While on the District Court, David was assigned cases in all areas of the law with the exception of water law. After the Court transitioned from a mixed docket to a specialty docket, David had rotations in civil and criminal dockets until his retirement in December of 2016.
After serving an honorable two-year term in the United States military, David graduated from UNC with a J.D. in 1973. After graduating, David worked on Tim Wirth’s first successful congressional campaign. Then, David moved to Pueblo and worked as a Deputy District Attorney, trying criminal cases in both County and District Courts. When he left the District Attorney’s Office, David moved into private practice and became the primary litigator for Petersen & Fonda, P.C. While working for Petersen and Fonda, David represented the Pueblo Housing Authority, Parkview Hospital, and many other local businesses and individuals. Much of his litigation experience involved insurance defense cases. He also represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases, including medical malpractice.
District Court Judge, Tenth Judicial District 2003-16
- Deputy District Attorney, Pueblo County District Attorney’s Office (1975 – 1978)
- Shareholder, Petersen & Fonda, P.C. (1980 – 1994, 1996 – 2001)
- Crockenberg & Garcia, P.C., Partner and Shareholder (1994 – 1996)
- District Court Judge, Tenth Judicial District (2003 – 2016)
Community and Professional Activities
- Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Member (1980-90) and Chairperson (1986)
- Board Member, Pueblo Economic Development Company (1990 – 2001)
- Board Member and Current Chairperson, Saint Mary-Corwin Hospital
- Syracuse University Men’s Swimming Team 1965-69
- Ran the New York City Marathon (1998)
- Rode bicycles from Pueblo to San Francisco
- Won the hula hoop competition at the Pueblo YMCA Corporate Cup