Date of Judicial Appointment: August 1, 2005
CAREER: Partner, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP, Denver, Colo.; Associate General Counsel, Kaiser-Hill Corporation LLC, Broomfield, Colo.; Partner, Román, Benezra & Culver, LLC, Lakewood, Colo.; Partner, Feiger, Collison & Killmer, LLC, Denver, Colo.; Associate, Sherman & Howard, Denver, Colo.; Adjunct Faculty, University of Denver College of Law; Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy/Christopher A. Miranda Trial Advocacy Institute; Arbitrator and Mediator, American Arbitration Association; and Arbitrator, National Association of Securities Dealers. Practice focused on complex civil litigation with an emphasis on employment law, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
PROFESSIONAL and CIVIC: Admitted to practice in Colorado, United States District Court for the District of Colorado, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and United States Supreme Court. Member and former trustee of the Denver Bar Association and a former representative to the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors; board member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association. Recipient of the Richard Marden Davis Award, Denver Bar Foundation; Outstanding Lawyer Award, Hispanic National Bar Association; Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association; and Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Denver Bar Association. Serves on The Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession. Serves as the Court of Appeals diversity internship liaison to the local law schools. Member of the Workplace Advisory Board at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law as well as a mock-trial evaluator for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Advocacy Practicum at the law school. Is a speaker in the Our Courts statewide community outreach program. Has judged the state finals of the We The People competition, the finals of the HNBA's National Moot Court Competition, the regional competition of the Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition and the regional competition of the American Constitution Society. Served as a "Dream Team Anchor" on the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, in which he spoke to prospective law students in Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley and Pueblo. Has coached the undergraduate mock-trial team at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Has spoken about the role of the judiciary at C.S.U. Rams, J.D., the Leader's Challenge Youth Program, Leadership Jefferson County, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), the Denver Bar Association's Appellate Section as well as at schools and law firms across the state. Through the Courts in the Community program for high school students, heard oral arguments in actual cases and spoke to students in Colorado Springs, Denver, Longmont, Lakewood and Limon. Serves as a Little League baseball and basketball coach.
PERSONAL: Born 1962, in Wichita, Kan. Colorado State University (Political Science, 1984); University of Michigan Law School (Juris Doctor, 1987). Married, three children.