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  • 1984: Kim Curtis
    Kim Curtis '84, President and CEO of Denver's premier wealth management firm, Wealth Legacy Institute, wrote #1 Best-Selling book, Money Secrets: Keys to Smart Investing. Money Secrets pulls back the curtain on the financial services industry and reveals why smart people make bad financial decisions. It has gone on to win the 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award and the Independent Publisher's Award (IPPY). Wealth Legacy Institute has also been awarded as a Top Advisory Firm in Colorado by AdvisoryHQ.
  • 1986: Elaine Johnson
    On Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Denver Law alumna Elaine Johnson, JD'86, CEO and principal owner of the Crestone Mercantile, was awarded the 2016 Philanthropic Award by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA).
  • 1989: Douglas Smith
    Douglas G. Smith of Boulder received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Smith has served as assistant dean of programs and engagement for the college since 2013 but previously held executive roles in the engineering and construction industries, most recently with Tetra Tech. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University and his master’s degree in civil engineering from CU-Boulder before earning his J.D. from the University of Denver in 1989.


  • 1999: Kenneth Buechler
    Kenneth Buechler '99 of Buechler Law Office, L.L.C. is now board certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification. The hippest Lodo Business Bankruptcy Lawyer with honors.
  • 1998: Russell Kemp
    Russell Kemp, business attorney at Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC, has been named Governance Committee Chair and as board member at Community First Foundation.
  • 1990: Gloria Olsen
    Gloria Olsen has retired after 28 years with the Internal Revenue Service in Denver. She held a number of positions during her time there including managing the Insolvency group for 12 years and most recently managing the Advisory Estate Tax Lien group, a one of a kind group in the nation that files liens on estate businesses and farms.
  • 1992: Bradley Shefrin
    Brad, who just completed his tenure as Managing Partner of Pryor Johnson Carney Karr and Nixon P.C. in Greenwood Village, Colorado, was voted to the Top 100 Colorado attorneys by Super Lawyers. Brad practices in the area of insurance defense and employment law.


  • 2012: Eric Hobbs
    Litigation Attorney Relocates to Shook’s Denver Office Shook, Hardy & Bacon Associate Eric Hobbs has moved to the firm’s Denver office from its Kansas City, MO headquarters. Hobbs focuses his practice on high-stakes litigation, including complex business disputes, product liability and tort matters. He has defended and prosecuted claims nationwide on behalf of clients in a wide variety of industries, including the information technology, healthcare, medical/surgical device and automotive sectors, among others. He has significant experience in arbitration proceedings before the AAA and JAMS, and has also represented clients in mass tort and class action proceedings. Before joining Shook, Hobbs clerked in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado, the Missouri Attorney General's Office and the Denver District Attorney's Office. Hobbs received his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2012), where he graduated in the top two percent of his class and competed on the school’s national trial and appellate advocacy teams. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri (2009). In Denver, Hobbs joins an experienced team of commercial attorneys handling trial and appellate matters throughout the country.

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