Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Adds Four

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie added four new associates in the firm’s business transaction, real estate and litigation groups in the past two months, the firm announced last week.

Kevin Falvo is a member of the firm’s business transaction practice assisting with real estate lending matters. His experience includes matters involving affordable housing, public finance, real estate, commercial acquisition and general corporate law. He received a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University.

Tyler Nemkov is a member of the firm’s litigation practice who has experience drafting dispositive motions, pleadings and discovery matters for a variety of cases involving patent infringement, premises liability and breach of contract. He completed a clerkship for U.S. District Court Senior Judge Lewis Babcock. He received a law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.

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Jay Strandjord is a member of the firm’s litigation practice. He has experience drafting opinions and memos on certiorari petitions and legal research. He recently completed two clerkships, most recently for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Carlos Samour. Strandjord received a law degree from Washington University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Luther College.

Nathan Thoreson is a member of the firm’s litigation practice with a focus on representing international and domestic clients in patent infringement investigations before the International Trade Commission. He has also represented wireless carriers, technology companies and pharmaceutical companies in federal court. Thoreson recently completed a clerkship with Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Craig Welling. He received a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
LATERAL WATCH

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announced Oct. 21 three attorneys joined the office.

Brian Dunn joined the office after nearly 11 years as a deputy district attorney at the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Before that, he was in private practice at firms in Chicago and New York. He earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Dunn is assigned to the office’s violent crime and immigration enforcement section of the criminal division.

Cyrus Chung joined the office after serving as an assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. Prior to that, he clerked for 1st Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Bruce Selya and Judge Richard Holwell of the Southern District of New York, and also spent two years in private practice. Chung earned his law degree from Harvard Law School. He is assigned to the office’s narcotics section of the criminal division.

R. Josh Player joined the office after 22 years of legal practice. During that time, he was a senior attorney/unit chief for the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, assistant attorney general for the State of Utah, a solo practitioner and clerked for a state district court judge. Player earned his law degree from Seattle University School of Law. He is assigned to the Durango branch office and focuses on Indian country prosecutions and serves as the office’s trial liaison.

JUDICIAL
ANNOUNCEMENTS

The 19th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created pursuant to Senate Bill 043, effective Jan. 1. Nominees Patrick Groom and Jerry Manzer Jr., both of Greeley; and Kimberly Schutt of Windsor were selected by the commission on Oct. 21.

The governor has 15 days from Oct. 22 to appoint one of the nominees as district court judge for the 19th Judicial District.

The 18th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a Douglas County judgeship created by the appointment to the El Paso County Court of Judge Monica Gomez, effective Sept. 23. Nominees Brian Eckhardt and Kolony Fields, both of Highlands Ranch; and Jason Siers of Parker were selected in a meeting at the Douglas County Courthouse on Oct. 22.

The governor has 15 days from Oct. 23 to appoint one of the nominees as Douglas County judge.

Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via e-mail to the governor at [email protected]

Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday appointed Crista Newmyer-Olsen as 12th District judge. Her appointment is occasioned by the retirement of Judge Pattie Swift. 

Newmyer-Olsen is the elected district attorney of the 12th Judicial District, a position she has held since 2017. Her practice consists of criminal prosecution. 

Previously, she was chief deputy district attorney and deputy district attorney in the 12th Judicial District; commercial property manager with Griffis-Blessing and associate attorney with Smith & Jolly. 

Newmyer-Olsen received a law degree and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.

Newmyer-Olsen’s appointment is effective Jan. 15.

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Coats has appointed Judge Michael Gonzales to serve as chief judge of the 12th Judicial District, effective Jan. 15, upon the retirement of Swift.

Gonzales was appointed to the District Court in September 2011 after serving on the Alamosa County Court for four years. 

Before that, he served as chief deputy district attorney in the 12th Judicial District and as an adjunct professor at Trinidad State College. 

He earned his undergraduate degree from Creighton University and his law degree from the University of Colorado.

As chief judge, Gonzales will serve as the administrative head of the 12th Judicial District, responsible for appointing the court executive, chief probation officer and clerk of court, assisting in the personnel, financial and case-management duties of the district, and seeing that the business of the courts is conducted efficiently and effectively.

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