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 (2015-2019); 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 and 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 (excessive force), $2.85 million; McFadden, et al. v. Meeker Housing Authority, et al. (housing discrimination), $1 million; Jessica Hernandez v. Denver Police Department (excessive force), $1 million; Baltazar et al. v. Vail Run Resorts (employment discrimination), $1 million; Susan Chandler v. Adams 14 School District (employment discrimination), $700,000; Estate of Andrew Byrd v. City of Pueblo (excessive force, officer shooting) – $600,000; Araujo et al. v. City of Fort Collins (employment discrimination), $425,000; Ortega et al. Denver Police Department (excessive force), $360,000; 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 participates in numerous community organizations and activities to include: National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Faculty (2011-Present); University of Colorado Law Alumni Board, Board Member and Chair Elect (2015-2017); Criminal Justice Act, Associated Counsel (2012-Present); Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member (2014-Present); American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, Board Member (2013-2017); American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, Legal Panel (2011-Present); Colorado Bar Association, Executive Committee (2011-2013); Colorado Bar Association, Board of Governors (2011-2013); South Asian Bar Association, Member and Past President (2011-2016); North American South Asian Bar Association, Board Member (2011-2012); Family Tree Inc., Board Member (2007-2012); Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Board Member (2009-2016); Minoru Yasui Inn of Court (2006-Present); Colorado Bar Association (2007-Present); Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program (COBALT) (Class of 2010, Program Committee 2010-2011); Colorado Bar Association Foundation Fellow (2010-Present); Colorado Bar Association Membership Committee (2010-Present); Denver Bar Association (2007-Present); Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (2010-Present); Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers Association (2010-Present); National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2011-Present); Veterans – Jail Diversion & Trauma Recovery Program, Advisory Counsel (2008-2010).
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.
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).
Speaking & Teaching Engagements (Past Three Years)
American Immigration Lawyers Association – Immigration Related Civil Rights Litigation (October 2018); University of Colorado School of Law – Social justice (March 2018); University of Colorado School of Law – Voir Dire Lecture (March 2018); University of Colorado School of Law – Domestic Violence Seminar (Spring Semester 2017); University of Colorado School of Law – Criminal Law Clinic: Defending the Not So Innocent (March 2018- 2015); University of Colorado School of Law – Connotational Law Seminar: Alienage & the Equal Protection Clause (March 2017); University of Denver Stern School of Law: Overcoming Barriers to Entry in Civil Rights (March 2017); University of Denver Stern School of Law: Expanding the Lens on Justice Reinvestment (February 2017); University of Colorado School of Law: Trial Advocacy Intersession (January 2018-2015); Colorado Bar Association: Using the Media (December 2016); Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers Association: Settlement Negotiations and Agreements (September 2016); National Institute for Trial Advocacy: Expert Witness Program (September 2018 & 2016); Colorado Bar Association: Hanging Your Own Shingle CLE – Creating a Business Plan (August 2018-2015); Colorado Bar Association: Hanging Your Own Shingle CLE – From the Trenches (August 2018-2015); Colorado Hispanic Bar Association: Litigating Police Misconduct (July 2016); National Institute for Trial Advocacy: Rocky Mountain Trial Skills Program (April 2018-2011).
Estate of Patrick Harmon v. Salt Lake City Police Department (Police Violence Causing Death); East High School Cheerleaders v. Denver Public Schools (Education Law); Randall Veach v. Rawlins Police Department (Excessive Force); 130 Somali Employees v. Cargill (Employment Discrimination); Shiva Rai v. St. Vrain Valley School District (Education Law); EEOC & Benitez et al v. Vail Run Resort, 1:15-cv-01592-RPM (sexual/race harassment); (Robert Dienes v. CVNA, 2014cv02132 (Disability Discrimination); Shelli Robins v. Adams 14 School District, 2014-cv-01794-WYD-KMT (Gender Discrimination); Wilson v. Pauling Management Co et al, 2013-cv-035298 (Employment Discrimination); Hart v. VK Investment Group, LLC et al., 13-cv-02301 (Fair Housing Act Disability Discrimination); Blair v. Resort Management Group, L.L.C., 13-cv-01298 (Title VII Gender Discrimination and Retaliation); Carpenter v. Centurylink Inc., 13-cv-032401 (Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy); Green-Tillman v. Head To Toe Inc., et al., 13-cv-031094 (Negligent Retention and Supervision and Assault); People v. Sain, 13CR00988 (Attempt to Influence a Public Servant and Harassment – Ethnic Intimidation); People v. Copeland, 13CR00035 (Assault of an at Risk Adult); Hunter v. City and County of Denver, et al., 12-cv-02682 (42 U.S.C. § 1983 Inmate Civil Rights); Morgan et al v. Colorado Department of Corrections et al., 12-cv-0936 (42 U.S.C. § 1983 Prisoner Civil Rights); People v. Stevens, 12CR01409 (Possession of a Controlled Substance); Ortega et al. v. City and County of Denver, et al., 11CV02394-WJM-CBS (42 U.S.C. § 1983 Police Brutality and Governmental Liability); Perry v. Red Peak et al., 11CV01900-WYD-CBS (Fair Housing Act Disability Discrimination); Carson v. Centura Health Corporation et al., 11CV02753-RPM-KLM (Title VII Race Discrimination and Retaliation); Blake v. 23 LTD et al., 11CV8197 (Title VII Gender Discrimination and Retaliation); People v. Ballowe, 09CR50 (First Degree Arson and Third Degree Arson); People v. Castillo, 08CR3151 (two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder of a Police Officer, two counts of First Degree Assault of a Police Officer, five counts of Second Degree Assault); People v. Sangare, 08CR1261 (Sex Assault – Helpless Victim); People v. Cruz, 08CR1092 (Attempted First Degree Murder, First Degree Assault and Kidnapping); People v. Augustus, 08CR2531 (Second Degree Assault, Menacing and Child Abuse); People v. Fernandez, 09CR618 (Distribution of a Controlled Substance); People v. Horn, 09CR5633 (Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance); People v. Hobden, 07CR3281 (Possession of a Controlled Substance).
Siddhartha is admitted to practice law in Colorado, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.