Siddhartha H. Rathod

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Phone: 303-578-4400

Fax: 303-578-4401

Email: sr@rmlawyers.com

Siddhartha is a partner at Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC, whose practice areas include civil rights, employment law, and criminal defense.  Siddhartha is also a member of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba habeas litigation team, representing five detainees from Yemen.  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. 

Military Services

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.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Employment Law
  • 30% Civil Rights
  • 20% Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
    • Major: Economics
    • Major: Management
  • Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • University of Limerick, Limerick, Republic of Ireland

Representative Cases

  • 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)
  • 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)

Classes/Seminars

  • Rocky Mountain Trial Skills Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2013, 2012, & 2011
  • Trial Advocacy Intersession, University of Colorado School of Law, 2013
  • Open Records Requests – Governmental and Private Practitioner Perspectives, Adams County Bar Association, 2013
  • Law Enforcement and Community Relations, University of Colorado Denver – The Art of Social Justice Conference, 2013
  • Fundamentals of Case Selection, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association & Colorado Plaintiff’s Employment Law Association, 2013
  • Defending the Not So Innocent, University of Colorado School of Law – Criminal Law Clinic, 2013
  • Overcoming Barriers to Entry in Civil Rights, University of Colorado School of Law, 2013
  • Local and National Benefits of Bar Membership, South Asian Bar Association of Colorado, 2013
  • Professionalism Panel, Minoru Yasui American Inn of Court, 2012
  • 1983 Municipal Liability and Qualified Immunity, University of Denver Stern School of Law, 2012
  • Overcoming Barriers to Entry in Civil Rights, University of Denver Stern School of Law, 2012
  • Civil Rights for the Criminal Defense Attorney, Colorado Public Defender’s Adams Office, 2012
  • Understanding Civil Rights, Colorado Progressive Coalition, 2012
  • Building Your Case With the Bill of Rights, Federal Practice Series, 2012
  • Professionalism Joint Orientation, Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession, 2012
  • Successfully Navigating the Criminal Justice System as Plaintiff’s Employment Attorneys – Representing the Victim/Witness of a Crime, Plaintiff’s Employment Law Association Annual Retreat, 2012
  • Hanging Your Own Shingle CLE – From the Trenches, Colorado Bar Association, 2012
  • Summer Trial Institute, University of Wyoming School of Law, 2012
  • Civil Rights for the Criminal Defense Attorney, Colorado Public Defender’s Denver Office, 2012
  • American Inns of Court, University of Colorado School of Law, 2012
  • 10 Do’s and Dont’s of Starting a law Firm, Colorado Bar Association, 2012
  • Know Your Civil Rights, Prax(US), 2012
  • Ancillary Trial Tactics, University of Denver Stern School of Law, 2011
  • Challenges of Indigent Representation, University of Denver Stern School of Law, 2011
  • Nuts and Bolts of Case Management, Office of the Colorado Public Defender, 2010
  • Indigent Representation, University of Colorado School of Law, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer Rising Star – Criminal Defense, 2011 – 2012
  • 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
  • University of Colorado School of Law W. Elery Wilmarth Memorial Scholarship, 2006 – Present
  • University of Colorado Law Alumni Scholarship, 2006 – Present
  • Phi Delta Phi Balfour Scholarship, 2006 – Present
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP Paul D. White Scholarship, 2005 – Present
  • Anheuser-Busch Minoru Yasui Scholarship, 2005 – Present
  • Kutak Rock LLP Commitment to Workplace Diversity Book Scholarship, 2005 – Present
  • University of Colorado Chancellor’s Diversity Grant, 2004 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Faculty, 2011 – Present
  • Criminal Justice Act, Associated Counsel, 2012 – Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2011 – Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2011 – Present
  • South Asian Bar Association, President, 2011 – Present
  • North American South Asian Bar Association, Board Member, 2011 – Present
  • Family Tree Inc., Board Member, 2007 – 2012
  • Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Board Member, 2009 – Present
  • 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
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 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