University of Denver

IAALS Advances Justice with DISH’s Stanton Dodge

Founding Executive Director

IAALS simply would not be what it is without the support of our partners and friends. They are essential to our efforts and hail from a wide range of backgrounds, viewpoints, and sectors. Every month, IAALS will shine the spotlight on one such person and take you behind the scenes for a lighthearted glimpse into those upon whose guidance and support we rely. Together we are advancing justice.

R. Stanton Dodge, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of DISH

Stanton Dodge knocked on the doors at DISH until they hired him. His advice to young lawyers is to figure out what you love, and do that. For his part, he figured out that he was fascinated by the broadcast satellite business. He started in any position DISH would give him, and worked his way to the top. Stanton is now General Counsel.

We first met in the elevators at the courthouse, when he was clerking for the Court of Appeals and I was newly on the Colorado Supreme Court. Many years later, he showed up at IAALS and told us he believed in our mission and wanted to support us. In the intervening years, he has helped us envision and execute on convenings, bring together stakeholders, identify key issues, and come up with solutions.

From shepherding DISH’s support for our Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner, to actively participating in our Business Leadership Network, he contributes generously to IAALS. We are proud to call Stanton Dodge a friend and partner.

We caught up with Stanton this month for a Partner Profile Q&A. 

Do you have a motto? Experience is the best teacher.

What trait do you most admire in others? Integrity

Who is your favorite musical artist? Bob Dylan

As a cyclist, what lessons can lawyers take away from the sport? Good things come to those who persevere.

What is your idea of a perfect day? My children wake up happy, and go to sleep happy.

What do you consider your greatest professional achievement? Mentoring the more junior members of our in-house team, and seeing them mature and grow as professionals.

What benefits have you gotten by supporting IAALS? A deeper understanding and appreciation of the importance of Colorado’s merit selection system for judicial appointments and retention.