Came for the schools
I am 65 years old and have lived with my wife, Rhonda, in Centennial for 27 years. We raised our two sons, Daniel and Benjamin, in the Willow Creek neighborhood and Cherry Creek school system. Both boys graduated from Cherry Creek High School. Before, I lived in the West Washington Park neighborhood in Denver for over 16 years. We moved to Willow Creek for the school system, and we are very glad we did.
Fighting for neighborhood
I got involved in the Willow Creek neighborhood to try to preserve the quality and safety of the neighborhood. I first got involved in the attempt to prevent a Hooters from going in across from the neighborhood on County Line Road. We were unsuccessful because it is situated in Lone Tree. I next got involved when a developer was attempting to get approval for an (extended-stay hotel) across from the neighborhood on Yosemite Street. The entire neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods rallied against this proposed hotel. I did everything I could to organize the neighborhood and fight this hotel from a legal standpoint.
With the help of many of my neighbors, I drafted a petition for (a moratorium) on all applications for hotels and motels in Centennial while a study could be done on their impact … The end result was a (law) requiring that any hotel or motel property must be at least 300 feet from the outer edge of any residential neighborhood in Centennial.
Changing legal times
I have been an attorney since 1979 and have handled a wide variety of legal matters over the years. My practice now focuses on personal injury and worker compensation cases.
Being an attorney in the Denver area has been interesting. Both the population and the number of attorneys has grown immensely. The continued increase in traffic along with the use of cell phones, and talking or texting while driving, has the biggest impact on my law practice. You cannot go a day without seeing a car crash somewhere where a cell phone was involved.
I am passionate about my clients and will fight with the insurance companies to make sure they are treated fairly. I also do everything I can to make sure they get the best medical care.
Sights set on wonders
I love to travel with my wife and take photographs wherever we go. I am working on my goal of traveling to all seven wonders of the world as well as all 50 states. My wife and I enjoy the national parks and have visited 21 of them and hope to visit others in the future. Many of my photographs have been featured in the customer gallery of Mike's Camera — in fact, one is hanging there now. Family is very important to me. Our next big trip is to Jamaica with our two sons.
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