Assistant Attorney General


Revenue & Utilities
Position Number:
LAA 09000
Salary Range:
$6,550.00 - $8,200.00 Monthly
Apply By:
Monday, August 10, 2020, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Marijuana, Liquor & Bankruptcy
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Employment Type:
Position Type:

Find a rewarding career making a difference:
Join the Office of the Attorney General/Colorado Department of Law Team!


The Marijuana Liquor and Bankruptcy Unit is seeking an attorney to join its dynamic and collaborative legal team. The Unit offers the opportunity to practice in cutting-edge and challenging areas of law. Statutes and regulations governing marijuana and liquor change frequently, and the Unit’s clients require legal advice to adapt and evolve accordingly. Attorneys in the unit address a wide variety of interesting and complex legal issues of significant importance to the State of Colorado, representing the Marijuana and Liquor Enforcement Divisions within the Department of Revenue.


The Marijuana, Liquor, and Bankruptcy Unit represents the Marijuana Enforcement Division and the Liquor Enforcement Division within the Colorado Department of Revenue. The Unit also represents the Department of Revenue’s Taxation Divisions in tax collection matters.

The law surrounding statewide regulation of medical and recreational marijuana is quickly evolving, often involves questions of first impression, conflicts between state and federal law, and a variety of unusual legal and constitutional issues. Liquor regulation presents a unique regulatory landscape involving considerations of federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Post-Prohibition alcohol regulation is based on a three-tier system (manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers), in which financial ties, unfair trade practices, and anti-competitive behavior are restricted to prevent the first two tiers from controlling the retail tier, and to prevent the corruption and public health and safety dangers that led to Prohibition. Over the past three years, the Colorado General Assembly has adopted the most sweeping changes to the Colorado Liquor Code since the end of Prohibition, which has led to an increase in the need for legal services. The Unit is also working with the Liquor Enforcement Division to create a new regulatory program pursuant to a bill adopted this year requiring licensure for all tobacco and nicotine product retailers in Colorado.

 The attorney will provide general counsel to the Marijuana and Liquor Enforcement Divisions regarding rulemaking, legislative review, policies and processes, and open records laws, and other aspects of the client agencies’ functions and responsibilities. The attorney will also handle administrative cases from inception through administrative hearing and, where applicable, judicial review. These cases range in complexity from relatively simple to quite complex. For example, the Divisions may seek enforcement action based on underage sales of marijuana or liquor, substantial security and public health violations, or sophisticated corporate and financial schemes intended to allow unauthorized entities and individuals to control licensed businesses. The attorney may also represent the clients in state and federal courts.


To be qualified for this position, applicants must have the qualifications:

  • All candidates must be licensed to practice law in Colorado or clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar.
  • At least three years of legal experience is preferred.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is highly motivated, energetic and has a passion to learn the substantive area of law governing marijuana and liquor licensees;
  • Has experience in administrative and constitutional law, well-developed litigation and negotiation skills; and
  • Has excellent writing, research, and analytical abilities.

The final candidate for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation and tax check.

The Office of the Attorney General offers challenging, interesting, and meaningful work. We are an equal opportunity employer and believe that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to:

Sherry Penfold, Office Manager