By Don Knox, LAW WEEK COLORADO
Three finalists have been named for a Larimer County judgeship created by the retirement of C. Edward Stirman.
They are Robert A. Rand, a private practice Fort Collins attorney; Marco Joseph Scalise, a private practice Loveland attorney; and Matthew Richard Zehe, a Larimer County court magistrate who lives in Fort Collins.
Stirman is leaving his seat effective Nov. 8.
The 8th Judicial District Nominating Commission announced the finalists this afternoon. Gov. Bill Ritter has 15 days, including today, to make a final selection. The applications of all three finalists are published below.
Rand, 60, is a one-time Florida state prosecutor who moved from Tallahasee to Fort Collins in 2002. His practice handles 70 percent criminal matters and 30 percent bankruptcy matters. He was trial counsel in the child sex-abuse case of Dawn Triggs. The four other case citations on his application also were criminal matters. Rand received his juris doctor from Florida State University in 1980.
Scalise, who’s in his mid-40s and grew up in Arizona, handles 60 percent criminal cases and 40 percent family law matters. Among the experience he cited was a case where he represented a plaintiff who sought to invalidate her marriage because of a question of the alleged spouse’s wealth (the marriage was invalidated). Scalise also handled a personal-injury case on behalf of an accident victim against State Farm that ended with a verdict in favor of State Farm. Scalise received his juris doctor in 1993 from Thomas M. Cooley Law in Lansing, Mich.
Zehe, who’s 42, was for 10 years a state public defender in Fort Collins. He cited among cases he’s handled that of a former New Belgium brewery employee who allegedly threatened current employees. The case generated coverage in The Denver Post. Zehe didn’t indicate how he ruled on the company’s request for a protective order. Zehe, who attended high school and undergraduate college in Indiana and Illinois, received his juris doctor in 1995 from the University of Denver law school (now the Sturm College of Law).
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