Mayor Michael B. Hancock today appointed Doug Friednash to City Attorney for the City and County of Denver, a key position responsible for advising and representing the city on a wide range of legal and policy matters.
“Through a deliberative process, I believe we have found someone who will bring the highest quality of counsel and representation to our City,” Mayor Hancock said. “Doug brings to the position an astute legal mind, a blend of public and private experience and a deep love of our great city.”
Currently a shareholder with the law firm Greenberg-Traurig, Friednash has reputable local and state public sector experience. He has garnered home-grown expertise in the fields of administrative law, governmental affairs and government litigation. In 2009 and 2010, he was awarded the Best Government Lawyer in Barrister’s Best.
Friednash is among six cabinet positions appointed to the Hancock administration, and in his capacity as City Attorney will represent all city officials, agencies, departments, boards and commissions as well as oversee 88 attorneys and 91 staff members.
“I trust that Doug will always have the best interest of Denver in mind,” Mayor Hancock said. “With compelling legal skills and the wherewithal to navigate oftentimes critical political terrain, he will be an outstanding member of this team.”
Friednash previously served as a Colorado State Representative for southeast Denver from 1992 to 1996 and co-chaired the Colorado Democratic Leadership Council. Both inside and outside of the State Legislature, he has become known for his collaboration, bringing both sides together to produce outcomes favorable to all parties.
"It's a great honor to be joining what is already a high caliber team lead by a great public servant and dedicated leader in Mayor Hancock,” Friednash said. “I’m proud to become a part of this team and anxious to get to work.”
A member of the Denver Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors and Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee, Friednash has lead litigation concerning elections, campaign finance laws and ballot initiatives. He served as lead counsel for the court cases opposing Colorado Amendment 41 in 2006 and Amendment 54 in 2008.
Friednash has a balance of public and private experience, representing companies in complex commercial litigation. Providing advice and defense in administrative and regulatory matters, he is a recent recipient of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Chamber Champion Award.
Friednash is a Denver native, graduating from Manual High School. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California Santa Barbara and his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.