Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to include Justin Cumming in the firm’s real estate industry team.
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Former Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie partner and Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan has been recognized as the 2016 Citizen of the West for his accomplishments in public service. The award is presented to community leaders who exemplify the spirit and determination of a western pioneer, honoring their economic and philanthropic endeavors in the West.
He accepted the accolade Monday evening at the National Western Stock Show during a dinner to raise funds for the National Western Scholarship Trust. The dinner was emceed by Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie partner Jim Lyons, a longtime friend and colleague of Sullivan.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s real estate industry team, led by Frances Haynes and Kristin Bronson, along with Justin Cumming, head of the firm’s agriculture practice, hosted a private reception at the firm’s offices prior to the dinner. The reception attracted more than 100 business and civic leaders, including former Colorado governors Bill Owens and Bill Ritter, and former Wyoming U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson.
Sullivan’s many relationships across Colorado and Wyoming, as well as government relations and public policy experience, contributed to the firm’s ongoing success, according to Bronson.
Sullivan recently retired from the firm, having worked there from 2001 to 2015, focusing his practice in the areas of public policy, alternative dispute resolution and litigation.
Sullivan has a rich and varied background of public service. A former two-term governor of Wyoming, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland under the Clinton and Bush administrations.
Sullivan practiced law before Wyoming district courts, the Wyoming Supreme Court, Federal District Court, and the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals involving a variety of business, insurance and natural resource issues and routinely acted as a mediator and arbitrator.