If you’re a civil litigator who yearns to get into the courtroom more often, consider becoming a judge someday.
That’s one of the reasons Judge Charles Pratt of Colorado’s 18th Judicial District gives for why he transitioned out of his two-decade career in private practice and onto a state bench in Arapahoe County. When civil litigators are doing their jobs well, he said, they’re lucky to go to trial more than once or twice a year. About 17 years into his practice, he realized he wanted to spend more time in trial, “where the action is.”
As an attorney, Pratt handled disputes in industries such as insurance, construction, real estate and banking. The variety of matters and case facts he dealt with was to him a perk of the practice. Part of what Pratt enjoys about presiding over civil cases today, he said, is what he enjoyed when litigating them: “It’s something new every day.”
Pratt’s prior experience informs one of his top priorities as a judge: efficiency.