Practice Areas

Taxation
Estate Planning
Asset Protection
Entity Formation
Real Estate Transactions
General Business Matters
Representation before the IRS & US Tax Court
Certified Public Accountant by background


Education

University of Santa Clara


Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Colorado 

John P. Gebauer

BACKGROUND
Mr. Gebauer joined Stinar Zendejas & Gaithe after serving as a senior attorney at international law firms in Washington, D.C. and Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Mr. Gebauer practices in the areas of business law, planning, and acquisitions; tax and estate planning/asset protection; securities; franchising; healthcare; real estate; and commercial litigation.   Mr. Gebauer also has significant experience with complex business cases and litigation, and has been licensed to practice law in Colorado, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Gebauer graduated from the New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the New York University School of Law Journal of Legislation & Public Policy.  He previously obtained a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. 

 PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY
When not practicing law, Mr. Gebauer enjoys spending time with his wife and three children; hiking; and engaging in design-build and other real estate projects.

 

John M. Stinar

BACKGROUND

John M. Stinar was born October 6, 1956, in Los Angeles, California.  He attended Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California.  John graduated cum laude and attended the University of Santa Clara on the Carroll Academic Scholarship.  During his undergraduate years, John was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Business Honor Society, and the Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society.  After graduation from college, he worked in the tax department of Price Waterhouse in San Jose, California while attending law school at the University of Santa Clara.  He was admitted to the California Bar in 1981, to practice before the United States Tax Court in 1983 and to the Colorado Bar in 1985.  John joined the Colorado Springs law firm of Braden & Frindt as an associate in March 1986.  He became a partner on January 1, 1989, and the firm name was changed to Braden, Frindt & Stinar, LLC.  In April 2000, Ralph Braden retired from the practice of law and John formed Stinar Law Group, LLC, as the managing partner.


PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY

John is and has been involved in a number of professional and community organizations, including the Tax, Estate Planning and Business Sections of the Colorado Bar Association, regarding Colorado Springs Estate Planning Council, the Home Builders Association of Colorado Springs, the YMCA Youth Sustaining Fund and sits on the Advisory Business Board of Directors for Fostering Hope and the Griffith Center for Children.  John also serves as volunteer counsel for the Small Business Development Center of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, and also served as volunteer legal counsel for the Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc. during its acquisition and construction of El Pomar Sports Park in Colorado Springs. 


 

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Construction
Employment
General Business
Property Disputes
Civil Litigation


Education

Cornell College
University of Notre Dame Law School


Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Colorado


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Ian P. Burrell

BACKGROUND
A native of Colorado Springs, Ian Burrell attended high school at Air Academy earning three State Championships for the Kadets in Cross-Country and Track and Field. His running career landed him a scholarship at the University of Georgia where he graduated Cumme Laude with degrees in Criminal Justice and Spanish. Athletically, he garnered three All-American certificates for the Bulldogs and left Athens, Georgia with four school records. Most importantly, he met his beautiful wife and convinced her to move out west.

His legal career began with an undergraduate internship at the Colorado Springs Public Defender assisting attorneys with their caseloads and Spanish interpretation. After college, he moved to the transactional side of law and spent two years working for Shorall McGoldrick and Brinkmann, a Flagstaff, Arizona firm focused on Real Estate and Business Planning.

 PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY
Ian attended the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, a top fifty-ranked law school in the United States. During the three-year program, he experienced success in a variety of disciplines finishing in the top half of the class academically, receiving the George Rountree honorary scholarship, maintaining a two-year internship with the Department of Homeland Security, earning a top fifteen finish at the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials, and helping his wife with their daughter and son. After a brief stint practicing criminal law in Arizona, Ian has relocated to his hometown to continue his career and raise a family.

 

Practice Areas

Taxation
Estate Planning
Asset Protection
Entity Formation
Real Estate Transactions
General Business Matters
Representation before the IRS & US Tax Court
Certified Public Accountant by background


Education

University of Santa Clara


Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Colorado 

Our Attorneys

M. James Zendejas

BACKGROUND

M. James Zendejas was born in Colorado Springs in March of 1968.  After attending high school in Colorado Springs, Jim attended Cornell College.  At Cornell, Jim earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts, majoring in both History and Politics.  Jim played varsity soccer, was elected to several student government positions, including Student Body President, and he earned Special Distinctions in Politics, and graduated cum laude.  Jim attended the University of Notre Dame Law School, and graduated in 1993.  At Notre Dame, Jim was on the Dean’s List several times, and participated in various intramural sports.


PRACTICE AREAS

Since being admitted to the bar in 1993, Jim’s practice has emphasized in the area of civil litigation.  After clerking for Retherford, Mullen, Johnson & Bruce, LLC (one of the largest insurance defense firms in Colorado Springs) for the summers of 1991 and 1992, Jim joined the firm as an associate in October of 1993.  While there, Jim’s practice included trial work (civil litigation), insurance coverage disputes and appellate work.  Jim joined Braden, Frindt & Stinar, LLC, in June of 1998 and Jim’s area of expertise concentrates almost exclusively in commercial litigation, including construction, employment, general business, property disputes and litigation.


PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY

Jim is also involved in the Sacred Heart Youth Ministry (Confirmation leader), has served on the Sacred Heart Finance Council, and enjoys coaching and playing soccer.  Jim is licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado.

 

M. Jacqueline Gaithe

BACKGROUND

Ms. Gaithe comes to Stinar Zendejas & Gaithe, PLLC after having served as the director of the civil clinical programs at a top 100 law school, where she managed an active caseload and supervised student attorneys in their representation of clients.  Prior to that she was in private practice in Colorado Springs.  Ms. Gaithe is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.  Ms. Gaithe graduated with high honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she was a member of the Arkansas Law Review and pupil in the William B. Putman Chapter of The Inns of Court.  She began her legal career in Colorado shortly after receiving her law degree.


PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY

When not practicing law, Ms. Gaithe enjoys spending time with her husband and two children; hiking and running; serves as a board member of a non-profit; volunteering with Colorado Greyhound Adoption to help place retired racing greyhounds; showing her greyhounds in AKC conformation; and exhibiting her greyhounds AKC and ASFA lure coursing field events.


 

Practice Areas

Business  Planning and Acquisitions 
Real Estate
Tax
Estate Planning
Administration
Sports Law


Education

University of San Diego
Cal State-Long Beach


Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Colorado





Nathan A. Lenz

BACKGROUND
A Colorado Springs native, Nate Lenz, graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and went on to earn his undergraduate Business degree from the University of San Diego. Additionally, Nate holds a Master’s in Sports Management from Cal State-Long Beach and before law school he worked for top athlete representation firms, non-profit sports organizations, and collegiate athletic departments.


Nate attended the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. Nate has a passion for helping entrepreneurs, businesses, and families obtain their goals.   He is licensed to practice in Colorado and his practice areas include: business planning and acquisitions; real estate; tax; estate planning and administration; and sports law. 
 
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY
Nate spends his free time enjoying the Rocky Mountains with his beautiful wife, Melissa, and their daughter, LeAnn.


Practice Areas

Civil Litigation
Employment Law
ERISA
General Business


Education

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA


Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Colorado
California
American Bar Association Member
El Paso County Bar Association Member
Society for Human Resource Management Member


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S District Court, Northern District of California
U.S District Court, Eastern District of California

Practice Areas

Business Law, Planning, and Acquisitions 
Tax and Estate Planning/Asset Protection
Securities 
Franchising 
Healthcare
Real Estate
Commercial Litigation


Education

New York University School of Law


Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Colorado


Christopher G. Wilhelmi

BACKGROUND
Mr. Wilhelmi joined Stinar Zendejas & Gaithe after working for the Colorado Department of Law’s Employment Tort Unit where he litigated civil employment matters.  Prior to this work he primarily practiced state and federal civil litigation, employment law, and ERISA at a boutique firm in San Jose, California.  Before he became an attorney, Chris worked for about nine years as an engineer and businessman for General Electric, Gexpro, and Rexel, working in seven states and three countries. 
 
   
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY
Chris is originally from Maryland and after residing in many states has settled here in Colorado with his wife and two daughters.  Chris enjoys his free time with his family, coaching youth sports, and volunteering. 

Practice Areas

Tax and Estate Planning
Business Planning/Acquisitions
Elder Law
Securities
Asset Protection
Real Estate
Commercial Litigation


Education

University of Georgia


Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Colorado
Arizona

 

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Divorce/Custody
Estate Planning/Elder Law/Probate Administration
Business Planning/Acquisitions
Employment Law
Real Estate  
Litigation


Education

University of Arkansas School of Law


Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Colorado
Oklahoma
Arkansas


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas