Hickenlooper gives birthday shout-out to Denver-based Brownstein celebrating 50 years

Portrait of attorney Norm Brownstein at his firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Denver on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Denver law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck celebrated its 50th anniversary this week with a gubernatorial proclamation from Gov. John Hickenlooper, in which the governor praised the firm for remaining “a steadfast and respected presence in Denver.”

Hickenlooper’s proclamation praised the firm for securing funding for Denver International Airport, E-470 and the expansion of Interstate 25 south of downtown Denver. Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has contributed more than $22.5 million to nonprofit organizations over the last 25 years and provided more than 10,000 pro bono hours to various causes, the proclamation said.

The firm has its roots in a childhood friendship between Norm Brownstein and Steve Farber. It opened its DC office in 1995 and in 2015 its federal lobbying revenue was the second-largest in the nation,

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette has described Farber, who co-founded the firm with Browntstein, as “probably the most important player on that bid committee” that brought the 2008 Democratic National Convention to Denver.

The proclamation comes on the heels of news that the firm doesn’t plan to cut ties with Saudi Arabia, a client it represents in Washington D.C. to the tune of $125,000 a month. The desert kingdom has come under strong international criticism for its role in the gruesome death of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Turkey last month.

Celebrating today after @hickforco proclaimed Nov. 1 Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck 50th Anniversary Day here in Colorado. Here’s to another 50 years of success and giving back. #Brownstein50 pic.twitter.com/Qt9sbOYMMI

— Brownstein Hyatt (@BrownsteinHyatt) November 1, 2018

Last month, Alfred Mottur, a shareholder at Brownstein, told The Denver Post that his firm “is not terminating our relationship with the client just like the United States is not severing its relations with its strategic partner.”

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“Saudi Arabia is a vitally important country in a volatile part of the world,” Mottur said.

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