Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Melissa L. Kuipers has joined the firm as an associate in the government relations group.
“Melissa has quickly excelled as a lobbyist in Colorado’s Statehouse, including great successes within the automobile industry,“ said Michael Feeley, co-chair of Brownstein’s government relations department. “I am confident that she’ll continue to be a respected voice at state and federal levels for Brownstein’s clients.”
Most recently, Kuipers served as vice president of government relations and communications for the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA). In the vice presidential role, she acted as a state and federal lobbyist for 270 new franchised automobile dealers in Colorado. Kuipers worked alongside executive branches and regulatory agencies on matters concerning dealers, franchise agreements and motor vehicle sales. She successfully lobbied the general assembly to pass state House Bill 1049, which grants Colorado dealers right of first refusal when their franchises’ doors are shut by automaker bankruptcies. Prior to CADA, she was an in-house lobbyist for the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association where she sought the proactive passing of legislation at the state Capitol. Kuipers was included in the Denver Business Journal’s 2010 “Forty Under 40.”
Among her community service contributions, Kuipers recently founded Baking for the Troops, an organization that sends care packages to U.S. troops worldwide. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.