Boulder, Colorado , United States
|| April 26, 1956
Dec 01, 2012 08:01pm
|Info||Stan Garnett currently serves as District Attorney for Colorado's Twentieth Judicial District, representing the citizens of Boulder County. Elected in 2008, Stan is an aggressive prosecutor and a strong advocate for the safety and security of the people he represents. |
Stan has a long-standing connection to Colorado. Stan's mother was born in Morgan County, and his father was raised in Eagle County; theirs was a marriage of mountains and plains. His father was an engineer for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph, and his mother was a second grade teacher. Stan received both his Bachelors of Arts and his Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Colorado. He credits his parents for teaching him to treat people fairly, to give back to the community and to work to protect the beauty and natural resources that define Colorado. With his wife Brenda, he raised his family in Colorado and has continued to work for the State that has given him so much.
As District Attorney, Stan is an advocate for strong and effective law enforcement. Stan has made the prosecution of violent and sexual crime a top priority. More murder cases have been tried during his tenure than ever before in the 20th Judicial District, and he has received verdicts of guilty as charged, including two cold first - degree murder cases. His priorities remain: prosecuting violent or sexual crime, serious drug dealing, business and economic crime and cases involving public corruption. Stan has worked with the probation department and the resources of the courts to further the Drug Court model, which saves substantial taxpayer dollars and helps offenders become contributing members of society. Within his first year as DA, Stan reinvigorated the Office of the District Attorney, streamlined and strengthened communication with law enforcement agencies and rolled out initiatives to better inform the public. Stan believes government has to work for--and not against--the people it represents.
From 1981 to 1986 Stan worked in the Office of the Denver District Attorney. He tried over 80 cases including multiple murder cases, sexual assaults, numerous felonies and misdemeanors. This experience provided him with the basic lesson that a prosecutor should work hard for the people he represents; a lesson that he has carried with him in his role as District Attorney today. Stan learned to overcome legal obstructions and jurisdictional challenges, and apply the type of critical thinking that is required to effectively prosecute each case. He learned early on that the problems with bureaucracy and narrow-mindedness negatively impact the same people the government seeks to help. He expects all his deputies to treat cases consistently, as well as to consider the facts, use their best judgment and do the right thing. Protecting the rights of crime victims and representing the best interests of his constituency requires skill, discernment, compassion and commitment.
Stan is proud to be from Colorado and has made an effort to give back to his community. He has served on boards, committees and lent a helping hand to charitable organizations. He was elected and re-elected to the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) Board of Education where he served first as Treasurer and then as President overseeing a budget of $180 million for 55 schools and 4,000 employees. Working with people from diverse backgrounds in a bipartisan fashion, Stan effectively created solutions to problems while maintaining his values of financial responsibility and being on the side of families. He hosted Board-to-Board events with other school districts and non profits, in order to foster an environment to share best practices for Colorado's school children. He fought for firm but proportionate disciplinary action for first time offenses by high school students. Individual attention and good judgment--rather than a blanket policy to determine outcomes--was his focus then and will always drive the approach he takes to difficult problems. During those eight years Stan made an effort to meet with parents over coffee to discuss issues that concerned them, while maintaining an open-door policy, by exchanging thousands of emails and logging countless phone calls. He will continue the practice of talking with families, seniors and concerned citizens across Colorado as Attorney General.
In private practice Stan tried and managed hundreds of complex cases and perfected his skills in the courtroom.
Stan understands the importance of protecting Colorado's natural beauty and resources. In 2001, the movement to turn the Great Sand Dunes National Monument into a national park was nearly derailed by a dispute over water. One parcel of land, the Baca Ranch, stood in the way. Legal actions filed by minority owners of the Baca threatened to block the sale of the 150-square-mile property to the Nature Conservancy, which pledged to sell the land to the Federal government. As lead attorney, Stan was successful in representing the majority shareholders' position insuring that the land could become part of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument and Preserve. He considers it a victory for Americans, Colorado and the environment.
Stan represented John Elway and the John Elway companies in a complex commercial case, which he won in a 4-3 decision of the Colorado Supreme Court in 1995. The decision, written by the Chief Justice, Nelson v. Elway, 908 P. 2nd 105 (Colo. 1995), adopted a new section of the Restatement of Contracts into Colorado Commercial law.
In June 2006, Stan won one of the largest judgments in US District Court for the Southern District of Florida with a $39 million judgment. The jury ordered a South Florida businessman to pay nearly $19 million in damages (including $5.9 million in punitive damages) to an Italian company that lost millions in an embezzlement scheme. Upon entering the judgment the judge trebled the damages at just over $39 million. The judgment was ranked #41 on the list of "The Top 100 Jury Verdicts of 2006" by American Lawyer and Verdict Search.