly as this relates to public outreach and regulatory decision-making processes.

Mr. Seman served as a Senior Vice-President in the Washington, DC law office of Hill & Knowlton, where he managed all state and local public affairs representation for the firm’s clientele. Upon his return to Colorado, he founded, managed and served as Senior Vice President for the Denver office of The Jefferson Group, a Washington DC law firm where he managed a 12-member team of public relations and communications professionals.

Mr. Seman was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, is married and has three children. He is active in the local community with multiple board appointments and is the past president of the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association.

Jep Seman

Practices

  • Government Relations
  • Legislative and Political Law Compliance
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Real Estate Law

Education

  • J.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
  • B.A., University of Northern Colorado

Board Memberships

  • Gubernatorial appointee to the Regional Air Quality Council
  • Trust for Public Lands Colorado Advisory Board
  • Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics
  • Colorado Petroleum Association

Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • National Association of State Lobbyists
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Bar admissions

  • Colorado

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the district of Colorado
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals


Alexandra Garza, Attorney and Chief Operations Officer

Ms. Garza provides legislative and real estate counsel and contributes to the development of the firm’s strategic goals. Ms. Garza pioneered the Community Relations and Strategic Advocacy Division of Colorado Advocates. With her legal training and experience, she also serves as a legal associate to Mr. Seman.

With over eight years of government relations experience, Ms. Garza specializes in projects brought before local municipalities. Ms. Garza also assists Mr. Seman in representing clients before the Colorado General Assembly focusing on natural resources, transportation, public utilities, and healthcare.

Ms. Garza started her career in real estate specializing in real estate title insurance. She managed a branch of escrow officers and examiners until she decided to pursue a career in law. Ms. Garza joined Colorado Advocates in 2008.

Ms. Garza was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and is fluent in Russian. She is married and has two children.

Alexandra GARZA

Practices

  • Government Relations
  • Community Relations and Strategic Planning
  • Oil and Gas
  • Real Estate

Education

  • J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Master of Science, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • B.A., University of Colorado

Memberships

  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • National Association of State Lobbyists

Bar admissions

  • Colorado

Strategic Partners

JPS Law Group

mCapitol Partners, Washington DC

National Association of State Lobbyists (50-state State Capitol network)

Contact

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Colorado Advocates, Inc.
303-831-1818