Rich Benenson’s younger son asked him how his job at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck would change once he becomes its managing partner. Benenson, a civil litigator on the Denver-based firm’s Executive Committee, will lay aside his caseload and assume full-time executive duties to carry out what is essentially the CEO role of the 11-office firm. But that’s not what the question was about.
“The reason that my 14-year-old asked that question wasn’t so much because he was interested in the corporate governance of the firm, or, you know, my authority,” Benenson said. “He wanted to make sure it wasn’t going to interfere with our ability to go skiing on the weekends and the time that we spend together fishing in the summer.” Benenson assured him that his capacity to take the family on weekend outings wouldn’t diminish with his new title.
Brownstein elected Benenson to succeed Adam Agron, who has served as managing partner since 2013 and will pass the torch July 1. Benenson said he feels prepared for the role, having spent 15 years at Brownstein and 25 years developing problem-solving skills as a litigator.
A love of the outdoors was what brought Benenson to Colorado to practice law in the first place. He grew up mostly in Baltimore, Maryland, but when his family made ski trips to the Centennial State, he was set on living here someday, he said.