Brian J. Bagley, J.D., M.B.A. is the chief executive and senior counsel of the Bagley Law Firm, LLC and Tommy Edison, LLC, professional service firms specializing in complex business and legal matters.

For the past two decades, Brian has partnered with hundreds of public and private companies, teaching their executives how to plan and execute competitive strategies for critical start-up, turn-around, and fast-track growth.  On a local level, Brian and his legal staff represent clients in a variety of legal situations, including domestic relations/family law, criminal defense, personal injury, estate planning and probate, and general civil litigation.  More simply, Brian describes himself as a small business owner who provides legal services.

In addition to his business endeavors, prior to being elected to Longmont City Council in 2011 as Longmont’s Ward 1 representative, Brian was a Senior Lecturer at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado.  He was also a professor for the university’s prestigious President’s Leadership Class.  Brian is a CU alumnus, having earned a Master of Business Administration from the Leeds School of Business and a Juris Doctor from CU’s School of Law.  He earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America, and he speaks and writes fluent Spanish.

Most importantly, Brian loves Longmont.  When given the opportunity to choose a hometown for his newly formed family, Brian chose Longmont.  This was nearly 20 years ago.  Today, Brian lives in northeast Longmont where he is married to Ivone, a first generation immigrant from Mexico.  Brian and Ivone adopted three children – Joran, Augie, and Mikey – who join their daughter, Dani, to create one busy family.



He Knows How to Ask The Right Questions

Although Brian now practices law, with successful firms in both Longmont and Denver, he began his career as a senior analyst and key member of the team that researched and wrote the New York Times Bestseller, Good to Great:  Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . and Others Don’t.  This experience gave him the opportunity to learn how to effectively work with different people from all over the world, and achieve success.  He learned that to be successful, it’s important to ask the right questions.

Asking the right questions means…

  • Identifying what the issue is (and what it isn’t).
  • Admitting when you do not know the answer.
  • Posing questions in order to truly understand.
  • Asking questions, but from people who have the answers.
  • Listening to the answers.
  • Accepting the answers, even when we find them difficult to accept (or they are adverse to our own political ideology).
  • Understanding that opinions and intentions are no substitute for actual facts.
  • Having the discipline to wait until the data has been collected (and interpreted correctly).
  • Taking action on what we learn, even when taking action is difficult.