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August 2017

Franz Hardy Elected President of the Denver Bar Association

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani Denver partner Franz Hardy has been elected President of the Denver Bar Association (DBA). As the incoming President, Hardy wrote a letter introducing himself to DBA members in The Docket, the official magazine of the DBA. The introduction titled "A letter from Your Incoming President Franz Hardy: From There to Here," describes his childhood, raised by his African American father and his path to becoming a lawyer.

"During one of the many rough stretches, we lived in a small detached garage until the weather got so cold that we had to move into a distant cousin’s house. I also remember a few nights sleeping in the car."

"Having little and struggling were part of my everyday life. Being a bi-racial kid with a different name was who I was."

"After high school, I was accepted to Colorado State University, where I thought I could get a little lost in a big crowd. During spring break of my sophomore year, my father passed away unexpectedly. Over the one-week break, I buried him, packed up his few belongings and cleaned out his small apartment. I remember that his bank account only held a couple hundred dollars. The teller helped me close the account even though I did not have the right paperwork."

"Left to fend for myself, I knew that I had to get serious. With a lot of hard work, I was accepted to the University of Colorado Law School..."

In 2000, Hardy graduated from law school and worked for a mid-sized firm in Denver for seven years. In 2007, Hardy joined Gordon & Rees when the Denver office opened. 

Today, Hardy chairs the firm’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee.  As the DBA President, Hardy plans to reinforce the value of membership and promote a culture of diversity and inclusiveness within the legal community.  Hardy’s overarching philosophy is “everyone is welcome here.” 

To read the letter that appeared The Docket, please click here.

Franz Hardy