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Rick Zier is another Colorado native. Rick attended Colorado College on a Boettcher Scholarship, graduating in 1973 with distinction, cum laude. During college, he received a Ford Foundation Venture Grant for thesis research in Europe, played baseball, captained the rugby team, and was president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Between college and law school Rick worked as an operator for the Colorado & Southern Railway in northern Colorado. Completing his law studies at the University of Texas at Austin in two years, he obtained his J.D. in 1977. While in law school he was on the staffs of The Texas International Law Journal and The Texas Urban Law Review.
From 1978 to 1991, he was an associate and later a shareholder in the Fort Collins firm which came to be called Harden, Schmidt, Hass & Zier. A private office, the firm also represented Larimer County, and Rick’s practice consisted partly of advising various County departments and sitting with the Board of County Commissioners and the Board of Adjustment in public hearings concerning zoning and subdivision matters. He also was the supervisor of the legal work for the Department of Social Services (now Department of Human Services) in matters concerning child and adult protection. His work for private clients involved business and real estate transactions, wills and estates, and civil litigation. He also represented Poudre R-1 School District in the acquisition of school sites and construction of numerous public schools under two large bond issues. In 1992 Rick established Zier Law Offices, a general civil practice emphasizing land use and zoning, contracts, business, wills and estates, and local government law. His interests have expanded now to include all of the areas of practice described on the home page.