James V. Pearson

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Lakewood,  CO  U.S.A.
Phone303-872-4719

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Business Transactions
  • Corporate Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Recreational Law
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Banks and Banking
  • Commercial Litigation
  • International Law
 
University Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, B.S., Government/Economics, 1971; University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, M.B.A., 1976
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, J.D., 1978
 
Admitted1978, Colorado; U.S. Federal Court
 
BornKearney, Nebraska, 1946
 
Biography

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.

Published Works

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

Representative Clients

Colorado Marine Dealers Association

American Wildlands

Colorado Humane Society

FDIC

References

Colorado Humane Society, Denver, Colorado

Omni Bank, Denver, Colorado

Colorado Marine Dealers Association

Classes/Seminars

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

 
Reported CasesOmnibank Iliff, N.A. v. John J. Tipton, et al., 843 P.2d 71 (Colo. App. 1992); Carol Lahey v. Rick Covington, et al., 964 F. Supp. 1440 (D. Colo. 1996).
 
ISLN904533536
 
Transactions Acquisition of Dynamic Plastics, Inc. and Mulay Plastics by Xpectra, Inc.; Kabool Electronics Co., Ltd. Investment in Caleb Technology Corp.; Omni Bancorp and KeyCorp Merger; U.S. Global Opportunities Offering and Investment in Glomato.com.
 


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James V. Pearson

390 Union Boulevard, Suite 250
LakewoodCO 80228




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