ACED Names Fairfield and Woods Attorney as Member of the Year

Press Release
For Immediate Release
April 28, 2010

By: Rita M. Connerly

Denver, Colo. (April 28, 2010) – Fairfield and Woods, P.C. and Adams County Economic Development (ACED) announced today that Rita Connerly has been named ACED’s 2009 Member of the Year.

For just the third time in its 28 year history, ACED bestowed its coveted “Member of The Year” award to a wonderful partner, a great legal mind, and a real powerhouse in the community. Rita is totally involved in economic development, and she is uniquely qualified to bring large developments to reality. She practices law in the areas of real estate development and municipal law. Rita’s personality, job knowledge and work ethic make her clients – whether governments, developers or financial institutions alike – seek her involvement in their projects. Rita's practice also focuses on representation of local governments and special districts. Her experience as a former Adams County Attorney is especially invaluable in this regard. She has represented clients at all judicial levels, including successful representation before both the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.

Here are just a few examples of Rita’s exemplary efforts supporting ACED:

  • Board member since 2002, and served on the Executive Committee for 2 of those years.
  • Former Board member of the Adams County Education Consortium, and assisted in the incorporation of ACEC as a pro bono project with Fairfield and Woods.
  • Provided expert counsel and leadership for numerous significant development projects in Adams County, many of which are owned by ACED members.
  • Served as the Chair of the Adams County Housing Taskforce.

Fairfield and Woods has built its excellent reputation throughout the Rocky Mountain West by helping clients succeed for 75 years. It takes pride in going beyond the simple delivery of high quality legal services. With unstinting devotion to trust, efficiency and service, the firm strives to help each client, with its unique needs, achieve success.

Adams County Economic Development (ACED) is a full service, member-driven economic development organization serving Adams County, its nine municipalities, more than 9,500 businesses and over 450,000 residents. ACED and its members are dedicated to playing a leadership role in aggressively driving economic vitality and sustainable business development in the region. Forbes Magazine named Adams County as one of the best “Affordable Places to Weather the Downturn”, with a strong economy, low taxes and affordable real estate. For more information visit: