The Community Foundation Boulder County recently purchased the Spruce Street building where its offices reside relying upon pro bono expertise from Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio shareholder Bryan Biesterfeld.
The foundation’s transition to property owner and landlord with a fully-leased property went off “without a hitch” thanks to Biersterfeld’s efforts in conjunction with other volunteers in the community, the foundation announced.
“The Community Foundation addresses challenges that we don’t necessarily see every day, helping people who sometimes get forgotten in an affluent community like Boulder,” said Biesterfeld, a former foundation president who first got involved there more than a decade ago. “I have the utmost respect for Josie Heath and the staff of the foundation. So, for me, it’s an easy decision to be involved.”
Bryan guided foundation leadership through the purchase and sale of real estate, and the full leasing of the building. “All leases were coming due on January 1. So we renewed existing leases and secured new ones,” he said. He also helped with project financing at favorable interest rates.
“With three kids approaching college, it’s easier for me to donate time than money,” adds Bryan. “I also appreciate that my law firm encourages its attorneys to do pro bono work.”
The Colorado Supreme Court encourages and recognizes law firms, solo practitioners, and in-house counsel or government groups that have committed to the annual goal of 50 hours of pro bono legal services by their Colorado-licensed attorneys, averaged across the firm, a substantial majority of which should be for persons of limited means and/or organizations serving persons of limited means.
“Our firm has met that goal for many years,” Biesterfeld said. “We believe that, beyond making money, it’s important to be a part of the fabric of our community.”