Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced today that Mark Bolton has rejoined the firm’s government relations department as a shareholder in the Denver office.
Bolton is returning to Brownstein after serving as senior deputy legal counsel for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. In that role, his work focused on tax, economic development, telecom and energy and natural resources policy. He developed policy initiatives for the administration and served as one of the governor’s primary strategists on several of the administration’s legislative priorities. As the governor’s attorney, Bolton managed legal issues for the governor and the governor’s cabinet, developed legal strategies that enabled achievement of the governor’s objectives, and counseled the governor’s cabinet on executing administration goals through the administrative process.
Bolton also served as Colorado’s director of marijuana policy. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing all marijuana policy issues for the state, overseeing Colorado’s marijuana tax revenues, managing marijuana-related interactions between the State of Colorado and the federal government, and providing advice to numerous jurisdictions — at the federal, state and local levels — regarding implementation of legalized marijuana.
As a shareholder in the government relations department, Bolton will focus on counseling businesses and trade associations in public policy strategies in state capitols and administrative agencies throughout the country. He will also join the firm’s emerging regulated industries group that provides complex legal and political strategies to state and local governments and businesses confronting growth in emerging and highly regulated areas.
Bolton earned his law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona.