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Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

DBA Member Highlight: 10 Questions with Emanuel Anton

1. Why did you become a lawyer?
My father had always said to me that having a law degree was like a back door key to any industry I wanted to work in.

2. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t do anything that might cause you to look over your shoulder, or you will spend the rest of your life looking backwards instead of focusing on what opportunities exist ahead.

3. Where are your favorite places to travel?
The islands. It doesn’t even matter where because island life suits me well.

4. What is your favorite restaurant?
Oblio’s Pizzeria in Park Hill. You can’t beat the atmosphere!

5. What sparked your interest in aviation law?
Growing up near a Coast Guard base and two other airports, I was fascinated by all the air machines traveling above and their boundless ability to explore. That curiosity and passion fueled me to learn the laws that impact what leaves the ground, be it manned or unmanned airplanes and spacecrafts.

6. How has your familiarity with the military influenced your approach to strategic negotiations?
Having supported U.S. Special Forces for almost a decade, I have learned to study the other party’s motivations. So when they feel threatened and want to appear more in control and stronger than they probably are, you know what incentives to offer that they don’t even realize they are motivated to accept.

7. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Chronic negativity. Being negative is not how we make progress.

8. How do you de-stress?
Hiking with my family.

9. What is your favorite board game?
Of late it’s been Monopoly because I love watching my daughter Sophia’s enthusiasm when she passes “Go”!

10. If you weren’t a lawyer, you’d be:
A stay-at-home dad living in the Greek islands.

More about you:
Born in: Milwaukee.
Lives in: Denver
Lives with: Wife, three kids and a dog.
Works at: Polsinelli.
Practices in: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense.
Law School: Nova Southeastern University. D

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