John Vaught to Receive Colorado Governor's Service Award for Outstanding Veteran Volunteer


Denver: John Vaught, a partner at the national litigation boutique Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell (WTO) and the President-Elect of the Colorado Bar Association, has been named recipient of the 2017 Colorado Governor’s Service Award for Outstanding Veteran Volunteer. Vaught will be recognized alongside other winners at an awards ceremony at the Capitol on September 7. 

According to the Governor’s Service Awards website, the annual awards recognize community leaders “for their outstanding contributions to volunteerism and service throughout Colorado.” Vaught was singled out for his commitment to veterans’ programs, most notably Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans (CLCV), which he and others launched in 2012. To date, CLCV has helped more than 2,000 veterans and their families and facilitated legal services for veterans from over 420 volunteer attorneys. 

WTO Chairman Michael O’Donnell praised Vaught’s commitment and successes. “John is an exceptional trial lawyer and a stalwart supporter for veterans’ issues. He makes Colorado and its legal community better for his efforts. It is a pleasure to work beside him and an honor to call him my partner.” 

Vaught served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, including with the Naval Advisory Group on river boats at ISB Cho Moi on the Mekong River near the Cambodian border. After Vietnam, Vaught served at the U.S. Naval Communications Station in Italy. 

Vaught, a former President of the Denver Bar Association, earned his law degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and his undergraduate degree from Stephen F. Austin University. He will be sworn in as President of the Colorado Bar Association in July 2018. 

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