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Colorado Attorney General Senior Staff



Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman and Deputy Attorneys General

Chief Deputy Attorney General Melanie J. Snyder

Melanie J. Snyder serves as the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Colorado.  Melanie oversees the litigation for the State and the legal counsel to all state executive and judicial agencies.  She coordinates legal policy and acts as the intergovernmental liaison on behalf of Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman and the Colorado Department of Law.

Melanie joined the Attorney General’s Office in 2008 and has provided general counsel advice and representation in civil 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 being appointed as Chief Deputy, Melanie was Chief of Staff to Attorney General Coffman. She previously served as 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, Melanie 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.



Chief of Staff Leora Joseph

Leora oversees the management of the Colorado Department of Law, including its administration functions as well as its professional development and community engagement initiatives. Leora joined the office in June of 2017.

Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Leora served as a Senior Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s Office and the Managing Chief Deputy District Attorney in the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Leora has extensive experience in prosecuting cases involving vulnerable victims, including cases of sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking, domestic violence, elder abuse and crimes against those with Intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to managing units handling sensitive cases, Leora was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the Statewide Child Fatality Review Team.

Leora relocated from Boston to Denver with her family in 2012. In Boston, Leora worked as a prosecutor for the Suffolk County District Attorney for 16 years. There, she served as Chief of the Child Protection Unit and Deputy Chief of the Family Protection and Sexual Assault Unit. Leora has frequently guest lectured at many universities and Law schools, including Harvard. Leora attended McGill University Law School and received her B.A. from Barnard College at Columbia University. She lives in Denver with her husband and three children.