Parker County Today September 2017 - Page 60

practice of law. By 2000, Jack Borden and John Westhoff decided it was time to have a new office constructed to house their firm, and the practice moved from its longtime home at 123 North Main Street, to its new office at 1250 Santa Fe Drive, where the practice continues operating today. In 2009, Borden was invited to Washington, D.C., where he was named “America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker,” by Experience Works, a nonprofit training center for older workers. He said in an interview that he had no plans to retire and he didn’t — ever. Borden and Westhoff practiced law together continuously from 1974 until Borden’s death in 2011, at the age of 103. His death was a surprise and shock for which no one was prepared. Borden was scheduled for probate hearings on that very day, which he would have otherwise conducted himself notwithstanding his age. From Former Protégé To Mentor In 2014, Nicholas Harper joined the firm, having obtained his license to practice law in November of 2013. Nicholas graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 2003 and upon graduation, fulfilled his military commitment through service in the United States Marine Corps. Nicholas served one tour of duty in Afghanistan and achieved the rank of captain before his discharge. Upon discharge from the military, he attended the Arlington Police Academy, graduating first in his class. At that time, he began a career in law enforcement with the Arlington Police Department, and while working full time as a police officer, Nick attended law school at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas, graduating second in his class. “Nick shares the same integrity, honesty, and drive of those who came before him,” Westhoff said. “He has become very involved in the community.” Today, as in the decades past, the firm of Borden & Westhoff is known as Continued on page 88 58