Coan Payton & Payne Promotes Attorney to Senior Associate

Amanda Huston is a member of the firm’s real estate team

Coan Payton & Payne announced Thursday that Amanda Huston has been promoted to senior associate. 

Huston serves clients throughout northern Colorado as part of Coan, Payton & Payne’s business and real estate team. Her practice focuses on business and corporate law, land use planning and zoning law, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate law.

Huston received a law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Before joining Coan Payton & Payne, Huston clerked for Judge David Furman at the Colorado Court of Appeals.


Gov. Jared Polis on April 14 announced the appointment of James McDonald as a Hinsdale County Court Judge in the 7th Judicial District. His appointment is occasioned by the retirement of Judge Alvin Lutz.

McDonald has been a solo practitioner since 2003. His practice focuses on family, criminal, personal injury and municipal matters.  

He is also a municipal judge for the City of Gunnison; municipal judge for the City of Alamosa; and municipal judge for the Town of South Fork. McDonald received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his law degree from Vermont Law School.

McDonald’s appointment is effective May 29. Huston is a member of: Colorado Bar Association (Business Law Section), Urban Land

Institute Northern Colorado Committee, and the Neighbor to Neighbor Asset Management Committee. 

Additionally, Huston is the vice president of the Larimer County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, coordinating editor of the Colorado Lawyer Young Lawyer Division, serves on the board of the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado and is a board member with Uncaged.

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