Brian D. Boatright was sworn in as Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court on November 21, 2011. He was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper. Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice Boatright was a District Court Judge in the First Judicial District in Golden, Colorado and had been appointed to that position on June 16, 1999 by Governor Bill Owens. As a District Court Judge, Justice Boatright presided over Felony Criminal matters, Probate matters, Civil Cases matters, Dependency & Neglect matters and Juvenile Delinquency matters. While serving on the District Court Bench, he presided well over a hundred jury trials.
Prior to his appointment to the District Court Bench, he was a Deputy District Attorney in the First Judicial District for over nine years. During his tenure with the D.A.’s office, Justice Boatright tried everything from first degree murder cases to third degree assault cases. Prior to being appointed as a Deputy D.A., he was in private practice for approximately a year and a half with the firm of Boatright and Ripp.
Justice Boatright was born in Golden, Colorado and graduated from Jefferson High school in 1980. He graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri in 1984 and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver in 1988.
Justice Boatright is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the First Judicial District Bar Association and has held several offices including being President of the First Judicial District Bar Association (2000-2001). Justice Boatright has served on several boards and committees including the Juvenile Services Planning Committee; Children Youth Leadership Commission; Plain English Jury Instruction Committee; and the Lieutenant Governors Committee to Promote Adoptions.
He has been the Dean of the Advance New Judges Training, which is an annual training for all new judicial officers, since 2007. Justice Boatright was named Colorado CASA Judicial Officer of the Year for 2011.
Justice Boatright and his wife Kara have two children.