J. Patrick Coleman
The recruitment and review process associated with choosing the Mesa County Attorney has been underway since February, 2014. The Mesa County Commissioners thoroughly vetted Mr. Coleman over the last several months and reached a decision on October 28, 2014 during an executive session. Both Mr. Coleman and the Commissioners are thrilled with the mutual selection.
“We are delighted that we have found an attorney with an excellent combination of experience in both the public and private sectors, including years of experience as a County Attorney along with federal public lands issues and transparency and open government,” says Commissioner Rose Pugliese.
Commissioner Steve Acquafresca continues: "The Board of Commissioners is unanimous in our decision choosing Patrick Coleman as the finalist for the role of Mesa County Attorney. Patrick Coleman has many other experiences, and being raised a Colorado native on a ranch in Jefferson County, adds to our decision to select Patrick as the finalist to join the Mesa County organization.”
Commissioner John Justman explains that he finds Mr. Coleman’s degree in agricultural business from Colorado State University, before he obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver College of Law, a large positive. “Background in agriculture, as well as business, is something that will help Patrick advise us -- Mesa County needs to make decisions that take into consideration a balance of business interests and private property rights. We face this in our County on a regular basis. I think Patrick will be the right person to join us.”
Patrick Coleman has twenty-seven years of legal experience, including ten years representing local governments. After working for the past several years primarily as a sole practitioner for Coleman Law Firm, LLC, Patrick recently joined the Denver office of a national law firm, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.
Working for Mesa County would mark a return to the Western Slope, where he practiced law for fifteen years, including serving as the Routt County Attorney and the Montrose County Attorney. The primary focus of Patrick’s private law practice has been on real estate transactions and related litigation, land use, local government law, federal public lands issues, agricultural matters, corporate law, and general civil litigation.
Patrick is a Colorado native and was raised on his family’s cattle ranch in Jefferson County. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from Colorado State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver College of Law. Patrick is the father of two teenaged children.