Hickenlooper will name William Hood to Colo. Supreme Court

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (left) announced his decision Friday to appoint Judge William Hood (right) to the state's Supreme Court.

DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper plans to announce the appointment of William Hood to the state’s Supreme Court Friday afternoon, FOX31 Denver is first to report.

Hood, 50, will replace retiring Chief Justice Michael Bender.

Justice Nancy E. Rice will take Bender’s place as Chief Justice, the court decided.

Hood is currently a District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District (City and County of Denver), a position he has held since being appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter in 2007.

He was chosen from a group of three finalists given to Hickenlooper by the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

The other finalists were Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Daniel Dailey and 4th Judicial District Court Judge David Prince.

Hood is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Prior to becoming a judge, Hood was in private practice at Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C., where he was a shareholder from 2005-2007 and of counsel in the litigation department from 2003-2005.

Prior to private practice, Hood worked for the Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln counties) from 1998-2003 and 1992-1997.

There, he served in multiple roles including Appellate Deputy (2001-2003), Chief Deputy in felony prosecution (2000-2001), and Violent Crimes Unit Deputy (1998-2000). He also practiced as an associate at McKenna & Cuneo (1997-1998) and Holme Roberts & Owen (1990-1992) in commercial litigation.

Hood earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law.



  • Jay Bar

    This Judge ruined my life. I am a small business operator, I have dealt with the aftermath of his judgments, which ended in lay offs, the closing of my family business and going out of business for myself. This is style of litigation exist in our Colorado community and the Legal Business always wins.

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