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Delta High School grad named district judge

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Lance Timbreza

Lance Timbreza, a 1997 graduate of Delta High School, has been named a Mesa County district judge.

Timbreza was one of three finalists selected by the 21st Judicial District for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of the Hon. David A. Bottger. The final selection was announced by Governor John Hickenlooper last month. Timbreza will be sworn in Aug. 12.

The son of Jimi and Lori Timbreza and the late Toni Wareham Leighton, Timbreza was born and raised in Delta. He attended Arizona State University and earned a degree in history from Mesa State University. He graduated summa cum laude from the Gonzaga University School of Law in 2005. In law school, he was ranked fourth out of 206 students.

Timbreza worked in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Washington before returning to the Western Slope. He most recently worked at the Daniels Law Group in Grand Junction.

Timbreza came from a coal mining family and started working as a bus boy when he was 10 years old, often alongside his mom who was a waitress.

"From a young age, working taught me diligence, time management and to set goals," he wrote in his application for appointment.

Timbreza continued working throughout middle school, high school, college and law school.

He noted in his application that his step-grandfather was a court reporter who would often take young Timbreza to court. Timbreza found the judicial process fascinating. "I was always struck by decisions the judge made which impacted people's lives, whether it was in disputes about parenting issues in divorce cases, business deals that went wrong, or in sentencing convicted criminals. I knew I wanted to be a lawyer and, eventually, a judge -- and I set out to do just that. I took advantage of each opportunity. I worked hard in law school and once I became an attorney, I worked within my community and professional organizations to gather experience and further develop my understanding of other people, their lives, issues, and what matters to them."

Timbreza said he is "keenly aware" that his decisions will have lasting consequences on the people who appear in court. He vowed to be a judge "who will treat each litigant with respect and dignity in reaching the result the law demands."

Timbreza is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and immediate past chair of the Young Lawyers Division, Western Slope Colorado Bar Association mock trial coordinator, and a member of the Mesa County Bar Association, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Colorado LGBT Bar Association and American Bar Association.

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