As a young man working for his family law practice, James Olsen witnessed the impact that his father's work had on people. He would spend his summers and breaks from school working as an assistant at the Olsen firm.
On the surface, it might seem like nepotism that James would become a lawyer, but as James' father would show, no one can hand over a career in law. It takes hard work, dedication and courage. At times, James felt his father was actually trying to discourage him from pursuing a career in law, but he felt it was a natural fit.
In his third year as a law student at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law, James traveled abroad for a unique opportunity in London. While studying the European Union's British Law Program, James' professor recognized his academic achievement with the Top Advocate Award. After graduating in 2005, he then passed the New York Bar exam (believed to be the most difficult within the legal community) as well as the Colorado Bar exam and began his career practicing law.
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