Warren G. Elliott: January 3, 1927 – May 29, 2012


Nossaman founder and former partner Warren Elliott passed away May 29, 2012.

"Warren was a consummate gentleman," said Managing Partner Michael Heumann.  "Even after he had long retired from Nossaman, he was always ready to help Nossaman on occasions that we called on him.  We will remember Warren fondly."

Born in Pueblo, CO on January 3, 1927, Mr. Elliott served in the Army Air Corps after graduating from high school.  After attending the University of Colorado (1950) and the University of Michigan School of Law (JD 1952), he returned to Pueblo as the Assistant City Attorney followed by Assistant City Manager.

Mr. Elliott served as the powerful legislative assistant to the three-term Colorado Senator, Gordon Allott, who established massive water projects essential for Colorado's economic development in the 1960s.  He moved to the private sector after Allott retired in 1973, and served as Associate General Counsel of the American Council of Life Insurance and then as Vice President and General Counsel of Aetna Life and Casualty Insurance Company.  After returning to Washington, DC in 1978, he worked as a lobbyist, bringing his unique strengths and insight to bear on a full spectrum of appropriations, insurance, tax and healthcare legislation.

Nossaman's Bill Guthner recruited Mr. Elliott, a fellow Michigan alum, to join the Firm and establish the Washington, DC office in 1980, giving the Firm a national presence, and in 1983, a new name - Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott. 

After retiring, Mr. Elliott joined the boards of Opera North, VISTAS Life Long Learning, The Cosmopolitan Men's Club and Ensemble Theater and was very active with Iliad Life Long Learning. Mr. Elliott was deeply involved in politics, and was active with the Republican Party until 2008 and a strong supporter of CA Forward.

Mr. Elliott is survived by his wife, sister, four children, three stepchildren, and 10 grandchildren.

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