attorney at law

Nancy Bentson Essex

 crested butte & gunnison, colorado



Practice Areas




Attorney profile

Nancy Bentson Essex is a native of Colorado, grew up in Lakewood, and received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado.  She then moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to work as reporter and chief capital correspondent for United Press International.  She earned her law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina Law School and began her legal career with the Raleigh law firm of the late Governor and U.S. Senator Terry Sanford. She later became a partner in Poyner & Spruill LLP, one of the state’s largest firms, and practiced law in Raleigh for a total of 25 years before moving to Crested Butte, Colorado in 2000. Before forming her own law practice in Crested Butte in 2006, she was a partner in Bratton & McClow in Gunnison.

Nancy has substantial experience in civil litigation involving commercial disputes, medical malpractice, and personal injury. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants at all levels of the court system, including trial and appellate work, and represents clients with land use issues before the Gunnison County Planning Commission, the Gunnison County Commissioners, and other regulatory bodies. She also practices business law, including the formation of corporations and partnerships, and real estate and tax law. In North Carolina, she focused on civil litigation and business law. As part of her practice, she represented telecommunications companies before the state utilities commission and municipalities owning and operating their own electric systems.

She and her husband have two adult daughters and enjoy the many recreational activities offered in the Gunnison Valley.  


University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D,

     with honors

     Order of the Coif

     University of North Carolina Law Review

University of Colorado, Boulder, B.S.

Court Admissions:

United States Supreme Court
Colorado and North Carolina State Courts
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
US District Court for the District of Colorado
US District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
US District Court Middle District of North Carolina
US District Court Western District of North Carolina


Bar Admissions

Colorado, 2000
North Carolina, 1976 (presently inactive)

Memberships and Activities

Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association Section on Litigation

Seventh Judicial District Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors,
Gunnison Valley Health Foundation


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