Senior Partner, Polsinelli
Howard Gelt was a Senior Partner with Polsinelli with an extensive real estate practice and a trusted advisor to many businesses. Polsinelli is a business and litigation law firm with more than 700 attorneys in 18 offices spanning the country from Los Angeles to New York.
Mr. Gelt graduated with a B.S.B.A. from the University of Arizona in 1966, and received his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 1969. Mr. Gelt began his legal career as an educator, teaching civil and criminal trial practice at the University of Denver College of Law, as the Assistant Director of the Clinical Education Program (from 1969–1973) and at the Duke University College of Law as a Clinical Instructor (from 1973–1975), where he began the first clinical program in the country on the subject of law and aging. From 1975–1978, Mr. Gelt was a senior staff member for then Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm. Following his service with Governor Lamm, Mr. Gelt entered private practice.
Mr. Gelt had extensive background in transportation issues in the metro Denver area. He was a past member of the State Highway Commission, Chairman of the Coalition for Smart Transit, a member of the State Economic Development Commission, and on the transition team for newly elected Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. His service as Chairman of the Board of the Metro North Chamber and the North Area Transportation Alliance (NATA) solidified his relationships with key elected officials and business leaders in the metro north area.
In addition to his private business, economic development and civic activities, Mr. Gelt was active in a variety of political activities. Besides serving on the senior staff of Governor Richard D. Lamm, he also served as the Chairman of the Political Action Committee for Mayor Federico Pena, the Chairman of the finance committee for Governor Roy Romer, and the Chairman of the Colorado State Democratic party and a key member of the Clinton for Colorado Committee. In addition, he was a member of the Finance Committee for U.S. Senator Mark Udall and a member of the Obama Leadership Circle for Colorado.
Howard Gelt passed away in July of 2016 following a long battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed.