Kristin M. Bronson serves as the City Attorney for the City and County of Denver, having been appointed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock in October 2016. In that capacity, Ms. Bronson provides policy and legal advice to the Mayor, City Council, the twenty-six City agencies and departments, all city boards and commissions, the City Auditor and the Clerk and Recorder. She is the final decision maker on critical legal decisions facing the city and manages a public law firm of over 220 attorneys, paralegals, victim advocates and staff.
Prior to becoming City Attorney, Ms. Bronson was a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP for twenty years. Ms. Bronson’s private law practice focused on complex business litigation with a focus on commercial real estate and banking. She represented lender, developer, and property management clients in all facets of real estate, construction and banking law, appearing regularly in state and federal courts and arbitration proceedings. She served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association for many years and as a trial advocacy instructor for the Faculty of Federal Advocates.
She was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Litigation and Colorado Super Lawyers (Top 50 Women and Top 100 Lawyers). She is the recipient of the Richard Marden Davis Award for her civic, cultural, educational and charitable leadership, the “Women of Vision” Award for CREW Denver, the Denver Business Journal’s Forty Under 40, and was named Colorado Law Week’s Young Lawyer of the Year in 2008.
Ms. Bronson’s civic engagement has spanned her career, having served as Board President for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, as President of Commercial Real Estate Women Denver, as a Board member of Downtown Denver, Inc., and as the Chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Economic Development Council. She was appointed by former Governor Bill Ritter to serve on the Colorado Real Estate Commission for six years and on the Day Care Licensing Board for three years.
Kristin was born in Pensacola, Florida, and attended the University of Virginia where she earned her degree in American Government. After college, she worked in Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Bob Graham for four years before going to law school at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She and her husband, Jeremy, have two teenage girls.
Cristal T. DeHerrera is Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of Denver. She was appointed in 2014 by Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and her responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations of more than 200 attorneys and staff in one of the largest public law offices in the Western United States. She also advises the city on a wide range of legal and policy issues.
Prior to joining the City and County of Denver, Ms. DeHerrera was a shareholder at the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where her practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, public and private securities offerings, capital formation and securities advice.
Prior to joining Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Ms. DeHerrera served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge John L. Kane of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and interned at the Denver City Attorney’s Office. In addition, she worked on the 2000 U.S. Presidential campaign and on several key political campaigns throughout the country.
Ms. DeHerrera has been recognized with several industry awards and is active in philanthropic and community issues. She is on the board of directors of Rocky Mountain Youth Clinic and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and she served as co-chair of the National Hispanic Bar Association’s 2013 annual convention and on the planning committee for the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2014 CGI America conference. She also has held leadership positions supporting numerous community organizations ranging from the Downtown Denver Partnership to the Denver Public Library.
Ms. DeHerrera earned her J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and her undergraduate degree, with honors, in Political Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, California.