Judge Martinez is a district judge in the Second Judicial District (Denver). He was appointed by Governor Bill Owens in September of 2000. He has completed terms in both civil and domestic relations and, effective January 2004, will be serving in a criminal division.
Prior to being named to the bench, he served as a Magistrate in the 17th Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield Counties), serving in both county court and district court. Judge Martinez was a trial lawyer in both the public and private sectors. He was an Assistant City Attorney in Denver, the Associate General Counsel for the Regional Transportation District, and practiced law with the firm of Mann and Shappell in Denver.
He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and a juris doctor from the University of Denver College of Law. Judge Martinez regularly volunteers his time, speaking to various community groups including, the Colorado Bar Association, Denver Public Schools and Colorado Springs School District No. 11. He has been active in the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, serving on the Board of Directors as well as a number of committees. He is the Chair of the Colorado Child Support Commission, having served since his appointment in 2000 and has been a past member of the State Board of Education Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented Education. Judge Martinez presently serves on the State Personnel Review Board and is a member of the Executive Committee of the District Judges Association. He is also a long-time faculty member with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center and has taught advocacy programs on a national and regional level.