Arnold & Porter, Ballard Spahr Announce New Partners, Court Appointments and Openings Announced

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Law Firm Updates

Arnold & Porter, an international law firm with a Denver office, welcomed Liz Lindquist as a partner in its Denver life sciences and healthcare regulatory practice. With experience counseling on a broad range of regulatory, compliance, transactional, investigation, litigation and legislative issues involving federal and state government healthcare agencies and enforcement authorities, Linquist focuses on complex drug price calculations and contracting matters. 

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli announced the appointment of Gillian Bidgood as chair of its employment advice and investigations practice. A former Denver Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year, Bidgood brings a broad perspective built from working with clients to understand the financial, practical and personal motivations and implications of employment issues and litigation. She was recognized in Colorado Super Lawyers’ Employment and Labor list in 2021 and 2022 and has also been involved in the community, serving on the board of directors for HistoriCorps and as a fellow for the Colorado Bar Association.

National firm Ballard Spahr announced Andrew Spruiell, who works on its business and transactions team in Boulder, will be promoted to partner. Spruiell’s experience includes corporate, licensing, commercial and acquisitive transactions and he has served clients from sectors including the life sciences, technology, food and beverage, communications and manufacturing. He is one of 13 attorneys across the country to be elevated to partnership within the firm, effective July 1.

Judiciary 

The 17th Judicial District Nominating Commission announced plans to meet July 15 to interview and select nominees for a district judge vacancy. The opening is created by the retirement of Judge Katherine Delgado, effective Jan. 10, 2023. Completed applications and nominations must be submitted by 4 p.m. on July 6. 

The 15th Judicial District Nominating Commission previously announced a district court vacancy, created by the retirement of Judge Stanley Brinkley. It will meet on July 27 to interview and select nominees for the position. The application deadline has been extended to 4 p.m. on July 5, but the nomination deadline has passed. 

On June 29, the 4th Judicial Nominating District announced its three nominations for an El Paso County Court judgeship. Nominees Charlotte Ankeny, Marika Frady and Theodore McClintock, all of Colorado Springs, were selected on June 28. The position will be created by the appointment of Judge Monica Gomez to the district court. Gov. Jared Polis must appoint the position by July 14. 

Polis announced six judicial appointments to county and district courts June 29. Polis appointed Laura Harvell to the Montrose County Court in the 7th Judicial District, Amanda Hunter and Kaitlin Turner to the 11th Judicial District Court and Anita Schutte, Demetria Trujillo and Andrew Luxen to the 2nd Judicial District Court.  

Kudos

On June 28, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced the election of Anna-Liisa Mullis, a shareholder in its Denver office, as chair of the Colorado Bar Association Health Law Section’s Executive Council. Mullis, who has been involved with the section for five years, will lead monthly meetings and help organize CLEs and social events.

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