Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP (effective September 1, 2013, Lewis and Roca LLP) is proud to announce that Charles Goldberg is the recipient of this year's Isaac Hecht Award by the American Bar Association's National Client Protection Organization. The award, named after the late Isaac Hecht, an esteemed member of the Baltimore and Maryland Bar Associations, was presented at the ABA's 27th Client Protection Forum in Memphis, Tennessee on June 3, 2011.
The National Client Protection Organization created the award to honor the memory of Isaac Hecht, who was passionate about upholding the trust of the legal profession. The principal purpose of each state's client protection fund is to protect legal consumers from dishonest conduct in the practice of law. Isaac served as the Treasurer of Maryland's Client Security Trust Fund for 35 years. He also served 18 years as a member of the ABA's standing committees dealing with the support of law client protection funds in the United States and Canada.
Mr. Goldberg was unanimously selected as this year's recipient for his stewardship of the Colorado Attorneys' Fund for Client Protection, which was created by the Colorado Supreme Court in 1998. The Court appointed Mr. Goldberg to serve as the first Chair of the Fund's Board of Trustees, and he has remained the only Chair of the Fund since inception. Mr. Goldberg partnered with John Gleason, Colorado's Attorney Regulation Counsel, to organize the Colorado Attorney's Fund for Client Protection. Within six months, the new Fund was up and running and began with modest limits on awards funded through annual fees paid by the members of the Colorado Bar. Through December 31, 2010, the Fund has restored $4,570,732 to eligible Colorado clients.
Mr. Goldberg was also recently granted the Benemerenti ("To a Well Deserving Person") Medal by Pope Benedict XVI for his service to the church. Mr. Goldberg represents numerous religious organizations, colleges, and universities in litigation in Colorado and throughout the Unites States. He also represents parties in complex civil litigation and religious liberty issues. Early in his career as a trial lawyer, Mr. Goldberg was appointed at age 34 to serve as a district court judge in the Denver District Court, serving nearly five years on that court. Mr. Goldberg received his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law in 1964, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado in 1961, and received the Civis Princeps award from Regis University in 2010.