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50 Colo.Law. 62

In Memoriam

Vol. 50, No. 3 [Page 62]

Colorado Lawyer

March, 2021


Bennett S. Aisenberg

February 17, 1931 -January 10, 2021

Ben Aisenberg, a principled and compassionate man who loved the law and the practice of law, thed January 10, 2021, a month shy of his 90th birthday. Ben was an eminent and highly accomplished trial lawyer. He also served as an arbitrator and mediator in hundreds of disputes, finding great satisfaction in his role as a problem solver.

Ben was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on February 17,1931. He graduated from Brown University Phi Beta Kappa in 1952 and Harvard Law School in 1955. After being stationed in Colorado Springs in the Army, Ben fell in love with Colorado and made it his home. Ben joined the Denver law firm Gorsuch Kirgis in 1958, the first Jewish lawyer hired by a major Denver law firm, and he practiced there as a partner until 1980. Ben then formed his own law firm and practiced there until 2020, when he regretfully closed his practice.

Ben was active in and committed to the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, the Sam Cary Bar Association, and the Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He was the only Colorado attorney to serve as the president of the CBA, DBA, and Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. He also served on the Denver Judicial Nominating Committee for six years.

Ben found great joy in all aspects of the law, particularly legal ethics. An expert on lawyer professional responsibility, Ben served as an expert witness, authored articles, and taught courses at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He served on the CBA Ethics Committee for 35 years, relishing the monthly Saturday half-day meetings where he and lawyers and judges from throughout Colorado wrestled with thorny ethics issues while enjoying exceptional camaraderie. Ben considered mentorship a sacred duty and throughout his career he counseled hundreds of Colorado lawyers. He remained a dedicated proponent of civility in the practice of law and was a founding member of the DBA Conciliation Panel.

Ben received many awards and honors over the course of his distinguished career. In 2003 he received the DBA Award of Merit, its highest honor. The Ethics Committee awarded Ben the Don Sears Award of Merit in 2005. He received the CBA Award of Merit, its highest honor...

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