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Hill & Robbins Partner John Walsh Nominated As U.S. Attorney


DENVER — President Barack Obama nominated Denver attorney John Walsh as U.S. attorney for Colorado on Wednesday, The Denver Post reports.

Walsh, a partner at Denver law firm Hill & Robbins and former federal prosecutor in California, was also a finalist for an open seat on Colorado’s federal trial bench. He became the bipartisan favorite for U.S. attorney after Obama’s first nominee, Stephanie Villafuerte, withdrew her name from consideration. The Obama administration also considered Pueblo District Attorney Bill Thiebaut as one of three finalists for the job.

Walsh’s nomination is expected to be approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. If he is sworn in as U.S. attorney, he would replace David Gaouette, who has been in the position since January 2009 when he took over on a temporary basis for former U.S. Attorney Troy Eid.