The U.S. Department of Justice announced that on Dec. 1, Cole Finegan was sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado. In a private ceremony early Wednesday morning, Finegan took the oath of office before U.S. District Court Judge Christine Arguello.
“I am honored to serve the people of Colorado as United States Attorney,” said U.S. Attorney Finegan in the Dec. 1 news release. “I am excited to work with the talented and dedicated staff of this office, as well as our colleagues in law enforcement and the defense bar.”
As U.S. Attorney, Finegan is the chief federal law enforcement officer in the State of Colorado. He oversees all federal criminal prosecutions, as well as all civil litigation taken on behalf of the United States Government. He leads an office of more than 160 attorneys and professional staff members, in addition to approximately 20 government contractors, according to the release. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is headquartered in Denver, with branch offices in Grand Junction and Durango.
U.S. Attorney Finegan was nominated by President Biden on Sept. 28, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Nov. 19. He rejoins public service from private practice at global law firm Hogan Lovells where he served as the regional managing partner for the Americas, as well as the Denver managing partner. Finegan was the chief of staff for former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper as well as the Denver city attorney, positions he held simultaneously. He has also served as chief legal counsel in the office of the governor for the State of Colorado.
During his career, he has served on numerous charitable boards, including the Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation, Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Denver Public Schools Foundation. According to the Dec. 1 release, Finegan also helped create Denver’s first Family Justice Center dedicated to fighting against domestic violence.
The DOJ announced that a formal investiture ceremony will be scheduled at a future date.