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Merchant & Gould P.C., a national intellectual property law firm with a Denver office, has formalized the launch of a business consulting group, the M&G Integrator Program, advising clients across industries on risk mitigation and protection. The firm announced the new group June 6. 


The Third Judicial District Nominating Commission announced June 8 that it will meet July 11 to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of the district judge for Huerfano and Las Animas counties. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Judge Leslie Gerbracht, effective Jan. 10, 2023. Applications are due June 21 for consideration and nominations must be received by June 14. 

On June 8, the 17th Judicial District announced its nominating commission will meet July 15 to interview district judge nominees to fill the vacancy created by Judge Katherine Delgado’s retirement, effective Jan. 10, 2023. The district, composed of Adams and Broomfield counties, is accepting applications through June 22, and nominations through June 15.  

The Colorado Judicial Department announced June 9 an upcoming vacancy on the 15th Judicial District court covering Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Prowers counties. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Judge Stanley Brinkley, effective Dec. 10. Applications are due by June 23 and nominations by June 16. 

One June 9, the Colorado Judicial Department announced an upcoming vacancy on the Adams County Court in the 17th Judicial District. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Judge Cindy Dang, effective June 25. Applications are due by June 30 and nominations by June 23. 


Lewis Roca announced that it was recognized as a 2022 top firm by Chambers USA for Colorado in the areas of litigation and bankruptcy/restructuring. Multiple attorneys were highly ranked for their practices. 

  • Partner Brent Cohen was ranked in Colorado’s Band 2 for bankruptcy and restructuring representation. 
  • Partner Ben Ochoa was ranked in Colorado’s Band 3 for construction representation. 
  • Partner Frederick Baumann was ranked in Colorado’s Band 1 for general commercial litigation, as well as litigation pertaining to white-collar crime and government investigations. 
  • Counsel James Lyons was named as a senior statesperson in Colorado’s general commercial litigation category.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced June 9 that Denver office shareholder Kayla Dreyer was elected chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s litigation section executive council. Dreyer has been an active member of CBA’s litigation section for several years and now, as chair, she will help lead the section which will include holding regular meetings on a range of issues that impact Colorado litigators.

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