Snell & Wilmer partner Jessica Yates was appointed as the new attorney regulation counsel for the state, the Colorado Supreme Court announced last week. Yates will take over the position later this summer with the retirement of current attorney regulation counsel Jim Coyle on June 30 concluding 28 years with the office.
“Selecting a new leader for this office truly was difficult, but we believe Jessica’s experience and character will be a great fit with a devoted staff whose work is highly respected by similar offices around the world,” Supreme Court Justice Monica Márquez said in a press release. Márquez is the liaison justice to the Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee.
Yates started her career in public policy and administration in the Washington, D.C., Office of Budget, Technology and Finance in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There she became interested in legal work. She received her law degree in 2006 from the University of Virginia School of Law. She has practiced business litigation and appellate work with Snell & Wilmer since 2007, and although she likes her practice for its breadth, she’s excited to step into the new role.
“I would say [the position has] been on my radar,” she said. “When Jim announced his retirement and the position came open, I recognized it was truly a unique opportunity and a time-sensitive opportunity. Even though I wasn’t looking to change right then and there, the timing was what I needed to do to take advantage of it.”