Manuel L. Martinez is a partner in Bryan Cave HRO’s Denver office, practicing in the areas of business, land use, and administrative law. Distinguished within the Denver community, Mr. Martinez has negotiated numerous agreements with governmental entities on behalf of clients, as well as represented firm clients on land use issues, liquor and gaming licensing, and food and beverage issues.
An expert at settling disputes in Denver City and Colorado State government, Mr. Martinez has developed a depth and breadth of relationships over the course of several years as a lobbyist that allow him to facilitate this process with ease. He has been highly successful at advocating for clients in city government in all agencies, from the airport to the police to public works. Further, Mr. Martinez has experience successfully pursuing appeals of administrative decisions to the state and federal district courts. In addition, he devotes a substantial part of his practice to assisting small Hispanic businesses. Further, he has advocated on behalf of a number of Latino non-profit community organizations on a pro bono basis.
Mr. Martinez has represented clients on gaming matters in Colorado and on liquor license related issues both in Colorado and outside the state. He has represented food and beverage concessions, architects, and contractors seeking work.
Prior to Bryan Cave HRO, Mr. Martinez served as Manager of Safety for the City and County of Denver, a cabinet position to which he was appointed by Mayor Federico Peña, who previously served as a member of President Clinton's cabinet as Secretary of Transportation and Energy. Before taking that position, Mr. Martinez served as Director of the Department of Excise and Licenses for the City and County of Denver, again as a Mayor Peña appointee. In that position Mr. Martinez administered all of the business and liquor licensing in the City and County of Denver and authored the existing rules and regulations for liquor licensure.