Nicholas A. Lutz
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)
- 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)
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado