The Akin Law Firm Team

The Akin Law Firm works using its own professionals and often engages other professionals on a contract or co-counsel basis.  Whatever your problem may be, we will assemble the team to do the job.

Rick Akin 

President and Founding Member
Licensed in Texas and Colorado 

Rick Akin has been serving business clients since 1984. He is highly regarded in the legal community, having been rated as “Preeminent” in the profession by Martindale Hubbell for over 20 years. His clients include businesses in numerous industries, including many attorneys. His comments are often sought by major publications, like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
University of Texas at Austin - Doctor of Jurisprudence with Honors, 1984
University of Oklahoma - Phi Beta Kappa, Bachelor of Arts in Letters with Highest Honors, 1981
Career The Akin Law Firm, LLC, Founding Member 2011 to present
Akin & Chardavoyne, LLC, Founding Member 2010-2011
Akin & Almanza, LLP, Founding Partner 1998 -2009
Slade & Akin, LLP, Founding Partner, 1996 – 1998
Clark, Thomas & Winters, 1984 - 1995
  • Shareholder (Equity Class), 1990 - 1995
  • Management Committee, 1992 - 1995
Admitted to practice in Texas and Colorado.
Also admitted:
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Recognition Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
University of Oklahoma Regents Alumni Award, 1990
Texas Law Review
Order of the Coif
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Graduate, Leadership Program of the Rockies
Board of Visitors, University of Oklahoma, College of Arts & Sciences
Vice Chairman and Director, The Steamboat Institute (, 2008 to present
Director and President, Madison Rising Shows for Heroes (Providing entertainment events to active military, military veterans, and first responders) 2014-Present
Director, GFA Foundation (providing assistance to injured oilfield workers), 2014-Present
Director, Colorado Pioneer Action, Incorporated (providing education as a 501(c)(4) organization) 2015-Present
Yampa Valley Regional Airport Advisory Board, 2000-2003
Board of Directors, Marathon Kids, 2004-2012
Federalist Society 
Born November 4, 1958, Shawnee, Oklahoma

Kelly Smolik Contreras 

Licensed in Texas, Colorado Application Pending

Kelly Smolik Contreras has been serving business clients in numerous industries since 2006. She has experience in various business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, entity formation and structuring, contract negotiations, general corporate practice, real estate transactions, and banking.
Education Wake Forest School of Law - Doctor of Jurisprudence, 2006
University of Texas - Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 2001
The Akin Law Firm, LLC, Associate Attorney 2011 to 2012, Member 2012 to present
Akin & Chardavoyne, LLC, Associate Attorney 2010-2011
Akin & Almanza, LLP, Associate Attorney 2008-2010
Moore, Stoddard, Northam & Digby, Associate Attorney 2006-2008
Member Junior League of Austin, 2009 to present
Born March 2, 1979, Corpus Christi, Texas

Beth Harkins Miller  

Licensed in Texas, Colorado, and California

Beth Miller began her legal carreer at Clark, Thomas and Winters in Austin, Texas in 1991 after clerking with the Texas Supreme Court. She has been serving business clients in various industries ever since with practices based in Texas, Colorado, and California.
Education University of Texas at Austin - Doctor of Jurisprudence with Honors
Kenyon College, A.B., magna cum laude and with High Honors in English
The Akin Law Firm, LLC,  2016 to present
Ballard & Simmons, LLP (Austin), Of Counsel, 2010-2015
Clark, Thomas & Winters (Austin), Associate, 1996-1998 & 1991-1994
Holme, Roberts & Owen (Denver), Associate, 1994-1996
Supreme Court of Texas, Briefing Attorney to Justices John Cornyn and Franklin Spears, 1990-1991
Recognition Order of the Coif
Best Brief Award, Freshlaw Moot Court Competition
Phi Beta Kappa
Born June 7, 1964, Washington, D.C.

Sen. Kenneth Chlouber

Director of Governmental Affairs

Ken Chlouber served for 18 years in the Colorado legislature until term-limited from both the House of Representatives and the Senate. He has extensive business experience as the Founder and 28-year President of the Leadville Trail 100.
Ken is not a lawyer, but he is a problem solver.
Education Oklahoma Baptist University, B.S. 1966
Colorado Senate (1995-2004)
Colorado House of Representatives (1987-1994)
Chairman Colorado Committee to Elect George H. W. Bush 1992 & 1996
Colorado Committee to Elect George W. Bush 2000 & 2004
President The Leadville Trail 100, Inc. (1983-2010)
Lake County Colorado, County Commissioner (1978-1986)
Colorado delegate to the Republican National Convention 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
Underground Shift Boss – Climax Molybdenum Mine 
Fisheries Biologist-1st job out of college
US Army – 1960-1967, Honorable Discharge, US Army & US Army Reserve-enlisted
Colorado Running Hall of Fame
American Pack Burro Racing Hall of Fame
Lake County, Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
Top Gun Champion, Grand National Quail Hunt 2011
Born January 24, 1939, Shawnee, Oklahoma 

Conrad P. Werkenthin


Conrad Werkenthin began his representation in the business, real estate and finance areas in 1958 with Clark, Thomas & Winters, PC. He successfully represented clients in real estate matters, including subdivisions, shopping centers, and commercial and residential developments. He also had extensive experience in the areas of taxes and water rights in Central Texas.

Conrad had worked with other members of The Akin Firm Team since the early 1980s. We strive to continue his legacy.