Joyce H. Nakamura

Senior Counsel

Ms. Nakamura concentrates in estate planning, trust and estate administration, litigation, business succession planning, charitable planning, employee benefits and ERISA, including ERISA litigation.

Ms. Nakamura’s estate planning and trust and estate administration practice includes income and estate tax planning; succession planning for the closely held business owner; charitable planning; drafting of wills, trusts, and powers of attorney; administration of estates for decedents, minors, and protected persons; and the representation of clients in estate and trust litigation.

She works extensively with clients in the selection and implementation of welfare benefit plans and pension benefit plans. Ms. Nakamura works with clients in the area of compensation planning including the design and implementation of qualified and non qualified retirement plans, deferred compensation arrangements, qualified and non qualified stock options, and employee stock ownership plans. Additionally she assists clients in the claims review process and represents numerous clients in their capacity as trustees and plan administrators of ERISA plans.

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1984
  • Hawaii (inactive)


Denver Office
1001 17th Street
Suite 300
Denver, CO 80202


LLM: University of Denver Graduate Tax Program, 1983
JD: Hastings College of Law, University of California, 1982
BA: University of Hawaii, 1978


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Career Distinctions & Honors
  • The Denver Foundation Philanthropic Leadership Award, 2016
  • Denver Five Star Financial Services Professional, 2015-2021
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Trust and Estate Section
    • Elder Law Section
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable
  • Strategic Connection of Colorado by Thought Leaders Forum, Denver Chapter
  • The Denver Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Dumb Friends League, Volunteer
  • Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council
  • Rose Community Foundation, Volunteer, Professional Advisor Council
  • CAN DO Multiple Sclerosis Board Member
  • Graduate of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, “50 For Colorado” Program