Law Firm Updates
Emily Garnett rejoined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as a shareholder, according to a Nov. 1 announcement. Garnett joins the firm’s Denver office litigation department after serving as a lead investigative attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The University of Colorado Law School graduate brings her experience working in the SEC to help clients avoid litigation with compliance strategy and advise on a range of state licensing requirements and federal regulation issues.
Susan Ryan joined regional firm Holland & Hart LLP’s Aspen office, according to a Nov. 4 announcement. Ryan joined the firm’s environmental and natural resource practice as of counsel. Before joining Holland & Hart, Ryan worked as a Colorado water referee for Division 5, a district court magistrate in Colorado’s 9th Judicial District and as an attorney at Ryley Carlock & Applewhite. Her litigation practice includes water law, land use matters and civil litigation.
On Nov. 1, Gov. Jared Polis announced two appointments to judicial district nominating commissions. Laura Rosendo from Colorado Springs was selected to serve as a non-attorney member of the Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission. Rosendo, a Democrat, will help select nominees for district and county vacancies in El Paso and Teller counties. Christine Canaly from Crestone was selected to serve on the 12th Judicial Nominating Commission. Canaly is a non-attorney Democrat member and will help select candidates for judicial openings in the district and Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties. Both commissioners’ terms will expire on Dec. 31, 2026.
On Nov. 1 representatives from Davis Graham & Stubbs announced that the local firm’s firm partner Sam Niebrugge was named as a board member on the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation. COLTAF runs the Colorado’s Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts program that uses interest from attorneys’ pooled trust accounts to improve access to civil justice. Since 1982 COLTAF has helped fill gaps in federal funding for civil aid by supporting the state’s federally funded legal aid programs and pro-bono programs.