As a child, my dad worked for General Motors which often required my family to relocate to states throughout the mid-west. Prior to Colorado, I lived in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. By about age 10 I was immune to the frigid winters and hot humid summers. Every summer for two weeks we stayed at a cottage located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for two weeks. The beauty of this cottage was there weren’t any T.V.’s or even an operating phone. Also keep in mind cell phones, lap tops and the internet did not exist. We passed the time fishing with spinning reels, water skiing, diving for clams and many other adventures. While on these Upper Peninsula vacations one of my relatives that was an attorney would tell riveting stories about his cases and clients. Later in life I learned that the stories were not as accurate as they could have been. My charismatic relative and his stories without a doubt piqued my interest to pursue a career in law.
When we were transferred to Colorado, I immediately fell in love with the mountains, weather and activities. I knew I didn’t want to leave this state which led me to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder. During my tenure at CU, I worked at restaurants year-round and landscaped in the summer. Somehow I wound up at the West End Tavern which at that time was owned by two hippies, Minny and Beaver. The food wasn’t the best but the people were. Often Minny and his buddies held band practice in the basement of the Tavern. I should say they attempted to have band practice. The band had very little talent and got even worse as the as they played into the night. By far, West End’s most appealing aspect was its roof top deck which at the time had unobstructed views of the flat tops and surrounding area. Unfortunately, years later the Tavern was sold to a corporation and eventually the patio view became obstructed by office building and apartments.
Summers consisted of landscaping for CU during the day and West End Tavern at night. I refer to it as landscaping but I actually mowed the fields and lawn around CU’s campus from early morning until afternoon. I must admit it was boring as hell, but it was nice to be outdoors in the sun and when it rained I didn’t have to work. For reasons unknown to me at this time, my major was Political Science. One thing is for certain, I spent all my hard earned money on what basically amounted to a worthless degree. So after graduation, I did what many people do with unmarketable degrees, I headed to the mountains. I wound up in Basalt, Colorado, up to that point in time I had no idea Basalt even existed, now it still remains one of my favorite places. One of the beauties of Basalt is that it is located directly at the confluence of the Frying Pan and Roaring Fork Rivers both of which are considered gold medal fly fishing waters. So I read some books and took a couple classes to learn to fly fish. I fished as much as I could and with a little help and assistance I became pretty decent. During the summer I worked at restaurants at night and fished, hiked and mountain biked during the day. I should say I tried to mountain bike, even in my prime and to this day, I really suck at mountain biking.
During the winters, I skied a ridiculous amount of days and once again, worked in restaurants to pay the bills and get free meals. I worked at a restaurant on Aspen/Ajax Mountain for a few hours most days then the rest of the day was dedicated to skiing. I lived in Basalt for almost three years and besides being constantly broke I loved it. There was one night however, when I was finishing a shift mopping at a restaurant/bar at around 2am when I finally had enough. The fishing and skiing was second to none, but I wanted to do more with my life not to mention I had student loans and a political science degree that wasn’t doing me any favors. I had already taken the LSAT while living in Boulder, and I was lucky enough to get accepted to DU. Although still broke, It felt good to work toward the of goal of earning a law degree.
I attended DU’s night program which allowed me to get real life legal experience during the day. During my first year of law school I was hired to clerk Bell and Pollock. It was a rough transition from Basalt to Denver, but eventually I caught my stride. Upon receiving my juris doctorate, I continued my employment at BP and due to my experience as a clerk I hit the ground running as an attorney. I am still employed at B&P working in areas of law which I find intriguing and meaningful and on most days, enjoyable.
Once becoming an attorney, I attended American Association of Justice’s Trial and Deposition Colleges which were invaluable. I am a member of Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Colorado Trial Attorneys Association, American Association for Justice, Worker’s Compensation Education Association and nominated as a Colorado Super Lawyer. Also, the National College of Advocacy Achievement Recognition Program recognized my practice as dedicated to providing the best possible service to clients.
I still try to get into the mountains and fly fish and ski as much as possible. I now spend a lot of my free time upland hunting at Valhalla and The Bluffs. I am also in the process of training my lab to be my bird hunting companion. Currently, my favorite fly fishing spot is the Green River near Dutch John, Utah.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any legal questions. We work on a contingency basis which provides folks the opportunity to hire an attorney and not get billed on an hourly basis.
Mr. Brovege has been employed at Bell and Pollock for over twenty years. He garnered his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and graduated from the University of Denver College of Law. Since 2001, he has been admitted to practice before all Colorado state, federal and administrative courts.
Mr. Brovege is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Colorado Trial Lawy