Denver, CO – One of the West’s most respected corporate attorneys has joined the board of directors of the Western Stock Show Association (WSSA), the nonprofit that has presented the National Western Stock Show since 1906.
The WSSA board’s newest member, R. Stanton Dodge, is chief legal officer of DraftKings. The longtime National Western supporter serves as a WSSA trustee as well as vice chairman of the Honoring the Legacy campaign that’s backing the development of the new National Western Center.
“Stanton brings a wealth legal and business acumen to our board of directors,” said Doug Jones, the WSSA board’s chairman. “His deep knowledge of the National Western and his role in the ambitious National Western Center development put him in a position to contribute substantially in short order.”
Before joining DraftKings, Dodge was DISH Network’s executive vice president and general counsel. Prior to DISH, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Jose D.L. Marquez of the Colorado Court of Appeals.
“I look forward to helping guide the WSSA through the National Western Center’s development and beyond,” Dodge said. “It’s an incredible honor to be part of a leadership group that includes so many of the West’s most respected and accomplished leaders.”
Dodge is on the board of directors of EchoStar Corporation and is involved in many business, community, and philanthropic causes. He is a member of the National Jewish Health board of directors, an ambassador for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, and past chairman of the board of Colorado Concern. He recently served on Denver Mayor Mike Johnston’s transition team as co-chair of the City Attorney Selection Committee, and he serves on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission for the State of Colorado.
Dodge’s professional accolades include receiving the 2015 University of Colorado Law School “Adopted Alumnus” Award that recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the law school; being a two-time winner of the Denver Business Journal “Chief Legal Officer of the Year” Award (2020 and 2015); and receiving the National Law Journal “America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel” Award in 2016, the Burton Awards “Legends in Law” Award in 2014, and, in 2013, the Legal 500 “Corporate Counsel 100: United States” award that recognizes the 100 most influential in-house lawyers in the United States.
Dodge grew up in New England, where he received a degree in accounting from the University of Vermont, and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School. He and wife Lindsey have three children and live in Castle Rock, Colorado.
About the National Western Stock Show
Established in 1906, the National Western Stock Show is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides college and graduate-level scholarships in agricultural science, business, and rural medicine. Our mission is to serve producers and consumers worldwide by being the premier annual livestock show and center for year-round events. The 16-day show in January also serves as an entertainment arena, hosting one of the world’s richest regular-season professional rodeos, world-class horse shows, family educational events, and Colorado’s largest western trade show. For more information, visit nationalwestern.com.