Brian J. Bagley,
Founder & Chief Counsel
The founder and chief counsel of the Bagley Law Firm, LLC, Brian provides legal representation to businesses, families, and individuals. In addition to the practice of law, Brian served on City Council and as the Mayor of Longmont, CO for a decade of public service. Brian's other community activities include teaching at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a professor for the university's prestigious Presidents Leadership Class, teaching upper-level courses on business, management, and leadership. Brian himself is a CU alumnus, having earned a Juris Doctor from CU's School of Law and a Master of Business Administration from the Leeds School of Business.
Brian began his professional career as a senior analyst and key member of the team that researched and wrote the New York Times Bestseller, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t. The best-selling hardback business book of all time, Good to Great has grossed more than $100 million in book sales alone. As the only research analyst throughout the five-year project for its entirety, Brian performed the in-depth investigations, interviews, and analysis on market-leading companies to understand how they came to dominate their industries. The research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company.
Brian is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and has been licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado since 1999. His personal accomplishments include earning the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America, speaking and writing fluent Spanish, writing and directing a full-length feature film distributed by Universal Vivendi, and volunteering – along with his wife – as a foster-adopt parent for Boulder County's Department of Housing and Human Services. His foremost passion is his family.
Tim Edstrom, J.D.
Senior Associate Attorney
Tim Edstrom is a senior associate at The Bagley Law Firm. While his current focus is in criminal defense and family law, he has extensive experience in a wide variety of legal fields that include workers' compensation, immigration, Social Security, civil litigation for personal injury, business disputes, civil rights violations, sexual harassment, and securities regulation.
When looking into Tim's legal background, one will find that Tim has litigated some of the most high-profile civil rights cases in Colorado history, including the contentious and highly-publicized Michael DeHerrera and Juan Vasquez police brutality lawsuits.
Alone or as lead counsel, he has conducted approximately 60 jury trials for cases that range from criminal defense of murder-in-the-first-degree to civil cases with millions of dollars on the line. However, Tim feels just at home when litigating child custody issues or misdemeanor matters before the local municipal magistrate.
A graduate of the University of Denver College of Law, and having graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in political science, Tim has deep roots in Colorado. For instance, he has lived in Longmont, Colorado for over a quarter-century, where he currently lives with his wife, Christina, and two small children.
Impressively, Tim taught himself Spanish, and now speaks Spanish, fluently. This linguistic skill set has served his clients well, as he proudly represents clients from a broad range of backgrounds and nationalities.
Scott T. Melin,
Senior Managing Associate
Litigation & Personal Injury
A senior managing associate at the Bagley Law Firm, LLC, Scott’s practice focuses on high-value civil matters, where his recent accomplishments include $1.58 million, $1.2 million, and $612,500 recoveries for his clients.
Scott’s cases include personal injury, appeals, civil rights issues, business disputes, and other matters which may require complex litigation. Scott also handles high-conflict family matters, to which he brings years of family law experience.
Born and raised on the Colorado Front Range, Scott attended Colorado State University, where he studied philosophy and English. Thereafter, Scott received a merit scholarship to attend the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, Colorado. During his legal studies, he served as a member – and executive – to the law school’s Public Interest Student Association.
Before joining the Bagley Law Firm, LLC, Scott’s passion for social justice took him to New York City where he attended Columbia University, earning a master’s degree in human rights and graduating with a 3.94 GPA. Long before this, however, Scott had been an advocate against domestic violence, having worked with organizations such as the Bringing Justice Home Project, an anti-domestic-violence project within Crossroads Safehouse in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Among his non-legal accomplishments, Scott presently serves on Littleton's city council as its Mayor Pro Tem. He has hiked the Colorado Trail, a stunningly beautiful 500-mile stretch of Colorado wilderness. In his spare time, he also enjoys birding, fly fishing, and gardening. Scott and his wife have a daughter and son.
Charles E. Liken, J.D.
Senior Associate & Mediator
Family Law, Criminal Defense, Estate & Probate
Charles E. Liken is a Senior Associate Attorney at the Bagley Law Firm. Charles specializes in Family Law, Criminal Defense, Estate Planning, & Probate. Charles is also a certified mediator as well as a Child and Family Investigator (i.e., a "CFI").
Graduating from Sturm College of Law in 2002 from Denver University, Charles has built his career on taking the time to listen and giving an honest assessment of where things stand in his clients' cases.
Notably, Charles is a former Deputy District Attorney for the Colorado 12th District in Del Norte, Colorado. This brings numerous strengths to the table for his clients, including nearly a decade of experience as a Criminal Investigator. Furthermore, Charles has conducted both independent civil and criminal investigations, with a forte in the areas of social and human services, and civil rights.
In addition to his aforementioned credentials, Charles is a licensed real estate broker, bringing a strong foundational knowledge of the residential and commercial markets of Northern Colorado and Metro Denver.
Charles's brutally honest, genuine, and dedicated energy creates stability, which in turn allows him to serves his clients, preserving their families, finances, and freedoms; in short, Charles's straightforward attitude ensures the win his clients are looking for.
Nick H. Sung, J.D.
Senior Managing Associate
Nick Sung is a Senior Managing Associate at the Bagley Law Firm specializing in family law matters. Drawing on his extensive experience in high profile divorce cases, Nick is adept at situations involving post-divorce matters, legal separations and collaborative solutions, mediation, child custody, contempt of court, parenting plan and decision-making modifications, and a litany of other complex, unique, divorce and parenting rights situations. Among his clients, Nick is trusted enough to serve as the personal family law attorney for the firm's founder and chief counsel, Brian Bagley.
Nick graduated from Roger Williams School of Law in 2017. Prior to law school, he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated with a B.A. in political science.
Since being admitted to the Colorado bar, Nick has been awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award and is a member of the State Bar of Colorado and the Boulder Bar Association.
Understanding how difficult and emotionally draining family litigation can be, Nick is a weathered veteran who offers superior legal services as he supports his clients through some of their worst moments.
Having Nick as the captain of a complicated family-law case should set a client at ease, as Nick is confident and extremely capable. Oftentimes exceeding client expectations, Nick has the ability to command a courtroom and sets realistic expectations both for his client as well as the opposing counsel.
Resolving family issues can be troublesome, stressful, and at times worrying. Nick has a gift for taking the most difficult legal situations and somehow working miracles.
Phil Clark, J.D.
Senior Associate Attorney
Phil Clark's talent for criminal defense is in his DNA, literally; litigating is a tradition in Phil Clark’s family, going back five generations, starting with Jonas J. Clark, who was appointed by Abraham Lincoln as the United States Attorney for District of Kansas City in 1861. Phil Clark is also a descendant of William Clark, the frontier explorer best recognized from his "partnership," Lewis and Clark.
Living up to his namesake, Phil Clark attended and excelled in law school at the University of Denver and never once veered from his life's ambition -- to become a world-class trial attorney.
Unheard of in this century, before Phil was even licensed to practice law, he had successfully performed over 35 trials as a supervised student attorney. Then, when he passed the Colorado bar exam in 1990, he did so with a score so high that the second portion of the test was waived.
Upon being admitted as a licensed attorney, Phil became a senior prosecutor and served in the district attorney's office for nearly two decade in the Metro-Denver area, where he prosecuted homicides, drug distribution, DUIs, domestic violence, and nearly every type of felony, misdemeanor, and traffic offense on the books. Phil became intimately familiar with the perspectives, procedures, and philosophies of the prosecution and law enforcement community.
Eventually, Phil was appointed second-in-command of the Weld County District Attorney’s Office. He was then elected as a member of the Colorado District Attorney’s Council State Governing Board where he served with each elected District Attorney in Colorado, members of the Governor’s Office, members of the Attorney General’s Office, members of the United States Attorney’s Office, and other high-ranking government officials.
Phil has been involved in numerous well-publicized cases and is highly respected in the legal community. With a "Never say die!" reputation, Phil is widely recognized as a legal expert and has taught at both the high school and college level. However, Mr. Clark is most proud of the recognition and appreciation he has received, in private, from his clients for his devotion to -- and success with -- championing their cases.
Sam Townsend, J.D.
Senior Associate Attorney
Family Law, Estate & Probate
Sam Townsend possesses years of experience in family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and grandparent rights, as well as estate planning and probate matters.
Sam has practiced in numerous county and district courts across Colorado from the eastern plains to the western slope, as well as in the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Having received a B.A. in History at the University of Virginia, Sam went on to graduate from Vermont Law School where he was a committee chairman in the Environmental Law Society.
Before attending law school, Sam worked numerous seasons in tourism and the outdoor recreation industry. Finishing what he starts, he is an Eagle Scout. Now, in his limited spare time, Sam can be found cycling and running throughout the mountains of Colorado, or being at home with his wife and child.
John Paul "J.P." Prentiss, J.D.
Senior Associate Attorney
Family Law, Criminal Defense,
J.P. focuses his practice on family law including: dissolution, custody, the allocation of parental responsibilities, and the modification of previously entered orders. When resolving family law disputes, he focuses on crafting resolutions that not only meet his clients' needs, but also ensures that the best interests of the children involved takes top priority. J.P. also practices criminal defense
Since his admission to the bar in 2005, J.P. has tried over sixty cases, handled countless contested motions and other hearings, and successfully negotiated settlements in hundreds, if not thousands more.
From an early age, J.P. knew he wanted to continue his family's legacy as an attorney. His passion for justice and helping those in need has only continued to grow since then. J.P. grew up in Texas where he attended Southwestern University in Georgetown and earned a BA in history and theater. After college, he moved to Denver, where he attended the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law.
During law school J.P. was a teaching assistant for first year criminal law students, and interned with the Denver District Attorney's office in both the appellate and juvenile divisions. During his third year, while interning in the juvenile division, he was recognized by his professors for excellence in Criminal Law drafting and Criminal Trial practice. After graduating from law school, he was sworn in as a Deputy District Attorney for Denver where he prosecuted hundreds of misdemeanor and felony matters.
It was at the DA's office, while working in the juvenile division, that J.P. developed a passion for helping children. After leaving the District Attorney's Office in 2008, this passion naturally focused his practice on parental responsibility actions where he is able to use substantial litigation and negotiation experience to ensure that cases are resolved in his clients' -- and in their children's -- best interests. This experience allows him to handle complex and challenging legal matters with the unique perspective of a former prosecutor, ensuring the best possible results for clients no matter how big or small their cases may be.