Johnson Law Group - December 2019

FAMILY FORUM

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Family for Good

Putting ‘Family’ in Family Law

W hen you start a business, one piece of advice you’ll hear a lot is, “Don’t go into business with your family.” Thankfully, this is advice my husband and I never followed. After leaving a midsized firm in 2015, I went on to start Johnson Law Group, and Myles joined me a month later.

We pride ourselves on providing practical and well-reasoned advice designed not only to protect what is most important to our clients but also to minimize conflict where possible. When formal litigation is necessary, we provide aggressive, high- caliber advocacy. While every case is different and no outcome is ever guaranteed, we work tirelessly to provide high-quality representation to effectively and efficiently move our clients to the next chapter of their lives.

Myles and I have different and complementary personalities, or, as Myles puts it, we’re the yin and yang to each other. This makes us a great match as business partners. (Plus, it helps

The cases we handle at Johnson Law Group are uniquely delicate, and we are honored

that we love each other a whole lot!)

to be entrusted with our clients’ most important

Before law school, Myles was involved in prison ministry through his church. His goal was to help provide spiritual and emotional support to people in the criminal justice

needs. Whether it’s a difficult divorce or custody battle, a heated protection order or a contested guardianship, one thing is clear: Our clients come to us in the middle of very challenging times in their lives. Myles

system. So originally, when Myles went to law school, he wanted to be

a criminal defense attorney. That changed when Myles clerked at a family law firm and practiced family law in a legal clinic as a student attorney. This made Myles realize that family lawwas his passion. As a child who lived through divorce, Myles has a unique perspective on how it can impact a family. I went to law school because I wanted to help people. I’d always enjoyed speech and debate, as well as writing, and being a lawyer meant rolling all my skills into one. Myles and I met at Colorado Law, and he introduced me to the importance of family law. At first, I wasn’t sold, but after helping Myles with a few cases, I learned how fulfilling and healing the work is.

and I, as well as our entire team, empathize with the struggles of our clients and understand how these cases can impact every facet of their lives. Being a family law firm means helping people with real problems, and we are proud to give our clients the tools they need to work through their hardships in a strategic and reasonable manner. When someone takes the courageous first step of contacting us, they may feel like nothing will ever change. Once we join forces, we help create a strategic plan that will not only address what needs to change now but will also bring them closer to a brighter future.

“The cases we handle at Johnson Law Group are uniquely delicate.”

—Genet & Myles Johnson

At Johnson Law Group, we specialize in family law cases and, in so doing, take a client-first approach.

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GLAMPING IN BEAUTIFUL LOCATIONS

T he allure of the great outdoors calls to many, but pitching a tent and cooking over a fire isn’t for everyone. If that describes you, consider the yurt: a small, permanent structure often outfitted with electricity, plumbing, and other modern amenities. Expertly nestled in remote locations, they provide comforts of home in the midst of nature. Here are just a few around the United States available for rent. Treebones Resort, California For those new to the glamping scene, this is a great choice for an easy transition. With picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, the Treebones Resort in Big Sur has an array of spaciously comfortable yurts to choose from. The resort has heated pools, a cozy lodge, and even a sushi bar. About an hour up the coastline, you can find a few shops, restaurants, and art galleries if you decide you’ve gotten your dose of nature for the day. Spruce Hole Yurt, Colorado

are plentiful in this backcountry location. At the end of a chilly day,

come home to comfy beds, cooking supplies, and decor made to feel like you’re camping — but with sturdy walls to keep out the cold. Falls Brook Yurts, NewYork

For the glampers who truly want to get away, hike just under 1 mile into the woods of the Adirondack Mountains to discover rustic yurts beckoning you to cook over a fire or bundle up with a book. At night, the yurt’s domed skylight offers excellent stargazing. For those keen on winter activities, skiing and snowshoeing trails start right outside the front door. In the summer, enjoy hiking, fishing, and swimming.

Nestled in the San Juan Mountains about 10 miles north of New Mexico, this yurt is a snow-lover’s paradise. Skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking trails

Spotlight on Elizabeth A. Gregory

Lawyers are cool.

Colorado, she made the switch to family law, an area she found much more fulfilling.

This isn’t our opinion; it’s a fact supported by evidence from Johnson Law Group’s senior associate, Elizabeth Gregory. Elizabeth swam competitively in college and became an attorney because both of her swim coaches were lawyers and were, in Elizabeth’s words, “the coolest people.”

“With family law, I’m helping people through what is potentially the most difficult thing they’ll face in their lives,” she explains. “It’s really rewarding to be the person who helps them through it. I want to be someone other people can turn to when they need answers. Having a client thank me after I was able to help them is the best feeling in the world. It motivates me on all of my cases for the rest of the day. I didn’t realize this was what I was missing back in Nebraska.”

“I wanted to be like them,” Elizabeth says. “Plus, I already wanted to help people. I’m smart, and I figured I should use my intelligence to do just that. Since I don’t like blood or needles, going

As for whether or not Elizabeth succeeded in being a “cool” lawyer, we’d say she’s the very definition of cool. She coaches CrossFit and an all-female powerlifting team. This past September, they had their first powerlifting meet; two women on the team got first place and another woman claimed second. Before getting into CrossFit, Elizabeth also won two national titles for muay thai kickboxing. While Elizabeth can’t kickbox your spouse into coming to an agreement with you, she can help you address whatever family law challenges you’re currently facing. And that sounds pretty cool to us.

into the medical field was off the table. Becoming a cool lawyer was the best way I could think of to help the most people as possible.”

Elizabeth started her law career in Nebraska, spending six years as a government defense attorney. When Elizabeth and her fiancé came to

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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that people experience every fall and winter. If you find yourself feeling blue as the days become shorter and darker, know there are things you can do to boost your mood until spring returns. Increase Your Activity Keeping your body active can increase your energy levels, help you sleep, reduce anxiety, and boost your self-esteem. Summit Medical Group states that a person who exercises for 30–60 minutes a day can manage or avoid SAD easier than a person who does not exercise regularly. When you participate in physical activity, your body releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins, which have a morphine-like effect on your brain. If exercising outdoors is not ideal, consider swimming, walking, or dancing instead. Get Some Sun Exposure to sunlight is also significantly beneficial for people suffering from SAD. Sunlight helps your body produce adequate amounts of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that contributes to feelings of well-being and happiness. Getting just a few minutes of sunlight a day through a walk or short jog can make all the difference. If you live in an area where the winters are bleak, cloudy, and dark, sunlight can be harder to come by. But technology has you covered: You can purchase “sun lamps,” which simulate sunlight without the damaging UV rays. Just set up a sun lamp in your workspace or living area and feel your mood lift. Maintain Your Routine Often, it can be difficult to stick with your daily routine during the cooler months. It may be harder to wake up on time in the morning to work out, or it may be too cold outside to go on your daily run. Luckily, you can find small ways to mitigate this. For example, invest in a sunrise alarm clock, which gently wakes you up with a simulated sunrise, or shop for high-quality thermal workout gear. If you continue to suffer from SAD and feel there’s no end in sight, it’s important to seek help from professionals. They can determine the best treatment options available for you.

Positive Focus

CLASSIC ROAST CHICKEN Inspired by Ina Garten

Ingredients

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1 chicken, approx. 5–6 lbs

● Kosher salt

● Freshly ground pepper

● 1 large bunch fresh thyme, 20 sprigs removed

● 1 lemon, halved

● 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise ● 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted ● 1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced

● 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

● Olive oil

Directions

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Heat oven to 425 F.

Rinse chicken inside and out, removing giblets if included. Move to a work surface, pat dry, and liberally season with salt and pepper. Stuff cavity with thyme bunch, lemon halves, and garlic head. Brush outside with butter, and then season again. Tie chicken legs together with kitchen string. Meanwhile, in a roasting pan, toss onions and carrots in olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and 20 sprigs of thyme. Place the chicken on the vegetables and roast for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven, and let stand for 20 minutes covered with foil.

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6. Slice and serve with the vegetables.

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INSIDE

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Yurts: Glamping at Its Finest

Who’s the Coolest Person You Know?

Boost Your Mental Health This Season

Classic Roast Chicken

Local Events

MAKE TIME FOR FAMILY

Have Some FunWith the Ones You Love

‘Goodnight Moon’ Where: RandyWeeks Conservatory Theatre, Denver When: Oct. 4, 2019, to Feb. 16, 2020 Admission: $10–$20 Website: DenverCenter.org/calendar Generations of kids have gone to sleep with their favorite bedtime story, “Goodnight Moon.” DCPA’s Theatre for Young Audiences is bringing this beloved story to life like never before! All your favorite characters from the Great Green Room will be live on stage with whimsical music, fun dances, and the story your family loves. This show is best suited for children from preschool to third grade, making it the perfect way to introduce your kids to the magic of theater!

Breakfast With Santa Where: Downtown Aquarium, Denver When: Dec. 7–8, 14–15, and 21–24 Admission: $13.99–$19.99 Website: AquariumRestaurants.com/ downtownaquariumdenver

Skate the Lake: NewYear’s Eve Festival Where: Evergreen Lake, Evergreen When: Tuesday, Dec. 31; 6 p.m. Admission: $20–30 Website: EvergreenChamber.org/skate-the-lake Looking to get out of the city and celebrate a fun, low-key New Year’s Eve with your family? Then claim your tickets for Colorado’s favorite family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s celebration! Bring your ice skates — or rent a pair — and spend an evening on the ice. Families are also invited to play a game of broomball or miniature putt-putt before warming up by the fire pit with some free hot chocolate while waiting for the fireworks show.

Santa Claus is coming to town … to the Downtown Aquarium, to be exact! Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa, Sharkey the aquarium mascot, and all your underwater friends at this one-of-a-kind event. Bring your camera to get some great pictures, and don’t forget to take advantage of exhibit discounts after breakfast. Claim your seats with reservations in advance by calling 303.561.4450.

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