Meet Lisa Culpepper
In my most recent 20 years, I’ve been an attorney, and the sole owner of my “small business,” The Culpepper Law Firm, PC. But my firm is not what most people think of attorneys. My firm has always been advocates for the “little guy," the average homeowner, the average tenant, the average business owner, with the exception of finance. In finance, I have represented local/regional banks the business of which was getting people the financing they needed when the big banks wouldn’t help. I’ve focused on real estate, business, contracts, finance, state and local taxation, and regulatory law.
When I was in law school at the University of Denver, I was elected Vice President of the Business Law Society and a Senator in the Student Senate. I created the State and Local Taxation seminar.
Before attending law school and my career as an attorney, I worked for the people in a different way, in the Colorado Department of Revenue for 15 years. During the last three years of my time there, I ran the “operations” of the Department, managing a $7.5 million budget, up to 100 employees, AND, reduced my YEARLY budget by over 10% in the first six months. That was $750,000 per year savings to the taxpayers. Despite the reduced budget, I dramatically increased services available to the taxpayer.
Most of my time at the Department was in tax enforcement. While most read that as “the tax man” or other disdainful references, I applied my skills in a holistic way. My theory – which was proven out time and again – was that by giving the business owner all the tools I could to help their business, the owner would come into compliance with the tax laws voluntarily.
I educated business owners on tax administration, business management, banking, and accounting, so the business could voluntarily get back into compliance with the tax laws. And, yes, from time to time, I did get in trouble for being “too helping” toward the taxpayer… But, as a person in service to the taxpayer, I know I did that job right: Many of those "troubled" businesses continued on, creating more state tax revenue and economic productivity, and are still in business, successful, and some, well-known international businesses.
Speaking of educating – I’ve been a teacher as long as I can remember. While I was in high school at Aurora Central (GO TROJANS!), I taught English as a Second Language to students who were 13 years old to 22 years old. Since then, I’ve taught law, business, finance, economics, and accounting at two-year colleges and four-year colleges and universities. Applied education, both for my students AND for me, is my passion. What I mean by “applied education” is that I don’t just teach the theories; I teach the application of the subject – the “why”, and “how”, and “when” of the subject matter.
My background makes me ultimately qualified for Adams County Treasurer, but the one attribute that makes me stand out is that I always approach a job, position, and challenge with the mindset of “yes, we can do this.” Then it's just a matter of gathering the right people and resources to make it happen.
I look forward to serving the Adams County citizens as their Treasurer! And I appreciate your going out to vote to get me there.
Qualifications in Brief
The Culpepper Law Firm, PC
1998 – present
•Manage all business aspects of the practice
•Direct the work of attorneys and administrative staff
Red Rocks Community College
2009 – present
Courses include: Institutional Processes; Business Law; Economics; Contracts; Legal Environments, Business; Legal Environments, Human Services; Regulatory Compliance; Political Science
Tax Compliance, Operations, Legislative Liaison
Department of Revenue, State of Colorado
1984 – 1997 and 1998 – 2000
• As General Services Administrator, analyzed and implemented financial, management, and accounting controls; analyzed tax laws and fiscal implications of same
• Efficiently managed up to 100 employees, including seven management staff
• Acquired, implemented, and managed million-dollar vendor contracts (institutional telecommunications, commercial printing and logistics, digital archiving systems), with $7.5 million in budgetary forecasting, implementation, control, and accountability.
Juris Doctor, International Business Law, 1997; College of Law, University of Denver, Denver CO
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, 1994; Regis University, Denver CO