July 17, 2019

Judge Richard Gabriel Appointed to Colorado Supreme Court

GabrielOn Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of current Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Richard L. Gabriel to the Colorado Supreme Court. Judge Gabriel’s appointment is effective September 1, 2015, following the August 31 retirement of Justice Gregory Hobbs.

Judge Gabriel was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2008. Prior to his appointment, Judge Gabriel was a long-time partner with Holme Roberts & Owen LLP (now, Bryan Cave LLP) in Denver, where his practice focused on commercial, intellectual property, probate, and products liability litigation, including appeals, and where he headed the firm’s intellectual property practice group. While in practice, Judge Gabriel also served as the City Prosecutor for the City of Lafayette, Colorado, where he tried some 200 cases, and he devoted substantial time to pro bono and community efforts, including work for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center and the ACLU, representation of an Oklahoma death row inmate, and service on many nonprofit boards. He has received numerous awards for his service to the community, including the Denver Bar Association’s Award of Merit, a Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center Champions for Children award, and the Richard Marden Davis Award, which is presented annually by the Denver Bar Foundation and the law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP to a lawyer under the age of forty who combines excellence in the practice of law and creative community leadership.

Judge Gabriel is a member of the state bars of New York and Colorado, the bars of numerous federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and the American, Colorado, New York, and Denver Bar Associations, where he serves on various committees, including the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors and Judicial Liaison Committee, the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations’ Joint Professionalism Coordinating Council, and the Denver Bar Association’s Board of Trustees. Judge Gabriel is also a member of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professional Development and chair of that organization’s Professionalism Working Group; he remains active on the board of the Colorado Judicial Institute, which he previously chaired; he currently serves on the executive council of the Minoru Yasui Inn of Court; he is a member of the executive committee of and a frequent speaker for the Our Courts program; and he writes and speaks frequently on matters relating to the judiciary, trial and appellate practice, and professionalism.

Judge Gabriel received his B.A. in American Studies from Yale University in 1984 and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1987. In his spare time, Judge Gabriel plays the trumpet professionally with, among other groups, the Colorado Wind Ensemble and the Flagstaff Brass Quintet.

 

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