Leadership Takes Reins
Coyle was named the new head of the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel as
the office continues to broaden its relationship with lawyers from the bar exam
to the end of their career.
By JAMES CARLSON
As the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel moved into its
new offices in the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center this spring, it did so with new
James Coyle was selected as the new Regulation Counsel from
a field of more than 100 applicants. His appointment was official March 1. He
replaced John Gleason.
Coyle has more than 20 years of experience in the regulation
office. He served as assistant regulation counsel from 1990 to 2002 when he was
named deputy regulation counsel. In 2010, he was promoted to chief deputy regulation
counsel. Prior to joining the regulation office, Coyle was in private practice.
Meanwhile, Coyle has made other changes to his management
team. Matthew Samuelson became chief deputy regulation counsel for intake and
operations, and Margaret Funk moved into deputy regulation counsel for that
division. In the trial division, James Sudler is chief deputy regulation
counsel, and Charles Mortimer is deputy regulation counsel.
Coyle and Sudler were with the office 15
years ago when Colorado changed the way it regulates lawyers. In the late
1990s, the state implemented a central phone intake system for disciplinary
complaints, created an Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, and put in
place the country’s first comprehensive diversion program.
Those changes made Colorado the nation’s gold standard of
disciplinary systems. The changes are only part of the office’s ongoing efforts
to protect the public and nurture attorneys. The office now oversees the bar
exam, admissions, registration, continuing legal education and inventory
counsel. Far from being solely the disciplinary arm of the legal community, the
Office of Attorney Regulation now focuses on the long-term relationship with
all Colorado attorneys to help improve the practice of law experience for all
Carlson is the Information Resources Coordinator with the Office of Attorney