Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

Meet Your New DBA Board Of Trustees Members

 

 

Please tell us a little about yourself, personally and professionally.
I grew up in Arizona and spent a lot of family vacations in Colorado, skiing in the winters and camping in the summers. After detours for college (where I met my wife) and UCLA Law, I finally moved to Denver in 2008. While at a small firm, I figured out I had a knack for appellate work and quit to do criminal appeals for the Attorney General. Six years and nearly 50 published opinions later, I still love it

What has been one of your most memorable DBA experiences?
One of the lesser known benefits of practicing law in Colorado is that the DBA administers the Waterman Fund, a charitable trust that provides financial assistance to “aged, infirm, or otherwise incapacitated” attorneys. I’ve been lucky enough to help run the Waterman Fund for the last five years and to help provide grants to attorneys in need throughout the state.

If you weren’t practicing law, what career would you have chosen?
Coming out of college I seriously considered becoming a history professor.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
To do things that are uncomfortable and that you’re certain you won’t like. Sometimes you’ll be surprised and at the very least you will learn something.

 


 

 

Please tell us a little about yourself, personally and professionally.

I am a litigation partner in the Denver office of Dentons, an international law firm. I will be sworn in as a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals in January. For the past 35 years, my practice has emphasized commercial litigation and employment counseling. I have particular interests in legal ethics, how technology is changing the practice of law, and civil procedure.
After commencing my legal career at a Wall Street firm, my now-wife, a law school classmate and fourth-generation Denverite, convinced me I could find civilized existence west of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Although at first dubious, I packed my wingtips, shipped my worldly possessions to the Mountain Time Zone, and joined the late, lamented Holme Roberts & Owen. We raised two children, who declined to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Our elder daughter rebelled by becoming an internal medicine physician at the University of California, San Francisco, while our younger daughter immersed herself in the arts, beer-making and event planning in Denver following a year teaching English at a high school outside Madrid.

What has been one of your most memorable DBA experiences?

 My most memorable DBA experience involved ads sales for the program of one of the very first Barrister’s Balls. Being a typical attorney, and therefore lacking either marketing or sales savvy, my success rate was low. After begging my favorite merchants to support Metro Volunteer Lawyers, however, I was spared the humiliation of seeing my section of the program appear as blank pages and, more importantly, was not exiled for life from the Bar Association offices.

If you weren’t practicing law, what career would you have chosen?

If I was not practicing law, I would be working as a journalist, assuming I had not been laid off by now. I was Managing Editor of my college newspaper and spent a summer writing obituaries and filling in for vacationing reporters at my home town paper. I didn’t think my college friends and I could turn our love for the newspaper business into careers at a time when half of America’s liberal arts graduates thought they were Bob Woodward. (The other half thought they were Carl Bernstein.)

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

My mentor the late Dan Hoffman taught me that one’s reputation is too valuable to tarnish through less than first-rate legal scholarship or lack of courtesy to other attorneys. I received the greatest compliments in my career when one-time adverse parties engaged me the next time they needed a Colorado attorney.

 


 

 

Please tell us a little about yourself, personally and professionally.

I am a commercial litigator at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. I focus on complex disputes involving contractual issues, fraud and breach of fiduciary duties. I also try to do as much pro bono work as possible, of which the firm is extraordinarily supportive; mostly I assist domestic violence victims in obtaining civil protection orders. I was fortunate in that I had the opportunity to be a summer associate at Brownstein during both of my summers in law school. I love the firm and the people with whom I work, and I would like to continue my career here long into the future. When I’m not working, I am generally doing something active or traveling. I ski as much as possible during the winter, run outside almost year-round and have recently gotten into road biking. I rode the Triple Bypass this year for the first time and can’t wait to do it again. I also try to take at least two big international trips each year. This past summer, I went to the World Cup. As a huge soccer fan and a former collegiate soccer player, it was the trip of a lifetime.

What has been one of your most memorable DBA experiences?

I have always had a great time at Barrister’s Ball, particularly since it raises money for such a wonderful cause. Also memorable was a CLE/event that the DBA, along with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Colorado LGBT Bar Association, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Sam Cary Bar Association, and South Asian Bar Association of Colorado, hosted in January of this year at the Tenth Circuit. Titled, “The State of Diversity in the Colorado Legal Profession: The Perspective of Bar Associations,” I had the honor as the then-president of APABA of participating in a roundtable discussion regarding diversity and inclusion with the leaders of those various bar organizations, including Franz Hardy, who at the time was president of the DBA. We had a great turnout and frank and substantive discussion, in large part because of Franz’s leadership.

If you weren’t practicing law, what career would you have chosen?

I probably would have been some type of engineer. I love putting things together, taking them apart, and figuring out how they work.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

To never burn bridges. Aside from the fact that you should treat everyone with respect, you just never know the circumstances under which you’ll run into folks again.

 


 

 

Please tell us a little about yourself, personally and professionally.

I practice business transactional law here in Denver and spend a lot of my time helping different business owners and individuals navigate and negotiate contractual agreements. I really love being a lawyer and hope I can do it forever. I never want to retire. Fortunately, my husband feels the same way about his job. After several years in our twenties grinding away in higher education and at jobs with really long hours, our current positions allow us to travel a lot. We have taken full advantage of that fact in the last couple of years! When I’m not traveling or working, I spend a lot of my spare time going out with friends in Denver, working on our old Victorian house in the Baker neighborhood, painting, reading and trying to learn new things. Most recently I enrolled in a 2x/week Spanish course. Oh, and I’m also the co-host of a podcast for freelancers called Unfederated. I started it this summer with my brother and it’s gotten a lot more traction than we If you weren’t practicing law, what career would you have chosen?expected. It’s been really exciting!

What has been one of your most memorable DBA experiences?

Oh gosh, I have so many positive DBA experiences. I was on the young lawyers division executive committee for a number of years and we had a million good times. I also have served on the Barrister’s Ball committee for the last couple of years and some of my best times have been at Barrister’s Ball. It’s such a great event.

If you weren’t practicing law, what career would you have chosen?

I used to think I’d have been a librarian, but now I think I’d have made a much better journalist. I love interviewing people and getting to the heart of an issue.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

My mom always told me to be nice to everybody equally and to just be myself. I am still learning how to do both of those things, but I think about her advice every day.

 


 

 

Please tell us a little about yourself, personally and professionally.

I am a partner at Kutak Rock LLP where I practice public finance law as bond counsel to state and local governments and other related entities financing the development of capital infrastructure across the state and beyond. I love telling my kids about the fire stations, schools and other public improvements I get to help finance. I am also a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, a Colorado nonprofit corporation dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession, which has received national and local recognition for its continuing commitment to inclusive excellence.

What has been one of your most memorable DBA experiences?

My first time sitting in a Board of Trustees meeting as a member was actually pretty special. The thing that struck me was the thoughtfulness and sheer quality of the comments coming from my fellow trustees. This is a very impressive group, and each of them takes preparation and participation in the stewardship of the DBA very seriousl

If you weren’t practicing law, what career would you have chosen?

If I weren’t a lawyer, I would want to be a teacher. Some of the most impactful people in my life were teachers. We trust them with our kids’ education, but we don’t pay teachers nearly enough — certainly nothing commensurate with the responsibility they bear. Full disclosure… I’m the son and grandson of teachers! Also, a Formula 1 driver.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

I try to let my words be guided by the Sufi saying that, before you speak, you should let your words pass through three gates: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

 


 

 

Please tell us a little about yourself, personally and professionally.

I am a native Austinite, but enjoy skiing too much to ever go back. I work for a nonprofit, Education Commission of the States, where I advise state lawmakers on education policy. I previously worked in the Colorado Legislature. Before moving to Colorado, I lived in Manhattan, first, as a college student and then as a professional. But NYC didn’t have skiing (you might be seeing a theme here). In addition to snow sports, I also enjoy summit hikes, biking, and I just bought a paddleboard.

What has been one of your most memorable DBA experiences?

The first big event I planned was a movie showing of “Strong Sisters” at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder. We partnered with the Boulder Bar and it was all around a great event.

If you weren’t practicing law, what career would you have chosen?

Instead of law school after college, I would have joined the Peace Corps and seen where that led me.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

You don’t have to have it all figured out.

 

 

 

 

 

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