CLE Presenter Bios
Distinguished CLE Presenters, Panelists and Moderators
Damian J. Arguello, JD’04, Partner, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
Mr. Arguello is a partner at Davis, Graham & Stubbs LLP. His practice focuses on risk management issues, particularly insurance coverage, contractual risk transfer, environmental health, and safety matters. Mr. Arguello also has extensive experience in the insurance industry prior to law school. He is committed to community service, most notably serving as the 2010 President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and serving on the public policy committee for March of Dimes. Mr. Arguello received his B.S. from the University of Denver in 1990 and his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2004.
Alfred Baltazar Baca, JD’72, Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
Mr. Baca is a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the civil rights division in the Office of Special Counsel for Unfair Immigration Related Employment Practices, where he handles complex cases with unique issues, including cases that have received nationwide media coverage and has in his tenure with the Office of Special Counsel served a special detail in the prosecution of Zacarias Mousssaoui. Prior to serving with the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Baca was in private practice representing individuals and corporations in employment discrimination matters. Mr. Baca has litigated and settled over 300 employment cases and provided successful representation on five class action cases. He has also served as counsel to the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and has been certified as a hearing examiner. Mr. Baca has also served as a professor of law at Anitoch School of Law. He has lectured and published articles on a wide range of employment law topics and has experience working with U.S. Senators and Members of Congress, judges, governmental officials, lobbyists and journalists. Mr. Baca is the recipient of several professional awards and is a member of numerous legal and civic board and associations. Mr. Baca earned his B.A. at the University of Colorado and his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Chief Justice Michael L. Bender, Colorado Supreme Court
Chief Justice Bender joined the Colorado Supreme Court in 1997. At the time of his appointment, Chief Justice Bender was President and Shareholder of Michael L. Bender, P.C. Prior to that time, Chief Justice Bender was in private practice both in Colorado and in California and was an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law teaching in the areas of criminal law, criminal trial advocacy and employment discrimination law. Chief Justice Bender also served as a Division Chief and Supervision Attorney with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office and Associate Regional Attorney with the Denver Regional Litigation Center, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards and has served as a member of numerous legal committees and boards. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1964 and his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1967.
David A. Cebollero, JD’05, In House Counsel, Western Union
Mr. Cebollero, JD, MBA, currently works as In-House Counsel for Western Union and focuses his practice primarily on domestic and international business transactions and contract negotiations related to Financial Services and Money Services Business. Mr. Cebollero has extensive experience designing, drafting and negotiating complex business contracts in Mexico, Latin America, The Caribbean, the United States and Canada. In addition, Mr. Cebollero also has experience with strategizing, negotiating and drafting complex domestic and international M&A transactions. Prior to his position at Western Union, Mr. Cebollero worked as Associate Counsel at the Denver-based law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP (now Bryan Cave HRO). Mr. Cebollero graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 2005 and is honored to have been a Dean Yegge Hispanic Scholarship recipient.
Paul Sung Cha, JD’03, Assistant General Counsel and Group General Manager, CoorsTek, Inc.
Mr. Cha is Assistant General Counsel and Group General Manager for CoorsTek, Inc. in Golden, Colorado where he provides legal advice and counseling on all areas of law affecting CoorsTek, including contract review, international law, intellectual property, litigation management and policy drafting issues. Prior to serving as Assistant General Counsel at CoorsTek, Mr. Cha was a Senior Associate with Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP (now Bryan Cave HRO) where he emphasized in intellectual property and patent law. Mr. Cha also practiced with Sheridan Ross, also in intellectual property and patent litigation. Mr. Cha has served as Assistant Director at John F. Kennedy High School where he also taught general science, biology and chemistry and served as the head coach for the varsity ice hockey and tennis teams. Mr. Cha earned his S.B. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.Ed. in Science Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Paul H. Chan, General Counsel, University of Denver
Mr. Chan is the University Counsel for the University of Denver, where he is responsible for managing all aspects of the University’s legal affairs. Prior to joining DU, he was a member of the staff of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office for eleven years. He was the office’s managing attorney from 1991 to 1997. Mr. Chan is also the Immediate Past President of the Colorado Bar Association, the first Asian Pacific American to hold that position in the association’s 116 year history. He is a past president of the Denver Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and he has served on numerous commissions and advisory boards for the Colorado Supreme Court, the Governor of Colorado, the Mayor of Denver, and Denver Public Schools. Mr. Chan graduated from DU with a degree in English Literature and Secondary Education, and he received his law degree from the University of California Berkeley. He speaks often on the use of technology in the legal practice, ethics, diversity and leadership.
Tomee Crespin, JD’00, Partner, Law Office of Tomee Crespin, LLC
Ms. Crespin manages a solo practice emphasizing criminal defense and family law. She is also an affiliate professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Prior to managing her solo practice, she was an associate with Donelson Ciancio Goodwin and Juarez, PC where she was a member of the litigation section, litigating criminal, civil and family law related cases. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Crespin was a Senior Trial Deputy District Attorney with the Adams County District Attorney’s Office, where she focused on felony prosecutions. She is a seasoned trial attorney having conducted over 50 jury trials in all levels of criminal cases and all types of civil law cases. Ms. Crespin earned her B.S. from Metropolitan State College of Denver and her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Judge Katherine R. Delgado, JD’83, 17th Judicial District, District Court
Judge Delgado was appointed to the District Court bench in 2002. Prior to her appointment, Judge Delgado was a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office and practiced corporate law. Both in her work with the District Attorney’s Office and on the bench, Judge Delgado has been dedicated to enriching various programs including Lead Judge for the Model Court Project through the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges and provided judicial leadership for numerous collaborative initiatives to undergo continuous evaluation and improvements to the juvenile justice system. Judge Delgado has committed to ensuring top quality programs related to Disproportionate Minority Contact within the Child Welfare and Delinquency systems. Examples include implementing various process improvements to the D & N system such as ensuring timely assessment and resources for respondent parents, allowing children to have a voice and thorough information in the D & N process, and the development of a drug court model specifically for respondent fathers. Additionally, she was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to the Child Welfare Action Committee. She spearheaded a project for early intervention and treatment for mental health offenders and has organized a committee to work on the creation of a mental health court for juveniles. Judge Delgado was selected to serve on the National Task Force for Minority Overrepresentation in the Child Welfare System through the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Casey family programs. In October 2008, she was recognized as the Colorado CASA Judge of the Year. She currently serves as the Chair of the Disparity Leadership Committee to the Colorado Disparities Resource Center. Judge Delgado graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History in 1979, and she graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1983.
Adam Espinosa, Attorney Regulation Counsel, Colorado Supreme Court
Mr. Espinosa is an Assistant Regulation Counsel in the Trial Division of the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. In that capacity, he investigates and prosecutes lawyers in disciplinary and disability proceedings. Mr. Espinosa earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and his law degree from Washburn University. Mr. Espinosa spent his final year in law school as a visiting student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and upon graduation began practicing in Colorado as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Michael A. Martinez in Denver District Court. Prior to joining the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, Mr. Espinosa served as a prosecutor in Colorado for seven years. Mr. Espinosa is a frequent lecturer and author for the CBA, local bar associations and other groups on various ethical and professional responsibility topics.
Mark J. Fidel, JD’02, President, CAaNES, LLC, Albuquerque, NM
Mr. Fidel, one of CAaNES’ owners, currently serves as president and is an attorney licensed to practice in New Mexico. Mr. Fidel is a former litigator who founded Applied Records Management in 2004, a records management and litigation support consulting firm. Mr. Fidel began his career selling commercial insurance and has held a series of financial positions at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, including managing payroll for over 1,000 full and part-time employees and acting as the federal contracts compliance officer supervising the schools’ federal grant and contracts requirements. He has worked for the Intel Corporation as a capital analyst and senior financial analyst specializing in fixed asset and expense accounting with responsibilities to Intel’s worldwide accounting operations. Prior to his work with Intel, he was an associate at one of New Mexico’s largest law firms, Modrall Sperling, where he specialized in commercial litigation. Mr. Fidel earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of law, his Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Economics with a major in finance from New Mexico State University.
Judge Terry Fox, Colorado Court of Appeals
Prior to her appointment to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2011, Judge Fox served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Colorado, working as trial counsel to federal agencies and specializing in environmental, constitutional, and other civil matters. In addition to her legal duties, Judge Fox served on the U.S. Attorney’s Advisory Council and the Diversity Committee. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Fox was an attorney with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, an associate with the law firm of Holland & Hart LLP (where she practiced Environmental Law), and a clerk for Justice Craig Enoch on the Texas Supreme Court. She serves on the Colorado Supreme Court’s Attorney Regulation Committee, the Colorado Supreme Court’s Board of Law Examiners, and is a member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, which recognized her in 2006 with its Chris Miranda Outstanding Lawyer Award, and in 1997 with its Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Judge Fox is a long time member and former board member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA). In 2002, she was selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow which allowed her to travel with other emerging American leaders to five countries in Europe. In 1989, she earned her bachelor’s degree from the Colorado School of Mines in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining, and her law degree in 1993 in Houston, TX. Judge Fox is a 1985 graduate of Brighton High School in Brighton, Colorado.
Todd A. Fredrickson, Managing Partner, Fisher and Phillips LLP
Mr. Fredrickson is managing partner of the Denver office of Fisher and Phillips LLP. His practice involves representing employers in various matters arising under such laws as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Fair Labor Standard Act. He has defended employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability. He also is one of a select number of Denver labor attorneys to practice traditional labor law, representing companies in union campaigns, contract negotiations, grievance and arbitration, and unfair labor practice charges. Mr. Fredrickson has represented clients in federal and state judicial and administrative proceedings, including those before federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, state appellate, district and county courts, the United States Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and the Colorado Department of Labor. Mr. Fredrickson regularly counsels clients on a spectrum of personnel management issues, with the goal of avoiding litigation. To that end, he advises employers on developing and enforcing proper application and interview policies, employee handbooks, and employment and compensation agreements. Mr. Fredrickson also counsels employers on compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws. Much of his practice focuses on training supervisors, managers, and other employees on such issues as sexual harassment, discrimination, employee discipline and discharge, and investigation of employee grievances. Mr. Fredrickson is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included in the Colorado Super Lawyers list since 2006. He has also been listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2009 and in The Best Lawyers in America in 2012. Mr. Fredrickson was selected as a Client Service All-Star for 2011, an elite group of attorneys nominated by in-house counsel for their outstanding client service. He was also named Best Employment Lawyer in Barrister’s Best 2011 by Law Week Colorado.
Fernando Freyre, JD’82, Colorado Public Defender
Mr. Freyre works as a Colorado State Public Defender, and provides zealous and effective representation for indigent individuals who are charged with the commission of a crime in Colorado. He was a Colorado Super Lawyer in 2009 and is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Freyre is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Judge Martin A. Gonzales, Saguache County District Court
Judge Gonzales was appointed to the bench in 2007 and currently presides over all Probate matters in his judicial district. Prior to his appointment to the District Court bench, Judge Gonzales was appointed to the County Court bench, served as a District Court Magistrate in the Juvenile Court, and was the owner and partner in several law firms emphasizing his practice in civil litigation. Judge Gonzales also served as the Attorney for the Department of Social Services, in IV-D and Dependency and Neglect cases for Conejos and Costilla. Judge Gonzales has received numerous awards and honors and has served as a board member on several legal and civil foundations. He is committed to various local community children’s programs. Judge Gonzales earned his BA from the University of Colorado Boulder and his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School.
Monica C. Guardiola, Attorney, King & Greisen, LLP
Ms. Guardiola earned her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2000. She is admitted to practice law in Colorado and in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Ms. Guardiola has extensive experience in the area of employment law and litigation, including workplace investigations and compliance issues. Ms. Guardiola focuses her practice on civil rights laws, primarily in the area of employment discrimination including race, gender, age, disability, retaliation and wrongful termination. Ms. Guardiola is active in the Colorado Latina/o community. She is on the Board of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and actively participates in its Public Policy Committee. Ms. Guardiola volunteers with local non-profits by providing pro bono legal advice to individuals who do not have easy access to the legal system. Ms. Guardiola has served on the Denver Planning Board and participates in local political campaigns. In 2003, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA) awarded Ms. Guardiola with the “CHBA Outstanding New Hispanic Attorney” award. Ms. Guardiola is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Plaintiff’s Employment Law Association and the National Hispanic Bar Association. Ms. Guardiola is a native of New Mexico and is proficient in Spanish.
Judge William W. Hood, III, Denver District Court
Governor Ritter appointed Judge Hood to the Denver District Court in 2007. In 2011, he received the Judicial Excellence Award from the Denver Bar Association (DBA). Before moving to the bench, Judge Hood was an AV-rated partner at the former firm of Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C., where he practiced both civil and criminal trial work. He also worked as a prosecutor for ten years in Arapahoe County, serving as a chief trial deputy and separately as the chief appellate deputy. He has taught criminal procedure and trial practice as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Judge Hood graduated in 1990 from the University of Virginia, School of Law where he was a member of the law review. His legal writing on trial work and criminal procedure has been published by the Colorado Lawyer and the Virginia Law Review. Judge Hood is also a certified instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and a member of the DBA’s Board of Trustees, presently serving as First Vice President of the DBA.
Arturo Jiménez, Partner, Law Office of Arturo Jimenez PC
First elected in 2007, Mr. Jiménez is the Vice President of the Board of Education and represents Northwest and West Denver. Mr. Jiménez graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with degrees in Sociology and Ethnic Studies and has a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law. He is a practicing attorney in a professional corporation, the Law Office of Arturo Jiménez, P.C. in the area of immigration law. Before going to law school, Mr. Jiménez worked in youth employment, youth leadership, and college preparation programs. He is one of the founders of the Labyrinth Arts Academy that provides professional level drama internships to high school students in Denver schools, and he supported the North High School Drama Department’s Black Masque Theater Company since their production of the play Zoot Suit. Mr. Jiménez has been a strong advocate for effective parent engagement. He served as a past board member and president of the Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition from 2002 to 2007. His ability to speak English and Spanish helps him to connect Spanish speaking parents and kids with the English speakers, enabling them to become more involved in their schools. Being a lifetime Northwest Denver and District 5 resident, Mr. Jiménez understands the diversity and unique needs of the students and their families. His family is very multicultural, much like the neighborhoods in District 5 which contain Anglos, Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans, and more. Mr. Jiménez has a track record of extensive community engagement. The following include some of Mr. Jiménez’s activities: Volunteer for Ya Es Hora Citizenship Campaign in 2007 and 2008; Parent Leadership Coordinator/Los Padres/Las Madres, Academia Sandoval, 2004 to 2006; Strengthening Families Parent Trainer, Latin American Research and Service Agency 1998; former Board Member of College Path Inc. at North High School, 1993 to 1995; Volunteer for the Multi-Cultural Regional Prevention Center, Alcohol Abuse Prevention, 1994 to 1996. Mr. Jiménez received an award for Outstanding Contributions for the Advancement of Chicano/Chicana Students in Higher Education, 13th Annual Colorado Statewide Parent Learning Institute 1993.
Martin J. Katz, Dean, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Dean Katz specializes in antidiscrimination law, both within constitutional law and employment law. His work on antidiscrimination law has been published in the Georgetown Law Journal, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Hastings Law Journal, and the Yale Law Journal. His work on separation of powers has been published in Constitutional Commentary, a peer-reviewed journal. He has lectured extensively on antidiscrimination law, free speech and religion, separation of powers, defamation, and employment-related intellectual property law. He also has made numerous media appearances. Prior to teaching full time, Dean Katz was a partner in the employment law group at Davis, Graham & Stubbs, and a law clerk to David M. Ebel on the U.S. Court of Appeals. In his spare time, he flies search and rescue missions for the Civil Air Patrol. Dean Katz received his B.A. in 1987 from Harvard College and his J.D. in 1991 from Yale Law School.
Marcia S. Krieger
Marcia Krieger is a Federal Judge in the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado. She was nominated by George W. Bush on September 10, 2001, to a seat vacated by Daniel B. Sparr. Krieger was confirmed by the Senate on January 25, 2002, and received commission on January 30, 2002. Prior to her appointment as a federal judge, she was a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in the District of Colorado from 1994-2002. Krieger was in private practice in Colorado from 1976-1994, and also served as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Colorado from 1999-2001. She received her B.A. from Lewis and Clark College in 1975 and her J.D. from University of Colorado School of Law in 1979.
Christopher T. Leach, JD’03, Attorney, Moye White
Mr. Leach represents and defends clients in general commercial, construction and securities litigation. He works diligently in corporate matters ranging from contracts, fraud, and statutory violations, to financial, insurance, and real estate disputes. A licensed pilot with experience in the aviation industry, Mr. Leach counsels clients in a wide range of aviation legal matters. With practical knowledge of both the laws and the construction industry, Mr. Leach defends client interests in construction matters representing owners, general contractors and subcontractors. Mr. Leach works with his clients to negotiate cost effective resolutions to disputes and protects their interests through aggressive and skillful representation at trial. From contract negotiations to construction defect litigation, Mr. Leach works with clients to realize their goals. Whether examining witnesses, conducting depositions, or performing research or discovery, Mr. Leach offers skillful counsel that extends to jury trials, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and appeals. He regularly appears before state and federal courts on behalf of startups, emerging industries, and established businesses. Mr. Leach earned his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Judge Carlos F. Lucero, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Judge Lucero was appointed to the federal bench in 1995 by President Bill Clinton. During his years in private practice, in Alamosa, CO from 1966-1995, Judge Lucero was involved with water law and public lands issues in particular. Judge Lucero has a bachelor’s degree from Adams State College where he taught as an adjunct professor from 1968-1995 and a law degree from George Washington University Law School. He served as a law clerk for former Colorado U.S. District Court Judge William E. Doyle from 1964-1965. Prior to his clerkship, he was a staff aide for the United States Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure. He entered private practice in Alamosa, Colorado where he became senior partner of the law firm of Lucero, Lester and Sigmund. He served as president of the Colorado Bar Association in 1977-1978. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers, American Bar Foundation, and the Colorado Bar Foundation, of which he was president. Judge Lucero currently serves as a Special Advisor to the Latin America and Caribbean Division, Rules of Law Initiative, American Bar Association. In this capacity he has participated in liaison and training programs in Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and other Latin American countries. He has twice led the American delegations on environmental capacitation building for the Chilean Judiciary. Judge Lucero has received numerous awards, including the Professional Service Award of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Professional Service Award of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the George Washington University. In 2006, he was presented the National Jurist of the Year Award by the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Judge C. Dennis Maes, Chief Judge, Pueblo District Court
Judge Maes was appointed to the District Court bench in 1988 and became Chief District Court Judge in 1995. Judge Maes is also the water law judge for the Tenth Judicial District. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Maes was director of the Pueblo County Legal Services and a Deputy State Public Defender. Judge Maes was also in private practice and was involved in many different aspects of both civil and criminal law. Judge Maes is committed to community both on and off the bench and is working with at-risk juveniles to keep them in school and out of trouble. Judge Maes earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Colorado State College and his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.
Cynthia D. Mares, JD’89, Assistant Regulation Counsel, Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel
Ms. Mares is Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. For the past 7 years, she has handled all types of attorney ethics issues and has worked in both the Trial Division and the Central Intake Division. Before taking on her current role, Ms. Mares was a State Deputy Public Defender in Denver for 15 years. She is also a frequent presenter on ethics issues throughout the State of Colorado. Additionally, Ms. Mares currently sits on the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility CLE Committee as one of its newest members. She is also the current President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and the National Vice President of Sections & Committees for the Hispanic National Bar Association. Ms. Mares is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as a graduate and past instructor of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Justice Monica M. Márquez, Colorado Supreme Court
Before joining the Colorado Supreme Court in 2010, Justice Márquez served as Deputy Attorney General at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. She also served as Assistant Solicitor General and as Assistant Attorney General in both the Public Officials Unit and the Criminal Appellate Section. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Justice Márquez practiced general commercial litigation and employment law at Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP (now Bryan Cave HRO). She clerked for Judge David M. Ebel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, CO, and for Judge Michael A. Ponsor of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Springfield, MA. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and graduated from Yale Law School, where she served as Editor of the Yale Law Journal, Articles Editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review, and co-coordinator of the Latino Law Students Association. Justice Márquez has served as a member of numerous associations, commissions and boards and has received numerous honors and awards.
Manuel L. Martinez, Partner, Bryan Cave HRO
Mr. Martinez is a partner in Bryan Cave HRO’s Denver office, practicing in the areas of business, land use and administrative law. Distinguished within the Denver community, Mr. Martinez has negotiated numerous governmental entities on behalf of his clients as well as represented firm clients on land use issues, liquor and gaming licensing and food and beverage issues. Mr. Martinez is an expert in settling disputes in Denver City and Colorado State government and has developed a depth and breadth of relationships over the course of his several years as a lobbyist that allow him to facilitate his process with ease. Mr. Martinez devotes a substantial part of his practice assisting small Hispanic businesses and has advocated on behalf of a number of Latino non-profit community organizations on a pro bono basis. Prior to Bryan Cave HRO, Mr. Martinez was appointed as Manager of Safety for the City and County of Denver by Mayor Federico Peña, served as a member of President Clinton’s cabinet as Secretary of Transportation and Energy, and Director of the Department of Excise and Licenses for the City and County of Denver. Mr. Martinez has served on and is a member of numerous professional boards, foundations and associations. Mr. Martinez earned his B.A. at Colorado College and his J.D. from the University of California Los Angeles.
Judge William J. Martinez, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
Judge Martinez was appointed to the federal bench by President Barack Obama and seated in February 2011. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Martinez had a long and varied career as a civil litigator in the areas of employment law and civil rights as a partner in the law firm of McNamara, Roseman, Martinez & Kazmierski LLP. Judge Martinez also served as Regional Attorney of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in its Denver District Office where he litigated the largest ever federal age discrimination class action suits. Judge Martinez has litigated securities and commercial law cases on behalf of corporate and individual clients and has practiced with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago where he litigated several law reform and class action cases on behalf of indigent and working class clients. Judge Martinez has published several articles in the field of employment law, lectured for various state bar associations and was an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Judge Martinez has served on various legal boards, associations and committees and has mentored several minority law students. He has earned numerous awards including listings in Best Lawyers in America and Colorado Super Lawyers. Judge Martinez earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1977 and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1980.
Anthony Navarro, Supervisory Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Social Security Administration, Region VIII
Anthony “Tony” Navarro is a native of Pueblo, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1993 and from Yale Law School in 1996. After practicing Corporate and Securities law at a large California law firm, he served as law clerk for Justice Alex Martinez of the Colorado Supreme Court. He then joined the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, where he worked first as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Section before becoming a member of the Appellate Division. In these roles, Tony handled over 150 appeals before the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals. In 2005, he joined the law firm of Holland and Hart, where he focused on the appellate aspect of commercial litigation before federal and state courts. Tony then returned to public interest work by joining the Social Security Administration’s Office of the General Counsel in Denver. This role involved extensive administrative appellate litigation before federal district courts and circuit courts, as well as drafting formal legal opinions for the agency. After two years, Tony was promoted to a management role in which he supervises eleven attorneys in handling the office’s multi-faceted workload. He is responsible for reviewing and approving the office’s litigation matters filed in the Fourth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, and the Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. In a typical month, he reviews and revises three or four appellate briefs for filing in these courts. In addition, Tony supervises the office’s matters related to bankruptcy, civil rights complaints, the Federal Tort Claims Act, agreements with state and local governments for Social Security coverage, and disclosure issues concerning the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act.
Elizabeth J. McNamee, JD’91, Senior Counsel, Sports Authority
Ms. McNamee is Senior Counsel with Sports Authority, where she manages labor and employment litigation for the company nationwide, oversees and manages outside counsel, conducts internal employment practices audits, drafts and negotiates employment focused contracts, oversees discrimination and harassment claims, including internal investigations, and provides counsel to all of the company teams on employment law and HR/personnel management related issues. Prior to serving as Senior Counsel, Ms. McNamee was with the offices of Snell & Wilmer, LLP; Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP; Haligman Lottner Rubin & Fishman PC; Long & Jaudon PC and Vitek and Doniger PC where she focused on employment and labor law. Ms. McNamee has extensive trial and alternative dispute resolution experience. Ms. McNamee also served as a Deputy District Attorney with the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Ms. McNamee is a member of several legal and civil associations and regularly speaks and writes on employment law related issues. Ms. McNamee earned her BSBA from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business and her J.D. from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Annita M. Menogan, JD’83, Chief Legal Officer, Red Robin Gourmet Burger, Inc.
Ms. Menogan is Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. Previously, she served as Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel for Adolph Coors Company, and later, Molson Coors Brewing Company. She has practiced in the areas of corporate governance, securities and corporate law for over 28 years and has served as a panelist for the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, and the Colorado Bar Association’s Business Law Institute, among others. She has served in various offices of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and the Sam Cary Bar Association and on various committees of the Colorado Supreme Court. Ms. Menogan received her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1983.
Bruce A. Montoya, JD’84, Partner, Messner & Reeves LLC
Mr. Montoya manages the litigation department of Messner & Reeves LLC and has over twenty five years’ experience as a trial lawyer. He has participated in more than sixty trials and arbitrations. He has successfully defended numerous complex civil litigation matters, including high-exposure and class-action cases. He also has expertise in providing risk-management advice to corporations. In 2006, Mr. Montoya was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization with the primary mission of preserving the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans and our civil justice system. A select group of Colorado lawyers are currently ABOTA members. ABOTA is an invitation-only organization consisting of lawyers who have tried a minimum of 20 civil jury trials to conclusion. Recognized as a leader by his peers, Mr. Montoya was inducted into the International Society of Barristers in 2002. Only a handful of attorneys throughout the United States are nominated and elected into this national society each year. As a member of the Society, Mr. Montoya joins an exclusive list of preeminent attorneys in the country. He also became a member of the International Society of Defense Counsel in 1997 and has been on the teaching faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) for over ten years. Mr. Montoya is also AV certified with Martindale-Hubbell. This peer review rating attests to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics and reflects the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. This is the highest rating possible for attorneys to achieve with 10 years or more of experience. He has maintained this certification for over 20 years.
Arthur S. Nieto, JD’75, Arthur S. Nieto Law Office
Mr. Nieto has over 35 years of legal experience representing clients in criminal defense, family law, personal injury and lawyer misconduct or malpractice. Nieto represents clients in matters that other attorneys in the area do not handle, such as federal criminal charges and international custody issues. Nieto serves on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee, and he is a 1975 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Kenneth A. Padilla, JD’70, Partner, Padilla & Padilla PLLC
A Denver native, Mr. Padilla earned his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Denver. He has his own firm where he practices with his son, Joaquin Padilla, who is also a graduate of DU. Mr. Padilla has been a prominent Denver attorney for over 40 years, specializing in criminal defense and civil rights. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and has been honored nationally and locally for his public service. In 2007, Mr. Padilla was recognized as a legal pioneer by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.
Lucia Padilla, JD’03, Attorney, Sawaya & Miller
Ms. Padilla is an attorney at Sawaya & Miller where she specializes in employment wage and hour cases. Prior to joining Sawaya & Miller, Lucia served as in-house counsel for CenturyLink, Inc. and specialized in employment and labor law. Before going in-house, Ms. Padilla practiced civil litigation and criminal defense at her father’s firm and at the former law firm of Isaacson Rosenbaum PC. She currently sits on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association and the Board of Trustees of the Denver Bar Association. In 2011, Ms. Padilla received the Young Lawyer of the Year award from the Denver Bar Association. Ms. Padilla is the co-chair of the Colorado Lawyer’s Committee Hate Violence Task Force. She regularly volunteers within the Denver community and also sits on the board of the non-profit Bayaud Enterprises. Ms. Padilla received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Alfredo E. Peña, JD’75, Owner, The Peña Law Office, P.C.
Mr. Peña is the owner of The Peña Law Office, P.C. He is a member of several of Colorado’s legal associations and has served on numerous legal and civic boards and commissions. Mr. Peña earned his B.B.A. from the University of Texas and his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
David D. Powell, Jr., Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Mr. Powell is a Shareholder in the Denver office of Ogletree Deakins. He has significant experience litigating employment cases on behalf of employers in a variety of industries and has tried to verdict significant employment-related cases in both state and federal courts. He also frequently advises employers on matters arising from the employer-employee relationship, including but not limited to unfair competition, the duty of loyalty, confidential and trade secret information, executive employment agreements, restrictive covenants, employee classification and compensation, wrongful discharge claims, disability and family leave issues as well as harassment and discrimination based on race, national origin, gender and age. Mr. Powell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Santa Clara. He then attended UCLA Law School, where he served as one of the Managing Editors of the UCLA Law Review. Following graduation, he served as a law clerk for The Honorable John L. Kane, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. He then gained valuable trial experience as a Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s Office before entering private practice in 1990. Mr. Powell was a partner in the labor and employment sections of two prominent Denver based law firms, Holland & Hart LLP and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, before joining Ogletree Deakins in January 2011.
Meshach Y. Rhoades, Of Counsel, Kutak Rock LLP
Ms. Rhoades is of counsel in Kutak Rock’s litigation group and focuses her practice on telecommunications and commercial litigation. Ms. Rhoades has represented corporations in complex commercial disputes, including intellectual property, antitrust, trade secrets, contract, labor and employment, business torts, non-compete, labor and employment and other general civil litigation matters. Prior to joining Kutak Rock, Ms. Rhoades served as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company where she successfully implemented a cost-effective litigation strategy. She is active in her community and has served as President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and was Chair of the Diversity in the Legal Profession of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, where she ran a mentoring program pairing law school students with practicing attorneys. She has served on several legal and civic boards, commissions and associations. Ms. Rhoades speaks regularly at local events including at colleges, high schools and elementary schools about the importance of education and community involvement. Ms. Rhoades earned her B.A. at Regis University and her J.D. at the University of Colorado Law School.
Regina M. Rodriguez, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels
Ms. Rodriguez is an experienced trial lawyer. Over the course of her 23year career, she has conducted more than 30 jury trials. Her practice focuses on defense of medical drug and device cases and defense in government investigations. Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Ms. Rodriguez was an assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Civil Division in the District of Colorado where she supervised and directed all active civil cases for the office and was appointed as a member of the U.S. Attorney General’s Civil Chiefs’ working group. Ms. Rodriguez was named as both a Colorado Top Women Attorneys and a Super Lawyer. She has served on several boards and associations in Colorado, both legal and civic related, and is a seasoned legal presenter in various topics. Ms. Rodriguez graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1988 and the University of Iowa in 1985.
Aurora R. Ruiz-Hernandez, JD’76
Ms. Ruiz-Hernandez graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Denver College Of Law and began practicing law in the Law Office of Alfredo Peña. However, she spent the majority of her time working for the Colorado Attorney General’s office, serving under Dwayne Woodard and Gale Norton. She worked in the Employment and Civil Rights Unit of the office and became a First Assistant Attorney General. Principle clients included the State Personnel Board and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. After leaving the office, she entered the Senior Executive Service of the State. Ms. Ruiz-Hernandez became the Deputy Director of the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration and Senior Director of the Motor Vehicle Group in the Colorado Department of Revenue.
Judge Robert M. Russel, Colorado Court of Appeals
Robert M. Russel joined the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2004. At the time of his appointment, Judge Russel was Chief of the Appellate Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Denver. Previously, he supervised the Colorado Attorney General’s Appellate Division. Judge Russel received his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School in 1984. He currently teaches adjunct at CU and has also taught at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Before entering legal practice, he taught music and English at the Kent Denver School. Judge Russel has served on committees that advise the Colorado Supreme Court on the Rules of Evidence, Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, and Criminal Jury Instructions. In 2000, he was a Supreme Court Fellow with the National Association of Attorneys General.
Justice Patricio M. Serna, JD’70, New Mexico Supreme Court
Patricio M. Serna is currently a Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, having been sworn in on December 5, 1996. He served as Chief Justice during 2001 and 2002. He was appointed as a District Court Judge to the First Judicial District in Santa Fe and served for over 11 years, from 1985 until 1996. This service included a term as Chief Judge and also a term as President of the New Mexico District Judges Association. Among his awards and honors, Justice Serna was named one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and he received the Judge of the Year Award from the National Hispanic Bar Association. He is a former President/Moderator of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts and remains on the Board of Directors. In 2006, the Justice received the Excellence in Jurisprudence award from the University of New Mexico Law Review. Also in 2006, he was appointed to the Board of Advisors for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, University of Denver. In 2009 he was awarded the Thompson G. Marsh Award from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law for outstanding accomplishments. In 2011 he was awarded the Hispanic Native Institute’s Hispanic Hero award. As the first person in his family of eight to attend college, Justice Serna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the College of St. Joseph on the Rio Grande, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School and Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Justice Serna has been married to Eloise Serna for 29 years; they have three children and one granddaughter.
Corelle M. Spettigue, Office of the Attorney General
Mrs. Spettigue is currently an Assistant Attorney General within the Appellate Division of the Office of the Colorado Attorney General. Her practice focuses on representing the State of Colorado in criminal appellate litigations within the Colorado Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, and Federal District Court for the District of Colorado. Prior to coming to the Attorney General’s Office, Mrs. Spettigue worked within the chambers of Judge Jerry N. Jones of the Colorado Court of Appeals as a law clerk. In that role, Mrs. Spettigue wrote draft opinions on subjects ranging from criminal issues to all aspects of civil appeals, and regularly worked with the judge to develop legal theories into publishable case law. Mrs. Spettigue attended the University of Arizona Law School from 2004-2007, during which time she had the pleasure of completing internships with the Clark County Public Defender’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada; and the Office of then-Governor Janet Napolitano, in Phoenix, Arizona. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002. In addition to her practice, Mrs. Spettigue remains very active in the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and serves as both the Vice-President of Committees, and the Chair of the Communications Committee.
Ralph G. Torres, JD’70, Partner, The Law Offices of Ralph G. Torres
Mr. Torres has been a sole practitioner since 1986 with expertise in employment and labor discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, FLSA, OSHA compliance, and administrative law. Mr. Torres presently represents both claimants and management in actions filed in state and federal courts in Colorado and other states and before state and federal regulatory agencies. Mr. Torres lectures extensively in the areas of EEO and employment discrimination for the Hispanic National Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, at various local universities and colleges and before various community groups, including state and federal agencies. He presents seminars for clients and managers on a whole range of labor, EEO and employment discrimination topics. Mr. Torres is completely fluent in English and Spanish. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2003-2004. Martindale-Hubbell AV rating. Mr. Torres received his B.S. at New Mexico State University and his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.