Colorado Attorney General's Office


John W. Suthers is a lifetime resident of Colorado. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Government in 1974 and from the University of Colorado Law School in 1977. From 1977 to 1981, he served as a deputy and chief deputy district attorney in Colorado Springs. From September of 1979 to January of 1981, he headed the Economic Crime Division of the DA’s office and co-authored a nationally published book on consumer fraud and white-collar crime.


In January of 1981, Mr. Suthers entered private practice and became a litigation partner in the Colorado Springs firm of Sparks Dix, P.C. He remained with the firm until November of 1988, when he defeated an incumbent to be elected District Attorney of the Fourth Judicial District. He was elected to a second term as District Attorney in November of 1992. At the conclusion of that second term in January of 1997, he returned to Sparks Dix, P.C. as Senior Counsel in charge of the firm’s litigation section.


On January 12, 1999, Mr. Suthers was appointed Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections by Governor Bill Owens. As head of the Colorado correctional system, he was in charge of an organization with almost 6,000 employees and an annual operational budget of approximately $500 million.


On July 30, 2001, Mr. Suthers was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the United States Attorney for the District of Colorado. On October 11, 2001, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Mr. Suthers. As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Suthers represented the United States in all criminal and civil matters within the District of Colorado.


On January 4, 2005, Mr. Suthers was appointed Attorney General of Colorado. He will stand for election in 2006. As Attorney General, he represents and defends the interests of the People of the State of Colorado and is chief legal counsel and advisor to state government and its many state agencies, boards and



The Colorado Attorney General is one of four independently elected statewide offices in Colorado and was established by the state constitution upon statehood in 1876.


The Attorney General and the Department of Law, which Attorney General John W. Suthers oversees (collectively referred to as the Colorado Attorney General’s Office), represents and defends the legal interests of the people of the State of Colorado and its sovereignty. The Attorney General exercises the responsibilities given to his office by the Colorado Constitution, statutes enacted by the Colorado General Assembly and the people of the state of Colorado, and the common law.


The Attorney General has primary authority for enforcement of consumer protection and antitrust laws, prosecution of criminal appeals and some complex white-collar crimes, the Statewide Grand Jury, training and certification of peace officers, and certain natural resource and environmental matters.


The Attorney General’s Office also works concurrently with Colorado’s 22 district attorneys and other local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to carry out the criminal justice responsibilities and activities of the office.


The Attorney General is also the chief legal counsel and advisor to the executive branch of state government including the governor, except as otherwise provided by statute, all of the departments of state government, and to the many state agencies, boards, and commissions.


Office Of The Attorney General:–

Manages the department, sets policy, oversees civil and criminal appellate work, and directs major litigation. The office includes the Attorney General, Chief Deputy Attorney General, the Solicitor General, the Assistant Solicitor General/Criminal Appeals, the Deputy Attorney General for Legal Policy and Governmental Affairs and the Communications Director.


Consumer Protection Section:–

Protects consumers and legitimate businesses against fraud and maintains a competitive business environment by (1) enforcing state and federal consumer protection and antitrust laws, including Colorado's telemarketing no-call, and charitable solicitation laws; (2) enforcing Colorado’s laws on consumer lending, debt collection, rent-to-own, and credit repair; (3) educating consumers and businesses through outreach and educational programs; (4) advocating on behalf of the Office of Consumer Counsel for residential, small business and agricultural public utility ratepayers; and (5) implementing and enforcing Colorado's rights and obligations under the national tobacco settlement agreements and related tobacco laws and tobacco education efforts.


Addresses & Phone Numbers
Attorney General
1525 Sherman St.
5th floor
Denver, CO 80203


Fax: (303)866-5691


* Consumer Complaint Line - in Denver and Out of State - 303-866-5189

* Consumer Complaint Line - Outside of Denver but in Colorado - 1-800-222-4444

* Collection Agency Consumer Complaints & Information (303) 866-5304

* Collection Agency Licensing (303) 866-5706

* Supervised Lending Consumer Complaints & General Information (303) 866-4494

* Supervised Lender Licensing (303) 866-4527


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