I am a Colorado native, born in Trinidad to George and Jackie Sawaya, and moved to Denver when I was three years old. I attended Denver Public Schools, The University of Colorado and received my B.A. at The Colorado College in Colorado Springs. I attended Texas Tech University School of Law, graduating with honors in 1975. I am a member of The Order of Coif legal honorary society and the Phi Kappi Phi honorary society. I started practicing law in 1975 and started my law firm on April 1, 1977. For 14 years I carried on an active general practice of law and began specializing in injury cases only in 1989. I have tried more than 100 civil jury trials and have appeared hundreds of times in courts throughout Colorado and in the federal courts of several states. I am an advocate for the rights of injured people and have also spent years supporting the NAACP in an advisory capacity and as counsel.
I started The Sawaya Law Firm 37 years ago. I continue in the active management of the firm. I still enjoy being in the courtroom when they let me out to participate in that activity. The firm has grown from two partners and a secretary in 1977 to a firm of 19 lawyers and a staff of more than 80. I have worked on nearly every kind of case in the legal industry. I enjoy mentoring new attorneys and watching them succeed in their careers.
For the past several years I have lectured for the Colorado Bar Association on matters dealing with motor vehicle injury law. Additionally, I am an active member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.
I achieved a Masters level of Neurolinguistic Programming. That area of study deals with the most advanced methods of human communication. I have used the skills he has learned in this area in practical ways which have benefited me in my legal practice.
When not practicing law, I am a musician who plays the flute, the piccolo, the alto saxophone and the soprano saxophone. I am also a writer on spiritual matters and have authored the book Turbulence in the River, available at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver and at Amazon.com.
I manages and motivate the firm under twelve enduring values that include Honesty, Integrity, Honor, Truth, Freedom, Trust, Justice/Fairness, Responsibility, Family, Faith, Service/Goodwill/Charity and Hope. I believe in those values in terms of running my law firm and in terms of the service that my firm gives to the clients.
I've worked on approximately 17,000 cases since I started my firm in 1977.