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, 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.
In addition to her role as City Attorney, Ms. Bronson has been appointed to serve on the Steering Committee for the National Western Center project, the Executive Committee for Denver’s Immigration Legal Services Fund, the Executive Oversight Committee for the Colorado Convention Center expansion project, and a member of the Mayor’s Performance Infrastructure Committee, Executive Development Council, and Policy Review Committee. She has chaired the Mayor’s Youth Violence Prevention Action Table since November 2019. In September 2020, she was also named Interim General Counsel for Denver International Airport, a role she fulfills in addition to her duties as the City’s Chief Legal Officer.
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 University of Colorado School of Law’s “Making a Difference” Dean’s Choice Award, Metro City Attorneys Association’s Outstanding City Attorney Award, 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 currently serves as a Board member and Secretary for the Caring4Denver Foundation and a Board member of the Rose Andom Center, a resource center for victims of domestic violence. 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 daughters.
James E. Fisher was appointed to serve as the Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of Denver by Mayor Michael B. Hancock in September 2020. As Deputy City Attorney, Mr. Fisher manages the day-to-day operations of the City Attorney's Office. In addition, Mr. Fisher works closely with the City Attorney in providing legal and policy advice to the Mayor and the City on a wide range of projects, initiatives, and issues.
Prior to becoming Deputy City Attorney, Mr. Fisher 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.
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.