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Ready for the Bench

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ARVADA, CO –On July 1 it will be the first time in 35 years that the City of Arvada will have a new municipal court judge. David Cooke is a former Assistant Director of Litigation with the Denver City Attorney’s Office and a dedicated Arvada resident.


“When Judge Boyle advised Council that he would be retiring effectively June 30, we knew that we had quite a task ahead of us in selecting a new Judge to carry on his tradition of excellent  judicial service on behalf of the Community,” stated Marc Williams, Mayor of Arvada. “David Cooke comes to us with an impressive resume and experience that we know will translate into an excellent Judgeship. We are incredibly pleased to have him on board.”


In Cooke’s prior position as Assistant Director of Litigation in the Denver City Attorney’s Office, he directly supervised nine trial lawyers defending Federal §1983 constitutional civil rights lawsuits involving police and sheriff department personnel as well as state Colorado Governmental Immunity Act tort suits and claims. His impressive resume also includes positions with Ernst & Young, LLP in their State and Local Tax Group as well as in the Colorado Office of the Attorney General’s Office.


With nearly 30 years of experience as an attorney, Cooke’s majority of time has been spent as a litigator. His background includes hundreds of cases ranging from appeals before administrative tribunals to trials in state courts and the United States Bankruptcy Court. He also has argued before the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.


“I am eager and excited to take on the duties of Municipal Court Judge,” stated Cooke. “This position is an honor to fill and I plan to uphold the deep-rooted standards of fairness and justice to all that enter through the courtroom doors.”


Cooke and his wife, Kate, along with their two daughters are residents of Arvada. “We love it here and are extremely active and committed to our town,” expressed Cooke.

Whether it’s volunteering with the Sierra Elementary School, holding down a booth representing the Regional Air Quality Council at the Olde Town Farmer’s market, working on the Harvest Festival Committee or serving on the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities and the Arvada Center Task Force, the Cooke family is deeply connected to Arvada.