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DENVER – Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman welcomes José Esquibel, Jan Zavislan, Alissa Gardenswartz and Glenn E. Roper to the Colorado Department of Law and to their new roles.

“We continue to build a strong and effective team that will provide ethical representation and legal advice of the highest caliber to our client agencies and service of the highest quality to the people of Colorado,” said Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman.  “Each of these dynamic individuals possesses impressive credentials that will serve the office, the people of Colorado, and our state agency clients in an exemplary manner.” 

Director of Office of Community Engagement -- José Esquibel joins the Department of Law as the Director of the new Office of Community Engagement.  As Director, Esquibel will oversee the Department’s community outreach and education efforts with the goal of protecting consumers, preventing crime, and aiding victims.

Esquibel served for over a decade as the Director of Interagency Prevention Systems first in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and more recently at the Colorado Department of Human Services, where he designed and implemented a unified interagency system for the delivery of state and federally-funded prevention, intervention, and treatment services for children and youth. He brings a wealth of experience in substance abuse prevention and currently serves as Vice Chair of Prevention on the Colorado Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force. 

José received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and post-degree clinical training from staff of the UNM Department of Psychiatry.

Senior Counsel of Consumer Resources -- Jan Zavislan takes on a new role as Senior Counsel of Consumer Resources.  Zavislan has served in the Department for 27 years, 8 as a First Assistant Attorney General and the last 15 1/2 as Deputy of the Consumer Protection Section.  He is a nationally recognized consumer protection expert and frequently testifies before the General Assembly.  Zavislan will work closely with José Esquibel and the Office of Community Engagement to ensure Colorado consumers have the necessary tools to protect themselves from fraud and abuse.

Zavislan holds a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and a J.D. from the University of Denver.

Deputy Attorney General of Consumer Protection-- Alissa Gardenswartz steps into the position of Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection.  Gardenswartz joined the Colorado Attorney General’s Office in January 2007 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Fraud Unit.  She worked a wide variety of antitrust cases, as well as consumer, mortgage, and charitable fraud cases.  In 2012 she became a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the same Unit and, in 2014, was appointed the First Assistant Attorney General over the Antitrust, Tobacco, and Mortgage Fraud Unit.

Gardenswartz earned her undergraduate degree at U.C.L.A in 1992 and her law degree from the University of Chicago in 1996.  She spent four years working as an antitrust attorney at the Federal Trade Commission and then at the national law firm Clifford Chance in Washington D.C. before moving to Colorado in 2004 where she became a senior associate at Wheeler Trigg Kennedy LLP.

Deputy Solicitor General -- Glenn E. Roper joins the Department of Law as Deputy Solicitor General in the Office of the Attorney General.  In this position, Roper will handle select appellate and constitutional litigation and work closely with the Attorney General and her senior staff on matters of legal policy.

Before joining the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Roper was a partner in the Denver law firm Reilly Pozner, LLP, where he focused on complex civil litigation, e-discovery and appellate matters.  He previously served as Deputy Associate Counsel in the Office of Counsel to the President of the United States and as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable David M. Ebel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  Roper graduated first in his class from Brigham Young University Law School and has been recognized as both a “Rising Star” by Colorado Super Lawyers and a “Compleat Lawyer” by Law Week Colorado.

Effective immediately José Esquibel, Jan Zavislan, Alissa Gardenswartz and Glenn E. Roper begin in their new roles with the Colorado Department of Law.

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  • Date
    August 18th, 2015
  • Author
    Roger Hudson