November 17, 2018

Don J. Toussaint Appointed to Arapahoe County Court

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Don J. Toussaint to the Arapahoe County Court in the 18th Judicial District. Toussaint will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Hon. John E. Scipione to the 18th Judicial District Court, effective immediately.

Currently, Toussaint is a district court magistrate in the 18th Judicial District, where he has been since June 2017. Prior to his work as magistrate, he was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Aurora. He was also previously an associate at White & Steele, P.C. Toussaint received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Denver and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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Finalists Selected for Colorado Court of Appeals Vacancy

On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the Supreme Court Nominating Commission’s selection of three finalists to fill a vacancy on the Colorado Court of Appeals. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Chief Judge Alan Loeb, effective December 28, 2018.

The three nominees are Michael Beaver, Kendra Beckwith, and Matthew Grove. Michael Beaver is a partner at Holland & Hart, where his practice focuses on ski and recreation law, employment and employee benefits law, and insurance litigation. Kendra Beckwith is a partner in the Messner Reeves LLP litigation group, where she focuses on appellate and complex litigation. Matthew Grove is a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Colorado.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from November 14 in which to appoint one of the three nominees to the Colorado Court of Appeals. Comments regarding the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints Judges to Second and Fifth Judicial District Courts

On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of judges to the district courts in the Second and Fifth Judicial Districts.

Darryl Fitzgerald Shockley was appointed to the Second Judicial District Court. He will fill a vacancy occasioned by the retirement of Hon. William Robbins, effective December 31, 2018. Shockley is currently a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Denver DA’s Office, where he serves in the Economic Crimes, Family Violence, and Gang Units. He has been a prosecutor for 14 years and spent many years focusing on white collar crimes, including computer crimes, embezzlement, identity theft, securities fraud, and organized crime. Before becoming a DA, Shockley was a civil defense litigator with White and Steele, where his practice included construction defect litigation and medical malpractice. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri and his law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law.

Catherine Jane Cheroutes was appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Court. She will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Wayne Patton, effective February 1, 2019. Cheroutes is currently the managing partner of Cheroutes Zweig PC, where she primarily practices domestic relations law. She also represents clients in criminal defense, and accepts court appointments in dependency and neglect, juvenile delinquency, and divorce cases. She received her undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College and her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Reed Wilson Owens was also appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Court. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Frederick Gannett, effective January 1, 2019. Owens is currently the Lead Deputy Public Defender in the Dillon Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. His practice consists of criminal defense, including juvenile delinquency, misdemeanor, and felony matters. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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Chad C. Miller Appointed to 4th Judicial District Court; John E. Scipione Appointed to 18th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Chad C. Miller to the 4th Judicial District Court and John E. Scipione to the 18th Judicial District Court. Miller will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Theresa M. Cisneros, effective January 8, 2019, and Scipione will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Kurt Horton, effective September 29, 2018.

Miller is currently at the Office of the State Public Defender in Colorado Springs, where he represents clients facing felony charges, including murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, child abuse, robbery, and other crimes of violence, and where he supervises other public defenders. Prior to his work at the public defender’s office, he worked at Sherman and Howard LLC and Hoffman, Reilly, Pozner, and Williamson LLP (now Reilly Pozner LLP). He received his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Scipione is currently an Arapahoe County Court judge, where he oversees a docket of misdemeanor and traffic matters. Previously, he was a District Court Magistrate in the 18th Judicial District, and prior to his work as magistrate he was managing partner of the Denver office of Taussig, Scipione & Taussig, P.C. He has practiced in the areas of family law, dependency and neglect, criminal defense, commercial litigation, medical negligence, catastrophic injury and wrongful death, products liability, and employment/Title VII matters in both state and federal courts. He has also spoken at family law and litigation programs for CBA-CLE. He received his undergraduate degree from State University of New York at Binghamton and his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

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Judges Appointed to 3rd Judicial District Court, Las Animas County Court, and Pueblo County Court

On Friday, September 14, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed judges to the 3rd Judicial District Court, Las Animas County Court, and Pueblo County Court.

John C. McKisson III was appointed to the 3rd Judicial District Court. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Claude Appel, effective January 8, 2019. McKisson is currently a Huerfano County Court judge, where he oversees traffic, criminal, and civil cases, and to which position he was appointed in 2017. Prior to his appointment, McKisson was a probation officer for the 3rd Judicial District from 2013 to 2016. He also worked as an Assistant District Attorney and the Huerfano County Office Head for the District Attorney’s Office in the 3rd Judicial District from 2010 to 2013. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University and his law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School.

John D. Mochel was appointed to the Las Animas County Court in the 3rd Judicial District, where he will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Bruce Billings, effective January 8, 2019. Mochel is currently Assistant General Counsel at DaVita Inc., where he has been since 2017. Prior to that, he was Associate General Counsel at Orthofix Inc., Legal Compliance Officer at Aetna, a U.S. Marine Corps Judge Advocate, and a pro bono attorney at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. Mochel earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, his J.D. from West Virginia University Law School, his LL.M. from George Washington University Law School, and his M.B.A. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Roberto A. Silva was appointed to the Pueblo County Court in the 10th Judicial District. He will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Valerie Haynes, effective immediately. Silva is currently Managing Attorney of the Colorado Legal Services Pueblo Office, where he has been since 1999. He represents clients in protection order, divorce, child custody, consumer collections, and housing cases. Prior to his work at the Pueblo CLS office, Silva worked at Pikes Peak Arkansas River Legal Aid, as a Deputy District Attorney with the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and as a Staff Attorney with Pueblo County Legal Services. Silva received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas El Paso and his law degree from Cornell University.

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Juan G. Villaseñor Appointed to 8th Judicial District Court; Alexandra O. Robak Appointed to Fremont County Court

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointments of Juan G. Villaseñor to the 8th Judicial District Court and Alexandra O. Robak to the Fremont County Court. Villaseñor will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Devin Odell, effective October 6, 2018. Robak will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Norman Cooling, effective January 8, 2019.

Villaseñor is currently Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he has been since 2008. He represents federal agencies and employees in criminal and civil cases in his role as AUSA. Villaseñor has also worked with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Pardon Attorney, an Assistant Attorney General with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, a First Amendment Fellowship Attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, and a Law Clerk to the Honorable William J. Haynes in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Villaseñor received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s College and his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Robak is currently a Deputy State Public Defender in the Salida Regional Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. She has been with the Public Defender’s Office since 2013. She represents indigent clients accused of misdemeanor and felony crimes. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

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Ryan L. Kamada Appointed to 19th Judicial District Court

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Ryan L. Kamada to the 19th Judicial District Court. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Elizabeth Strobel, effective January 8, 2019.

Kamada is currently a district court magistrate in the 19th Judicial District, where he oversees a docket consisting of domestic relations, dependency and neglect, paternity, and contempt matters. Prior to his work as a magistrate, he was a contract attorney with the Office of the Child’s Representative from 2011 to 2015. He has also been a partner at Grant, Hoffman & Kamada, PC and an associate at Grant-Dickson, LLC. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado School of Mines and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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Dennis Lee Brandenburg Appointed to Morgan County Court

On Friday, September 7, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Dennis Lee Brandenburg to the Morgan County Court in the 13th Judicial District. Brandenburg will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Michael J. Schingle, effective January 8, 2019.

Brandenburg is currently a solo practitioner at Brandenburg Law Offices, PC, where he represents local governments in contract, real estate, and financing matters, and private clients in probate, land-lord tenant, and business matters. He also works as a municipal judge for the Town of Otis and the cities of Brush, Fort Morgan, and Sterling. He has previously been at Brandenburg & McGuire, Brandenburg Law Offices, and Brandenburg & Schultz. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

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Zachary I. Malkinson and Kristy A. Martinez Appointed to Boulder County Court

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Zachary I. Malkinson and Kristy A. Martinez to the Boulder County Court in the 20th Judicial District. They will fill vacancies created by the retirements of Hon. Noel E. Blum and Hon. Karolyn Moore, effective January 8, 2019.

Malkinson is currently a solo practitioner at Law Office of Zachary Malkinson, where he primarily practices criminal defense, including traffic, misdemeanor, and felony cases. He has previously been a partner at Malkinson Salomone, LLP and Malkinson Wheeler Law, LLP from 2010 to 2017. Prior to that, he was a public defender at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office from 2001 to 2008 and a solo practitioner in Boulder from 2009 to 2010. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law.

Martinez is currently the Director of the Korey Wise Innocence Project at the University of Colorado Law School, a position she has held since 2015. She supervises law students and volunteer attorneys who investigate and represent indigent clients in post-conviction cases involving claims of actual innocence. Prior to her work at the law school, she was in private practice at The Law Firm of Kristy A. Martinez, Esq. LLC from 2008 to 2015, and at Martinez Law LLC from 2006 to 2008. She was also a deputy district attorney at the Adams County District Attorney’s Office in 2001. She received her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Denver.

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Lino Lipinsky de Orlov Appointed to Colorado Court of Appeals

On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Lino Lipinsky de Orlov to the Colorado Court of Appeals. Lipinsky will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Nancy J. Lichtenstein, effective Jan. 8, 2019.

Lipinsky is currently a litigation partner at Dentons US, LLP. His practice emphasizes representation of clients in real estate, trade secrets, professional liability, creditor’s rights, employment, and contract cases. He is also a prolific author and speaker for CBA-CLE. He writes a chapter in the CBA-CLE Publication Discovery in Colorado, and has spoken at several CLE programs on topics related to discovery, e-discovery, ethics, and technology.

Lipinsky is a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors, and the Board of the Colorado Judicial Institute. In addition, he served on the Rule 502 Subcommittee of the Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence and the E-Discovery Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. He formerly served as President of the Faculty of Federal Advocates. He received his law degree from New York University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Brown University.

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Kurt Beckenhauer Appointed to Montrose County Court

On Friday, August 31, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the appointment of Kurt Beckenhauer to the Montrose County Court in the Seventh Judicial District. Beckenhauer will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. Julie J. Huffman, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Beckenhauer is currently a Deputy District Attorney in the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, where he has been since 2009, and where he prosecutes felony criminal cases in county and district court. He has also had experience prosecuting traffic and misdemeanor cases. Prior to working for the District Attorney’s Office, he was a contract attorney for Graves, Bartle, Marcus, and Barrett, LLC. He received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law.

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Caryn Datz Appointed to 17th Judicial District Court; Chantel Contiguglia Appointed to Arapahoe County Court

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Caryn Datz to the district court in the 17th Judicial District and Chantel Contiguglia to the Arapahoe County Court in the 18th Judicial District. Datz will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Thomas R. Ensor, effective September 28, 2018, and Contiguglia will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Hon. Darren Vahle to the district court, effective immediately.

Datz is currently a Chief Trial Deputy for the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecutes sexual assault cases, supervises four Deputy District Attorneys, and serves as a victim advocate assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law. Prior to her work in the 20th Judicial District, Datz was a deputy district attorney in the 17th Judicial District from 2006 to 2013. She also worked as a public defender in Florida from 2001 to 2004. She received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Contiguglia is currently a Senior Deputy Public Defender at the Office of the State Public Defender in Golden, where she has been since 2007. She represents clients facing felony charges in cases that are often complex. She has previously also handled traffic, misdemeanor, and juvenile cases, including juvenile delinquency matters and direct filings. She received her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her undergraduate degree from Mesa State College.

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