DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today appointed Cristal T. DeHerrera as Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of Denver, a key position responsible for helping manage daily operations of the City Attorney’s Office and advising the city on a wide range of legal and policy issues.
“I am honored to have Cristal join our team. Her investment in, and commitment to, the community along with her legal skills and leadership qualities make her an excellent addition to my leadership team,” Mayor Hancock said. “Cristal comes to our office with a reputation for being a leader who is skilled at building a consensus and a creative problem solver. I look forward to bringing her to the team so that she can apply her skills and expertise to help make Denver an even better world-class city. ”
As Deputy City Attorney, DeHerrera will manage the operations of one of the largest public law offices in the west. She will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of over 100 attorneys and 100 staff.
“I am excited to have a passionate leader act as Chief Operating Officer for the Attorney’s office,” said Denver City Attorney Scott Martinez. “Cristal brings the charisma and intellect to provide high-quality legal counsel for our city.”
DeHerrera was a Shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where her practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, public and private securities offerings, capital formation and securities advice. DeHerrera has worked on several political campaigns throughout the country, including the 2000 Presidential Campaign, where she gained significant political experience at the city, county, state and federal levels.
“I’m honored to join Mayor Hancock’s team and I’m ready to work hard on behalf of the people of Denver on the unique legal issues we help solve every day,” DeHerrera said. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve the public good in a capacity such as this, and I look forward to the task ahead.”
Norm Brownstein, Chairman of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck , explained that “Cristal’s expertise in solving complex problems with practical and creative solutions will serve our city well. Cristal works tirelessly on behalf of her clients to protect and advance their interests and achieve their goals. The city is fortunate to be gaining such an effective advocate and leader. She is a highly-respected attorney and the city should be excited about the diverse and important expertise she will bring to an already dynamic team.”
DeHerrera is actively involved in many political and charitable endeavors throughout the country, serving as co-chair for the 38th Annual Hispanic National Bar Association Convention which took place in Denver last fall. She volunteers her time to numerous causes, including Latinas First Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinic and the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
DeHerrera continues to be an active member of the Denver community, serving as President of Region XIII of the Hispanic National Bar Association, on the corporate committee for Denver Public Library’s Booklovers Ball and on the Downtown Denver Partnership Ambassador Program Steering Committee.
DeHerrera graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. In 2006, she received the prestigious Young Bear Award from the UC Berkeley Foundation.