Assistant Attorney General (Office of Public Guardianship and Bridges)


Business & Licensing
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Salary Range:
$83,292.00 - $120,000.00 Yearly
Apply By:
Monday, August 21, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Financial & Health Services
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
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The Business & Licensing section of the Colorado Department of Law is seeking a dedicated and driven attorney to do important guardianship and mental health work for our Financial & Health Services team. As a dedicated public servant, you will help protect Coloradans through the work of the Office of Public Guardianship and the Bridges Program. Further, you will have the opportunity to do both litigation and general counsel work. If you are seeking an intellectually challenging position handling financial issues and want to directly impact the lives of Coloradans, apply today

Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews may be conducted prior to the job closing. We encourage you submit your application early if possible. 


The Financial & Health Services Unit represents the Office of Public Guardianship and the Bridges Program, and other programs within the Business & Licensing Section. This work promotes protection of vulnerable individuals and access to mental health services.

The attorneys on our team represent our clients’ interests in a variety of settings, including civil litigation in District Court. The position also involves an administrative law practice before the Office of Administrative Courts, as well as practice before the Colorado Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Additionally, our work involves advising our clients in all aspects of their regulatory functions and responsibilities, including assisting with promulgation of rules, open meetings, and open records law requests. This attorney’s primary role will be to serve as litigation counsel to the Office of Public Guardianship and general counsel to the Bridges Program. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced attorney who is eager to work in a multi- disciplinary team and enjoys both litigation and general counsel advising.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple attorney positions in the Department of Law.

Salary note: The Department of Law uses a wage progression compensation model. Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application before the first day of employment.

For this role, we are seeking candidates who have at least 5 years practicing probate, guardianship, conservatorship or mental health law. The candidate should have knowledge and the ability to provide guidance on topics of fiduciary responsibility, public benefits, discharge issues, guardian consent issues and medical decision-making.

Essential skills for this position:

  • Ability to manage a heavy caseload Reviews and negotiates proposed treatment plans for potential wards prior to office’s appointment as guardian.
  • Prepares and files petitions for guardianships and other pleadings related to guardianship.
  • Investigates liability of former fiduciaries, including determination of asset location, value and ownership.
  • Prosecutes petitions to discover assets, petitions to determine liability, and petitions for accounting.
  • Provides guidance regarding guardianship decisions involving medical and mental health treatment, including consents for treatment and medical procedures.
  • Coordinates estate administration, gives instructions on fiduciary duties and provides legal advice to guardians, Director, Deputy Director, and other Office staff.
  • Provides an analysis of legal issues, with possible suggestions or resolutions; and presents these findings to the Director and general counsel.
  • Interacts with court personnel including filing of pleadings, instructions on notice required to other parties in lawsuits, responding to questions by court auditors regarding settlements, presentation of ex parte petitions to judges and asking questions on nonroutine requirements of estate administration.
  • Handles cases that include the restoration of rights of a ward deemed to have regained capacity, a petition to determine liability against a former fiduciary or a petition to determine heirship in a decedent estate.
  • Comfortable litigating cases and advising clients in a general counsel role
  • Excellent research, writing, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to provide advice on complex matters
  • Enjoys wearing different hats, sometimes multiple times per day
  • Committed and eager to serve the public in a consumer protection-related role
  • Enthusiastic about working with a smart, collaborative, and fun team – while still able to work independently and exercise strong professional judgment

Conditions of Employment: 

  • Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application and application for Practice Pending Admission before the first day of employment. For more information about admission to the Colorado bar please review information on the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel website.
  • The final candidate for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation.


View the full job announcement for more information and to apply.

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