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Mayor Hancock appoints DOTI’s James Fisher as Deputy City Attorney

Denver - Mayor Michael B. Hancock this week appointed James Fisher as Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of Denver.

“James is a well-respected leader and attorney who brings 20 years of experience in all levels of government as well as private practice in such areas as employment and labor law, education law, civil rights, and public projects,” Mayor Hancock said.  “As Deputy City Attorney, James will support Denver City Attorney Kristin M. Bronson in managing one of the largest, most well-respected public law offices in Colorado.  We look to leverage his breadth and depth of experience in this new role for James at the City.”

Fisher has served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Manager at Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI), formerly the Denver Public Works Department, since 2018.  He replaces Michael J. Hyman who recently became Town Attorney in Castle Rock, Colo.  As Deputy City Attorney, Fisher will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of more than 100 attorneys and 100 staff who serve as the in-house legal team for Denver City Council, the Mayor’s Office, and every City agency, board, and commission as required by the Denver City Charter.

“We are in an unprecedented and challenging time in our city. We need creative thinkers, problem solvers and drivers of change – James has shown himself to be just that kind of leader,” City Attorney Bronson said.  “I look forward to serving with him and am grateful that he has chosen to advance his career with the City.”

“It is a tremendous honor for me to serve the residents of the City and County of Denver in this role. Mayor Hancock and City Attorney Bronson have set a standard of excellence for the City Attorney’s Office and its outstanding legal professionals that I fully intend to uphold,” James Fisher said.  “My background, breadth of experience and prior service with DOTI leave me well suited to help lead the City Attorney’s Office and I will hit the ground running.”

Before joining DOTI, Fisher served as Labor and Employment Attorney for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, D.C., where he provided legal counsel related to policies on collective bargaining agreements between federal and municipal agencies in the areas of labor and employment law.  Previously, he worked as Associate General Counsel at the Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, as Senior Associate at the Thatcher Law Firm in Greenbelt, Md., and in various legal roles at the District of Columbia Public Schools.  Fisher began his legal career as an associate attorney at Conlon, Frantz, Phelan & Pires in Washington, D.C.  He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and Howard University.

Fisher will begin working for the City Attorney’s Office in mid-September.