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Specializing in rural issues, including farm and ranch estate planning, transactional and real estate work, and oil and gas matters.


No-nonsense, line-of-sight, country lawyer.




I have a love of law and leadership. Lawyers can be found anywhere, and while there is also no shortage of managers in the world, there are few true authentic leaders. 

I have a one-on-one practice. Providing personal attention is important to me so you're not going to get handed off to a staff member. I'm a straight shooter and I know my own limitations; if I'm not the right person to help you I'm not going to waste your time. I'm happy to make referrals if I know of someone who can help. 

I'm not a city lawyer, or an appellate lawyer. I'm an old-school lawyer who holds true to his old-fashioned values, still answers his own phone, makes his own appointments and enjoys being a bit of a relic.


If you've ever read James P. Owen's "Cowboy Ethics - What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West," then you'll understand some of the principles that are important to me, both in the way I conduct business and in the way I live. If you've never read the book, I encourage you to do so. Suffice to say I like the idea of living by a code, or set of standards, that inspire honor, loyalty and decency.

Change is the only thing certain in life and change is often good. As a lawyer and leader, I counsel clients on dealing with change in their lives. Who are you listening to? Who are you not listening to? What is the big picture?  

I believe in directness. I believe that being indirect (round-a-bout/passive/untruthful) can be one of the cruelest things you can do to another person. 

I believe in TODAY…accomplishing what you can today, not getting too far ahead of yourself, living in the moment, and persevering in your goals and aspirations. 

My 32+ years on the bench have taught me that 90% of conflict relates to control issues. 

I believe in alternate lists—never pass up an alternate list. Though you must often deal with plan B, sometimes the alternate list will get you back to plan A. 

I believe in courage to stand up for your principles –and moving on when your environment stifles your convictions. 

I believe in a sense of humor and not taking yourself too seriously. We are all human and imperfect and we all know suffering and good times. We need to smile, laugh, and be grateful.





I was raised in Burlington, Colorado and have been practicing law in eastern Colorado since 1977. In the courtroom, I've spent time both in front of and behind the bench, leading me to believe I've nearly done it all and seen it all. 

After finishing my undergraduate work at the University of Colorado in 1973, I went on to the University of Tulsa where I earned my law degree in 1976. I have been practicing for over 45 years now, and I was fortunate to work with my father, John C. Penny, for twenty of those years. He was a wonderful partner and mentor. 

In addition to practicing privately I also spent 30 years (1977 - 2007) as a part-time judge for Kit Carson County, and served as Chief Judge for the 13th Judicial District from 2007 - 2009.

My wife and I moved to Sterling in 2006, and I am now practicing law across eastern Colorado with my office in Sterling.  I consider myself a grateful citizen of the eastern plains of Colorado, and I have strong ties to the various communities that I have served. 

My strengths are rural issues and a "get-it-done" commonsense approach to the law. I consider myself a good listener and problem-solver, and know that both are critical in legal issues. 

Outside of my law practice, I cherish my free time and love spending time with my wife, family, children and grandchildren. I enjoy hunting, fishing, wood turning, and various outdoor activities; I'm also an instrument-rated pilot.






302 N 3rd Street, Suite 4

PO Box 71

Sterling, CO 80751

Tel:  (970) 425-7092

Fax:  (970) 425-7093

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