John Kokish had a reputation of greatness and the highest ethical standards. After escaping Nazi, Germany, he was raised in New York City and went on to receive two masters’ degrees in Shakespearian Literature and English, from New York University.
He left New York City in 1966 to pursue a career as an investigative reporter for the Denver Post. He then opted for a new career, putting himself through law school at the University of Denver and eventually starting his own law firm in Castle Rock, in 1979, where he worked until 2017.
John served as president of the Douglas/Elbert County Bar Association and as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Performance for the Eighteenth Judicial District. He was an active member of the Kiwanis club of Castle Rock and also volunteered his time at Castlewood Canyon State Park, the Elephant Rock Ride, and various other non-profit organizations throughout the Denver Metro Area. John authored a regular column on real estate and business law in the Douglas County New Press and its affiliate newspapers.
John was loved and respected by the legal community and beyond. He leaves behind his wife Ann, two daughters, Jessica Kokish and Rebecca Kokish Goldmanis, and two grandchildren. John’s daughter, Rebecca, joined his firm in 2005 . Along with Bernie Greenberg, Becky carries on her father’s legacy as a partner at Kokish & Goldmanis, P.C., prioritizing ethical conduct along with good advocacy.