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Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov - Judge

Date of Appointment: January 9, 2019




Immediately prior to joining the Court of Appeals, Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov was chair of the Denver litigation department of Dentons US LLP, an international law firm.  He was previously a partner in VanderWerf & Lipinsky, P.C., and was associated with Holme Roberts & Owen in Denver and Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York. 

Civic and Professional Activities

Judge Lipinsky chairs the Standing Committee on the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.  He serves on the Colorado appellate courts’ Technology Committee, the Board of Colorado Bar Association CLE, the Executive Committee of Our Courts Colorado, the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, and the Commission’s Delivery and Technology Coordinating Committees.  Judge Lipinsky is an emeritus Board member of the Colorado Judicial Institute.  In addition, he is the Managing Author of the Civil Benchbook, a resource provided to trial judges throughout Colorado.  In 2019, he founded the judicial branch’s liaison group with the Pledge to Diversity, which he chaired for more than four years.

He is a former President of the Faculty of Federal Advocates, where he co-authored the United States District Court for the District of Colorado’s civil pro bono panel initiative, and a former First Vice President of the Denver Bar Association.  Judge Lipinsky previously chaired the Access to Justice Commission’s Local Access to Justice Support Subcommittee and Forcible Entry and Detainer Task Force.  He served on the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association, and the Board of Trustees of the Denver Bar Association.  In 2006, Judge Lipinsky co-founded the Colorado Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Judge Lipinsky was a member of the Electronic Discovery Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the Rule 502 Subcommittee of the Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence.  While in private practice, he volunteered at the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s Legal Night program, which assists indigent individuals who are seeking pro bono counsel. 

Awards and Recognitions

Judge Lipinsky received the “Legal Luminary” award from the Colorado Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Colorado Bar Association’s award for the best litigation article published in Colorado Lawyer magazine in 2003, and the Edward Sherman Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.  Judge Lipinsky was honored with the United States District Court for the District of Colorado’s pro bono award for his role as court-appointed counsel in a Fourth Amendment case.  He was recognized as one of Colorado’s top commercial litigators in publications such as Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and SuperLawyers.  Judge Lipinsky was selected as the “People’s Choice” for Best Court of Appeals Judge in Law Week Colorado’s Barrister’s Best 2022, based on a survey of local lawyers.

Speaking and Writing

Judge Lipinsky frequently speaks and writes on legal issues relating to technology, discovery, employment law, and ethics.  His articles include Breaking Down Barriers to the Legal System, Colo. Law. at 10 (Dec. 2020) (co-author); The Colorado Appellate Courts’ Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, Colo. Law. (July 2020) at 12 (co-author); A Shift in Accommodating Employee Medical Marijuana Use, Law360 (Oct. 3, 2017) (co-author); Work Product Immunity, in N. Hanlon-Leh, et al., Discovery in Colorado (2017 and 2018 eds.) (co-author of book chapter); Managing Risks When Working with Experts and Consultants, Colo. Law. (June 2017) at 61 (co-author); Attorney-Witnesses Face a Host of Hazards, Colo. Law. (Dec. 2016) at 67 (co-author); 5th Circ. Raises Questions About Workplace Gun Policies, Law360 (Oct. 31, 2016) (co-author); and Colorado Rule of Evidence 502:  Preserving Privilege and Work Product Protection in Discovery, Colo. Law. (Oct. 2016) at 19 (co-author).

His recent speaking engagements include presentations on “Professionalism and Brief Writing” at the “2023 Appellate Practice Update” at Colorado Bar Association CLE, May 5, 2023 (panel discussion); “Restitution after People v. Weeks” at the Colorado Judicial Conference, September 12, 2022; “Can Artificial Intelligence Increase Access to Justice?” at Colorado Bar Association CLE, May 20, 2022 (co-chair and speaker); “Professionalism Issues: A View from the Bench” at Colorado Bar Association CLE, October 7, 2021 (panel discussion); “New Housing Laws: What You Need to Know” at the Colorado Legal Services statewide conference, September 30, 2021; the perspective of a new appellate judge at programs sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the Young Lawyers Division of the Denver Bar Association, and Colorado Bar Association CLE; “Appellate Ethics” at the “Appellate Practice Update 2020” at Colorado Bar Association CLE, November 5, 2020 (panel discussion); “Where Do You Discover?  Discovery in Different Forums” at Colorado Bar Association CLE, October 16, 2018; “What Every Attorney Should Know: Information Security and Document Management” (program chair) at Colorado Bar Association CLE, July 25, 2018; “The District of Colorado’s Civil Pro Bono Panel Initiative” at the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel, April 24, 2018 (panel discussion); “Experts v. Opinion Testimony” at the “Straight Talk with Judges” seminar sponsored by the Colorado Judicial Institute, March 1, 2018 (co-presenter); “What Every Lawyer Must Know About the Latest Developments Concerning Ethics and Electronically Stored Information” at the 35th National CLE Conference, January 6, 2018; “Discovering Discovery” at Colorado Bar Association CLE, July 28, 2017; “Electronic Evidence and E-Discovery 2017” (program chair) at Colorado Bar Association CLE, June 21, 2017; and “The Ethics of Electronic Information:  Competence, Confidentiality & Other Ethical Implications” at Colorado Bar Association CLE, March 23, 2017.


Judge Lipinsky received an A.B. magna cum laude, with honors, from Brown University.  He served as Managing Editor of the Brown Daily Herald newspaper.  He earned a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the New York University Law Review

Judge Lipinsky is married and has two adult daughters.

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