Michael Best Adds Partner in Denver

Emily Hobbs Joins Labor and Employment Practice

Michael Best announced Tuesday that Emily Hobbs has joined the firm’s labor and employment relations practice as a partner in Denver. She will be the first member of the practice group to be based in the firm’s Denver office.


Hobbs has nearly two decades of employment law counseling and employment litigation experience. She has represented clients in state and federal courts and in government agency proceedings. 

“We’re thrilled to have someone from the firm’s labor and employment relations team join our group in Denver,” added Sarah Ehrhardt, co-managing partner of the firm’s Denver office. “As Denver remains an attractive location for companies looking to grow and scale, we continue to see an increasing number of requests from clients and prospective clients for the employment law counsel Emily provides.”   

Hobbs received a law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College.

DEN IN SEARCH OF GC

The City and County of Denver announced Wednesday that Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson will serve as interim general counsel for DEN following the recent retirement of longtime general counsel Xavier DuRán whose career in the City Attorney’s Office spanned 30 years.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock appointed Bronson as city attorney in 2016. The City Attorney’s Office serves as the legal adviser to the mayor, City Council, city auditor, city clerk and recorder and all city departments and agencies, including DEN; represents and defends the city in legal matters; handles all suits initiated on behalf of the City and County of Denver and any of its departments and agencies; prosecutes violations of city ordinances; and provides counsel to elected officials and client agencies on charter interpretation and reform.

A national search for a permanent general counsel at DEN will begin in early 2021.

JUDICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The 22nd Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated two candidates for a Dolores County judgeship created by the retirement of Judge E. Dale Boyd. The vacancy will occur on Oct. 13. Nominees Anthony Baca of Broomfield and Anne Deyell-Lawrence of Cahone were selected in a videoconference meeting on Sept. 2.

The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for an El Paso County court judgeship created by the retirement of Judge Karla Hansen, effective Dec. 11. Nominees Yolanda Fennick of Colorado Springs, Brian Fields of Black Forest and Dennis McGuire of Colorado Springs were selected in a videoconference meeting on Sept. 2.

The 2nd Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated six candidates for two district court judgeships created by the retirements of judges John Madden IV and Robert McGahey Jr. The vacancies will occur on Jan. 12, 2021, and Nov. 2, 2020, respectively. Nominees Christine Antoun, Mark Bailey, Reneé Goble, Marie Moses, Alex Myers and Demetria Trujillo, all of Denver, were selected by the commission on Sept. 1.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from Sept. 2 to make appointments for each of the judgeships.

The 11th Judicial District Nominating Commission has also nominated three candidates for a Chaffee County judgeship created by the retirement of Judge William Alderton. The vacancy will occur on Jan. 12. Nominees Diana Bull of Canon City, Amanda Hunter of Westcliffe and Anna Ulrich of Crestone were selected in a videoconference meeting on Aug. 31.

The governor has 15 days from Sept. 1 to appoint one of the nominees as Chaffee County judge.

The 14th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of Judge Shelley Hill. The vacancy will occur on Jan. 12. Nominees Sandra Gardner of Hamilton, and Matthew Karzen and Erin Wilson, both of Steamboat Springs, were selected by the commission on Aug. 28.

The governor has 15 days from Aug. 31 to appoint one of the nominees as 14th District judge.

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

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