Kerri Lombardi was recently appointed as a judge to the Denver County Court, effective May 1. Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the appointment after Judge James B. Breese retired. Lombardi answers our questions—both serious and silly—below, so that we can get to know our new judge better.
Did you always know you wanted to go into the legal profession?
No. When I was in college at CU Boulder, I interned as a victim advocate with the Boulder District Attorney’s Office and became interested in prosecution. I assisted several victims of sexual assault and domestic violence through the trial process and realized how much I wanted to work with victims of crime.
Where did you go to law school and what was your path to your most recent position as Chief Deputy District Attorney?
I went to the University of Denver College of Law and graduated in 1993. I went to law school with the sole intent of being a prosecutor in the Denver DA’s Office Domestic violence/crimes against children unit. Prior to working at the DA’s Office, I briefly worked for my criminal law professor at his firm, which handled criminal defense and plaintiff’s work.
What led you to the judiciary?
I love being a public servant and really wanted to continue serving the community in a different capacity.
What are your goals for the future?
I hope to make the people that supported me and appointed me proud. I hope to make an impact on the community by giving back and by treating those in front of me with respect and dignity so that they have a good impression of the Denver County Court and the system as a whole.
My appointment is probably the highlight but I have been fortunate to have handled many cases as a prosecutor that touched the community deeply.
What are you passionate about and what inspires you?
My kids! My kids are my greatest gift and they drive me to be better every day.
How are you involved in our local community?
I was on several committees and boards for many years including the Denver Fatality Review, Sex Assault Interagency Counsel, Rose Andom Center Committee, and the PTA.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
I would say the best advice I ever got was to remember that I deserved to be happy, and to believe in myself.
How do you de-stress?
I de-stress by being with friends and family, going to Pilates, running, and listening to music.
In your opinion, what’s the best restaurant in Denver?
So many great restaurants in Denver! Sushi Den is among the best.
Where is your favorite place to travel to within Colorado?
Leadville. My Dad has a cabin that is incredibly peaceful.
What’s on your desk right now?
A huge mess. I am trying to finish moving in and organizing my office! Papers, my phone, cards, candles, glasses—a mess.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be doing?
I think I would be flipping houses or event planning.