April 22, 2019

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.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

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.

David Cooper Taylor Appointed to Gilpin County Court

On Thursday, September 11, 2014, the governor’s office announced the appointment of David Cooper Taylor to the Gilpin County Court in the First Judicial District, effective January 13, 2015, and conditioned on Taylor becoming a qualified elector of Gilpin County. Taylor will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. David R. Gloss.

Currently, Taylor is a staff attorney for the Fifth Judicial District, and also is Of Counsel to the Law Office of Edward Schindel. His practice includes civil, criminal, business, domestic relations, estate planning, and property law. Prior to his work as a staff attorney, Taylor was a law clerk in to Hon. Russell Granger in the Fifth Judicial District. Taylor received his undergraduate degree from Mary Washington College in 2002 and his law degree from Wake Forest University in 2005.

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.

Hon. David R. Gloss to Resign from Gilpin County Court

On Monday, July 7, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the resignation on Hon. David R. Gloss of the Gilpin County Court in the First Judicial District, effective January 13, 2015.

Judge Gloss was appointed to the county court bench in 2011. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice, focusing on dependency and neglect and truancy issues. He has also worked as an associate at Albert E. Anderson, P.C. and as a deputy district attorney in the Fourteenth Judicial District. He was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1986.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Gilpin County and must have graduated high school or achieved the equivalent of a high school diploma. Applications are available from Justice Nathan Coats, the ex officio chair of the First Judicial District Nominating Commission, and are also available on the State Judicial website. Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on August 13, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another person must do so no later than 4 p.m. on August 6, 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.

 

Honorable Jane A. Tidball to Retire from First Judicial District Bench

TidballOn Monday, May 13, 2013, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that the Honorable Jane A. Tidball will retire from the First Judicial District court bench, effective July 31, 2013. The First Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on June 28, 2013, to interview applicants and select nominees for appointment to the bench.

Judge Tidball was appointed to the First Judicial District Court in 1998. Prior to that, she was a District Court Magistrate in the Twentieth Judicial District. She also serves on the Colorado Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee, has written several legal articles, and has spoken at CLE programs.

Applicants for the vacancy must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years, and must be qualified electors in the First Judicial District. Applications are available on the Colorado State Judicial Branch website, and must be submitted to the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Monica Marquez, no later than 4 p.m. on June 10, 2013.

For more details on the vacancy and application process, click here.