Mr. Pearson has over 30 years experience in business law, business management and consulting. He has received a Martindale-Hubbell top AV rating for attorneys and is President of Pearson & Paris, P.C., a prestigious Colorado law firm which emphasizes commercial transactions and litigation, real estate, banking, insurance and recreation law, family law, and criminal defense. Mr. Pearson has an extensive background in business transactions and litigation and he routinely advises on matters related to both. He founded and is chairman of the board of River Reach Youth Initiative, an organization that helps young people gain a sense of responsibility to their community and environment, rewarding participating youth with recreational outings. He holds a B.S. and Juris Doctorate degrees and lectures frequently in the areas of business and related liability issues including recreational liability. He is also a past contributing editor for Adventure Travel Business Magazine and the American Bicyclist.
EMPLOYMENT AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
Founding Partner and President, Pearson & Paris, P.C.
Founding Partner and President, Pearson, Horowitz & Burnett, P.C. The firm acted as general counsel for a variety of business clients on a regional, national and international level.
Chairman and Founder, River Reach Youth Initiative, a non-profit organization which provides outdoor recreational opportunities for disadvantaged population segments. River Reach recently merged with another similar organization, cityWILD.
Board Member, American Mountain Guides Association, a non-profit organization that represents the interests of American mountain guides by providing support, education and standards.
Former Chairman of the Board and General Counsel, Adventure Travel Society, an international association which emphasizes the development of adventure travel and the economic benefits of eco-tourism.
Former National Defense Counsel for Outfitters and Guides Insurance Program, The Connecticut Insurance Group (program was discontinued).
Former Advisory Board of Trustees, American Wildlands, an international non-profit organization which emphasizes preservation of North America's natural resources.
Former Board Member, Denver Rail Heritage Society, a non-profit organization which is dedicated to preserving historic rail travel in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area, including operation of a trolley system.
Former Advisory Board Member, Arapahoe Community College, Colorado Springs, CO.
Former Board Member and Founder, Alpenglow Mountainsport, Inc., a retail and wholesale supplier of equipment related to outdoor adventure and recreation.
Licensed Colorado Real Estate Broker
Certified Ski Instructor, emeritus status, Professional Ski Instructors of America
Member: Denver and Colorado Bar Associations; Federal Bar Association, International Law Society; Colorado Real Estate Commission.
NOTEWORTHY TRANSACTIONS AND REPORTED CASES
Acquisition of Dynamic Plastics, Inc. and Mulay Plastics by Xpectra, Inc.
Kabool Electronics Co., Ltd. Investment in Caleb Technology Corp.
Omnibancorp and KeyCorp Merger.
U.S. Global Opportunities Offering and Investment in Glomato.com.
Litigation Basics for the Layperson, 2006
Declaratory Judgment Actions, Insurance Coverage and Statutes of Limitation a Issues for Counsel, 2006
Compensation Issues in the Adventure and Recreation Industry, 2005
Staffing Issues in the Adventure and Recreation Industry, 2004
Organizing a Business: Risk Management Perspectives, 2003
Rick Management and Insurance, International Adventure Travel and Outdoor Show, 2002
Risk Management and Insurance Issues in Sport Tourism, Journal of Vacation Marketing, 1999
The Americans With Disabilities Act, The Outdoor Network, Fall, 1997
America Outdoors Operations and Compliance Manual, November, 1996
Employment Law - Fundamentals, September, 1996
Limited Liability Companies -America Outdoors, February, 1996
Market Expansion Through Special Populations, World Congress on Adventure Travel and Eco-Tourism, November, 1995
A Walking Nightmare - Employment Law Fundamentals, Outdoor Retailer, February, 1995
Legal Liability and Insurance -- What You Don't Know Can Put You Out of Business, Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, August, 1994
Economics - The Engine That Powers the Vehicle Of Eco-Tourism, Adventure Travel Society Newsletter, Winter, 1994
Legal Issues Which Limit the Growth of Adventure Travel and Eco-Tourism, The World Congress on Adventure Travel and Eco-Tourism, November, 1993
Recreation Law - An Overview, Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., September, 1993
Limiting Your Liability - Legal Fundamentals For Your Retail Survival, Outdoor Retailer, August, 1993
Liability Issues In Adventure Travel and Eco-Tourism, 1992 World Congress on Adventure Travel and Eco-Tourism, November, 1992
Colorado Marine Dealers Association
Colorado Humane Society
Colorado Humane Society, Denver, Colorado
Omni Bank, Denver, Colorado
Colorado Marine Dealers Association
Opening New Doors to the Outdoors, Golden, Colorado, 2007
Presenter, Recreation and Adventure Law and Liability, Declaratory Judgment Actions, Insurance Coverage, 2006
Presenter, Recreation and Adventure Law and Liability, Adventure and Recreation Industry, 2005
Presenter, Recreation and Adventure Law and Liability, Adventure and Recreation Industry, 2004
Presenter, Adventures in Travel Expo, New York, New York
Presenter, Recreation and Adventure Law and Liability, Vail, Colorado, 2003
Presenter, International Adventure Travel and Outdoor Show, Chicago, Illinois, 2001 - 2002
Speaker, World Congress on Adventure Travel and Ecotourism, Anchorage, Alaska, 2000
Clifton Gunderson Seminar, Broomfield, Colorado, 1999
Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Denver, Colorado, 1999
Speaker, Conference on Travel, Events and Management in Sports, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1998
Speaker, Teaming for Success: A Forum on Sport Tourism, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1997
America Outdoors Conference, America Outdoors Business Operations and Compliance Manual, Jekyll Island, Georgia, 1996
Speaker, Interbike, Anaheim, California and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Speaker, Western Association of Athletic Clubs, Copper Mountain, Colorado, 1996
National Outdoor Industry Rendezvous, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1996
Speaker, America Outdoors Conference, Reno, Nevada, 1995
Speaker, Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, Reno, Nevada, 1995
Speaker, National Institute of Accountants, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Chairman and Speaker, World Congress on Adventure Travel and Eco-Tourism, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1994
Speaker, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1994
Speaker, International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates, 1993
Speaker, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Project, Denver, CO., 1993
Speaker, OmniBancorp Conference, Denver, CO, 1989
Contributing Editor and Columnist, American Bicyclist Magazine, 1997 - 1999
Contributing Editor and Columnist, Adventure Travel Business Magazine, 1997 - 1999
Honors and Awards
Selected to National Directory of Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, 1994 - 2008
Drafted Tort Reform Legislation Limiting Liability of River Rafting Outfitters in Colorado, 1994
Selected as an Expert on Recreation Law to Appear on the Nationally Televised Premier Show of Miller's Law, 1993
Professional Associations and Memberships
Denver Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
International Law Society
Colorado Real Estate Commission
Past Employment Positions
River Reach Youth Initiative, Chairman and Founder
American Mountain Guides Association, Board Member
Adventure Travel Society, Former Chairman of the Board and General Counsel
The Connecticut Insurance Group (Program was Discontinued), Former National Defense Counsel for Outfitters and Guides Insurance Program
American Wildlands, An International Non-Profit Organization, Former Advisory Board of Trustees
Denver Rail Heritage Society, Former Board Member
Arapahoe Community College, Colorado Springs, CO, Former Advisory Board Member
Alpenglow Mountainsport, Inc., Former Board Member and Founder