Ken was born and raised in North Denver.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.  

He began practicing law as a sole practitioner in the Englewood/DTC areas, He later became a member of a boutique downtown law firm with multiple Colorado offices. Finally, Ken served as in-house counsel and vice president for a regional specialty wood products company located in Wheat Ridge,

Ken retired in 2015.  He still maintains a part-time mediation practice that he launched in 2010 which involves acting as a neutral in assisting in the resolution of a wide variety of legal disputes.   He also acts as an arbitrator.

He and his wife, Cindy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this summer.  They like to travel in their motor home and have visited more than 40 states. 

Ken enjoys reading (especially presidential biographies and American history) gardening, golf, woodworking projects, cycling (when the knees say “yes”) and spending time with his two grandchildren, now four and six.  He also takes time to visit his son, still unattached, who is in the process of relocating from North Dakota to Texas as the result of a job-related promotion.He says another benefit of retirement is that he has much more time to devote to Rotary.  His favorite projects include the Little Free Libraries, Christmas Tree Giveaway, and the soon-to-be-launched Imagination Libraries affiliation. 

Ken has done more than 400 mediations. He says that one, in particular, stands out in his mind.   It involved a very contentious commercial dispute between two Iraqis, one a Shiite and the other Sunni.  He chose to keep them in separate conference rooms for obvious reasons. There was a lot of yelling, swearing, and pounding of fists on their respective conference tables.  On more than one occasion, each party threatened to end the mediation and to go to court and “let the Judge decide” The tension was thick. However, after shuttling between the conference rooms conveying messages back and forth including verbal threats and insults, they somehow ended up with an agreement.  Once it was reduced to writing and signed, the two parties left their respective conference room.  As Ken left the attorney’s office, both men standing next to the elevator, joking, laughing and talking about another business deal. 

Ken is one of our best and most valuable members. We thank him for all the many things he has done for our club.