Martinez named Denver deputy city attorney
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Thursday appointed Scott Martinez as deputy city attorney.
Martinez, who begins his job Jan. 9, will assist in overseeing the 88 attorneys and 91 staff members within the city attorney's office.
As an attorney at Denver-based Holland & Hart since 2006, Martinez' practice areas included government investigations, commercial litigation and data security. He recently was recognized for his work in crafting the boundaries for Colorado's congressional and legislative districts.
"Scott is a well-respected attorney and a bold community organizer who will be a great asset to our team," Hancock said. "He brings an in-depth understanding of all aspects of government, a strong reputation in our community and a fervor to help deliver a world-class city where everyone matters."
Martinez will provide support in representing the city in all civil and prosecutorial litigation, advising on legal matters affecting Denver's interests, and drafting legislation and legal opinions.
"It's a privilege to join Hancock's dynamic team of community leaders who work diligently to provide the highest level of services to the residents of Denver," Martinez said. "As a steward of the public's trust, I take the responsibility of providing high-quality legal counsel to our city very seriously and I am eager to get to work."
Martinez was appointed by then-Gov. Bill Ritter in 2009 to serve on the Colorado Election Reform Commission. Martinez is a member of the board of directors for the Bell Policy Center and is a motivational speaker at local schools.
He took a short leave from Holland & Hart to serve on the Obama-Biden presidential transition team, where he worked with both the technical and legal teams regarding transparency and ethics in the federal government.
Martinez also serves as a member of the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, is an advisory board member of the Byron White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law and is chairman of the Hispanic Bar Association Public Policy Committee.
– Heather Draper, firstname.lastname@example.org