We had the good fortune of connecting with Lane Rideout and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lane, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I opened my own law practice in 2018 I had been working for local tech startups and caught the entrepreneurial spirit from my colleagues. I was doing business work with some legal work mixed in and I missed practicing law full time. Working in business roles also expanded my perspective and gave me the confidence to open my own business. It was a big leap of faith to leave a good job but I was confident that persistence and hard work would allow me to succeed and grow. I also wanted to set an example for my elementary aged daughter that women can have their own businesses and be the boss. I believe it is important for her to have real life role models – not just myself – so that she can envision the future she wants without limiting beliefs about what is possible for her. Opening a business could never be described as easy but I absolutely made the right decision.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
There is no shortage of available attorneys in every practice area, but there is also no shortage of people that need help, assistance, and guidance. Legal work is really about helping people resolve a challenge. Hopefully the resolution will be good for them and bring them peace in their life. There are great highs when you can share a victory with a client. It is never easy to share difficult news or give advice that someone hopes not to hear but this can always be communicated with empathy, compassion, and honesty. I focus on doing whatever is in my power to help people in the context of what really works for them or their business. The great thing about legal questions is that there is always something new to learn; the questions are never the same and the law is constantly changing. This is the perfect profession to be a life-long learner and this is, I believe, what really drew me to this field.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the outdoor lifestyle in Colorado and my husband and I moved here primarily for the wonderful opportunities to ski. I consider Eldora our “home” mountain and think it’s a great spot to take visitors. The trails around Louisville and Superior are spectacular for biking and taking walks. We love to eat at Old Sante Fe Mexican Grille in Louisville or PJ’s Diner in Superior. There are so many great locally owned stores to visit. We like Old Friends in Louisville. There is nothing quite like McGuckin’s Hardware in Boulder – I’ve been visiting there since I was a kid coming with my grandparents from Texas.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family has been the rock in my life that has allowed me to devote the time and energy to making my law practice a success. I could never have done this without them. The Superior Chamber of Commerce has been a huge source of support and encouragement. The Chamber has helped grow my business but has also allowed me to meet so many people who are now my friends.