Cole Finegan

Cole Finegan

Office Managing Partner

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 303 454 2583

Fax +1 303 899 7333

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

"I think he's got more political wisdom than almost anyone I can think of in Colorado. What I have prized most from him over the years is his judgment and his gentle relentlessness."

Senator Michael Bennet

Cole Finegan's practice focuses broadly on the intersection of business and government, drawing on his deep background in local and state government.

He works locally and nationally with businesses and government entities to create and expand public-private partnerships. Since 1987, Cole has been involved in almost every major private-public partnership in Denver, including the redevelopment of Stapleton Airport, the Gates Rubber Company facility, and Denver Union Station. He also represents clients in regulatory, land-use and development, and legislative and public policy law.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Cole served in dual positions as Denver's City Attorney and Chief of Staff to Mayor John Hickenlooper. During his tenure as City Attorney, Cole reorganized the office of 100 lawyers for the first time in 20 years, which saved the city more than US$1 million by cutting outside legal services and expanded the city's capabilities to try its own cases. As Chief of Staff, he led the successful campaign to change Denver's charter to add a Chief Financial Officer and to modernize the city's 100-year-old financial services structure.

Cole served both as Chief Legal Counsel and Director of Policy and Initiatives for Colorado Governor Roy Romer from 1991 to 1993. During that period, he handled the governor's legal matters, advised the governor on judicial appointments, and supervised a policy development staff of 60 persons working on economic, environmental, health care, energy, telecommunications, transportation, and education policy issues.

Cole also worked in Washington, D.C. as Chief Legislative Assistant and then Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative James R. Jones of Oklahoma. Representative Jones chaired the U.S. House of Representatives' Budget Committee from 1981-1985 and chaired the House Ways and Means' Subcommittee on Trade.

Awards and recognitions

2010-2019, 2021-2022

Municipal Law
The Best Lawyers in America


Top Lawyer - Government Relations, Contracts, and Lobbying


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


500 Leading lawyers list


Denver Municipal Law, Lawyer of the Year
The Best Lawyers in America

2007-2009, 2012-2018

Colorado Super Lawyers


People's Choice Government Lawyer
Barrister's Best, Law Week Colorado


Lawyer of the Year
Law Week Colorado


Lawyer of the Decade
Law Week Colorado


The 50 Most Influential People in Denver

Education and admissions


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1986

B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1978


Past Board Chair, Downtown Denver Partnership

Past Board Member, Rose Andom Center

Past Board Member, Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce

Past Board Member, Children's Hospital Colorado

Past Board Member, Teach for America

Past Board Member, Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation

Bar admissions and qualifications


District of Columbia (inactive)

Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales

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