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Julie Rieke

Julie Rieke

Of-Counsel
Location:
Grand Junction, Colorado
Phone:
970-242-2645
Fax:
970-241-5719
Email:

Julie Rieke graduated with honors, from the University of Denver with a B.A. in Communications in 1994. Shortly after moving to Grand Junction, the opportunity to indulge her desire to live abroad presented itself. Julie moved to Prague, Czech Republic for a short time and then to Chania, Crete, Greece for three years, teaching beginning, intermediate and advanced-level preparatory classes for the University of Cambridge English Exams.

Upon returning from Greece, Julie attended the University of Colorado School of Law, graduating in 2003. During that time, she clerked for the four Mesa County District Judges (Judges Bottger, Massaro, Bailey, and Buss), as well for James D. Evans & Associates in Denver, CO.

While attending law school, Julie co-founded Mountain Sprouts Co. with her sisters, a manufacturer and wholesaler of children's outdoor gear that garnered multiple Apex Awards for Top Design in the Outdoor Industry. Upon graduation, Julie returned to Grand Junction and joined the company as Vice President and In-House Counsel. It has since been sold to Mountain Khaki's.

After the sale of Mountain Sprouts, Julie joined Insurance Planning Alternatives as a broker. She worked alongside Nicholas Paleveda, JD, MBA, LLM, as one of the only Colorado administrators for 412(e)(3) Fully-Insured Defined Benefit Pension Plans. She also worked with buy-sell agreement funding, key-person life insurance, estate tax funding, long-term care planning, personal life insurance and annuities.

Julie joined the employment law firm of Bechtel & Santo, LLP in 2010 and then opened her own employment law firm, The Law Office of Julia Rieke Sprinkle, LLC, in 2012. Julie became of-counsel to Younge & Hockensmith, PC in November of 2013, with a concentration in employment and business law. She is a member of the Colorado and Mesa County Bar Associations.

Currently serving on the Board of Directors for Ariel Clinical Services, in her leisure time, Julie enjoys hiking, traveling, wine and cooking, and has a mad passion for the NYT Sunday Crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado - 2003
  • University of Denver
    • B.A. - 1994
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Communications

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mesa County Bar Associations, Member
  • Colorado County Bar Associations, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board of Directors, Ariel Clinical Services