Our Firm – Caplan and Earnest LLC

Caplan and Earnest LLC was founded in 1969 on the principles of respect for clients, well-researched legal solutions, a team approach to problem solving and fair pricing. Today, those principles are alive and well as the firm attracts clients that value common sense approaches to complex legal solutions, as well as attorneys dedicated to serving client needs with intelligent and skillful problem solving.

Caplan and Earnest is unique in many respects. Unlike firms focused on their bottom line, Caplan and Earnest is first and foremost focused on the client’s needs. The firm’s culture is based on respect, collaboration and long-term relationships. This translates to a diverse group of attorneys and staff who pool resources, knowledge, expertise and energy to deliver excellent legal work for clients.

Today, Caplan and Earnest provides a broad range of legal services that help educational institutions, health care organizations, large corporations, small businesses and individuals make informed legal decisions that help them thrive. We instill confidence in our clients and peace of mind that our work will help them solve challenges.

About Our Founders

Gerald Caplan and Lane Earnest | Caplan and Earnest LLC

Gerald Caplan was a partner in a local law firm when he met Lane Earnest while Mr. Earnest was a law student at the University of Colorado. Mr. Earnest clerked for Mr. Caplan before the two embarked on a vision to open a firm founded on principles the two believed in firmly—teamwork, respect for clients and the firm’s employees, and fair value for excellent legal work.

While the firm originally served small businesses and individuals in the Boulder area, the firm has become highly respected for its work in school law after a major legal case in which the firm represented 25 districts throughout the state. The firm’s reputation and practices led it to enter health care law, banking, real estate, immigration, estates and trusts, and much more. With a reputation for delivering outstanding legal advice—and helping individuals and businesses thrive under their legal guidance—the firm grew rapidly to serve clients throughout the Rocky Mountain area.

While retired, Mr. Caplan and Mr. Earnest are still vibrant and engaged members of the local community—and they regularly visit the offices of Caplan and Earnest at One Boulder Plaza to ensure their dream is alive and thriving.

Our Beginnings

Firm founders Gerald A. Caplan and G. Lane Earnest discuss the decision to form Caplan and Earnest LLC in 1969. > Play Video

Our Values

Firm founders Gerald A. Caplan and G. Lane Earnest expound upon the values and quality of the attorneys and staff at Caplan and Earnest—and the collaborative, solutions-focused work the firm delivers. > Play Video