Ballard Spahr is expanding into Boulder with the addition of three attorneys who carved out their own niche in the area's startup and capital investment industry.

The new partners-Carin Cutler, Nathan Seiler and Steven Dupont-established themselves with practices in corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic transactional matters for emerging growth and venture capital clients.

"The emerging growth practice here has made great strides over the past couple of years," Ballard Spahr business and finance department chair Brian Pinheiro said. "We've been trying to figure out how to bring it to Colorado and quickly IDed Carin, Nathan and Steven. They're in the middle of this. They have relationships with clients, capital investors. We want to expand our platform to Colorado and, specifically, Boulder."

Boulder is the firm's 15th office and seventh in the West.