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Nicholas A. Lutz

Laura-WolfPhone: 303-578-4400

Fax: 303-578-4401

Email: nl@rmlawyers.com

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Nick is an attorney at Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC.  His prac­tice includes civil rights, employ­ment dis­crim­i­na­tion, and crim­i­nal defense.  Nick is a pas­sion­ate advo­cate for the civil rights of individ­u­als against gov­ern­men­tal and insti­tu­tional abuses of power and for the rights of employ­ees in the workplace. 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Nick grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Den­ver Sturm Col­lege of Law in May 2017.  Dur­ing law school Nick rep­re­sented state pris­on­ers in fed­eral civil rights actions as part of the Uni­ver­sity of Denver’s Civil Rights Clinic.  He also served as the online edi­tor of the Uni­ver­sity of Denver’s Crim­i­nal Law Review and was the journal’s first pub­lished stu­dent author.  Nick was a recip­i­ent of DU’s Chan­cel­lor Schol­ar­ship, awarded to stu­dents with a demon­strated record of pub­lic ser­vice and aca­d­e­mic excel­lence.  Nick served as a legal extern with the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union of Col­orado and as Cer­ti­fied Legal Extern with the Col­orado State Pub­lic Defender’s Trial Divi­sion.  Nick was also a Stu­dent Liai­son to the Col­orado Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Divi­sion.  Prior to law school Nick vol­un­teered his time with numer­ous non-profits and advo­cacy orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing Col­orado Legal Ser­vices and the House Major­ity Project, as well as sev­eral state and local polit­i­cal campaigns.

Nick currently serves as a Board Member of the Colorado Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Executive Council as well as the University of Denver Strum College of Law Graduates of the Last Decade (Law GOLD).

NOTABLE SETTLEMENTS AND PUBLICLY AVAILABLE VERDICTS

  • Estate of Andrew Byrd v. City of Pueblo (excessive force, officer shooting) – $600,000 settlement

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Board Member, Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • Board Member, University of Denver Strum College of Law Graduates of the Last Decade (Law GOLD)
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

ACADEMIC LECTURING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • A Right without a Remedy: The Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel and the American Indigent Defense Crisis, University of Denver Criminal Law Review, Vol. 7 (2017)
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and Plaintiff’s Employment Law Association, Employment Law 101: Client Selection (May 8, 2013)
  • Colorado Progressive Coalition: Anatomy of a Civil Rights Lawsuit, Best Practices for Conducting Civil Rights Potential Client Intakes (September 14, 2012)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Landeros v. City and County of Denver, et al. (Police Excessive Force)
  • Estate of Patrick Harmon v. Salt Lake City Police Department (Police Excessive Force)
  • Estate of Andrew Byrd v. City of Pueblo (Police Excessive Force)
  • East High School Cheerleaders v. Denver Public Schools (Education Law)
  • Radan v. Colorado Department of Corrections, 16-cv-01717-MSK-STV (Prisoner Rights)
  • Shapiro v. Rynek et al., 13-cv-3086-KMT (Prisoner Rights)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
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