Owen Hathaway | Fort Collins Business Lawyer
Bankruptcy & Debt, Divorce & Family Law, Tax, Wills & ProbateFort Collins, CO 80526 (Larimer County)
Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Estate, Landlord-Tenant, Lawsuit & DisputeFort Collins, CO 80525 (Larimer County)
Criminal, Consumer Rights, Lawsuit & Dispute, General Practice, Bankruptcy & DebtLoveland, CO 80537 (Larimer County)
Criminal, Accident & Injury, DUI-DWI, Juvenile Law, TrafficLoveland, CO 80538 (Larimer County)
Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody, Child SupportBoulder, CO 80301 (Boulder County)
Accident & Injury, Personal Injury, Legal Malpractice, Products Liability, LitigationBoulder, CO 80303 (Boulder County)
Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Social Security -- Disability, Medical Malpractice, CollectionBoulder, CO 80303 (Boulder County)
Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Lawsuit & Dispute, White Collar Crime, Wills & ProbateBoulder, CO 80302 (Boulder County)
We are a law firm dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the opportunity to create a life for themselves that reflects their own personal hopes, dreams, and values. For some people, this means starting and running a business doing something they love. For others, this means structuring their daily life and work to find ways to help others. Some people just can’t quite see the promise and potential they offer this world because financial mistakes they’ve made in the past are blocking their view. We help all of these people by providing experienced, innovative, personalized legal services and advice.
Lawyer.com Member Questionnaire
Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
I don’t normally practice family law, but an existing client ended up in a very sticky situation with a mentally ill teenage child. Due to a number of tactical mistakes on the client’s part and misleading guidance offered by county officials, the child ended up in the temporary custody of a relative in another state. As soon as the child was with the relative, wild, unfounded accusations of abuse and denials of the mental illness began to surface. Faced with a jurisdictional conundrum and potential arrest of my client, I flew out to retrieve the child and return him to his family so that the issues raised could be dealt with in the home state. This case continues, so we have no final outcome. We did manage to save the client a ton of money by making sure the case remained exclusively in-state.
How did you build a successful practice?
Word of mouth. Nothing helps build a successful practice like satisfied clients. My clients tell their friends and neighbors that they were treated with uncommon respect and dignity, that their problems were solved, and that they received great value for their money.
What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Communication and understanding. They go together. There are many lawyers who know the law, know the local procedures, have a library of documents to bring to bear. A good lawyer has all these things and also knows how to listen to a client and understand what they truly want. I don’t practice one-size-fits-all law. Each of my clients is unique and has their own challenges, hopes and dreams. Through effective communication, I can understand those things and be a stronger advocate for them.
How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Local knowledge helps me advise small business clients as well as bankruptcy clients. With regard to small businesses, I know the little things about their vendor relationships, competition, and local regulations that affect them. For bankruptcy clients, there are the obvious state-specific rules that I need to know in order to help them effectively. It also helps to have worked with many of the local collection agencies before.
What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
A free phone consultation can often solve a client’s problem when it involves a simple question. I work with a lot of small businesses, and sometimes all they need is a quick answer. I’m happy to help in these situations as I truly believe in business karma. Of course, I certainly keep an eye out for traps that will make the situation more complex and not solvable on the phone.
For my bankruptcy practice, I can less frequently offer a solution, but I can explain the bankruptcy process, the benefits, and the choices that need to be made early on. The client and I can usually get a basic outline of our strategy put together so that the client can make an informed decision about whether to proceed with the case.
What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
Every practice area is different. For small business issues, I need to get to know the business a little, the ownership structure, the debt and equity positions involved, and any employment arraignments. For bankruptcy cases, I need to know income information, basic debt classification (secured or unsecured), and whether the client owns any property we need to protect in the case. Codebtors and marital status is also important early on.
What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
Most lawyers in our community have been career attorneys for a long time. I came to the practice of law after a 17 year career in health care technology and business startups. I bring a perspective from the real world in addition to top notch legal training. I can relate to my clients, whether a small business or a bankruptcy client, in a personal way that most lawyers just can’t. I believe it is critically important that a lawyer understand the client’s needs as well as their hopes and dreams for the future. I look at a new client as the beginning of a new relationship in which we partner together to create a better life.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
I live vicariously through the success of my clients. Just like my former employees who still come back and thank me for mentoring them to achievements they never thought possible, the greatest reward I feel is when my clients succeed. One example, I was helping a retired army quartermaster through a bankruptcy. During our case prep, the gentleman had a minor stroke. His son was there to help him out, and I told the son that his father was lucky to have him. The son replied, “He’s lucky to have you!”
What are your other interests in addition to law?
Number one, I’m a dad to three awesome girls. We do a lot of outdoors things together like hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. I also like to build things. I build furniture for the house, landscaping, improvements for my ’85 Jeep CJ7, and lots of other DIY stuff. I’m an avid homebrewer. I read economics professors’ blogs and constitutional law blogs for fun. And occasionally, I’ll get some hair brained idea for a new web application, so I’ll cobble together some Ruby, PHP or Python code.
Are you involved in your community?
Not at this time, but it is something I value highly.
|Sole Practitioner||The Law Offices of Owen Hathaway, LLC||N/A||Present|
|Sturm College of Law, University of Denver||JD||Law School||2011|
|Regis University||MA||Organizational Development||2005|
|State / Court||Date|
- Member | Colorado Bar Association
Member | American Association for Justice | 2016 - Present
Member | Larimer County Bar Association | 2013 - Present
Member | American Bar Association | 2008 - Present
Office Hours(Closed Now)
Wednesday after 5 is available by appointment Weekends may be available by appointment
CO State Lawyer Additional Information: Original Bar Admit Date: 10/25/2011
Fee:I offer flat fee services, unbundled services, traditional hourly, and retainer-based services. All my standard rates are listed on my website.
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Fort Collins, CO 80525
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