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Launched more than 20 years ago, the Denver Warburg Chapter helps to bring together the region’s German-American community several times a year. The Chapter partners with organizations such as the Denver Council on Foreign Relations, the Colorado German American Chamber of Commerce, and the Korbel School of International Relations at the University of Denver.

In 2016, the Denver Chapter hosted eight events with six different speakers covering a wide range of topics from climate change, to populism and the future of the transatlantic partnership. Speakers included Dr. Cornelius Adebar, with the European Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who discussed the Iran nuclear deal; Frances G. Burwell, Vice President of European Union and Special Initiatives at the Atlantic Council, who spoke on the migration crisis; and Dr. Stefan Heumann, member of the Management Board of Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, who discussed cyber policy post Edward Snowden.

About the Chapter Co-Directors

William M. Bass, Esq.
Attorney at Law

William Bass currently has his own law practice in Denver specializing in business and family immigration cases and insolvency matters, with an emphasis on bankruptcy and business workouts. Pursuant to appointment by the U.S. Attorney General, Mr. Bass has served as the Standing Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Trustee for the District of Colorado since 1987 and Wyoming since 1994. In that capacity, he administers all Chapter 12 agricultural bankruptcies filed in Colorado and Wyoming.

He served as a Staff Member on a consulting basis to President George Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle on international trips to such countries as Brazil, Canada, Japan Indonesia, Great Britain, Hungary, and Russia. He was part of the U.S. Staff Delegation in Moscow at the funeral of Premier Andropov in 1984 with then Vice President Bush, and traveled to Bonn, Germany in June of 1991 for a series of meetings between Chancellor Kohl and Vice President Quayle.

Mr. Bass received his undergraduate degree in economics in 1970 and his J.D. in 1973 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He is married to Letty Bousman Bass, Executive Director of a private foundation called the Chambers Family Fund, and is the father of three children.

Bernhard Jürgen Bleise, Esq.
Attorney at Law

Bernhard Jürgen Bleise is an attorney with his own private practice, which represents private and publicly-held European companies and individuals doing business in the United States. He also advises U.S. clients concerning their operations, investments, and transactions abroad. Furthermore, he currently serves as the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for Colorado and Wyoming.

Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Bleise was part of the Bleise & Matthew law firm in Bremerhaven, Germany, from 1979 to 1988 before moving to Denver to join Rossi & Judd, P.C in 1989. He completed his law degree at the University of Göttingen and the University of Bremen in 1976. Mr. Bleise currently resides in Denver with his wife Renae and son Maximilian.