Judge Veronica Rossman brings extensive experience in both the trial and appellate sections of the Office of the Federal Public Defender (FPD) for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming.
She joined FPD as an assistant federal public defender in the trial division in 2002. She returned to the office’s appellate division in 2010 and served as the Appellate Division Chief from 2015 to 2017.
From 2017 until her confirmation to the Tenth Circuit, she served as senior counsel for the FPD and was responsible for supervising a team of appellate specialists.
Judge Rossman also coordinated and supervised all retroactive relief projects in the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming. She oversaw an effort to bring relief to hundreds of defendants eligible for compassionate release under the First Step Act of 2018.
Upon confirmation, Rossman became the first judge on the Tenth Circuit with experience as a public defender. Of the eleven active judges on the court, five of them have experience as prosecutors.
Judge Rossman is an immigrant who was born in Moscow. Her family is Jewish and emigrated from the former Soviet Union as religious and political refugees in the 1970s. She became a U.S. citizen when she was in middle school.