Webb, John 2004 Evaluation


Colorado Court of Appeals

Honorable John R. Webb 

Retention Year: 2004
Recommendation: Retain

The State Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge John R. Webb BE RETAINED.

Judge Webb was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals on February 1, 2002. Prior to being appointed to the bench, he was with the law firm of Jacobs, Chase, Frick, Kleinkopf & Kelley. A native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Judge Webb graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1973, and then spent the next year as a law clerk for Judge Robert H. McWilliams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He joined the law firm of Holme, Roberts & Owen in 1974, and worked there for 26 years, emphasizing complex commercial litigation. Judge Webb currently serves on the Colorado Supreme Court's Civil Rules Committee as well as its Standing Committee on the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.

While Judge Webb's extensive career in the private practice of law has acquainted him with a wide range of civil law issues, some attorney comments suggested he should become better versed in criminal law and procedure. He would like to work on writing opinions that explain why the court reached the decision it did, so that the litigants and the public can have a better understanding of the law and how it works. The Commission believes that Judge Webb holds himself to high standards of professional ethics, and that his scholarly style appears well suited to the appellate bench.

The Commission appreciates the fact that after practicing law very successfully for over a quarter-century, Judge Webb sought a judicial appointment, because he wanted to conclude his legal career by giving back to the community.

Of those who expressed an opinion, 84% of attorneys and 99% of judges surveyed said they believed that Judge Webb should be retained. Comments appeared to reflect a general consensus that Judge Webb is extremely capable and diligent, and will only improve as he gains more experience on the bench.