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Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new district judge in Boulder County

DENVER — Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today the appointment of Patrick Daniel Butler to serve as a district judge in the 20th Judicial District (Boulder County). Butler will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Lael Montgomery.


Butler, of Superior, is a magistrate in the 18th Judicial District, where he has worked since 2009. He
presides over a civil docket comprised mostly of domestic law, county and small claims civil disputes, protection orders, child support enforcement, compliance reviews, sentencing, juvenile, traffic and probate.


Butler earlier was a partner at Lamm & Butler (1987-2009), where his primary focus was civil and criminal cases. He was also an instructor of law at Kaplan College in Thornton (2005-2009) and co-authored the article The Ten Commandments of Being Deposed. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Keene State College and a J.D. from Gonzaga University.


Butler’s judicial appointment is effective Oct. 1.