Gordon Heuser, Attorney

Gordon Heuser

B.A., Economics, University of Colorado, 1981

J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law, 1984

Licensed in Colorado, Utah, and California

A Colorado Springs native, Gordon has been practicing in Southern Colorado for 31 years. He has handled thousands of personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. He has argued cases in front of the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.

Providing high quality service to his clients is the highest priority to Gordon.

Gordon is an avid runner and has participated in numerous races throughout the central states including the Boston marathon. He loves to hike in the mountains and especially likes to “bag 14-ers” (climb those mountains over 14,000 feet). He enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Barkley Heuser, Attorney

Barkley HeuserB.A., Colorado College, 1972

J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law, 1975

Licensed in Colorado

Barkley Heuser is a Colorado native, and has lived in Colorado Springs for over 59 years. He has three brothers, one of whom is his partner, and one sister. He’s practiced law for 42 years in his hometown.

Barkley believes in giving straight-forward advice to his clients and not hiding the truth under a barrage of fancy legal terms. Working with a client who really understands the pros and cons of his case makes Barkley feel he is doing his job. He enjoys helping injured people and solving their problems.

Barkley and his wife are active in their church. His other interests include: reading, walking, kayaking and playing with his two wiener dogs, Bob and Izzy.

Benjamin Paul Gifford, Attorney

The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

B.A., University of California at Berkley, 2000

J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 2008

Benjamin Gifford is a trial-tested attorney with significant experience. Prior to joining Heuser & Heuser, LLP, Ben worked for the offices of LeHouillier & Associates where he successfully tried professional malpractice and auto accident cases. Ben also spent time as a prosecutor for the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Colorado Springs, where he successfully tried multiple cases for crimes ranging from Driving Under the Influence to Domestic Violence. Now with Heuser & Heuser, LLP, Ben has been lead counsel on hundreds of personal injury matters and has been counsel of record through multiple trials. In his first personal injury trial, Ben successfully tried an auto accident case in Denver’s District Court. The outcome was significant and published in the Jury Verdict Reporter of Colorado, Volume 31, Number 1. Since that trial, Ben has continued to excel in and outside of the Courtroom. He is widely considered one of the most aggressive and dedicated up-and-coming lawyers in Colorado.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ben served for 8 years in the Unites States Marine Corps as an infantry Platoon and Company Commander with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During his time in the Marine Corps, Ben was honored to serve during three combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan and was the recipient of numerous personal and unit awards.

Ben graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000 where he played division one baseball and studied Political Science. Beginning in 2008, and after his service in the Marine Corps, Ben attended Pepperdine University School of Law graduating in 2011. Ben’s personal interests include spending time with his family, mountain biking, fishing, Colorado Rockies baseball and Denver Broncos football. Ben now brings his wealth of life experience and knowledge to serve your legal needs.

Patrick R. Salt, Attorney

Patrick R. SaltB.A., Unversity of Northern Colorado – 1974

J.D., Pepperdine University – 1981
Mr. Salt has resided in Colorado Springs since 1969 when his military-based family relocated to Colorado Springs. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his law degree from Pepperdine Law School. Prior to law school, Pat taught and coached at local high schools.

For the past 33 years, Pat has been an active attorney, trying cases in various counties throughout Colorado. He is also privileged to serve as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Colorado Springs. Mr. Salt has represented the El Paso County Bar Association as a Trustee and been elected to the Board of Governors to the Colorado Bar Association.

Outside of the legal realm, Pat enjoys spending time with his family and participating in sporting activities, particularly golf. Pat has been a youth basketball coach as well as Club Scout leader, he is an Eagle Scout.  The Salt family has a passion for giving back to the community. Pat’s wife formerly served as the CEO of Easter Seals of Southern Colorado and Pat’s father was an El Paso County Commissioner for six years. Currently, Pat is on the Board of Directors for the Air Academy School District 20 Foundation, which provides scholarships for high school students and grants for educators.

Recently, Mr. Salt has been acknowledged by his peers as a “Top Lawyer” for 2015 in the Colorado Springs Style Magazine. His legal expertise has led him to be rated by Martindale Hubbell, through evaluations of lawyers and members of the U.S and Canadian  bar and judiciary, as an A+ attorney for his high ethical standards and professional ability. Pat has received a similar rating for his work as a Judge.

Carla Augenstein, Paralegal

Carla Augenstein

Carla Augenstein brings 30 years of experience in the legal field, 23 of which she has been an esteemed paralegal at Heuser & Heuser. She first worked in a personal injury law firm in Beverly Hills, CA, before moving her family to Colorado to raise her two children, Katie and Collin.

Carla serves as the workers’ compensation paralegal at Heuser & Heuser. She works closely with clients from the case opening to the case resolution. She manages all case aspects, ensuring that each client receives the individual attention he or she deserves. Carla has a keen attention to detail and the ability to resolve difficult issues. She enjoys working with people and regularly contacts adjusters, medical offices, and attorneys during her efforts to help clients.

When not at work, Carla enjoys working out, riding her bike, and just about any kind of physical activity. She has four grandchildren whom she spends time as often as she can. She also has two dogs, Indy and Mac who occasionally come to work with her.

Janice Kerwin, Paralegal

Janice KerwinM.B.A. – Colorado Technical University

Janis Kerwin is a Colorado native that attended Palmer High School before attending Pikes Peak Community College where she earned her Associates in Accounting and then attended Colorado Technical University for her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Business which she completed in September of 2014.

Since joining the team of Heuser & Heuser in 2015, Janis has been committed to upholding the highest level of excellence in the service she provides to clients.  With over a decade of experience in the legal field, she brings a level of knowledge, understanding and familiarity that serve to greatly benefit her clients as they navigate a difficult time in their lives.

Outside of Heuser and Heuser, Janis enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children.  Janis also volunteers her time at the Humane Society with her daughter in the cattery. She also enjoys hiking, biking, taking weekend trips, and sitting down to enjoy a good book.

Terri Murphy, Paralegal

Terri MurphyTerri Murphy is a paralegal who joined our firm in January 2009, bringing 10 years of legal experience in personal injury. She works closely with clients throughout the process of getting them  back on the road to recovery. She enjoys interacting with clients and going the “extra mile” to assist each one in resolving their case.

When not at work, Terri enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike and their three daughters, Sarah, Hunter, and Mackenzie. She is an avid Broncos fan and never misses a game.

Jean Astbury, Paralegal

JeanJean has been in the legal field since 2001. Prior to her career at Heuser & Heuser, she worked with an insurance defense firm for twelve years. She enjoys all aspects of legal work and is thrilled to be working on the Plaintiff’s side.  She continues to take Paralegal courses to broaden her knowledge and enhance her skills.

Outside the office, she spends her spare time with her three daughters and grandson. Most weekends you can find her hiking the Manitou Incline.

Kristine Fernatt, Paralegal

KristineKristine joined Heuser & Heuser, LLP  in September 2015 as a paralegal in the personal injury group.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Houston and a paralegal degree from Penn Foster.  Kristine has more than 8 years of experience working in insurance defense firms.

In her free time, Kristine enjoys hiking and swimming.