As the son of high school teachers who instilled a wonderful sense of family and adventure, I was fortunate to spend my summers in Colorado. At the end of each school year, our family would load up our van and drive across the country to spend our summers running a small family silversmithing business in Estes Park. We all worked to pay rent on a summer cabin on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park where we spent family time camping, backpacking, hiking, and exploring all the State had to offer (as our work allowed). In those early years, I grew to love Colorado and was determined to make it my home.
Following my high school graduation in 1980, I moved to Greeley to attend the University of Northern Colorado where I graduated with a degree in political science in 1984. That same year I started law school at the University of Denver and received my law degree in 1987.
By working multiple jobs and with the assistance of student loans, I managed to put myself through college and law school. Trying to pay tuition and make ends meet was a struggle, to say the least. To this day, the experience of having gone through that personal challenge has kept me sensitive to the skyrocketing costs of higher education and the serious financial burdens facing families and students today.
In 1988, I began my practice as a civil trial lawyer. My legal experience has provided me with a unique perspective on important issues facing Colorado and our community. Through my work as a trial lawyer, I have gained valuable insight as to how our laws – laws passed by our General Assembly – affect our daily lives. In the courtroom I have represented and been an advocate for children, families, elderly clients vulnerable to exploitation, small and large businesses, manufacturers, developers, and professionals. I have represented individuals who simply need the judicial system to apply our laws fairly and justly.
My entire professional career has been devoted to being an effective advocate. I look forward to being your advocate in Colorado’s House of Representatives.