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Gilman, Shelley

Judicial Arbiter Group is elated that Judge Shelley Gilman has joined the distinguished arbiters at JAG
Judge Shelley Gilman

Judge Shelley Gilman was appointed to the 2nd Judicial District bench in February 1998 and retired in November 2023. Prior to her judicial service, Judge Gilman practiced with boutique litigation firms, after serving in the trial and appellate divisions of the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office.

Shelley graduated from the University of Illinois, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and received her law degree from the University of Denver, Order of St. Ives.

Judge Gilman has been Program Coordinator and Executive Committee member for the Colorado Judges’ Peer 2 Peer Coaching Program. Additionally, Shelley was a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Criminal Rules Committee from 2000-2023.

Throughout her judicial tenure, Judge Gilman has received numerous honors, including the 2021 ABOTA Judicial Excellence Award, the 2016 Denver Bar Judicial Excellence Award, the 2014 Law Week Best Trail Court Judge Award, and the 1999 CWBA Judicial Excellence Award.

Judge Gilman is available to handle Mediation/Arbitration/Special Master/Appointed Judge hearings beginning February 1, 2024. Please call JAG at 303-572-1919 to schedule Judge Shelley Gilman.

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Judicial Service

2nd Judicial District Court Judge 1998-2023


University of Illinois, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

University of Denver College of Law JD, Order of St. Ives


Phone: 303-572-1919
Career Highlights
  • 2021 American Board of Trial Advocates Judicial Excellence Award
  • 2016 Denver Bar Association Judicial Excellence Award
  • 2014 People’s Choice Colorado Trial Court Judge
  • 1999 Colorado Women’s Bar Association Judicial Excellence Award
Community and Professional Activities
  • Program Coordinator and Executive Committee member for the Colorado Judges’ Peer 2 Peer Coaching Program
  • 1992-1997 Member and Vice Chair, Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee
  • Colorado Supreme Court Criminal Rules Committee, 2000-2023
  • Colorado Advanced New Judge School, Presenter
  • Colorado State Public Defender, trial and appellate offices
  • Past Member, Colorado Criminal Jury Instructions Committee
  • Boutique litigation practice for 12 years
Fun Facts
Guess Judge Gilman’s Favorite city!
  • Contains the largest art museum in the world
  • Country’s army still uses carrier pigeons
  • One dog for every seven city residents

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