5Q is your way to get more acquainted with the local legal community. Submissions come from lawyers, paralegals, judges and law professors alike. In 5Q, you’ll discover insights on the profession while learning more about the people behind the practice. Responses are edited for clarity and length.
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This week, we heard from Kyler Burgi, a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs. He “has a diverse bankruptcy & creditors’ rights practice that spans multiple industries, including oil & gas, mining, real estate, retail, tech and recreation.” Read more about Burgi’s practice and experience in his online biography.
What is your favorite clause of the Constitution and why?
A: “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . . .” I was a TV news reporter in a past life and was the direct beneficiary of that right. Democracy dies without it.
What is your favorite restaurant and what’s your favorite thing to order there?
A: Hula pie with a side of bourbon at Duke’s in Maui. Not my favorite restaurant necessarily, but a fond food memory from the last big vacation before the pandemic.
What’s your favorite weekend activity?
A: A couple of runs at A-Basin; afternoon 18 at Willis Case; two beers; nap.
Which rule of evidence do you hate the most and why?
A: Rule 801, because it is often misunderstood by practitioners and (shhhh) occasionally judges. I was privileged to learn the rule and its application from the late, great Professor Sheila Hyatt.
What’s your favorite movie or TV show?
A: Nothing against Luke Skywalker, but I’ve always been team Star Trek.