Editor’s note: The applications of the three finalists follows this report.
LAW WEEK COLORADO
The person who succeeds longtime Boulder District Judge Morris Sandstead Jr. will have substantial experience.
The 20th Judicial District Nominating Commission selected veteran lawyers, all men, as finalists to succeed Sandstead. They are Robert L. Matthews, a partner at Faegre & Benson; Thomas F. Mulvahill, a partner at Chambers Dansky & Mulvanhill, and retired Boulder prosecutor William F. Nagel.
It’s the second time in two weeks that a Colorado nominating commission has returned an all-male slate of finalists. Last week, the 8ts Judicial District Nominating Commission selected three male finalists for the chance to succeed Larimer County Court Judge C. Edward Stirman.
Under Colorado’s merit-selection system for picking judges, Gov. Bill Ritter will have the final say over both positions. He must make his selections within 15 days of the nominating commissions’ finalists picks.
In the race to succeed Sandstead, the finalists are:
Matthews, of Boulder, has been at Faegre since 2002. His Matthews’ practice emphasizes commercial litigation (75 percent) including legal malpractice and trade secret litigation, disputes involving non-compete covenants (15 percent), and employment litigation (15 percent). Before working at Faegre & Benson, he was with Chrisman Bynum & Johnson, P.C. (1979-2002), and Fitzgerald Brown Strom Schorr & Barmettler (1976-1979). Matthews’ practice has included personal injury litigation (plaintiff and defense), environmental litigation, domestic relations, and criminal law. He Matthews received his B.A. from University of Nebraska (1973) and his J.D. from University of Nebraska College of Law (1976).
Mulvahill, of Louisville, has been at his current firm since 2002. Mulvahill’s caseload involves criminal cases in state and federal court (60 percent), plaintiff’s personal injury and other civil litigation matters (20 percent), working as a municipal judge (20 percent). Mulvahill is also an associate municipal judge Lakewood (April 2002-April 2003 and July 2006 to the present), as well as an associate municipal judge for Brighton (December 2008 to the present). Before his current work, he was associate attorney at Carrigan Chambers Dansky & Zonies, P.C. (2002), deputy DA in the Second Judicial District (1990-2000), and chief prosecutor/deputy city attorney in the Lakewood City Attorney’s Office (1987-1990). Mulvahill’s practice has included employment law, landlord/tenant, family law, juvenile delinquency, construction, mechanics liens, preliminary injunctions, plaintiff’s medical malpractice, class actions, record sealing and expungement, sex offender deregistration, restraining orders, wrongful deaths, civil theft, and school discipline. Mulvahill received his B.S. from St. John’s University (1984) and his J.D. from University of Colorado School of Law (1987).
Before his retirement, Nagel, of Boulder, was the assistant district attorney (2001-2009), chief appellate deputy district attorney (1992-2001), appellate deputy district attorney (1991-1992), and deputy district attorney (1983), all in the 20th Judicial District; adjunct professor of law at University of Colorado School of Law (spring 1996 and summer 1998); shareholder at Dietz, Davis, and Porter, P.C. (1990-1991), associate at Dietz, Davis, and Porter, P.C. (1987-1989); acting county attorney, Office of the County Attorney of Boulder County (1985-1986), deputy county attorney, Office of the County Attorney of Boulder County (1997, 1986, 1983-1985), and assistant county attorney, Office of the County Attorney of Boulder County (1980-1983). Nagal’s practice has included general civil matters, civil legal matters, land use regulation, zoning and subdivision regulations, contracts, personnel, property assessment, finance, local elections, and public records request. Nagel received his B.A. from Swarthmore College (1972) and his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law (1980).