Don will tell you that what makes him happy are the people in his life. He values his relationships above all: his family, his friends, and his clients. Many of his clients have become his good friends and he maintains many friendships from his childhood and from college.
From early on, Don has shown a remarkable attention to detail and hard work. At the age of 13, early in the morning he learned to toss a newspaper on a porch without hitting the door, so he would not wake his slumbering customers. Later, while putting himself through college and law school by working at a grocery store, he made sure every can lined up just right and he was accurate to the penny in balancing his drawer at the end of each day. However, recognizing that one does not want tunnel vision, in addition to being detail-oriented, he also keeps the big picture in mind when addressing and resolving legal matters.
Many people have informed Don that he was very bold to open his own law office in downtown Denver right out of law school, more than 35 years ago. However, Don thinks bold is that he is embracing social media.
For his undergraduate degree, Don attended Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting. Don is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the honorary accounting fraternity relating to academic excellence. Being a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) helps him tremendously in his law practice. He was among the 10% who pass the CPA examination on the first attempt. For law school, Don heeded “go West young man” and attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. While in law school, he and his partner received the award for best brief in the Moot Court Competition. He passed the California bar examination and is currently an inactive member of the California bar.
When Don returned to Denver after law school, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law and an Adjunct Professor of Accounting at Columbia College for several years while building his law practice. For his accounting students, he made sure that they understood the very important concept that debits are on the window side and credits are on the door side, or is it the other way around?
Don understands how important laughter is for one’s health. Watching Stephen Colbert and playing with his grandchildren help Don not take himself too seriously. He enjoys spending time with his family; participating in and watching sports, including anything with a ball (well maybe not bowling so much); shooting hoops; bicycling; traveling; and searching out his next meal. If you want a recommendation on the best Ethiopian or Greek restaurant in Denver, Don will happily give you his much researched advice.
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