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Gilbert M. Román

Date of Judicial Appointment: August 1, 2005


Partner, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP, Denver, Colo. (now known as Lewis Roca); 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; 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.


Named Chief Judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals by Chief Justice Brian Boatright. Prior to that served as Deputy Chief Judge under Chief Judge Steven Bernard. Teaches as a faculty member for the National Judicial College. Has taught at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Member and former trustee of the Denver Bar Association; board member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association. Recipient of Appellate Judicial Skills and General Jurisdiction Certificates awarded by the National Judicial College; 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. 

At the state judicial branch level, chairs the Rules of Appellate Procedure Committee and serves on the Civil Rules Committee; the Rules of Evidence Committee; the Child Welfare Appeals Workgroup; the Court Services Committee; the State Task Force on Attorney Well-Being; the permanent Judicial Well-Being Committee; the Colorado Judicial Conference Planning Committee; the Colorado Institute for Faculty Excellence; the Java with Judge’s Program; the Pledge to Diversity Committee, and the Dream Team Coffee Brigade. Served as a "Dream Team Anchor" on the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence.  Teaches at the Colorado New Judge Orientation training.  Developed the Peer to Peer Coaching for Colorado Judicial Officers Program, serves on its executive committee, and serves as a peer coach. 

At the Court of Appeals, chaired the Strategic Five-year Planning Committee and is the Court’s Lorenzo Márquez Appellate Internship Liaison to the local law schools. In addition, serves on the Court of Appeals collegiality committee and wellness committee..  Developed the Court of Appeal’s Law clerk Peer to Peer Coaching Program and also the Goldilocks Mock Trial presentation given to fourth and fifth graders across the state.


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. Has spoken at C.S.U. Rams, J.D.; The Office of the Child’s Representative and Respondent Parents’ Counsel Conference; the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), the Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session, the Colorado Bar Association's Appellate Section, and the Colorado Judicial Institute. Authored The Colorado Appellate Court’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion (The Colorado Lawyer, July 2020) (co-author); Coming to a Community Near You: The Court of Appeals Extended Outreach Program (The Colorado Lawyer, April 2017). Through the Courts in the Community program for high school students, heard oral arguments and spoke to students in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Denver, Longmont, Lakewood, Limon, Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs and Durango. Has presented to local bar associations in Denver, Golden, Sterling, Lamar, La Junta, Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs, Montrose, Trinidad and Vail.


Born 1962, in Wichita, Kan. Colorado State University (Political Science, 1984); University of Michigan Law School (Juris Doctor, 1987). Served as a Little League baseball and basketball coach. Married - Donna, three children - Aug, Dom, and Gabe.

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