Diana Godwin Ettlinger
Diana Godwin Ettlinger


Phone: 970.300.0120

Fax: 970.925.1181


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Legal Secretary

Susan Knable

Areas of Emphasis

Business & Corporate

Intellectual Property

Real Estate


  • Juris Doctor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 1994
    • Editor, DU Journal of International Law and Policy
    • Bureau of National Affairs Award
  • Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, University of Colorado at Denver, 1991
  • Fluency in Spanish

Diana Ettlinger is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Trademark Groups. She has over 20 years of experience representing individuals and companies in real estate transactions, development and leasing, corporate and business matters. Diana advises clients regarding trademark protection and registration. She assists homeowners and homeowner associations with creating, updating, understanding and complying with governing documents and Colorado laws affecting Common Interest Communities. She also represents Special Districts with statutory compliance, elections, budgeting and audit matters. Diana spent several years of her practice focusing primarily on water right protection and development, and provides ongoing representation relating to water right matters. Having spent the first five years in practice in the courtroom litigating a broad variety of disputes, her experience with litigation matters equips her to anticipate problems and structure transactions to avoid the issues and costs involved in resolving disputes.

Representative Matters
  • Development, purchase and sale of residential properties ranging from $150,000 to $36,500,000
  • Development and sales of 330-lot subdivision, golf course, hotel and wine club in Salta, Argentina
  • Easements, transactions, leasing, development and redevelopment of commercial and residential ski resort properties
  • Redevelopment of two hotels in western Colorado ski resort
  • Commercial leasing for ski resort shopping center
  • Licensing, protection, registration, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks, copyrights and other forms of intellectual property
  • Homeowner association governance matters and statutory compliance
  • Metropolitan Special District in Pitkin County Colorado governance and statutory compliance
Professional Activities


  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado



  • Pitkin County and Colorado Bar Associations
  • Colorado Bar Association Real Estate Section
  • Aspen Education Foundation/ Events & Public Relations Committee
  • Board Member, Burlingame Ranch Affordable Housing Association, Inc.
  • Former President, Burlingame Ranch I Condominium Association
  • Former President, Midland Park Condominium Association
  • Former Board of Directors, Roaring Fork Legal Services
  • Former Attorney, Colorado Rural Legal Services
Publications and Presentations
  • Comment, The Basel Convention on Transboundary Movements of Hazardous wastes: An Opportunity for Industrialized Countries to Clean Up Their Acts, 22 Den. J. Intl L. & Pol’y, 193 (1993)


Previous Experience
  • Intern, United States Department of Interior, Office of Field and Regional Solicitors (1994)
  • Volunteer Attorney and Clerkship, Natural Resources Section, Colorado Attorney General’s Office (1992-1994)