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Moorhead, Thomas

Former Chief Judge of the 5th Judicial District, Judge Tom Moorhead joined the JAG staff of arbiters in December, 2013.

Moorhead was appointed to the 5th Judicial District Court bench in 2002 as a District Judge. He served the last three years on the bench as Chief Judge of the district. Judge Moorhead handled a diverse docket in Eagle County which included complex civil actions of construction defects, 106 reviews of controversial land use and zoning approvals, medical malpractice and family law. While a Judge, Moorhead served on the Office of Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee, the CBA Criminal Law Section, the Judicial Education Committee for the annual conferences, the Probation Advisory Committee and the Chief Judge Council.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Moorhead was Vail Town Attorney for 8 years and then accepted the position as Eagle County Attorney. His career began as a litigator prosecuting major felonies and then as a civil litigator handling complex litigation including mass tort, environmental, employment law and medical malpractice.
In 2013, Moorhead attended the National Judicial College Civil Mediation training. Moorhead has been a regular presenter and judicial panel member at AAML and FLI CLE programs. He has also presented on zoning, building code and employment issues.

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J.D. – Salmon P. Chase College of Law
B.S. – Xavier University


Phone: 303-572-1919
Career Highlights
  • 5th Judicial District Judicial Officer of the Year 2013
  • Chief of the Major Trial Section, Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Partner, Lindhorst and Dreidame, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Vail Town Attorney
  • Eagle County Attorney
Community and Professional Activities
  • Board of Director, SOS Outreach, a youth development nonprofit
  • Board of Trustees, Vail Leadership Institute, a non-profit dedicated to putting heart into leadership
  • Board of Trustees, Vail Leadership Institute, a non-profit dedicated to putting heart into leadership
  • Founding Director, Eagle Valley Youth Coalition (past)
  • Board of Director, Eagle Valley Land Trust (past)
  • Member, Vail Valley Medical Center Ethics Resource Committee (past)
Fun Facts
  • Avid telemark and nordic skier
  • Completed 86th marathon December, 2013
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