District Attorney Profile

Joseph J. Dolan

Joseph J. Dolan (DA 1961-1965)

JOSEPH J. DOLAN (1918 - 1993)

Eighth Judicial District, 1961 - 1965

Joseph J. Dolan, a Boulder native and son of attorney Frank F. Dolan, served as a naval aviator in the South Pacific during World War II. Then, in 1951, he earned a law degree from the University of Colorado. He was in partnership with his father in the law firm of Dolan and Dolan and was Deputy District Attorney for eight years under Marc E.H. Smith.

During his election campaign, Dolan told a newspaper reporter that he would “conduct the office in a fair and impartial manner, see that the office is run in a professional and honorable way, and be a vigorous prosecutor but mindful of the rights of others.”

When Dolan took office as District Attorney, he named three Boulder County deputies: John R. Mack, Lawrence B. Robinson, and Lindsey R. Wingfield. He also appointed Karl R. Ahlborn of Greeley as Assistant District Attorney for the entire Eighth District which still comprised Boulder, Weld, Larimer, and Jackson counties.

In 1961, Dolan and his father merged law firms with Boulder attorneys Neil King and Richard Bryans.

Photo: Carnegie Branch Library for Local History, Boulder CO