Dylan H. Metzner


Legal Assistant: Marcia Turner


Dylan serves as a Practice Group Leader of the Estate Planning and Tax Practice in Ryley Carlock and Applewhite’s Denver office. He helps individuals and families throughout the United States as well as internationally with their private wealth planning. Dylan focuses on designing plans to minimize tax ramifications and family conflict. Dylan helps his clients identify their family values and goals and he develops legal structures to honor these values and goals while protecting his clients’ wealth for themselves and for their future generations.

Dylan’s clients include high net-worth individuals, corporate executives, closely held business owners, and professionals often working in the medical field. Dylan advises his clients on tax-advantaged entity structures including family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, complex trusts, trusts structured to hold inherited qualified plans such as IRAs and 401K, split interest trusts, grantor trusts, and life insurance trusts. Dylan also advises clients on a myriad of business planning issues including choice of entity selection, maintenance and business succession planning.

In addition, Dylan regularly represents family members, fiduciaries, and beneficiaries in the resolution of estate and trust-related disputes, including Guardianships and Conservatorships. 

Dylan also participates in the firm's Sports Law group, which focuses on the representation of athletes and coaches in a variety of legal areas including their specific estate and private wealth planning needs. 


Speaking Engagements

Dylan frequently presents on wealth planning strategies to trust companies, financial advisors, accountants and other attorneys. His presentations include:

  • "Planning for Incapacity: An Often Overlooked Aspect of Estate Planning," Colorado Women's Estate Planning Council, July 2019
  • "Tax Tips for Charitable Giving," SafeHouse Denver, March 2019
  • "Planning for Incapacity: An Often Overlooked Aspect of Estate Planning," BOK Financial Webinar, February 2019
  • "Planning for International Clients with Real Property in Colorado," Colorado Bar Association's 38th Annual Estate Planning Retreat, June 2018
  • "How Your Clients Can Benefit From the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," Mass Mutual Quarterly Agency Meeting, February 2018
  • "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017- Implications for Individuals," Bank of Oklahoma Financial RIA Trust Education Program, January 2018
  • "Retirement Plans: Considerations in Estate Planning and Post-Mortem Administration," Bank of Oklahoma Financial RIA Trust Education Program, May 2017
  • "Deliberate Philanthropy: Charitable Planning Strategies Using Real Property," Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, LifeSpark Cancer Resources, High Point Financial Group, LLC and Canyon T, April 2017
  • "Alpha through Omega of Family Philanthropy," Ryley Carlock & Applewhite and Whittier Trust, November 2016
  • "Directed Trusts: Charles in Charge...But so is Buddy, Jaimie and Trust Company," Colorado Bar Association, January 2016
  • "Use it or Risk Losing it: Portability and Remarriage," Stinson Leonard Street Estate Planning and Fiduciary Litigation Seminar, December 2015
  • "Family Business Succession Strategies," New York Life Educational Program, March 2015
  • "Advanced Estate Planning Strategies for Business Owners," New York Life Educational Program, January 2015
  • "Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts and Discount Planning with Trusts," Foxmoor Continuing Education, December 2014
  • "Estate Planning 101," Denver Financial Planners Association, June 2014
  • "Charitable Gift Planning: Asking the Philanthropic Question," National Advisor's Trust Company Shareholder's Conference, May 2014
  • "The Use of Directed and Delegated Trusts: Understanding Fiduciary Responsibilities and Keeping Financial Advisors in the Mix," Bank of Oklahoma Financial RIA Trust Education Program, April 2014
  • "Exculpatory Clauses Revisited," Colorado Bar Association Estate Planning Retreat, June 2013
  • "The Financial Durable Power of Attorney: Defining the Agent's Duties," Colorado Bar Association Elder Law Retreat, August 2012


  • Dylan is an active member of the Trust and Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association and served on the committee that drafted C.R.S. § 15-16-801 et seq.– Colorado’s Directed Trust Statute.
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • SafeHouse Denver, Board Member, June 2017 – Present


Dylan has been named to Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Stars list since 2014. In 2012, he was a finalist for the American Bar Association’s Taxation Section Student Law Tax Challenge.

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