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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.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014
    • Boy Scout Vale La Pena Award, 2011
    • Escuela Tlatelolco Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010
    • Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – 2011 Business Man of the Year
    • Denver Business Journal’s Who’s Who in personal services (Law)
    • National White House Conference on Small Business held in Washington, D.C. – Appointed by Governor Romer as Delegate, June 11-15, 1995
    • Hispanic Business Magazine – 125 Hispanic Legal Elite in the United States, January 1994
    • Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – 2011 Business Man of the Year
    • Denver Business Journal’s Who’s Who in personal services (Law)
    • National White House Conference on Small Business held in Washington, D.C. – Appointed by Governor Romer as Delegate, June 11-15, 1995
    • Hispanic Business Magazine – 125 Hispanic Legal Elite in the United States, January 1994
    • National White House Conference on Small Business held in Washington, D.C. – Appointed by Governor Romer as Delegate, June 11-15, 1995
    • Hispanic Business Magazine – 125 Hispanic Legal Elite in the United States, January 1994
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Professional Affiliations

    • Colorado College Board of Trustees – Board member, 2005–present
    • Volunteers of America - National Board member, June 2010–present
    • Volunteers of America, Colorado Branch – Board member, 2004–2007
    • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) – Board member, 2001-2014
    • The Denver Foundation – Trustee, 2001–2007
    • Winter Park Recreation Association – Trustee, 1998–2005
    • Children’s Hospital Foundation – Trustee, 1998–2010
    • Secretary of Colorado Ocean Journey – 1994–2003
    • Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Board member, 1992-1998; Chairman, May 1994-May 1996
    • Auraria Higher Education – Board of directors, 1993-March 1997
    • Greater Denver Chamber of Commerce – Board of directors, April 15, 1993-August 1996
    • Colorado Bar Association – Senior Vice President, 1993-1994
    • Colorado Bar Association
    • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
    • Denver Bar Association
    • National Hispanic Bar Association
    • Children’s Hospital Foundation – Trustee, 1998–2010
    • Secretary of Colorado Ocean Journey – 1994–2003
    • Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Board member, 1992-1998; Chairman, May 1994-May 1996
    • Auraria Higher Education – Board of directors, 1993-March 1997
    • Greater Denver Chamber of Commerce – Board of directors, April 15, 1993-August 1996
    • Colorado Bar Association – Senior Vice President, 1993-1994
    • Colorado Bar Association
    • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
    • Denver Bar Association
    • National Hispanic Bar Association
    • Colorado Bar Association – Senior Vice President, 1993-1994
    • Colorado Bar Association
    • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
    • Denver Bar Association
    • National Hispanic Bar Association
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