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Alex J. Martinez
Alex J. Martinez
Associate Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court

January 1997 - October 31, 2011
Roy Romer
Howard Kirshbaum
Brian Boatright
Judge of the Tenth Judicial District of Colorado (Pueblo County)

Roy Romer
Judge of the Pueblo County Court

Richard Lamm
Personal details
Alex Joseph Martinez

(1951-04-19) April 19, 1951 (age 68)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
EducationPhillips Exeter Academy
Reed College
University of Colorado (BA, JD)

Alex Joseph Martinez[2] (born April 19, 1951) is an American attorney who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Colorado from 1996 to 2011.

Born in Denver, Colorado, Martinez attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He received a B.A. from the University of Colorado in 1973, followed by a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School in 1976.[3]

Martinez was a deputy state public defender in Denver from 1976 to 1979. when he relocated to Pueblo, Colorado to supervise state public defender's office there. In 1983, Governor Richard Lamm appointed Martinez to a county court judge seat in Pueblo County, and in 1988 Governor Roy Romer appointed Martinez as a district court judge in Colorado's Tenth Judicial District. In September 1996, Romer elevated Martinez to the Supreme Court of Colorado.[3]

Martinez was retained on the court in 2000, and again in a strongly contested process in 2010.[4] He resigned from the court in 2011 to accept a post as Manager of Safety for the city of Denver.[5] Shortly after entering into this position, Martinez engendered some controversy by referring to a critical review of the police department as "nitpicky", although the comment endeared Martinez to the police.[6] He left that position in 2013.[7] From 2013 to 2016, he served as the General Counsel of the Denver Public School District.[7]


  1. ^ Archived Colorado Supreme Court Bio
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  3. ^ a b Colorado Judicial Branch, "Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez to be honored by Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at annual gala" (October 17, 2003).
  4. ^ Cardona, Felisa (February 14, 2010). "Four Supreme Court justices face a tough vote in elections". The Denver Post.
  5. ^ Willis, Zachary (August 26, 2011). "Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex J. Martinez to Resign after Accepting New Position". Colorado Bar Association.
  6. ^ McGhee, Tom (March 10, 2012). "Denver Manager of Safety Alex Martinez trades black robes for thick skin". The Denver Post.
  7. ^ a b Garcia, Hannah (March 16, 2016). "DPS Names New General Counsel With Retirement of Alex Martinez". Law Week Colorado. Denver, Colorado. Retrieved 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Howard Kirshbaum
Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Brian Boatright

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