In and Around the Bar
Profile of 2015-16 CBA President
Loren M. Brown—#The Future Is Now
Alexa Drago, J.
About the Author
Alexa Drago is the communications and marketing manager for the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations—(303) 824-5313, firstname.lastname@example.org.
When meeting CBA President Loren Brown for the first time, you might be struck by his youthful appearance. At 38, he is the youngest attorney to hold the post of CBA president—and he's proud of it. The theme of his presidency—#The Future Is Now—offers a glimpse into his focus for the year.
Brown is a Colorado native and has practiced as a litigator with the firm now known as Ciancio Ciancio Brown, PC since he clerked there during his days at the University of Denver College of Law (DU Law). He is known throughout the legal community as a doer, as well as for his voice of reason, his sense of humor, and his generosity.
Attorney Mariana Vielma and Brown have worked together over the last eight years in their respective roles of prosecutor and defense attorney, as members of the Adams/Broomfield County Bar Association (ABBA), and as participants on the 17th J.D.'s Access to Justice (ATJ) Committee. They have also worked together on various CBA programs, including COBALT, the CBA's leadership training program.
"I have laughed, cried, brainstormed, worried, vented, and shared many celebratory fist-bumps with Loren," said Vielma. "What I always observe and remember is how people treat others, and how people put into action what they say they believe. Loren does both extraordinarily well. Loren has a great deal of respect for the justice system, the legal profession, the community, and for others. I admire him for being a living example of how lawyers serve not only their clients, but the legal profession and the communities in which they live."
Loren M. Brown was born in Denver and, except for his time away at college and law school, has lived his entire life in Westminster. Family was important from the start for Brown. He has been surrounded by strong women, including his mother and older sister, and an aunt and cousins who lived on the same street when he was growing up. His male role models also were very influential. Loren's father, uncles, and grandfathers helped shape Loren into the man and leader he has become.
Building a Foundation for the Future
Brown describes his upbringing as "typical." He was interested in sports such as skiing, soccer, and baseball from an early age. He spent a lot of time fly-fishing with his grandfather—seemingly a prerequisite skill for someone holding the position of CBA president. Many presidents before him, including the three most recent (Mark Fogg, Terry Ruckriegle, and Charley Garcia), have been known to enjoy many a day out on the river.
He comes from a family of realtors; his mom, dad, and sister are licensed real estate agents. Brown had a different career in mind, though; he wanted to be a stunt man. Specifically, he wanted to be 'The Fall Guy" from the 1980s TV show of the same name starring Lee Majors. His backup occupation was astronaut. Becoming a lawyer was something that never crossed his mind.
In high school, he thought he would become a major league baseball player—until he was cut from the team. When that happened, his football coach's response was "Good. Now you can come and run track." He excelled at track and continued running while an undergraduate at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU).
Brown earned his BA in History from CU in 1999, focusing on Tudor and Stuart England, a niche not many can claim expertise in, but one that he found fascinating. Speaking with his professor at the time—one of maybe five people in the world who teach the subject—he was asked...