Updated to reflect comments from McInnis.
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis won’t be returning to the Denver office of Hogan Lovells, after all.
McInnis, who was on a year-long leave of absence to pursue the governor’s office, decided against coming back to his legal practice.
“Scott McInnis has retired to Grand Junction to be more involved in his family businesses,” Hogan Lovells Colorado Managing Partner Cole Finegan said. “Here at Hogan, we wish him and his family the best in his new adventure.”
McInnis, in an e-mail, said, “That is accurate. Hogan was great and I had several years working with them which I enjoyed but I want to diversify a little including consulting, family business etc. Cole manages a solid team and I will miss that.”
In a related development, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel is reporting that McInnis has expressed interest in serving as an interim executive director of Club 20, a business advocacy group, the ColoradoPols.com website is reporting. The Sentinel story wasn’t available on the Internet.
Club 20’s current executive director, Reeves Brown, has agreed to join the Hickenlooper administration as director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.
Separately, Hogan’s Finegan declined to say whether Hogan Lovells was one of the law firms pursuing Gov. Bill Ritter in his post-gubernatorial career. Ritter worked at Hogan after his work as Denver district attorney and before winning the governorship in 2007. Instead of practicing law, Ritter is taking a job with a new energy education center at Colorado State University.
Ritter, a Democrat, decided against running again for a second term as Colorado’s govenor, and McInnis lost his bid to be the Republican nominee.