Tiger Tracker: Gillian Cooley Morrison
Gillian Cooley Morrison graduated Summit High School in 1986. She went on to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she earned a BA in English literature, and spent her sophomore year abroad in London. Continuing her education, she attended the University of Denver College of Law, where she received a Juris Doctorate
in 1993. She worked as general counsel for a sports marketing firm for two years, and then practiced general civil litigation in Denver until 1996. Morrison then moved to Vail, where she practiced law full-time for a year, and then set up her own practice as a contract attorney in civil and commercial litigation. She also practiced family law. She and her family moved to Littleton in 2000, where she now practices law part-time and stays home with her children.
Morrison has been married to Ward Morrison – the vice president of U.S. development for ReMaX, Int’l – for 19 years. They met at CU in Boulder, and got married the summer after her second year of law school. Together, they have three sons: Gage,13; Davis, 11; and Tate, 9. Morrison said her boys are always busy with school and activities.
“My two older boys are black belts in Kenpo karate,” Morrison said. “The boys also play soccer and baseball, and we have just discovered the electric guitar. In my house we have three fire-bellied toads, a lizard and two dogs!”
Over the years, Morrison has also taken horseback riding trips with her mother, Neide Cooley. They have traveled to Mongolia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru.
Morrison said she has superb memories from high school.
“I made wonderful friends that I still keep in touch with,” she said. “In fact, my dear friend from high school, Karri Skoog, is my neighbor.”
Skoog married Morrison’s husband’s best friend, after they met in the bridal party of her wedding. Morrison and Skoog now share a fence, and have kids the same age.
Morrison said she was lucky to grow up in such a beautiful place, and had wonderful teachers at SHS. Her parents, John and Neide Cooley, sold their home in Breckenridge after 30 years and now reside in Sedalia.
In her spare time, Morrison races a Porsche RSR replica with her sister, Alexandra Sabados, and father. Sabados is the 2010 National Auto Sport Association Champion.
Morrison is also a breast cancer survivor, and has been cancer-free for two-and-a-half years.
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