Meet your Denver Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Executive Council
Raul Chacon, Jr. is an associate at Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. in Greenwood Village. His practice is devoted to commercial litigation. Raul is a graduate of Middlebury College and Emory University School of Law. During law school, Raul held externships with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit under the direction of the Honorable Frank Hull.
Dear DBA Young Lawyers,
For the next few months we are going to spotlight a member of the DBA-YLD Executive Council every other week. We have a wonderful dedicated group this year, as each year, and we would like to introduce ourselves to you all. Please feel free to contact us with comments or concerns and please do come up and introduce yourselves at any of our events, we are always happy to chat.
Where are you from? I’m a local. I grew up in Denver until I was about 12 years old, then my family moved to Arvada.
Where did you go to undergrad and law school? Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. These two places are about as different as can be. I liked Vermont more than Georgia, but I still sometimes miss the cultural resources of Atlanta.
Where are you working and what is your practice area? Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. My practice is almost entirely devoted to commercial litigation.
What led you to that practice area? I enjoy learning about our firm’s clients and their stories, and, as a litigator, I get to help them through difficult times.
What do you like best about that practice area? The unpredictability brought on by an adversarial process, the opportunity to learn about new substantive areas of the law, and the ability to help clients.
What organizations are you involved in? Apart from the DBA and CBA, I’m involved with the ABA Young Lawyers Division. I am a former ABA-YLD Scholar. I’ve been involved in two ABA-YLD publications, The Affiliate and The Young Lawyer.
Outside of the law, what are your hobbies? I like to ski, backpack, climb mountains, and go car camping with my family. On any given weekend, I’m likely wearing crampons and carrying an ice axe climbing up a big couloir, skiing through some trees, backpacking deep into the backcountry, or doing all three of these things.
What are you passionate about? My work and my family.
Any advice for other, young lawyers? Find a mentor to help teach you about the practical aspects of the practice of law. You can only learn so much by reading about the practice of law – having someone with real world experience that will take an interest in you and your career means a lot in this profession.
If you weren’t a lawyer, you’d be? A mountain guide. I camped a lot throughout the state as a child, went to college in Vermont, and lived in Vail and Summit County in between college and law school. The mountains have always been a big part of my life, and I enjoy sharing the experience with others.
Describe yourself in 3 words. Adventurous, analytical, and stoic.
Social media network of choice? Contact information? LinkedIn is okay, but otherwise I do not use a lot of social media. The best way to contact me is by email.
Favorite place you’ve traveled to: San Francisco with my wife while we were dating.
Favorite book: White Noise by Don DeLillo.
Favorite Denver restaurant: There’s a lot of good food in Denver; people and atmosphere really make the difference. The Copper Pot in Englewood is great. The owners are great people and are really welcoming.
Favorite Spot in Colorado: Too many to choose from – maybe Chicago Basin in the San Juan Mountain Range, the Maroon Bells Wilderness, Strawberry Park Hot Springs after dark, or the west side of the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
Last movie you watched: I have a three year old daughter – I’m sure that the last movie I watched was animated and probably had a princess in it.
Favorite month: March – there’s a lot of snow in the mountains, but Denver is really starting to warm up. You really get the best of everything.
Favorite law school memory: I had an externship with a Federal Court of Appeals judge. That experience really instilled in me a lot of respect for the federal judiciary that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise fully appreciate.
On your desk right now: Lots of research related to a motion I’m drafting.
Most random job you have ever had. I worked room service at a hotel while living in Vail.