John Walsh has served as United States Attorney for Colorado since August 2010, after nomination by President Barack Obama and unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate. In January 2011, he was named by Attorney General Eric Holder to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee to represent the U.S. Attorneys Offices located within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. In January 2012, he was named by the Attorney General to serve as one of five national co-chairs of the Attorney General’s Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (“RMBS”) Fraud Working Group.
Mr. Walsh grew up in Denver. In 1986, he graduated with honors and Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School, where he was Senior Notes Editor of the Stanford Law Review. After graduation, he served as a clerk to the Honorable J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. From 1987 to 1995, Walsh served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, California, where he prosecuted a broad range of federal criminal cases, including many complex federal white collar violations. Walsh participated in many notable white collar matters, including those of Charles Keating, Michael Milken, and Arizona Governor J. Fife Symington. From 1993 to 1995, he served as chief of the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and supervised 35 Assistant U.S. Attorneys prosecuting white collar offenses.
In 1995, Mr. Walsh returned to Denver to join the law firm Holland & Hart, LLP, and became a partner in 1997. In 1999, he left the firm to join Hill & Robbins, P.C., where he a member until 2010, when he became U.S. Attorney. His practice there focused on complex civil litigation and class actions in the areas of securities, antitrust and consumer protection, as well as internal investigations and white collar criminal cases. Walsh has been highly involved in Colorado community organizations. Until becoming U.S. Attorney, Walsh served as chairman of the board of Invest in Kids, a Colorado nonprofit focused on the development and dissemination of evidence-based early childhood education and health programs, and was a member of the board of the Colorado Lawyers Committee. In 2010, he received the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s “Sustained Contribution” award.
Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, Walsh was listed for many years in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA 2010, and Colorado Super Lawyers, among other professional honors. Walsh lives in Denver with his wife Lisa Christian and their three children.