DBA Member Highlight: Tia Zavaras

1. Where did you go to law school and where are you currently working?

I attended the University of Denver for law school. I have been practicing construction defect litigation at Benson Kerrane Storz and Nelson since 2007.

2. Why did you become a lawyer?

During undergrad at Arizona State, I interned for a district court judge. I realized how much having an attorney leveled the playing field. If you have good, competent representation, it shouldn’t matter what your socioeconomic status is.

3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Never stop pushing your own boundaries to the level of discomfort.

4. Where are your favorite places to travel?

Italy, Hawaii and anywhere with my husband Andy and sons Colin, Beckham and Rocco.

5. Are you currently binge watching any shows?

Yes. My husband and I eased in with “Prison Break” and moved on to “Dexter,” “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland,” “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire.”

6. What’s the best restaurant in Denver?

My husband’s uncle Pete owns Greek Town Café on Colfax. I could eat there several times a week and never tire of it. The Gyro Salad is the best in town.

7. What is your favorite thing to cook?

Predictably, Italian food. My family has an amazing linguine and clams recipe that is my go-to dish.

8. How do you de-stress?

In 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. During the treatment process, I was introduced to transcendental meditation (TM). TM has had the most immediate and profound effect on managing stress in my personal and professional life.

9. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Negativity — Most of us realize how much negativity affects group and personal dynamics. Eventually, negativity will alter your brain and body chemistry in a variety of bad ways. I can’t remember a single instance where negativity helped me personally or professionally.

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

A comedic actress. There is no better feeling than connecting with people through laughter. D