May 26, 2018

Harold Sargent Appointed to Jefferson County Court; Richard Medina Appointed to Crowley County Court

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of Harold Sargent to the Jefferson County Court in the First Judicial District and Richard Medina to the Crowley County Court in the 16th Judicial District. Sargent will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Tammy Greene, effective April 1, 2017. Medina will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Suzanne A. Grant, effective February 23, 2017.

Sargent is currently a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the First Judicial District. In addition to practicing law, Sargent supervises lawyers in the Juvenile Mental Health Court, Veterans Treatment Court, and Adult Mental Health Court. Before being named Chief Deputy District Attorney in 1999, Sargent was a Deputy District Attorney in the First Judicial District from 1983 to 1999. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the University of Denver.

Medina is currently a Crowley County land use administrator and building inspector, and a Kiowa County GED instructor. Medina has also worked as a park ranger for the National Park Service and a case manager for the Colorado Department of Corrections. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

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Finalists Selected for Jefferson County Court Vacancy

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the Jefferson County Court. The vacancy will be occasioned by the resignation of Hon. Tammy Greene, effective April 1, 2017.

The three nominees are Jennifer Melton of Golden, Harold Sargent of Lakewood, and AnnMarie Megill Spain of Arvada. Jennifer Melton is a solo practitioner in Golden, where she primarily practices criminal defense. Harold Sargent is an attorney with the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office. AnnMarie Megill Spain is a solo practitioner at The Spain Law Firm in Arvada, where she practices criminal defense and family law.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from February 28 in which to appoint one of the nominees to the vacancy. Comments about any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Application Period Open for Vacancy on Jefferson County Court

On Friday, January 6, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced an upcoming vacancy on the Jefferson County Court in the First Judicial District. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Hon. Tammy Greene, effective April 1, 2017.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Jefferson County and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the First Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Nathan B. Coats. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on February 6, 2017, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than January 30, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Diego Hunt Appointed to 1st Judicial District Court

Hunt_DiegoOn Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Diego Hunt to the First Judicial District Court. Hunt will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Christopher Munch, effective June 1, 2016.

Hunt is currently Of Counsel at Holland & Hart, where he focuses his litigation practice on complex domestic and international products liability and torts disputes. He also represents clients involved in governmental compliance audits and investigations and government contract disputes, including litigation and state and federal bid protests. Hunt is a member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Advisory Committee on Language Access for the Office of the Colorado State Court Administrator, and is a board member for the Faculty of Federal Advocates. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Nominees Selected for First Judicial District Court Vacancy

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the First Judicial District Court. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. Christopher Munch, effective June 1, 2016. The nominees selected by the First Judicial District Nominating Commission are Diego G. Hunt of Golden, Miller M. Leonard of Arvada, and Harold D. Sargent of Lakewood.

Diego G. Hunt is Of Counsel at Holland & Hart, where he represents parties in complex domestic and international products liability and torts litigation. Miller Leonard operates his own criminal defense firm in Golden, where he represents clients in federal, state, and municipal court. Harold D. Sargent is an attorney with the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from April 12, 2016, in which to appoint one of the nominees to the First Judicial District Court. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Hon. Christopher Munch to Retire from First Judicial District Court

MunchOn Thursday, February 25, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Christopher Munch of the First Judicial District Court, effective June 1, 2016. Judge Munch was appointed to the district court bench in 1986, and he handles a mix of civil, domestic relations, and criminal cases. Prior to his appointment, Judge Munch was in private practice. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree from the Stanford University School of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years and must be qualified electors of the First Judicial District. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and also from the ex officio chair of the First Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Nathan Coats. Application forms must be received no later than 4 p.m. on March 25, 2016; anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on March 18, 2016.

For more information on the vacancy, click here.

Laura Tighe Appointed to First Judicial District Court Bench

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Laura Tighe as district court judge in the First Judicial District, effective November 17, 2014. Tighe will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Stephen Munsinger.

Tighe currently is a shareholder at Bayer & Carey, P.C., where she practices civil litigation and insurance defense, particularly catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, personal injury, ski law, property damage, fire losses, HOA disputes, construction defects, and more. She also serves as a mediator. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, First Judicial District Bar Association, the Catholic Lawyers Guild, and the Defense Research Institute. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 and her J.D. from the Creighton University School of Law in 1987.

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Judge Philip James McNulty Named Chief Judge of First Judicial District

On Tuesday, October 21, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice appointed Judge Philip James McNulty Chief Judge in the First Judicial District Court. McNulty’s appointment will be effective November 17, upon the retirement of current Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger.

Judge McNulty was appointed to the district court bench in the First Judicial District in 2008. Prior to his appointment, he was a municipal court judge for the City of Lakewood. McNulty was also a deputy district attorney for the First Judicial District from 1988 to 1996 and a deputy city attorney for the City of Lakewood from 1985 to 1988. He received his undergraduate degrees from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Denver.

Three nominees were announced this week for the impending vacancy on the First Judicial District Court bench due to Judge Munsinger’s retirement. The nominees are Todd E. Kastetter of Littleton, K.J. Moore of Littleton, and Laura A. Tighe of Golden. The governor has 15 days from October 20 in which to appoint one of the three nominees.

Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent to gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

Chief Judge Stephen M. Munsinger of First Judicial District Court to Retire

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. Stephen M. Munsinger, Chief Judge of the First Judicial District Court. His retirement is effective November 17, 2014.

Munsinger received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and joined the U.S. Army, where he achieved the rank of captain in field artillery and aviation. He went to law school at the University of Colorado and received his J.D. in 1971. After law school, he worked in the Denver District Attorney’s Office from 1972 through 1975 and the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1975 to 1979. In 1979, he entered private practice, where he remained until his appointment to the First Judicial District Court in 2001. He is now the Chief Judge of the First Judicial District.

Applications are being accepted for the forthcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the First Judicial District and must have been licensed to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and are also available from the ex officio chair of the First Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice William Hood. The original, signed application, along with an electronically-submitted PDF copy, must be returned to Justice Hood no later than 4 p.m. on October 6, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on September 29, 2014.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Todd Vriesman Appointed to District Court in First Judicial District

Todd_VriesmanOn Friday, May 23, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced the appointment of Todd Vriesman to the district court bench in the First Judicial District. His appointment is effective July 1, 2014, upon the retirement of Hon. Jack W. Berryhill.

Vriesman is currently Of Counsel with Montgomery, Kolodny, Amatuzio & Dusbabek, LLP. He practices in the areas of insurance coverage and commercial, real estate, banking, construction, and employment litigation. He litigates claims involving large insurance losses, banking and corporate disputes, representing client interests in bankruptcy, and more. Vriesman received his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 1981, and clerked for Hon. Alfred A. Arraj after law school. He also practiced for several years as the founder of a boutique law firm, and was at Kirkland & Ellis prior to joining Montgomory, Kolodny, Amatuzio & Dusbabek. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Colorado, Nebraska, and Arizona; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 9th and 10th Circuits; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hon. Jack W. Berryhill to Retire from First Judicial District

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced Tuesday that Hon. Jack W. Berryhill of the First Judicial District will retire, effective July 1, 2014. Judge Berryhill was appointed to the bench in 2000, and he presides over a civil and family law docket. Prior to his appointment to the First Judicial District Court, Judge Berryhill was an attorney in private practice for 25 years, concentrating in civil and business litigation and family law. He received his J.D. from the University of Colorado, his M.A. from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and his B.A. from Colorado College.

Applications are being accepted for the forthcoming judicial vacancy. Eligible applicants must have been licensed to practice law in Colorado for five years and must be qualified electors of the First Judicial District. Application forms are available from the ex officio chair of the First Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Allison Eid, or from the State Judicial website. Completed applications must be turned in no later than 4 p.m. on April 21, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another person for the vacancy must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 14, 2014.

Click here for more details about the application process and the vacancy.

Jeffrey R. Pilkington Named New District Court Judge for First Judicial District

Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced Friday that Jeffrey R. Pilkington will become the new district court judge in the First Judicial District upon the retirement of Hon. Jane A. Tidball, effective July 31, 2013. He will preside over criminal and civil cases.

Mr. Pilkington is currently a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs, where he handles complex litigation, including products liability, personal injury, environmental torts, and other claims. He joined Davis Graham & Stubbs in 1989, and has been a partner since 1995. He received his undergraduate degree from Drake University in 1985, summa cum laude, and his law degree, with honors, from Columbia Law School. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Colorado Super Lawyers, and has earned the highest AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is also a member of the 2013 Product Liability 360 Advisory Board.