In Memoriam, 0721 COBJ, Vol. 50, No. 7 Pg. 64

AuthorMarc R. Brosseau
PositionVol. 50, 7 [Page 64]

50 Colo.Law. 64


No. Vol. 50, No. 7 [Page 64]

Colorado Lawyer

July, 2021

In Memoriam

Marc R. Brosseau

January 22, 1952-April 29, 2021

Marc Brosseau passed away too young on April 29, 2021, after a short bout with an aggressive form of lung cancer. For those of us who knew Marc well, his passing is an incredibly sad event, but Marc lived life to the fullest, and it is hard to fathom how he could have squeezed more life out of his time on this earth.

Marc was born and grew up in Downey, California. After graduating from Stanford University, he attended law school, first at UC Hastings and then at the University of Colorado School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review and won the Edward C. King Award as the outstanding graduating student in 1976. Upon graduation, Marc went to work for Weller, Friedrich, Hickish, Hazlitt and Ward, where he stayed until that firm dissolved in 1995. Marc was elected one of the youngest partners ever at that firm, and when it dissolved, he was a founding member of Kerr Friedrich Brosseau Bartlett.

Marc was a preeminent trial attorney throughout this career. He specialized in products liability defense but handled cases far beyond that niche. It's a good thing Marc loved to travel because he was a true "road warrior." He was the lead "go-to" trial attorney for many large companies, and clients sent him all over the country to handle their cases.

Marc had an unmatched work ethic and a desire to better the profession. He unfailingly treated opposing counsel and opposing parties with respect and professionalism. He looked for and relished opportunities to mentor young lawyers. He gave freely of his time, including to the University of Colorado School of Law, where he was an adjunct professor and regularly counseled law students and law school applicants. Though an incredibly busy attorney, he always had time for anyone who asked for his help and guidance.

Marc's approach to life and the practice of law can best be summed up by his personal philosophy. First, he believed in proceeding with confidence in whatever you do. In Marc's case, that confidence was a product of his innate abilities but more particularly his meticulous planning and hard work.

Second, Marc had a "get it done" attitude that was off the charts. He abhorred procrastination and delay in all its forms and never fell victim to "paralysis by...

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