One of six lawyers in the entire state of Colorado, attorney Beth Klein has been named to the to 500 Lawdragon list. TOP 500
“The remarkable 500 lawyers featured here are the warriors who fight the good fight for consumers who have been injured or had family killed through accidents, medical malpractice, faulty products or toxic exposure. They take on sexual predators and police and others who commit misconduct, grievously harming and killing individuals and trampling their civil rights. These lawyers stand up against the worst, seeking justice and providing hope.
We selected these attorneys through nominations, research and review by a board of their peers. And, a sad nod of the head to 2021, which deprived lawyers of the ‘biggest verdicts and settlements of the year’ achievements in any significant numbers. So watch out for a blockbuster year or two ahead.
This year seemed a fitting time as well to honor an amazing and historic class of plaintiff lawyers who truly created the world of personal injury and plaintiff consumer lawyering as we know it today. You will see them recognized here (with past Plaintiff Consumer Hall of Fame members) denoted with an asterisk.
Those visionaries, of course, have created the playing field on which today’s leading trial lawyers work every day, fighting with every fiber of themselves to help people.”
We at Klein Frank, P.C. would like to formally congratulate our attorney Beth Klein for receiving the 2021 Lawyer of the Year Award from The Best Lawyers in America©. Each year, a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a Lawyer of the Year Award – Beth was awarded for her work in professional malpractice law for plaintiffs in Boulder. This is a fantastic achievement.
Our firm was also included in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for our work in personal injury litigation, product liability litigation, and professional malpractice law for plaintiffs.
Receiving recognition from The Best Lawyers in America© depends entirely on peer review, meaning that the organization undergoes a rigorous screening process involving surveying colleagues to determine the quality of the professional abilities of lawyers and law firms. “Lawyer of the Year” is awarded to individual lawyers who have the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. The organization recommends that nominees be in practice for 10 years or more to allow them time to build their reputations within their community and practice areas.
Our firm is honored to be recognized and would also like to extend our gratitude to our valued clients who give us opportunities every day to do what we love: help those in their time of need.
About Beth Klein Attorney
Beth Klein is an award-winning personal injury attorney who is recognized for her litigation skills in the state and throughout the country. Handling a variety of cases associated with personal injury litigation such as car accidents, product liability, and wrongful death, she is passionate about helping those who have been injured in accidents caused by negligence and carelessness. As a Board-Certified Trial Lawyer in Colorado, she prepares for each case as if it were going to trial tomorrow and has recovered millions of dollars for clients in settlements and verdicts, earning her inclusion into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®.
Beth has received numerous honors throughout her legal career, including the Women Who Changed the Heart of the City Award and the Georgia Imhoff Philanthropy Award. She was also the first woman featured on the cover of Colorado Super Lawyers® Magazine. Hear about Beth Klein’s commitment to helping individuals in The True Power of Attorney video below.
I am so blessed to call Jerome Elam a friend and partner. Sadly, one pro-prostitution activist in Colorado has tried to make the argument that boys are not trafficked and there have been no seriously injured boys in Colorado. Join this discussion and learn from one of the strongest survivors I have ever known.
I hope this inspires you.
This will be part of a series called True Power of Attorney. My segment will be the season finale. I will focus on the power of honoring your word and the examples when I gave my word to extraordinary stands and agreements and the results.
Leadership can only occur when you honor your word. It is the only way people will trust and support your vision.
I hope this inspires you. https://twitter.com/bethkleinatty/status/1159644103832825856?s=21
This is just the trailer. But attorneys- not just in Boulder- or Colorado – can change the world. Beth Klein
See the extensive interview of Beth Klein Attorney and other lawyers who have been representing victims of human trafficking. https://www.law.com/thelegalintelligencer/2019/07/29/sex-trafficking-litigation-can-be-risky-for-both-attorneys-and-accusers/?slreturn=20190630203135
Boulder, Colorado Attorney Beth Klein makes change and history in fight against human trafficking.
More than 125 local cops, doctors, teachers, philanthropists and citizens recently gathered for the biggest anti-human-trafficking conference ever held on Colorado’s Western Slope. That one-day summit happened because Glenwood Springs Attorney Angela Roff asked Boulder Attorney Beth Klein to make it happen.
Beth Klein, a Boulder attorney has a history of making things happen: she wrote Colorado’s 2010 and 2011 anti-human trafficking laws. Former Governor Hickenlooper appointed her to the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund Board, the body that established Colorado’s Child Abuse Hotline. She co-established the Frank Klein Foundation, which works in three areas: law, community empowerment and leadership development.
It was the Klein Frank Foundation that sponsored the recent anti-human-trafficking summit at CMC in Rifle, offering it for free to anyone who wanted to attend. Law enforcement and prosecution teams traveled from Denver, Aurora, Ft. Collins, and Douglas County to share their knowledge. A group of physicians from Valley View Hospital came; they wanted to learn the signs of victimization so that they could help patients. Five officers from the Rifle Police attended. A group of co-workers from Alpine Bank’s risk management division showed up; they wanted to be able to recognize how human traffickers arrange their financing.
Klein, says “anti-trafficking is really about creating a cohesive community where everyone cares for each other and no one is left out.” The law she wrote helps with that effort because it “allows us not just to go after the pimp, but the whole gang, the delivery driver, the hotels…”
Thanks to laws written by Beth, trafficking is defined not only as a criminal offense, but also a civil offense, one in which victims can sue for three times the amount of damages plus attorneys’ fees. Over the years, Beth has represented “many, many clients”. She says, “Every single one, no matter how bad it was, they have gone through major transformations and have gone on to do amazing things.”
One former client has been elected to a city council. The last victim she represented, a 65-year-old woman who was kept chained as a work slave, won a $4.5 million legal judgment against the “Romeo pimp” who tortured and electrocuted her.
Klein explains that human trafficking here in Colorado generally takes two forms: traffic for the sex trade and migrant workers abused by agricultural firms. Local residents may not be aware of it, but law enforcement authorities across multiple states recognize I-70 as a human trafficking corridor. Because I-70 and I-25 cross in Colorado, Denver is a hotspot.
“I want people here in Carbondale to know that kids here are at risk,” says Klein. As we learned at the summit, trafficking typically happens when there are income disparities, when families are struggling to make ends meet. Their kids have problems and they wind up making dangerous choices to survive.”
“When a 14-year-old girl is getting picked up from school early, if she’s suddenly carrying around a Chanel bag in Carbondale, if she’s suddenly wearing clothing that’s not representative of her social status, that’s when you need to pay attention,” Klein explains.
“What you look for is kids in the wrong place at the wrong time; they’re not in school when they should be. Or if they’re in school, there’s been a dramatic change in behavior. They’re not the same as they were a year ago.”
The next two Klein Frank Foundation anti-trafficking conferences arebeing organized and will be held in Grand Junction and Cheyenne Wyoming. Those interested in donation, attending, or participating in any fashion may call the Klein Frank Foundation at (303) 448-8884 and ask for Beth Klein.
I stand for the rule of law, and I demand that our government deal with investigations with even hands. Too often, Trey Gowdy and members of the GOP in politically charged Congressional hearings have demanded that Mueller end his investigation because it’s tearing the country apart. The GOP’ers beating the drum to stop the investigation have lost sight of the fact that the Russian investigation is not 100% about Trump. It is about the assault of a foreign government on democratic institutions.
Good thing that Gowdy’s demands were ignored and the process continued. Today, the witch hunt caught some witches. I suspect there will be more. In the meantime we have arrived in the Gertrude Stein – “there there.”
Read the indictment here:
It is no secret that I am a fan of Jaron Lanier. I read his work and the works of his critics. Jaron is one of the world’s great polymaths. He’s a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and the author of a new book, Who Owns the Future?, published last month There are very few people in Silicon Valley with such insight and as captivating and intelligent as Lanier. Not only does he know it all from within, he has been there at all the crucial junctures, cultural and technological, over the last thirty years. His work reassures me that I am not merely a gadget or a revenue unit, and it provides a long view of the possibilities of the effect of big data and the electronic Skinner box social media experiment in which we are all participants.
A barefoot Buddha with dreadlocks, perched in a crazy fun house in the leafy hills of Berkeley, Mr. Lanier is a founding member of the digerati. The 57-year-old computer scientist, musician and writer has been christened the father of virtual reality.
“I’m a professional illusionist,” he says. “In some ways, I might know more about making illusions than anybody.”
Mr. Lanier is one of the few prophets who admits that the spawn of Silicon Valley could become evil, but he tries to stay on the sunny side. It helps that he avoids all social media.
Disruption is revered. But what does it really mean? According to Lanier, it means the destruction of the middle class that the complete turn over of power to Siren networks of big data which replace science and destroy corporations. Professionals in journalism, music, translation, manufacturing and law with the opportunity to save and grow wealth have been relegated to piecemeal earnings. The era of disruption stems from a 1980’s decision to make internet interaction and information free. We’ve embedded into the architecture of the Internet some ideas that are making us collectively poorer instead of richer, or at least less richer than we could be. We’re losing wealth because more and more of our economy involves information, and information is not being bought and sold properly. We are manipulated by social media and trained to engage in addicting regimented behavior with feeds modified to serve our existing views and tribalism.
Jaron does not reject Facebook outright but sees in it a manifestation of regimented expression (not his term). In order to create an identity and fashion oneself on Facebook one must conform to the ways the social network is structured. One must write in certain spaces, must have friends, must like. The choices one is forced to exercise preclude other options. Over time by habit people begin thinking and behaving in certain technologically predetermined ways.
Facebook modifies user behavior and thinking, and it also a new corporate valuation system. Facebook bought Instagram a little over a year ago, a deal that Vanity Fair called “the ultimate Silicon Valley fairy tale,” a billion-dollar sale of a company less than two years old. Maybe even more remarkably, at the time of the sale, Instagram had exactly 13 employees.
How could a billion-dollar company have only 13 employees? It’s not because those employees were so extraordinarily valuable. It’s because much of its value “comes from the millions of users who contribute to the network without being paid for it.” He wants, in brief, “to monetize more of what’s valuable from ordinary people.” The value of the company does not come from any product, it comes from the number of grunts that interact with the company.
Big data disruption destroys industries and jobs. To him the dramatic changes in the music industry and journalism due to stealing of content and “free” digital news are only a preview of things to come. More and more jobs will be lost to digitization. Already it is extremely difficult in this age of smart-phone cameras to make a living as a photographer. Soon enough driverless cars will all but eradicate the profession of drivers. Education and professorial tenure might be next. Why pay indecent tuition when soon Harvard and MIT lectures might be online? 3-D printing is still rudimentary but who can guarantee that in a century we shall not be able to purchase online a software program of a new car and then print it on our 3-D printer in the garage? At its height Kodak employed 140 thousand people, writes Lanier. Instagram, when it was sold to Facebook in 2012 for a billion US dollars, employed thirteen people. One can hardly evoke a more vivid picture of the slimming down of the middle class than this.
Facebook, Google, Amazon and several dozen other companies organized around giant computers-servers in financial services, insurance and a handful of other industries tend to monopolize the market. The precursor to the development was Wal-Mart, which perfected the drive towards extreme efficiency. To some extent innovators always did it. Still Henry Ford tried to price his cars so that his employees at assembly line could afford them. Many Wal-Mart employees on Wal-Mart salaries cannot afford bigger-scale shopping in their department store. The logic of digital economy rewards winners and impoverishes everyone else, believes Lanier. He gives the supercomputers a Homeric name: siren servers. They function as mythical sirens, luring us with cheap or free services.
“We have free music, but soon enough barely anyone will be able to make money as a musician,” warns Lanier in one of his lectures. The same will soon apply to journalists, photographers, drivers and later on perhaps to teachers and professors. A look at Google and others’ business model is sobering. These companies give us free or cheap services and products in exchange for our allowing them to snoop on us. In the meantime they work to perfect cyber profiles of each of us according to our shopping, travel and life habits and then work the information into algorithms for offering information, services and goods.
Jaron: Okay, so let us hypothesize that in the future there would be robotic devices that would create bread, or perhaps bread could be 3-D printed, or perhaps bread might go from some tiny seedling on its own, automatically. In a sense, it already does that, of course. But let us just suppose, at any rate, that there are technologies for making bread which require vastly less human labor than in our present times. And this might include the workers in the field who gather the grains and process the grains. The whole thing might become what we call more “automated,” right?
And so then, the usual line of thinking is that, “Well, it’s sad that all the people who might have had jobs making bread before or making the components for bread or transporting the bread, it’s sad that all those jobs went away. But we can count on new jobs coming about, or at least new paths to sustenance, because technology always creates new opportunities.” And that’s something that I think is true. However, it all really depends on how we think about the technologies.
If we think about the technologies purely in the terms of sort of an artificial intelligence framework, where we say, “Well, if the machine does it, then it’s as if nobody has to do anything anymore,” then we create two problems that are utterly unnecessary. There’s a microeconomic problem, and there’s a macroeconomic problem. The microeconomic problem is that we’re pretending that the people who do the real work don’t exist anymore. But then the macroeconomic level also has to be considered. If we are saying that we’re automating the world—which is what happens when you make technology more advanced, and therefore there will be more and more use of these corpora driving artificial intelligence algorithms to do everything, including bread making—if we’re saying that the information that drives all this is supposed to be off the books, if we’re saying that it’s the free stuff, it’s not part of the economy, it’s only the sort of starter material or the promotional material or whatever ancillary thing it might be, if the core value is actually treated as an epiphenomenon, what will happen is the better technology gets, the smaller the economy will get, because more and more of the real value will be forced off the books. So the real economy will start to shrink. And it won’t just shrink uniformly; it’ll shrink around whoever has the biggest routing computers that manage that data.
I think the easiest way to describe this is to set up a little bit of a contrivance, which is a three-act play. So Act I is the 19th century, and the 19th century is completely consumed with anxiety that technology will throw people out of work, with some of the examples being the Luddite riots, early science fiction, the writing of Marx, “The Ballad of John Henry”—many other examples that I’ve gone into elsewhere. And so you have this tremendous anxiety.
Act II is the 20th century, and what happens in the 20th century is that that anxiety is resolved favorably, because it turns out that when there are better technologies, people can actually get better jobs. The transition from horse-driven vehicles to motorized vehicles represented a kind of profound improvement in the experience of the operator, right, because dealing with horses is tremendously smelly, difficult, and somewhat dangerous work, because they kick you. I mean, I love horses, but the truth is that dealing with the feed and the waste from them, and the brushing and dealing with the shoeing, I mean, it’s a lot. It’s a big deal. And operating a motor vehicle is so much easier in comparison that people pay to drive sports cars. I mean, people like driving. So the natural question to ask is, If technology has made operating a vehicle that much easier, why on earth should that person be paid? Why is it still a job worth paying?
And the answer is actually twofold, from two different perspectives, which we could say from below and from above. From below, the reason was that the labor movement said it was and fought really hard to make that the answer.
But from above, there’s another very interesting idea, which is markets can’t thrive without customers, so you need a middle class to be the customers. So, for instance, Henry Ford, who was a complete creep and otherwise, it has to be said, but in this particular way was very enlightened, where he said, you know, I can’t just put a product out there. I have to create a whole ecosystem in which my product will have customers. And that means making sure that my own factory workers can afford to buy the product. So the pricing has to match what wages can handle. And it also means supporting the idea of industries that treat it as a monetized function, because otherwise it’ll never take off. And so there was this understanding at that time that you have to build a monetized ecosystem.
So the 21st century comes along, which will be our third act, and what we decide is, Hey, you know what? We’re going to renege on the wisdom of the 20th century. We’re going to reject it. We’re going to say, sure, maybe it was still okay to pay people when they were driving vehicles, but you know what? At this point it’s ridiculous. Life’s getting so easy, vehicles can drive themselves. It’s time to stop paying people. You know, this is the end of the line. Now things are too good.
And, of course, the problem with that is that the same logic that applied to the 20th century really does still apply to the 21st century. If, in order to bring people the fruits of technology, you have to undo the ecosystem of the economy, well, then that’s what you’re doing. And then even though there might be a heroin-like hit because the initial phases of it feel really good, in the initial phases you can have little tiny companies that become incredibly valuable because they’ve become hubs for data, and people can get free treats online. So you have these benefits, so that feels really good. But in the long term, of course, you’re shrinking markets and, indeed, destroying the market economy without a clear alternative. And so that’s the problem with our third act so far, and we have to figure out a way to resolve it.
The solution is micropayments. Lanier suggests that we institute micropayments for the kind of value we create for siren servers. Ironically, it is difficult to imagine this solution in practice without disruption to digital economy.