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January 16, 2008 - Michael Carrigan Receives 2007 Davis Award

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January 16, 2008
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Michael Carrigan Receives 2007 Davis Award

 

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Denver — On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the 2007 Richard Marden Davis Award was presented to Holland & Hart partner Michael Carrigan at a dinner in his honor at the Brown Palace. The award is presented annually by Davis Graham & Stubbs, the Denver Bar Foundation and the Davis family to a young Denver lawyer under 40 who has combined excellence as a lawyer with civic, cultural, educational and charitable leadership in the tradition of Dick Davis early in his career.

Carrigan has already distinguished himself as a trial lawyer, succeeding in trials for multi-million dollar verdicts and judgments. He served for more than five years as a deputy district attorney, trying more than 100 cases and advising state and federal law enforcement authorities on search warrants and investigative strategies. Carrigan is a respected leader in public service as the first congressional district’s representative on the University of Colorado Board of Regents since 2004. On the board, Carrigan has become a leader on issues of diversity and funding. For the last two years, he has chaired the budget and finance committee, which sets the $2 billion budget for the university. In 2005, he was honored by the Denver Business Journal as an emerging business leader in its annual “Forty Under 40” edition, and given the “Outstanding Community Service Award” by the Colorado Institute of Leadership Training. He was a volunteer teacher at an inner-city high school in the Bronx, and worked at a community center in La Paz, Bolivia.
 
Carrigan also finds time for his commitment to nonprofit and cultural organizations in the Denver community, serving on the Board of Directors for Easter Seals Colorado and the Latin American Research and Service Agency — two of Colorado’s largest charities. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law, and received his Bachelor of Arts in 1990 from the University of Notre Dame.
 
Dick Davis’s family and law firm, Davis Graham & Stubbs, established this award in his memory in 1992 to honor Dick’s belief that great lawyers should be professional and community leaders as well. For nearly 50 years, Dick Davis devoted himself tirelessly to the profession and the community. He served as president of the Denver Bar Association in 1959, and he played key leadership roles in the Colorado Public Expenditures Council, the Museum of Natural History, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, the Denver Rotary Club, the Denver Art Museum and other organizations.

Last year’s recipient was Kristin M. Bronson of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons.