Colorado Governor Jared Polis has appointed Patrick H. Pugh, who is Of Counsel in the Denver office of Ballard Spahr, to the bench in the 17th Judicial District.

"I am honored to be chosen by Gov. Polis to serve the people of Adams and Broomfield counties," Mr. Pugh said. "The Denver Metro community has been supportive of my practice for many years. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to give back."

Mr. Pugh's appointment is effective July 1. He fills a vacancy left by the retirement of the Hon. F. Michael Goodbee.

At Ballard Spahr, Mr. Pugh focused on business and real estate disputes, including contract issues, real estate concerns, employment disputes, intellectual property issues, and product liability and defect claims.

"Patrick has been a tremendous asset to our office for years, and we will miss him greatly," said Steve Suflas, Office Managing Partner for Ballard Spahr's Denver location. "We thank him for his contributions to our firm, but more importantly for his future contributions as he enters public service. I have no doubt he will be a success in his important new role."