MEET THE TEAM
Cynthia Dude, Partner
Cynthia Dude received her law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law where she was a member of the Missouri Law Review and Order of the Barrister. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern Methodist University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. After serving as Law Clerk for the Honorable Ronald L. Somerville, Missouri Court of Appeals Western District, she has been practicing law in Colorado Springs since 1984. Cindy’s school law practice includes working with numerous districts, charter and independent school clients in enforcing Colorado’s mandatory school attendance laws.
She is member of the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) and serves as legislative liaison to CASB Legislative Resolutions Committee. She has conducted many seminars in areas of Truancy and FERPA and is past Chair and Board member for the Youth Assessment Center Advisory Board. Cindy also practices in the area of Homeowner Association law where her practice includes collections, covenant enforcement, CCIOA compliance, governing document review and amendment. She has taught legal seminars and frequently presents topics related to homeowner associations. She is active in community volunteer work.
W. Kelly Dude, Senior Partner
Kelly Dude has practiced law in Colorado Springs for more than 30 years. His practice emphasizes education law which includes work at the trial, appellate and administrative law levels. He has represented numerous school districts in the areas of special education, teacher dismissal and a variety of other education issues before state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as numerous administrative proceedings. He is currently an instructor in school law for Argosy University. He has taught numerous school law seminars for Lorman Education and the National Business Institute and has participated in presentations to school law attorneys and school boards. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri, and clerked for the Honorable Alan L. Sternberg on the Colorado Court of Appeals before joining the law firm in 1984. He is a member of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys (CASB), Colorado Council of School Board Attorneys (chair, December 2001 to December, 2002), Colorado and El Paso County Bar Associations. He has been named one of Colorado Springs’ top education attorneys by Colorado Springs Style Magazine, 2015-18. He is also licensed in Missouri.
Stephen J. Lebel, Special Counsel
Stephen Lebel graduated with honors from the New England School of Law in 1977, where he received American Jurisprudence Book Awards in Commercial Law and Evidence. Prior to law school, Steve earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and served as an Army Ranger. He has been practicing law in Colorado Springs for over 40 years, having learned Colorado law as an associate of Ben Wendelken, one of the greatest attorneys who ever practiced law in Colorado (see p 55 of Volume 39 of The Colorado Lawyer, July 2010). Steve was taught to be a general practitioner, and to specialize in solving a broad spectrum of legal problems, often without great expense, especially in cases where consultations take place in the early stages of a problem. Although he has years of litigation experience, the lessons learned therein allow him to advise clients how to avoid litigation. In the case of homeowner associations, his practice includes litigation of condominium and homeowner-related matters, including assessment collection and covenant enforcement. He also advises associations on covenant amendment procedures, rules and regulations, meeting procedures, and CCIOA compliance.
Bryce Meighan, Partner
Bryce Meighan received his law degree from the Drake University School of Law. His areas of practice include many fields in real estate and he specializes in homeowner association representation. Bryce has been representing Colorado Springs’ homeowner associations for over 10 years. He works with homeowner associations in all areas, which covers collections, covenant amendments and enforcement, rule drafting, litigation and counseling Boards on a range of issues. Bryce is active in the Community Association Institute’s Southern Colorado Chapter, where he has served on its Board of Directors and on several committees. He has also written articles and presented at numerous seminars. Bryce enjoys spending time with his family and rooting on his beloved Denver Broncos. He is also active in the community and is a member of the Colorado Springs Downtown Lions Club.
Lenard Rioth, Special Counsel
Lenard Rioth has practiced law in Colorado Springs for more than 30 years. A graduate of Wasson High School, he received undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Denver. After graduation with honors from Harvard Law School, he served as a law clerk to a federal appellate judge. He then worked for a large Denver law firm before teaching law for two years in Melbourne, Australia, before returning to Colorado Springs. His areas of practice include not only homeowners associations and commercial real estate, but also land and condominium development, shopping centers, and apartments. He has co-authored a nationally published book on condominium financing and is a past president of the Community Association Institute’s Southern Colorado Chapter. He has also served on the boards of various other civic groups in Colorado Springs. He has written numerous articles and spoken on many topics related to real estate, condominiums and homeowners associations during the past 30 years. Among his various achievements, he successfully advocated before the Colorado Supreme Court in favor of a board member’s right to speak out against a neighboring land development project.
John R. Stanek, Partner
John R. Stanek is a graduate of the University of Denver School of Law and has been a member of the Colorado Bar Association since 1993. He joined Anderson Dude and Lebel, P.C. in July of 2017. He has extensive and varied experience in law governing public education with a specialization in special education law. Prior to his joining ADL, John retired as Internal Legal Counsel from Cherry Creek School District. John also served as Executive Director of Student Achievement Services – Special Education, for Cherry Creek School District. John also previously served as Associate In-house Counsel for Douglas County Schools, a Regional Director of Special Education in Douglas County Schools. John started his career as a school psychologist for Douglas County Schools. Additionally, for over 20 years, John taught graduate students as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Denver in special education law and other graduate classes in specialized programming and instructional services and methodologies provided to students with disabilities attending public schools.