Hickenlooper’s Chief of Staff to Return to Brownstein

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office announced Monday that his chief of staff, Doug Friednash, will resign his role and return to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Patrick Meyers will replace Friednash in the role beginning in December.

“Doug is a longtime friend and colleague of mine,” Hickenlooper said in a news release. “These last few years he has been at the center of so much of our success. His judgment, his robust network of relationships, and his loyalty to me, and especially to Colorado, will be sorely missed.”

Friednash joins the Brownstein’s government relations department and will chair a new national political strategies practice group that will focus on solving policy, regulatory and legal problems for the firm’s clients.

Friednash was a shareholder at Brownstein before he took the role as Hickenlooper’s chief of staff in 2015. His prior experience in the public sector included serving as a state legislator in Colorado’s House of Representatives, the Denver city attorney and an assistant attorney general. Friednash received his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

As Denver’s city attorney, Friednash managed more than 100 attorneys and 90 staff members including paralegals, victim advocates, and other support and supervisory staff members.

Before joining Mayor Hancock’s team, Friednash was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, where he represented clients in governmental matters and election issues. He was lead counsel in Ritchie v. Ritter, in which he represented a coalition of groups challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s Amendment 54, and was counsel to Mark Udall’s campaign for U.S. Senate.

Meyers is a former owner of Smashburger and also a former partner, managing director, and chief legal officer for Consumer Capital Partners. He also founded the general counsel office at Quiznos and in 2012 became an owner of the company. He graduated from the University of California Hastings School of Law and clerked with Justice William Erickson of the Colorado Supreme Court.

“We have so much still to do in the next 408 days,” Hickenlooper said in the release. “Pat will bring a broad variety of experience to that work. I can’t wait to get started.”