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Pan & Fork Update

It has been quite some time since my last post. We’ve been rocking and rolling at RKV Law and there simply hasn’t been any spare time to post much here.

Our representation of the Workers for Justice and Diversity in Basalt has concluded. The matter was one of the most rewarding and frustrating cases I’ve dealt with. Much of the communication between our side and the Town of Basalt was done indirectly through the media. We learned of the Town’s positions and offers not directly from the key decision-makers, but from picking up the morning editions of the Aspen Times or Aspen Daily News. That was less than ideal. Moreover, I received a couple of baseless threats from a citizen that simply disagreed with us representing the WJDB.

For all the stress and frustration, the Pan & Fork matter reinforced why I pursued a career as a lawyer in Aspen and Basalt. It was a classic case of David vs. Goliath. I stood in the middle of trailers late at night holding hands with my clients and praying for a fair and just resolution. Every time I left a meeting with the group I was humbled by the grace and humility of my clients. Despite being forced from their homes, they went out of their way to say “thank you” or offer me something to eat or drink. Unlikely supporters like Escobar in Aspen chipped in for an event that raised over $1,600 for the group. It was and invigorating and rewarding experience.

Basalt is changing dramatically. The success of Whole Foods and the Willits area is a double-edged sword. The bump in tax revenues is good for Basalt. The real estate market around Willits is on fire. However, there’s a cost. Several key businesses have left downtown Basalt in favor of Willits. There’s increasing pressure to balance out  Willits with additional, modern amenities in the core area of Basalt. The Pan & Fork Trailer Park is at the heart of that sea change. Only time will tell how everything shakes out.

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Press Release for RKV Law

Dan Reynolds, Ryan Kalamaya, and T.J. Voboril have united to form a law firm that moves mountains for its clients: Reynolds, Kalamaya & Voboril, LLC. Equipped to serve the needs of the modern mountain community, RKV Law is run by three energetic, experienced, and efficient young lawyers.

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From business disputes to criminal matters to corporate and real estate transactions to divorce proceedings to mediation to HOA counsel and more, RKV Law has arrows in its quiver to handle all manner of pressing legal issues. Not only comprised of highly- awarded lawyers, RKV Law also leverages cutting-edge technology and low overhead to deliver tremendous value to its clients. RKV Law maintains offices in Aspen and Avon and is perfectly positioned to serve its main clientele in Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, and Summit Counties as well as throughout the high mountains and beyond.

The founding partners of RKV Law have different but complementary areas of expertise, allowing them to take a holistic, team approach to solving legal problems. Dan Reynolds is the firm’s real estate and corporate planning and transactions whiz. Recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star for his work in real estate, Dan is a pragmatic property and business advisor who guides individuals, homeowners’ associations, and all types of commercial entities along the trail to the summit. His calm, reassuring demeanor and wealth of experience makes him an incredible resource for questions ranging from the basic to the fortune-altering.

DSC_1743Dan played basketball at Washington University in St. Louis and earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School. Dan is a pillar of the community, the founder of the Vail Valley Young Professionals Association, and a member of the Eagle River Watershed Council and the Mountain Education Committee, CAI-RMC. An alumni of the Vail Ski Patrol, he previously worked as a deputy district attorney in Eagle County and as an associate attorney at Garfield & Hecht, P.C. Dan lives in Edwards with his wife Amy and two sons, Henry and Luke.

Ryan Kalamaya is the consummate trial lawyer: diligent, smart as a whip, and a force in the courtroom. He specializes in handling cases involving personal issues – divorce, parenting disputes, complex property valuation, criminal charges, and personal injury. Ryan forges deep connections with his clients and has received a number of awards recognizing this talent, including from the legal rating services Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo. He is a leader in the mountain community and legal profession as a board member for the Aspen Young Professional’s Association, a member of the Aspen Public Radio Citizen’s Advisory Board, and as the Treasurer for the Ninth Judicial District Bar Association.

IMG_0016Raised in Longmont, Ryan was a scholarship baseball player at the University of Virginia who returned home to the University of Colorado Law School where he was the President of his class.

He cut his teeth at the Eagle County District Attorney’s Office and as an associate at Garfield & Hecht, P.C. Ryan lives in Carbondale with his new wife Holly and beloved dog, Ruby; the couple is expecting a baby girl in May.

Whether as an advocate in civil litigation and appeals or as a mediator, T.J. Voboril is in the business of resolving disputes. Celebrated as a Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star for business litigation, T.J. fiercely but compassionately represents people, organizations, and businesses in a wide variety of civil conflicts. He also helps HOAs navigate the tricky waters of governance, management, and collections. Through his company Voice of Reason Dispute Resolution, T.J. provides mediation services to parties in an effort to forestall or end contentious conflicts.

DSC_1625Recognizing a lawyer’s duty to serve the community, he performs pro bono legal and mediation work and is the Sergeant-At-Arms of the Edwards Rotary Club. He also provides legal insights through his bimonthly Open Bar column in the Vail Daily. T.J. obtained his A.B. in Geography from Dartmouth College and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He firstpracticed large-scale commercial and securities litigation in Atlanta before moving to Colorado and serving as an associate at Mountain Law Group and then joining Thompson, Brownlee & Voboril, LLC as a partner. T.J. lives in Edwards with his wife Lauren and daughter Violet.The triumvirate at Reynolds, Kalamaya & Voboril, LLC share a deep abiding love for the mountains that they call home and for adventures of all type. When not working together to assist their clients and community or spending time with their families, they can often be found recreating on the slopes, trails, and rivers of the Vail and Roaring Fork Valleys.

Proud to call each other friends and partners, the trio at RKV Law move mountains for their clients. For more information on Reynolds, Kalamaya & Voboril, LLC, please call (970) 236- 1246, e-mail info@rkvlaw.com, or visit rkvlaw.com.

One Bad Act

There’s a great article in today’s Sunday NY Times about Ivan Fisher, a prominent NY criminal defense attorney who has found himself in some ethical hot waters. By all accounts, Fisher is a gifted trial attorney. His honesty, however, has recently been called into question. The story offers a lesson for any attorney: reputation and trust is everything and a lifetime’s body of work can be undone with even a single misstep.

The lesson from Fisher’s case is especially true for a criminal defense attorney practicing in the Central Rockies like Aspen, Glenwood Springs, and Vail. Trust is everything. If the prosecutor doesn’t respect or, more importantly, trust a particular criminal defense attorney, it can change the dynamic of plea bargaining drastically. It’s a small community and there’s a lot of repeat business between attorneys. Screw up once and you’ll be cast among the lot of the Fishers of the legal world.

Access to Justice: Lawdingo?

I’ve been toying with ideas on how to leverage technology to increase access to legal services. Lawdingo is onto something with its online platform that facilitates “virtual legal consultations.” An explanation of the service is linked below via TechCrunch.

Virtual consultations are the next step for lawyers. There is a definite bonus to personal meetings for an attorney-client relationship. Whether it be going out for a lunch meeting on a bike or skis, grabbing a cup of coffee, or sitting down in my office, I firmly believe that personal connections matter to my practice. However, I also represent a number of people whom I’ve never personally met. We talk on the phone, email, Skype and text, but never meet in person. I have represented clients in Boulder, London, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. They trust me even though I’ve never looked them in the eye and shaken their hand.

I foresee a growing divide in how lawyers practice in the near future. There will always be a place for a personable, accessible lawyer, especially in criminal and family law. On the other hand, there will be an expansion of clients who are perfectly comfortable with consulting an attorney strictly online. Whether top-shelf lawyers are willing to meet that latter demand remains to be seen.

Lawdingo Makes It Easy To Find And Instantly Consult A Lawyer Online | TechCrunch.

Deep Thinking

Scott Greenfield has a terrific post about the process of lawyering and billing. He calls for lawyers to stand up and be forthright about the need of simply “thinking” for a case. I couldn’t agree more.

In today’s digital age it’s easy to feel like you’re advancing the ball by sending a flurry of emails and producing tangibles like memos, letters and motions. It’s similarly easy to rationalize that you’re being productive by talking on the phone or getting face time with a client. While those are all necessary, the purpose of all that activity is what matters.

We now have an overwhelming amount of information at our fingertips. We can check email on our smartphones when we stand in line for a sandwich. We are bombarded with 24-hour news. Stopping to quietly think about strategy, why you’re filing a motion, or what the overarching theme of your case is becomes less and less common, but all the more critical.

Each Monday I schedule a time to “think” for at least a solid hour and then write down the three cases that I want to focus on that week. I find that consciously writing down my priorities helps me focus. Frequently my thinking time is while driving. I turn off the radio and ponder where I’m at with one of my three main cases. I usually don’t bill for this time, but believe it’s the most productive and valuable time spent on behalf of my client.

http://blog.simplejustice .us/2012/11/28/no-code-for-thinking.aspx?ref=rss