An Honored Hero

An Honored Hero

By Tony Flesor, LAW WEEK COLORADO

Craig Fleishman, shareholder at Fleishman Shapiro, had a humbling experience when he was recognized as the “Hero of the Game” at the Feb. 3 Denver Nuggets game against the L.A. Clippers.

Fleishman served in the Army in the Vietnam War from 1971 to 1972 and served in Oberammergau, Germany, prior to that. He received a bronze star for his service.

His girlfriend recommended him to the Nuggets after he noticed he’d never seen them recognize a Vietnam veteran for the “Hero of the Game.” He said it was a humbling experience to have his photos displayed on the jumbotron and to receive a standing ovation from the crowd of approximately 17,000 in attendance.

Fleishman said he’s likely the only lawyer you’ll meet who took the LSAT in Saigon while wearing jungle fatigues. He took the law school admission test with the sound of artillery being fired in the background and parachute flares coming from the sky. People came in, put their guns in a corner, and took the exam, he said.

He left the Army as a captain in February 1972, six months before law school started. He took that time to “bum around the world,” visiting the Himalayas, Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and going on safari in several countries in Africa.

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