New Edwards law practice open
Business name: Borne Law.
Location: 0105 Edwards Village Blvd., C209, Edwards.
Date opened: Nov. 1.
Owner: Ruth Borne.
Contact info: Email ruth@ bornelaw.com, call 970-748-1187 or visit http://www.bornelaw.com.
What goods or services do you provide? Estate planning and asset protection, with free estate planning for cancer patients. My practice also focuses on real estate, land use, construction and development, resolving issues with local government, and zoning and subdivision issues. Other areas of specialty include: business (start-up, purchase, sale) and family mediation and dispute resolution.
The goal is to provide affordable legal services for Eagle County residents.
What’s new or exciting at your place? I recently opened a new office location at 105 Edwards Village Blvd., C209 in Edwards.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? I have lived and practiced law in Eagle County for many years. I understand and relate to the needs of our population. I also possess a sensitivity to clients’ issues as a result of growing up around the law. My father, five first cousins and my grandfather were attorneys.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? I strive to help others and provide an affordable way to solve problems. My education provides me with the knowledge and the expertise to provide this assistance.
My family believed in giving back to the community wherever possible, starting with my grandfather, who was the first attorney for NASCAR. As was typical of him, the lesson he taught me was to always give back and help others through your education.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I began my career as a civil rights and environmental law attorney in Florida. Some of my first cases included prevailing against blood products companies that were manufacturing medication infecting hemophiliacs, particularly children with HIV. Little was known about HIV and AIDS at that time. I also worked on the first federal lawsuit requiring public schools to allow AIDS infected children in public school.
I worked to support the environment early in my career on the landmark litigation to protect the Florida Everglades from pollution generated from cattle and dairy farmers. This lawsuit resulted in the Southwest Florida Water Management Plan, which is still protecting the Everglades today.
My first position upon arriving in Eagle County, as is common among many locals, was with Vail Resorts. I worked as a construction administrator for Beaver Creek, Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch, and for the town of Avon as the director of community development, where I helped oversee the construction and development of Home Depot, Wal-Mart and the Sheraton. I have also advised clients on land use, worked as in-house counsel for a local engineering and surveying firm and had my own practice. One of my favorite roles has been as an adjunct professor at Colorado Mountain College.
While I was the town attorney for Red Cliff, I helped garner federal and state funding for a new wastewater treatment plant, which was on the EPA watch list for over a decade.
When the real estate market plummeted, I returned to Denver University in Petroleum Land Management and Finance.
I have a diverse and varied background, and now I have the privilege of opening my own law practice to offer this extensive legal experience to the Vail Valley.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? I am sharing an office with Larkburger, and we are still struggling with getting my conference table to fit in our new space. Please come and visit any time!