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May 2010       Vol. 39, No. 5       Page  118
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In Memoriam

Recognizing recently deceased Colorado attorneys
and members of the legal community

Recently Deceased

James Covino
October 26, 1946–April 1, 2010


Edward H. Flitton III

Former Holland & Hart Managing Partner Edward H. Flitton III died on March 26, 2010 in Chicago. He was stricken while attending meetings of the executive committee of the Law Practice Management Section during the American Bar Association’s annual technology convention.

Flitton managed Holland & Hart, Colorado’s largest law firm, for five years ending in 2006. He practiced primarily in Colorado Springs.

Flitton began his legal career in Colorado Springs in 1972 as the general counsel of a contractor building franchise restaurants in thirty states. Previously, he taught commercial law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, from 1967 to 1969, and was an associate for another Denver firm from 1969 to 1972. He began a solo law practice in Colorado Springs in 1978. In 1981, he joined the law firm of Spurgeon Haney & Howbert, which merged with Holland & Hart in 1986.

Flitton received his JD in 1967 from the University of Chicago Law School. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Harvard College in 1964.

Since his retirement, he guided his firm through a strategic planning process and served as budget officer for the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section, according to Merrilyn Astin Tarlton, former editor of the section’s magazine, Law Practice. Flitton wrote a regular column, "Taking the Lead," for the magazine. At the time of his death, he served on the magazine’s Board.

Flitton is survived by his wife Karen; their three daughters, Jennifer, Rebecca, and Elizabeth; and two grandchildren, Lucca and Mia.

—Reprinted from Law Week Colorado

The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth, and date of death of recently deceased attorneys and legal professionals, as that information is available. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed above, are welcomed. If multiple tributes about an individual are received, they may be consolidated. Tributes must be no longer than 250 words and should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Photographs are welcomed and should accompany the submission. Tributes and photographs will be published as space is available and the publication schedule allows. Tributes may be edited by staff of The Colorado Lawyer. Send information and photograph to Tracy Rackauskas at

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