Attorney General-Elect Phil Weiser Announces Additional Members of His Leadership Team

Second Round of Appointments Includes Hires for Key Department of Law Posts

DENVER, January 3, 2019 – Attorney General-Elect Phil Weiser today announced a series of appointments to his leadership team as he prepares to be sworn in as Colorado Attorney General next Tuesday. Adding to Weiser’s leadership team, the group includes seven veterans of the Colorado Department of Law, and five individuals joining the Department from diverse backgrounds in the law and public service.

  • Christopher Beall, a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, will serve as Deputy Attorney General for Business and Licensing
  • Amy Beatie, former Director of the Colorado Water Trust, will serve as Deputy Attorney General for Natural Resources and Environment
  • Robert James Booth II, of the Colorado Department of Law, will serve as Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice
  • Maritza Dominguez Braswell, a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, will serve as Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation and Employment Law
  • Andrew Cooper will continue to serve as Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Appeals
  • Janet Drake, of the Colorado Department of Law, will serve as Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice 
  • Leslie Eaton, of the Colorado Department of Law, will serve as Acting Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection
  • Jose Esquibel will continue to serve as the Director of the Office of Community Engagement 
  • Eric Meyer will continue to serve as Deputy Attorney General for Revenue and Utilities
  • LeeAnn Morrill, of the Colorado Department of Law, will serve as Acting Deputy Attorney General for State Services
  • Kurtis Morrison, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs & Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor Hickenlooper, will serve as Deputy Attorney General for Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Daniel Rauch, former associate at Wheeler, Trigg & O’Donnell, will serve as Counsel to the Attorney General

AG-Elect Weiser’s announcement follows his first round of executive appointments made last month, in which he named Natalie Hanlon Leh to serve as Chief Deputy Attorney General; Eric Olson to serve as Solicitor General of Colorado; June Taylor to serve as Chief Operating Officer; and Lawrence Pacheco to serve as Director of Communications.

AG-Elect Weiser provided the following statement:

“I am delighted that these individuals have agreed to fill critical leadership posts in my administration. Together, we will begin the important work on Day One of ensuring a smooth transition and working tirelessly with an impressive team of dedicated professionals in the office to defend our freedoms, fight for opportunities for all, and protect our land, air, and water. I appreciate their willingness to serve our state and thank the Transition Team that worked hard to recruit them.”

Weiser will be sworn in as Colorado Attorney General on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in Denver.


Attorney General-Elect Phil Weiser Announces Executive Appointments

First round of appointments include Chief Deputy, Solicitor General, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Communications

DENVER, December 21, 2018 – Attorney General-Elect Phil Weiser today announced the first round of executive appointments to his administration:

  • Natalie Hanlon Leh, the Partner in Charge of the Denver office of WilmerHale, Chair of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, former president of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, past president of the Faculty of Federal Advocates, and former law clerk to Judge Porfilio on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, will serve as Chief Deputy;
  • Eric Olson, a partner at Bartlit Beck, Vice-Chair of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, member of Leadership Denver 2019, and former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, will serve as Solicitor General;
  • June Taylor, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration and State Personnel Director, member of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation 2018, former Senior Manager of Culture, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Programs for Lockheed Martin Space, and an attorney with a decade’s experience in the federal government, will serve as Chief Operating Officer; and
  • Lawrence Pacheco, Director of Communications at the Colorado Department of Revenue, former communications director for U.S. Senator Mark Udall when he served in the U.S. House, former advisor to Colorado Governor Roy Romer, and a managing director at FTI Consulting in Washington, DC, will serve as the Director of Communications.

AG-Elect Weiser provided the following statement:

“The distinguished individuals who are joining my executive team represent the best of Colorado--a commitment to serve our community, address the challenges facing our state, and act with the highest levels of integrity.  Their diverse backgrounds and life experiences will enrich the AG’s office and help advance our vision of serving as the People’s Lawyer. I am confident that they will work tirelessly to build an office that defends our freedoms, fights for opportunities for all, and protects our land, air, and water.  I appreciate their willingness to serve our state and thank the Transition Team that worked hard to recruit them.”Weiser will be sworn in as Colorado Attorney General on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in Denver.


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Press Release: Phil Weiser Releases First TV Ad

Phil Weiser Releases First Television Advertisement in Race for Colorado Attorney General 

DENVER, CO, May 21, 2018 – Today, the Phil Weiser for Attorney General campaign released its first television advertisement of the 2018 election cycle. Entitled “Preoccupied,” the video depicts Weiser’s path to run and his vision for the next Attorney General of Colorado.

 

The 30 second spot opens with a scene of Weiser watching the 2016 presidential election results, explaining “this was the night that I decided to run for Attorney General.” The ad proceeds to show Weiser writing down all the ways “[I can] protect Colorado from Donald Trump,” on topics like voting rights, predatory lending, net neutrality, civil rights, gun safety, and protecting clean water and public lands.

 

“Some ideas,” explains Weiser, come from his professional experiences – working in the U.S. Department of Justice under Presidents Obama and Clinton, clerking for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and serving as Dean of CU Law School. Other ideas, continues Weiser “come from being a dad.”

 

The ad features appearances by Weiser’s wife, Dr. Heidi Wald, and their two children. It also features a cameo appearance by Ken Salazar, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Senator, and Attorney General of Colorado. Salazar was an early supporter, backing Weiser since his campaign launch in May 2017.

 

In the final scene of the Weiser family hiking on Mount Falcon, the narration by Weiser gives name to the ad explaining, “my kids will tell you, I’ve been a little preoccupied.” It ends with the campaign’s slogan, “Stronger. Fairer. Weiser.”

 

The ad will run statewide through the June 26 primary election.