Project Description

G. Lane Earnest (1938–2019)

It is with great sadness that we announce that one of our founders, G. Lane Earnest, passed away on March 9, 2019, in the company of his family.  Earnie is survived by Barbara, his wife of fifty-nine years, his children, Hillary and Keith, and five grandchildren.

Mr. Earnest and Gerald Caplan founded Caplan and Earnest in 1969 with the firm belief that a successful and rewarding practice is built upon first rate legal work, the highest professional standards, respect for all, a team approach, and, a commitment to the broader community.

Known throughout the Colorado as “Earnie the attorney,” Earnie was the host, and voice, of the Fourth of July fireworks celebration at Folsom Field for thirty years.  He was master of ceremonies at countless community events including the annual dinner of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.  He served as president of the University of Colorado Alumni Association, the Boulder Rotary Club, and the Boulder County Bar Association, and was campaign chairman for Boulder County United Way.  He was a member of the board of directors of numerous Boulder banks, including First National, Arapahoe National, Bank One Boulder, and most recently, Wells Fargo’s community board, and was counsel to Boulder Community Hospital.

A graduate of the University of Colorado’s School of Law, Earnie’s practice focused on business, healthcare, and real estate law. His significant projects included the acquisition of Boulder Memorial Hospital by Boulder Community Hospital; the first Colorado branch bank acquisition; and the formation of the state’s largest captive insurance company.  He received the Boulder Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame Award, and National Association of Realtors’ Counsel’s Award of Excellence.

Most important to those of us at Caplan and Earnest, Earnie helped establish a culture of excellence built on a sense that a successful legal practice arises out of a well-rounded life of family, friends, colleagues, and community.  As a result of those values, Caplan and Earnest is celebrating its fiftieth year as a practice, stability that is almost unheard of in a rapidly changing world and legal community.

Earnie wore a bow-tie, and a smile, really well.  We will miss him enormously, and always benefit from his leadership.