One of Denver’s ‘Greatest Sons’

Retired Brownstein founder Jack Hyatt dies at the age of 75

One of Colorado’s largest law firms lost a founding partner last week when Jack Hyatt died at age 75 after a melanoma diagnosis.

Hyatt formed the law firm bearing his name, then Brownstein Hyatt Farber, with two childhood friends in 1968. After expanding their scope to include lobbying in 1995, the firm merged with Schreck Bignone in 2007, becoming Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

“How can you not have an amazing firm when you have a guy like Jack Hyatt? Forget about me,” co-founding partner Steve Farber said.

Farber said the three founding partners, including Norm Brownstein, were like brothers. The three met when their ages were in the single digits in West Denver. Farber and Hyatt lived three houses away from each other on Raleigh Street, and Brownstein lived another two blocks away. After spending their childhood and adolescence playing in the same neighborhood streets and on the same sports teams, the three ended up at the University of Colorado-Boulder for their undergraduate studies before going on to start one of Denver’s most prominent law firms.

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