Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Geoff Petis |

Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Geoff Petis

Geoff Petis
Scott Franz

Downtown Steamboat residents who are sleeping more soundly these days (and not being awoken by street sweepers) can thank the city’s bow tie-wearing lawyer.

Geoff Petis, 35, has been in Steamboat for just two years, but he’s already made quite the impact as a leader of the Young Professionals Network, and board member of the Ski Town Lions Club, Northwest Colorado Bar Association and Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial committee.

He’s also a citizen who isn’t afraid to make appearances at City Council meetings. Many may not realize it was Petis who led the charge to have the city alter its street sweeping operations so they didn’t make as much noise. He went to Citizens Hall armed with a video showing that there wasn’t much traffic on the street at hours later in the morning, and that street sweeping then wouldn’t cause as much of an impact.

As the founder of Petis Law, Petis, also recognized as one of Colorado’s Top 40 Litigation Attorneys Under 40, specializes in personal injury matters, insurance disputes, real estate cases and business law. He’s also launching a new nonprofit, the Petis Law Community Impact Foundation, that awards grants to community charities.

As for the bow tie, when he was working at a law firm in Denver, he says he was bound to its dress code of suits and ties.

But he admits that looks a little silly here in Steamboat, so he settled on the bow without looking back. “Many people in town know him as ‘the bow tie guy,’ and quickly learn that it not only makes him stand out, but encompasses his jovial and compassionate personality,” says his wife, Lisel Petis, a Steamboat native.

It’s his attitude more than his appearance that truly makes him a young leader in the community. “Our community is lucky to have him,” says fellow 20 Under 40 nominee Matt Eidt. “He’s very generous with his time and always gives back to friends, family and the community. To let any more time pass before recognizing him would be a crime.”

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