Despite successes in the courtroom — including a $300 million settlement in a national class action suit — Bill Maywhort’s fondest wish is success on the golf course.
Maywhort, an associate at Holland & Hart in Colorado Springs, specializes in product liability, corporate securities and environmental law. He has tried more than 100 cases that involve issues such as product and professional liability, and mergers and acquisitions.
Maywhort recently took time to tell CSBJ about himself and his organization.
Organization: Holland & Hart
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.
How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Three years (not counting four years as a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy during the mid-1960s)
Education: Bachelor’s degree from the Air Force Academy; juris doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law; master’s degree in law from Yale Law School.
A few words about your company: Holland & Hart is a full-service law firm, with nearly 450 lawyers in 15 offices in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and the District of Columbia.
It is the largest law firm based in the Mountain West and is ranked on The American Lawyer’s list of the top 200 firms in the United States.
Recent accomplishments: I led a team in prosecuting several individual and consolidated cases and class actions involving defective radiant heating hose and in achieving a national class action settlement of more than $300 million. I also managed the regional defense of thousands of diet drug cases for a major pharmaceutical manufacturer.
Biggest career break: Receiving an offer to join Holland & Hart as a first-year associate during 1978.
The toughest part of your job: Staying abreast of innovations in information technology that will permit me to deliver higher-quality legal services more quickly and efficiently and at less cost to my clients.
Someone you admire: The American soldier/sailor/airman/Marine.
About your family: My wife, Diana, and I have a son, Blair, a daughter, Andrea, a daughter-in-law, Keri, and granddaughter, Kendall.
Something else you’d like to accomplish: Before I die, I would like to play just one round of golf where I do not embarrass either myself or my golfing partners. (This is either wishful thinking or a guarantee of a long life.)
How your business will change in the next decade: I expect that the development of “Web 2.0” (sometimes called the “participatory Web”) will be used routinely to permit real-time, interactive collaboration with clients without regard to their geographic proximity.
What books are you currently reading? “The Looming Tower,” by Lawrence Wright, and “The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America,” by Bill Bryson
What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? I would very much like to see a revitalized and vibrant downtown area that serves as a magnet for residents in the evenings and on weekends.