Former Holland & Hart Managing Partner Ed Flitton dies

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A former managing partner at Holland & Hart died earlier this week.

Services for Ed Flitton are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, April 5, at Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs.

Flitton’s legal career began in Colorado Springs in 1972. He joined Spurgeon, Haney & Howbert in 1978 and the firm later merged with Holland & Hart in 1986. During his 24 years with Holland & Hart, he served continuously in leadership roles; first as the regional office administrative partner of the firm’s Colorado Springs office, followed by service as the firm’s financial partner and a management committee member.

In 2000, Flitton was selected to serve as the managing partner, a position which he held through 2006. He was known for an unusual and pragmatic combination of financial and people-management savvy. Colleagues recognized him for his ability to mentor and to provide an innovative vision within the firm and about the practice of law in general.

“Ed was the gold standard as a leader, lawyer, and friend. He was thoughtful, respectful, reasoned and considerate in his views and advice,” said firm Chairman John Husband. “He was an incredible man and we will miss him dearly.”

In addition, Flitton contributed to his local community, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Palmer Land Trust, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Southern Colorado open space.

Flitton was consistently recognized for his legal skills, as evidenced by his listings in Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA. At the time of his death, he was the president of the Council of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, as well as serving as the section’s chair of finance and a member of the editorial board of Law Practice Magazine. He was inducted as a fellow into the American College of Law Practice Management in 2005.

Flitton was a graduate of Harvard College and of the University of Chicago Law School.

2 Responses to Former Holland & Hart Managing Partner Ed Flitton dies

  1. Ed Flitton was one in a million. I will miss him terribly! He was kind thoughtful and just generally wonderful!

    Janet Conover
    April 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm

  2. I had the pleasure of working with him a year ago. He was brilliant, fascinating, and kind. He was a wonderful man.

    Allan Roth
    April 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm