Colorado Attorney General Senior Staff
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman and Deputy Attorneys General
Chief Deputy Attorney General David C. Blake
David C. Blake serves as the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Colorado. David manages the litigation for the State, including the approximately 270 attorneys within the Department of Law. He also acts as the intergovernmental liaison for the Department, including working with the Colorado General Assembly on myriad policy and legislative issues and coordinates legal policy on behalf of the Attorney General.
Prior to moving to Colorado in 2010, David spent fourteen years with the U.S. Department of Justice. At the Justice Department, he served as a national security lawyer, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, a civil litigator defending Habeas Corpus claims of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a congressional liaison and was integral in national security policy development post September 11, 2001.
David has an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech (’96) and earned his J.D. from George Mason Law in 2007 where he also served as an Adjunct Professor for several years. David is a member of both the Colorado and District of Columbia bar.
Chief of Staff Melanie J. Snyder
Melanie oversees the management of the Colorado Department of Law’s roughly 500 employees, its administration functions, as well as its professional development and community engagement initiatives. Melanie joined the office in 2008 and has provided general counsel advice and representation in litigation and on appeal to a number of State clients on a variety of complex issues. She is a Commissioner on the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Commission on Professional Development.
Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Melanie was the Deputy Attorney General of the Revenue & Utilities Section, overseeing the representation of the Department of Revenue, Litigation Staff of the Public Utilities Commission, and the Property Tax Administrator. Before joining the office, she practiced commercial litigation in large and small firms in Denver.
She received her J.D. degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and B.A. degrees in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Arizona. Melanie was born and raised in Arizona but married a Colorado native and together they have two children.
Colorado Solicitor General Frederick R. Yarger
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman appointed Fred Yarger as Solicitor General of Colorado in April 2015.
From 2012 through 2013, Yarger was Assistant Solicitor General for the Office of the Attorney General, working directly with former Solicitor General Daniel D. Domenico to oversee the office’s appellate and constitutional practice. Yarger was previously a lawyer with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, an international litigation firm with particular expertise in appellate matters. Earlier in his career, he served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Mark Filip of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and to the Honorable Timothy Tymkovich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Yarger earned a Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was elected to the order of the coif and won awards for legal writing and appellate advocacy. He received his B.A. magna cum laude and with honors from Dartmouth College. He lives in Denver with his wife and two sons.
The Solicitor General supervises and determines legal strategy for appeals cases, as well as select constitutional litigation, handled by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and is counsel of record for the State of Colorado before the United States Supreme Court. He is also responsible for coordinating formal Attorney General Opinions, evaluating requests for Colorado’s participation in litigation as amicus curiae, reviewing and approving proposed regulations from client agencies, supervising the office’s deputy and assistant solicitors general, and approving special assistant attorney general appointments.
Director of Legislative Affairs Jennifer M. Anderson
Jennifer M. Anderson joined the Colorado Attorney General’s Office in December of 2014. Jennifer serves as the Colorado General Assembly’s point of contact for the Department of Law. She is responsible for overseeing the Attorney General’s legislative agenda, as well as all other legislation that impacts the Department of Law.
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office, Ms. Anderson practiced water and utility law at large regional law firms in Denver and Albuquerque. She served as the Director of Alcohol and Gaming at the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department from 2012-2014. Prior to law school, Jennifer received a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship to South Korea and worked at the New Mexico State Legislature as a policy analyst.
Jennifer has an undergraduate degree from the University of Denver and graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in both Colorado and New Mexico.