Amanda CharlesSnowmass Sun Snowmass Village, CO, Colorado

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July 31, 2012
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Local business: Young entrepreneur opens law firm

SNOWMASS VILLAGE -When reciting our individual stories for what brought us here, the majority of us share the same mantra: to enjoy the outdoors and relish in the endless activities the Roaring Fork Valley has to offer. For most of us, Aspen/Snowmass is a place we choose to be rather than a place we have to be, and with this choice comes the freedom to live each day opposite the day before. But just as books and classrooms replace the days of eating PB & Js out of our mothers' hands and playing for hours in the backyard, the days on the mountain are also replaced by an ongoing responsibility to make money so that we can afford to play like the days of our youth.So where exactly do we work?For most, the answer lies in a handful of odd jobs throughout the year - making pizza, teaching ski lessons, babysitting, landscaping, etc. But for a select few, the answer lies fully in entrepreneurship - creating a business that is based on the same freedoms found while playing on the slopes.Trent Palmer, a 29-year-old practicing attorney who opened his own firm above Village Market last month, is the latest on the entrepreneurial scene. Snowmass Sun: What is the name of your new firm and what do you practice?Trent Palmer: It is called W Trent Palmer, PC. My focus is in real estate and land-use development, but I also practice commercial and civil litigation, business entities and divorce and family law. SS: What is your background in law and what made you choose Snowmass?TP: I graduated from law school at Santa Clara University in 2008. I have been practicing for the past three and a half years with a few attorneys in Aspen, and have since been looking for a place of my own. I am lucky to have found something in Snowmass and feel that it is a good fit. SS: One of your primary areas is land-use development. How many other attorneys practice real estate in the Snowmass area and how do you feel your service will benefit the community?TP: Right now I am the only one in the community who practices land use. As a whole, I think there has been resurgence in the economy and more activity in the local real estate sector, which makes me excited to play a role in the upturn. I think it is crucial to have a dedicated local Snowmass attorney who is plugged into the community, and I hope to fill that role.SS: What do you think is most important when it comes to satisfying your clients?TP: Seeking resolution by the best interest of the client is definitely most important. Seeing the case through to the end by a cost-effective, solid approach is something I truly value and hope will ultimately distinguish me from others. SS: How do you plan to build your practice in the months to come?TP: I do have a handful of projects I am working on now, and I hope to build the practice solely by reputation. I believe in developing strong relationships with clients so that they rely on me time and time again, and by doing good work and providing realistic expectations, I hope to become a reputable part of this community.

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