Avon law firm has a new partner
Friends from college who lived in the Vail Valley used to call Jesse Wiens when they got in trouble with the law.So it seemed like a natural move when Wiens decided to move his family from Golden to practice law with Fahrenholtz Carey & Wiens. Specializing in criminal defense and personal injury lawsuits, the Avon law firm began in 2000 when longtime local attorneys Bruce Carey and Jim Fahrenholtz joined forces.Along with Wiens, the firm now has a new office in Glenwood Springs and is looking for another location in either Frisco or Breckenridge, the attorneys say.Our goal is to become the largest criminal defense firm on the Western Slope, said Fahrenholtz, who started his law career in the valley as a prosecutor for the Eagle County District Attorneys Office.Growth has been kind to Fahrenholtz and Carey. They make so many court appearances around 50 each week that Eagle County courts schedule most of their appearances on Tuesday afternoons the rest of the attorneys get Tuesday morning. Fahrenholtz and Carey credit their success to experience and good legal strategy, they said. They have a combined 40 years of experience and negotiate hard to get the best results for their clients, they said.While the vast majority of criminal cases are plea-bargained, the attorneys are not afraid to go to trial to get a good deal, Fahrenholtz said. Unlike other lawyers, attorneys will go to trial often if their clients dont get a good deal during the plea bargaining process, they said. We dont get bullied, Carey said. Some law offices, if they will never go to trial, can be bullied because the D.A. knows that that law office will not go to trial.The attorneys do traffic court, too. They have had drivers tickets dismissed if those drivers failed to use their turn signals within roundabouts, they said. The turn signal statute requires someone to signal 100 feet or more before a turn many of the turns in the roundabout are around 25 feet, Carey said.The decision to bring in Wiens was an easy one, Fahrenholtz said.Two men just cant cover everything we are called upon to do, he said.The proposition of Wiens becoming a partner at the firm started as a joke, Fahrenholtz said.He was talking about how lucky we are to practice up here in Eagle County because every time he came up here it was an enjoyable experience with the people he dealt with, Fahrenholtz said. Fahrenholtz told Wiens, jokingly, that he should move to the valley. A few conversations and six months later, Wiens made the move although hes still staying at homes of friends until he sells his Golden home and finds one in Eagle Ranch. Wiens will have plenty of work at his new firm, but unlike in the Denver metro area, he wont have to do as much running around and hustling, he said. On a typical day, he would drive from courthouse in Golden to those in Castle Rock and Brighton, then to Denver and Aurora in the afternoon, he said.His five years of practice are probably like an average attorneys 25-year career life-time practice with the sheer volume of cases and the number of high-profile cases that his firm handled, Fahrenholtz said.In the valleys tight-knit legal community, Wiens plans to develop his relationships with judges and prosecutors which translates to better results for clients. It gives me a lot more time to interact with clients, interact with district attorneys and focus on every individual case, Wiens said.Wiens grew up in Tulsa, Okla., and his wife, Jennifer, grew up in Connecticut. Moving to the valley will be a good way for the Wiens and their two young boys, Tegan and Cash, to avoid the crowds and ski, Wiens said.Wiens comes from Springer & Steinberg, a well-respected Denver law firm where he litigated some high-profile cases, including defending some Denver Broncos, he said. Theyve got to remain nameless, but everybody youve seen in the paper, weve been there with, Wiens said.