Carl J. Absmeier

David O. Colver, Kimbra L. Killin, and Russell J. Sprague

Shortly after Garman retired, David O. Colver joined Absmeier to form the partnership of Absmeier & Colver in 1976. Colver returned to his hometown after receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and a law degree and master's degree in judicial administration from the University of Denver. Absmeier accepted an appointment as a District Court judge for Colorado's 13th Judicial District in 1979, where he remained until his retirement in 1986. Colver continued the private practice of the firm after Absmeier's departure, and also assumed the county judge position. Colver retired from the county judge position in 2014 but remains as a partner with the firm in private practice.

Ben L. Garman, far right third row in bowtie, with Phillips County, Colorado officials in 1931.

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In 1921, Ben L. Garman moved to Holyoke, Colorado after graduating from the Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana. Garman began a general practice to serve farmers, ranchers, and businesses in northeast Colorado. Garman established a distinguished practice of business law, real estate law, taxation, and all aspects of agricultural law, which remains a significant foundation of the firm's practice today.

Garman practiced as a solo practitioner from 1921 to 1950, at which time Carl J. Absmeier joined the firm. Absmeier was an Army Air Corp pilot veteran who flew as a night fighter and bomber in the Chinese and African Theatre in World War II. After returning from the war, Absmeier moved from Michigan to Boulder, Colorado, where he began law school at the University of Colorado in 1947. Upon graduation, Absmeier and his family moved to Holyoke, where he joined Garman and formed the partnership of Garman & Absmeier. Absmeier became the Phillips County judge and also practiced with Garman until Garman's retirement in the mid-1970s.

In 1995, Kimbra L. Killin joined the firm after practicing in Denver, and she and Colver formed the partnership of Colver & Killin, LLP. Killin, also a native of Holyoke, joined the firm after obtaining degrees from Regis University and the University of Denver College of Law. Killin remains a partner of the firm and now serves in the role of county judge after Colver's retirement from the position in 2014.​

Colver & Killin, LLP became Colver Killin & Sprague, LLP in 2012 with the addition of Russell J. Sprague. Sprague, who also is a native of Holyoke, joined Colver and Killin from a national litigation practice in Denver after graduating from Colorado State University and the University of Nebraska College of Law, as well as a clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.


The firm today is comprised of four attorneys and two staff members servicing clients throughout Colorado from offices in Holyoke and Parker. The firm continues its practice in all aspects of agricultural law, business law, estate planning, probate and trust administration, and real estate law. The firm also has expanded its practice to handle various litigation matters, including complex commercial and business litigation. The lawyers of the firm are proud of the firm's long history and distinguished practice and seek to continue the tradition of the firm with each client today.