Greenberg Traurig Governors’ Forum Brings Together Almost Half a Century of State Leadership for the First Time in Colorado’s History

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The Denver office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, hosted a historic Governors’ Forum May 25 bringing together five of Colorado’s governors for the first time to discuss their perspective on issues impacting Colorado.

The Denver office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, hosted a historic Governors’ Forum May 25 bringing together five of Colorado’s governors for the first time to discuss their perspective on issues impacting Colorado.

“We are honored to have Colorado’s five living governors speak to us about their role in leading our great state,” said Brian Duffy, shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of Greenberg Traurig. “Together, they served for more than 40 years, during a span of sustained growth, extraordinary transitions, and diversification.”

In attendance were many business leaders, government officials and other dignitaries. The Denver Post partnered on the event with Greenberg Traurig and has published an article as well as posted the video of the discussion on Facebook.

As Greenberg Traurig celebrates 50 years of service to clients throughout the world, all five governors reflected on the events and history unique to Colorado, as seen through the eyes of our strong leaders. The discussion revolved around these five governors:

Richard Lamm was the 38th governor for the State of Colorado, for three terms, from 1975-1987. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he majored in accounting. He also served as a lieutenant in the United States Army at Fort Carson in Colorado, and in 1962 after working as an accountant, set up a law practice, earning his J.D. from Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley. Lamm is currently Co-Director of the University of Denver’s Institute for Public Policy and regularly teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, including "Hard Choices in Public Policy" and "Medical Policy."

Roy Romer was Colorado’s 39th governor, also serving three terms from 1987-1999, like his
predecessor, and is tied for the longest serving governor of the state. Romer received a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Colorado State University, and later received a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a legal officer. He is spending half his time on education issues and the other half working on his John Deere Dealership business.

Bill Owens was the 40th governor of Colorado, serving two terms from 1999-2007. Owens attended Stephen F. Austin State University and later earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He now serves as Senior Director of the Government Law & Policy group in the Greenberg Traurig office in Denver, along with serving on a number of public boards. Owens joined the University of Denver's Institute for Public Policy Studies in January 2007 as a senior fellow.

Bill Ritter was Colorado’s 41st governor, serving one term from 2007-2011, and was the first native born Coloradan Governor since 1975. Ritter graduated from the Colorado State University and later earned his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law. He served as Denver’s district attorney for 12 years before being elected as governor. He currently serves as the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University since February, 2011.

John Hickenlooper is the 42nd governor of the State of Colorado, elected in 2011, and is currently holding this office. Hickenlooper graduated from Wesleyan University with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, and had careers as a geologist and an entrepreneur before getting into public life as a two-term Denver Mayor. Along with holding the highest office in the State, he served as the chairman of the National Governors’ Association from July 2014 to July 2015.

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