Jack Finlaw, JD'81

Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. Alumni Professionalism Award - 2014

Finlaw is chief legal counsel to Governor John Hickenlooper. At the time of his appointment to this position in 2011, Governor Hickenlooper stated, Jack Finlaw is a skilled attorney who possesses a unique blend of management experience in business, the non-profit sector and government. Before joining the governors office, Finlaw was Chief of Staff to Denver Mayor Guillermo (Bill) V. Vidal, and had served as deputy chief of staff for then-Mayor Hickenlooper. From 2003 to 2010, Finlaw was director of Denvers Theatres and Arenas Division. Prior to his government service, Finlaw worked in the cable television industry for almost 20 years as deputy general counsel for Comcast Corporation and as corporate counsel for Jones Intercable, Inc. Finlaw has also served as a board member for VISIT DENVER, Opera Colorado and the Colorado Symphony. He earned a bachelors degree from Georgetown University and a juris doctorate from the University of Denver.