The roots of Denver’s oldest law firm began with James H. Pershing, who was born in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, in 1863. After obtaining his A.B. from Princeton, Mr. Pershing achieved his legal education by “reading the law” with the assistance of legal practitioners in Pittsburgh. On November 3, 1891, Pershing moved to Denver from Pennsylvania, family in tow, to start his own legal practice. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar in January of 1892. It was then that he founded the firm that is known today as Sherman & Howard.