Squire Patton Boggs Denver associate Brent Owen has been named among Colorado’s 2017 Class of Up and Coming Lawyers by Law Week Colorado.
The award recognizes lawyers who have been in practice five years or fewer and achieved significant accomplishments in their careers. The award also recognizes lawyers for their demonstrated leadership skills, community involvement and pro bono efforts.
Mr. Owen represents energy, consumer products and political clients in high-stakes litigation at trial and on appeal. He assists clients with internal corporate disputes, product liability claims (including mass tort claims), novel and complex constitutional issues, and environmental litigation (including CERCLA).
One of the high-profile matters Mr. Owen executed over the past year involved handling briefing and hearings on behalf of a leading natural gas generator engineer and manufacturer. Mr. Owen successfully argued against and then defeated a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) brought in Delaware Chancery Court involving US$75 million contract. Following the defeat of the TRO, Mr. Owen led, managed and prepared for an expedited trial, including deposing the opposing party’s CEO. On the eve of trial, as a result of Mr. Owen’s efforts, the Delaware Chancery Court stayed the litigation, leading to dismissal of the suit and a take-nothing settlement in the client’s favor.
His passion for helping people extends beyond the traditional client-lawyer relationship and into his surrounding community. Mr. Owen was on the founding board of Academy 360, a Denver-based, comprehensive health and wellness charter school that focuses on developing the whole child mind, body and character. Mr. Owen also served as a member of the Colorado Succeeds Talent Task Force where, as part of a coalition of business leaders, Mr. Owen worked to improve workforce readiness in Colorado. Mr. Owen also currently serves on the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure.
Additionally, Mr. Owen is a lead member of a firm team of Denver lawyers who are part of a 50+-year effort to re-establish ancestral access rights for the impoverished Hispanic farmers and ranchers in Costilla County, Colorado to use the resources of a 77,500-acre mountainous parcel. In 2016, the US District Court for the District of Colorado appointed Mr. Owen to its Civil Pro Bono Panel, in which lawyers, on a pro bono basis, represent individuals of limited financial means in civil matters. Mr. Owen is also a member of the Appellate Pro Bono Program of the Colorado Bar Association, where he represents indigent pro se litigants in civil cases pending before the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.