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Joseph Neguse

Joseph Neguse

Counsel| Denver


Joseph Neguse focuses his practice on commercial litigation, employment law, and administrative law. As an experienced litigator and the former Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Joseph utilizes his public and private sector experience to help entrepreneurs, innovators, and small and large businesses with their legal needs and navigating an ever-changing regulatory landscape.

Joseph served in the Cabinet of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper as the Executive Director of DORA from June 2015 to June 2017. In that role, he provided leadership, oversight and management across nine complex regulatory divisions, leading the state’s regulatory department in its mission to protect Colorado consumers and promote a fair and competitive business environment. Prior to his role with DORA, Joseph was an attorney at a Denver law firm and served as an elected Regent on the University of Colorado Board of Regents, representing Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.

  • University of Colorado School of Law (J.D., 2009)
    • Dean's List (Spring 2009)
    • Class President (2006-2009)
    • Moot Court: Best Oralist and Best Team Brief
    • Edward C. King Award for Outstanding Leadership & Achievement
    • Austin W. Scott Jr. Award for Best Oralist, CU Law Rothgerbert Moot Court Competition
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (B.A., Economic, International Emphasis, Political Science, summa cum laude, 2005)
    • Student Body President/UCSU Tri-Executive (2004-2005)
    • Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society
    • Good Neighbor Award, City of Boulder (2004)
  • American Bar Association
  • Top 40 Young Lawyer, American Bar Association (2017)
  • Top 40 Under 40, Denver Business Journal (2016)
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2012-2015)
  • University of Colorado Alumni Recognition Award (2015)
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Black Lawyers (2015)
  • Colorado Democratic Party Rising Star Award (2010, 2015)
  • Colorado Black Roundtable Community Service Award (2014)
  • Distinguished Recent Alumnus, University of Colorado School of Law (2012)
  • CBWPA Service Award (2012)
  • Arches of Hope Community Service Award (2012)
  • Colorado Symphony, Trustee
  • Qualistar Colorado, Board Member
  • Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs, Former Board Member
  • Boulder Housing Authority, Former Commissioner
  • Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority, Former Board Member
  • CU Alumni Board of Directors, Former Board Member
  • Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Executive Director (2015-2017)
  • Holland & Hart, LLP, Associate (2009-2015)
  • University of Colorado, Second Congressional District, Regent (2009-2015)
  • Colorado
  • Supreme Court of Colorado
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit