Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

DBA Member Highlight: William Benjamin King

1. Why did you become a lawyer?
It has always been in my nature to be protective of others. The word “advocate” comes from the Latin word advocātus, which means to be “called to one’s aid.” Being a lawyer allows me to be a voice for the voiceless. Most of all, I wanted to make my father William “Bill” King proud. Bill, aside from being my role model, is a family law attorney who has been faithfully serving Colorado clients since 1977.

2. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
But what is most important is that you have to dig deep down, dig deep down and ask yourselves, who do you want to be? Not what, but who.

3. What have been some of the most rewarding aspects of your career?
I believe America is the greatest country on Earth. America is a society preserved by law and justice. I cherish the fact that I have a role in making this ideal a reality — however small.

4. How do you achieve work–life balance?
Colorado is an adventurer’s paradise. Some of life’s most rewarding memories can be found atop any one of Colorado’s 14ers.

5. What sparked your enthusiasm for the DBA?
Some of Colorado’s finest litigators are DBA members. The DBA provides a wealth of experienced attorneys who are always eager to mentor those who seek it. The DBA is an invaluable resource for young lawyers in Colorado.

6. What is your favorite book and why?
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. This coming-of-age story serves as a constant reminder to us adults not to become a “phony” and contribute to the hypocrisy, pretension, superficiality and shallowness the world already has plenty of.

7. What is your biggest pet peeve?
The rising cost of postsecondary education. We as a society want to produce the best and brightest to ensure the best future possible. I fear many of today’s youth will either avoid college altogether or be burdened with an insurmountable debt lifelong. I also detest those people that text during movies.

8. If you could change anything about Denver, what would it be?
Nothing. According to the United States Census Bureau, Denver is the fastest growing major city in the United States. As a Colorado native, it is wonderful to see the city grow and flourish. Still, Denver could always use more dog-friendly establishments.

9. If you could be a superhero, who would you be and why?
Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles … mostly because I love pizza.

10. If you weren’t a lawyer, you’d be:
Dead? Retired?

More about you:
Hometown: Centennial, CO
Lives in: Highlands Ranch, CO
Lives with: My beautiful wife, Breanna
Works at: McConaughy & Sarkissian, P.C.
Practices in: Douglas County, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County
Law School: The University of Miami (FL) School of Law

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