Sherman Glenn Finesilver

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Sherman Glenn Finesilver (October 1, 1927 – October 12, 2006) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Denver, Colorado, Finesilver received a B.A. from the University of Colorado in 1949 and a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 1952. was in private practice in Denver, Colorado from 1952 to 1955, and was also an assistant city attorney during that time. He was a judge on the County Court, City and County of Denver from 1955 to 1962, and on the Colorado Second Judicial District from 1962 to 1971.

On September 8, 1971, Finesilver was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado vacated by William E. Doyle. Finesilver was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 21, 1971, and received his commission on September 22, 1971. He served as chief judge from 1982 to 1994, assuming senior status on May 31, 1994, and then retiring from the bench entirely on December 31, 1994.

Following his retirement, Finesilver resumed private practice in Denver until his death.


Legal offices
Preceded by
William Edward Doyle
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Succeeded by
Wiley Young Daniel