Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia appointed Jonathan Shamis as a judge in Lake County in Colorado’s Fifth Judicial District. The vacancy is a result of the appointment of Dewey Wayne Patton, of Leadville, to the district court.

Shamis is currently executive director of Alpine Legal Services where he practices family law, real estate law, collections, protection orders and criminal law. He served as an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Mountain College. Previously, Shamis was a partner at Fahrenholtz, Kleinschmidt, Stephens and Shamis, where he practiced in the Fifth and Ninth District Courts. He was a senior attorney and assistant public defender in the office of the Cook County Illinois public defender.

Shamis earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law.

The appointment is effective Aug. 29 with the condition of Shamis becoming an elector of Lake County.

Shamis was one of three finalists for the position, which included attorney Lindsey Parlin, of Leadville.

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