Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Turns 50

Firm founders Norman Brownstein, Steven Farber and Frank Schreck. The firm has grown to be the fourth-largest in Colorado and has 12 offices naitonwide. / COURTESY PHOTO

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, known both for its lobbying work and its community involvement, hasn’t been around as long as other large Denver firms, but in its 50 years, it’s grown to be the fourth-largest firm in Colorado and has 12 offices nationwide. When Norm Brownstein, Jack Hyatt and Steve Farber eschewed lucrative offers at established firms and joined together to make their own firm in 1968, there were already five well established Denver law firms — such as Davis Graham & Stubbs, Holland & Hart or the firm then known as Holme Roberts & Owen — and top clients were spoken for.

For a while, they were taking whatever business they could get and getting paid in whatever way they could. One client, a pie maker, paid them in pies. In the 1970s, Farber landed a real estate development client whose business would grow exponentially. In the 1980s, the firm became corporate counsel to the insurance company Metropolitan Life. The attorneys’ exceptional work ethic, or as some of them say, their “hustle,” soon began attracting clients that didn’t have to pay in confectionaries.

Today, the firm has 334 employees in Denver and 572 firmwide. Anyone there will say how the firm is like a family, something that has been true since the three childhood friends hung their shingle in September 1968.

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