Judge Buchanan was raised in Boulder, Colorado. For over thirty years before his appointment to the bench, he had a general civil trial practice in Colorado (with two years in California), specializing in tort litigation primarily in the areas of personal injury and product liability, but also representing clients in commercial disputes, insurance litigation, professional liability, civil rights and employment matters. He also represented clients before the Colorado appellate courts and in the Tenth Circuit.
In November, 2013, Ross was appointed to the District Court for the Second Judicial District in Denver, Colorado. In his nine years on the bench, he presided over civil, domestic relations and criminal dockets.
Since 1978, Judge Buchanan has been married to Lynn Holland, a professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she teaches about international political economy and Latin American development. Together, they have two adult children.
District Court for the Second Judicial District in Denver 2014-2023
J.D. Northwestern in 1982
B.A. Occidental College in 1978
District Court Judge for the Second Judicial District, Denver 2014-2023
President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2002-2003
Recipient of Colorado Defense Lawyers Association’s Professionalism Award, 2005
Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2013
Joined JAG as an Arbiter in 2023
Community and Professional Activities
Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow of the International Society of Barristers
Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates
Frequent CLE presenter on various trial advocacy matters, product liability law, electronic discovery, Brown v. Board of Education, and “Views from the Bench”
Thompson and Lucy Marsh Inn of Court
Chair, Judicial Nominating Advisory Commission on Federal Judicial Appointments, 2008
Member, Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, 1984-1986
Youth soccer coach
Played football and ran track in high school and college
Played in the DBA Lawyers’ Touch Football League for over 20 years
Worked as a carpenter during college and before law school
Enjoys fly fishing, golf, working on his old house, and anything by Bruce Springsteen