Padilla & Padilla PLLC, Joaquin and Kenneth Padilla
Padilla & Padilla PLLC, Joaquin and Kenneth Padilla

Joaquin G. Padilla

Joaquin Padilla is a Denver native. Mr. Padilla's family has resided in Colorado for six generations.


Joaquin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. After completing his undergraduate studies, he returned to Colorado to attend the University of Denver, College of Law. While in law school, Joaquin was a member of the Law Review, where his case comment "Vernonia School District 47 v. Acton: Flushing the Fourth Amendment—Student Athletes' Privacy Interests Go Down the Drain," was featured. Joaquin was also a member of the Transportation Law Journal and the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy. Joaquin received his Juris Doctorate in 1996.

Joaquin is admitted to practice before all state courts in Colorado and also before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Practice Experience

Passionate, tenacious, focused, expert, and trustworthy are words used by former and current clients of Joaquin to describe him and his skills as a lawyer. Joaquin has tried and proceeded to trial in complex civil litigation cases, and in criminal law cases involving significant charges, such as murder. Joaquin has been lead counsel in cases before the federal and state trial courts, and before the Colorado Supreme Court, where notably he was successful for his client at all stages in the case which involved the Uniform Commercial Code and which culminated in a published decision, West v. Roberts, 143 P.3d 1037 (Colo. 2006).

Prior to starting his own law firms, Joaquin worked in the litigation departments of small, medium, and large Denver firms, trying products liability, insurance defense, insurance coverage, bad faith, construction defect, commercial litigation, and criminal defense cases. In 2001, he joined as a named partner in a law firm that maintained offices in Denver, Boulder, and Aspen, Colorado. Joaquin opened the law firm's Denver offices.

In November of 2003, Joaquin opened the Law Offices of Joaquin G Padilla, PLLC. In 2009, Joaquin and his father, Ken, formed Padilla & Padilla, PLLC. Joaquin knows what it takes to be a successful business, as he has owned and operated his own successful law firms for many years.

Joaquin's current law practice focuses on assisting corporations and small businesses on their contract, human resources, employment, insurance, and commercial litigation needs. His experience with these companies includes extensive drafting and review of licenses, agreements, and employment documents. Joaquin also has an extensive litigation practice handling complex civil litigation matters, including class action cases, and collective action cases. Joaquin's practice is also dedicated to representing homeowners associations, construction professionals, and individuals in construction, construction defect, collections, employment, family law, premises liability, and negligence cases, and personal injury litigation.

Joaquin is also experienced in handling criminal law cases involving charges for murder, assault, burglary, robbery, drug offenses, and other felonies, and all types of misdemeanor cases. Joaquin has also handled many DUI's and other traffic cases in his active criminal law practice.

Joaquin enjoys the opportunity for frequent courtroom action, but also appreciates the need to achieve solutions for his clients' problems and issues through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Joaquin prides himself as being a compassionate and prepared lawyer who continually strives to help his clients achieve their important goals.

Professional and Community Affiliations

In September of 2002, Joaquin received the Colorado Bar Association's prestigious Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Joaquin has taken an active role in giving back to the community in which he lives and works. Joaquin has also been active in the Colorado Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division ("CBA/YLD"), and as a Board Member of its Executive Council. Joaquin served on the CBA/YLD Executive Council as its Treasurer from 1998-1999, Secretary from 1999-2000, Chair Elect from 2000-2001, and its Chair from 2001-2002. Joaquin has also been a member of other professional organizations, such as the Denver Bar Association and American Bar Association.

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