DENVER — Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Ross Buchanan and Kandace Gerdes as district court judges in the 2nd Judicial District (Denver County). Buchanan and Gerdes will fill vacancies due to the retirements of the Hon. Robert Hyatt and the Hon. Anne Mansfield.
Ross Buchanan is currently at Roberts Levin Rosenberg PC, where he has a general civil trial practice with an emphasis on tort litigation, specifically in the areas of personal injury and insurance. Previously, Buchanan was a solo practitioner, a shareholder at Buchanan, Jurdem & Cederberg, P.C., and an associate at the firms now known as Greene, Broillet & Wheeler and Purvis Gray LLP.
Buchanan earned a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
Kandace Gerdes is currently a Senior Deputy District Attorney in the Economic Crimes Unit for the 2nd Judicial District. Previously, Gerdes was an associate attorney at Joseph H. Thibodeau, P.C.,with a primary area of practice in state and federal civil tax controversy resolution.
Gerdes earned a bachelor’s degree and a J.D. from Creighton University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Denver.
The appointments are effective Dec. 31, 2013.
About the judicial selection process
Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a judicial district nominating commission. The nominating commission selects three nominees for the district and county judicial vacancies of which the final appointment is selected.