Boulder DA Stan Garnett to Rejoin Brownstein

Stan Garnett will return to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck after almost a decade away.

The law firm announced today that Garnett, who served nearly 10 years as district attorney for Boulder County, will return to the firm March 1 as a shareholder. Garnett will rejoin the firm’s litigation department where he spent 22 years as a trial lawyer prior to assuming the position of district attorney.

Garnett was elected to his third four-year term as district attorney in November 2016 and was set to be term-limited in 2020. Prior to the 2016 election, he also asked county commissioners to consider asking voters to extend that three-term limit.

During his tenure as district attorney, Garnett focused his efforts on prosecuting economic crimes, crimes in the immigrant and homeless communities and homicide cold cases including well known cases like “Susannah Chase,” “Kevin Elmarr” and “Michael Clark.” After investigating, Garnett’s office took these cold cases — as well as more than a dozen others — to trial and received guilty verdicts.

“We are delighted to welcome Stan back to the firm,” said Adam Agron, Brownstein’s managing partner. “Our firm was built on a commitment to public service, and we have no doubt that our clients and colleagues will benefit from Stan’s experience and exceptional record leading Boulder’s district attorney’s office.”

Garnett was elected to three terms as DA and prioritized prosecuting violent and recidivist offenders, especially those who present a threat to public safety, as well as outreach to more vulnerable populations such as the elderly. Garnett’s office, through its Sexual Assault Unit, also focused on sexual crime (particularly University of Colorado cases) and crimes against women.

“Stan Garnett has raised the bar in Boulder County when it comes to the quality of prosecutions, hiring and promoting great staff, public transparency and the relationship the district attorney’s office has with law enforcement,” said Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle. “He will truly be missed; however, this sounds like a wonderful opportunity.”

Since 2012, Garnett has served on the board of directors of the National District Attorneys Association and has been involved in promoting restorative justice and other progressive criminal justice reforms in Colorado, especially in the area of juvenile jurisprudence. In 2017, he was elected as president of the Colorado District Attorneys Council.

“Stan transformed the Boulder DA’s office into one of the very best in the state,” said Tom Raynes, executive director of CDAC. “His leadership in CDAC will be missed and his contributions to Colorado’s prosecution community are much appreciated.”

Prior to being elected district attorney for the 20th Judicial District in November 2008, Garnett was a senior member of Brownstein’s litigation department. His practice focused on complex litigation at the state and federal levels, and he has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, the 10th and 11th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Colorado appellate courts and in state and federal trial courts across the U.S.