Leonard P. Plank
Leonard P. Plank is the most recent addition to the roster of attorneys at McConnell Fleischner Houghtaling, LLC. Given his passion for the law and desire to pass on his knowledge and expertise to younger attorneys he has graced us with his presence as Special Counsel to consult on legal issues and appeals.
Leonard is a lifelong resident of Colorado. He was born in Gunnison, Colorado and later moved to Denver. After attending Regis High School, he continued his education at Regis College where, in his senior year, he was elected student body president. He graduated from Regis College with a degree in history. Following a stint in the army, and a marriage that continues through today, he continued his education at the University of Denver College of Law.
Following graduation from law school, he spent four years in the Denver District Attorney’s Office before moving on to private practice with an insurance defense firm and later as in- house counsel for CF&I Steel Corporation.
Leonard was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 1988. He retired in 2002, but he remained active as a senior judge until June 2018. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, he served as a judge on the Denver District Court, 1974-1988, and the Denver County Court, 1970-1974.
Over the years, Leonard has remained faithful to his commitment to the extended legal community. Believing strongly in public education about the law, Leonard has spoken on law-related issues at community programs and on radio and television. He has taught law at the high school and college levels. He has also volunteered as a moot court judge for law school, college and high school competitions.
Leonard has served as president of the Colorado District Judges Association and the State Council of Trial Judges Association. He is currently on the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee, and he is a former member of the Colorado Civil Rules Committee. He has actively participated in the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations by holding offices and sitting on a variety of committees. He has been an active civic participant in the Denver Anti-Crime Commission, Community Corrections Board and Samaritan Shelter. The Denver Bar Association honored him with its first-ever Judicial Excellence Award. The CBA gave him the Award of Merit in recognition of his outstanding service to that organization The Catholic Lawyers' Guild presented him the St. Thomas More Award for his contributions to his profession, the community and religion.
Leonard is married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Ann Fallon. They have devotedly parented and guided the lives of six children, 14 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Despite his many accomplishments, Leonard may be best known for his sense of humor. Once he was asked "What is it like to have six children?" He responded with a chuckle. "The only people in the world that would understand it are those that have five teenagers at once. Nothing more needs to be said."
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