Siddhartha H. Rathod
Siddhartha is a partner at Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC, whose practice areas include civil rights, employment law, and criminal defense. Siddhartha has been a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy since 2011 and is Adjunct Faculty at the University of Colorado School of Law. Siddhartha was also a member of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba habeas litigation team, where he represented five detainees from Yemen.
Siddhartha has received numerous awards and recognitions to include: University of Colorado Kalpana Chawla Award (2017); Colorado LGBT Bar Association Ally of the Year (2016); Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Case of the Year (2013, 2014, & 2016); Leonard Weinglass In Defense of Civil Liberties Award, American Association for Justice (2015); Super Lawyer – Plaintiff’s Employment Law (2015-2022); American Association for Justice NLD Star (2014); Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star (2011-2014); Governor Ralph L. Carr Award (2011); Colorado Bar Association Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (2009); University of Colorado School of Law Edward C. King Award (2007); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2003).
NOTABLE JURY VERDICTS & PUBLICLY AVAILABLE SETTLEMENTS
Confidential Minors v. Cherry Creek School District (education / sexual assault), $11.5 Million;
Amanda Wilson v. Jonathan Pauling et al. (employment discrimination / sexual assault), $6.3 Million;
Shiva Rai v. St. Vrain Valley School District (education & disability discrimination), $3.85 Million;
Jamal Hunter v. Denver Sheriff’s Department (jail conditions / excessive force), $3.25 Million;
Naeschylus Carter-Vinzant v. Aurora Police Department (wrongful death), $2.6 Million;
Said Ali, et al. v. Cargill Meat Solutions & Teamsters Local No. 455 (class employment discrimination), $1.5 Million;
Estate of Jacquez v. City of Rocky Ford, et al. (wrongful death), $1.3 Million;
McFadden, et al. v. Meeker Housing Authority, et al. (housing discrimination), $1 Million;
Jessica Hernandez v. Denver Police Department (wrongful death), $1 Million;
Baltazar et al. v. Vail Run Resorts (employment discrimination), $1 Million;
Guzzo et al. v. State of Wyoming (marriage equality constitutional challenge).
Prior to moving to Colorado Siddhartha served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Rathod was stationed in Iwakuni, Japan and was the unit representative of the Cobra Gold 2003 Bangkok, Thailand International Peace Keeping Summit and Foal Eagle 2003 Seoul, Korea Planning Conference.
Siddhartha graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado in 2007 where he received numerous awards and academic scholarships to include: University of Colorado School of Law W. Elery Wilmarth Memorial Scholarship (2006); University of Colorado Law Alumni Scholarship (2006); Phi Delta Phi Balfour Scholarship (2006); Baker & Hostetler LLP Paul D. White Scholarship (2005); Anheuser-Busch Minoru Yasui Scholarship (2005); Kutak Rock LLP Commitment to Workplace Diversity Book Scholarship (2005); University of Colorado Chancellor’s Diversity Grant (2004). Siddhartha received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Management from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1999. He also studied at Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland and University of Limerick, Limerick, Republic of Ireland.
Nonverbal Communication in Mediation, Trial Talk (October-December 2021) Municipal Liability: Strategies, Critiques, and a Pathway Toward Effective Enforcement of Civil Rights (Denver University Law Review, Volume 91, Issue 3); Religious Minorities Need Not Apply: Legal Implications of Faith-Based Employment Advertising, 43 The Colorado Lawyer 27 (April 2014).
Siddhartha is admitted to practice law in Colorado; the United States District Court, District of Colorado; and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.