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

Kenneth A. Padilla

Kenneth A. Padilla - is a Denver native raised in Northwest Denver who graduated from West High School. Mr. Padilla earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Economics, and his Law Degree from the University of Denver. Mr. Padilla has three adult children, Lucia, an attorney, Andrea, who sells real estate in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, and Joaquin, who is his law partner in the family Law Firm of Padilla & Padilla, PLLC. Mr. Padilla has been a prominent Denver Attorney for over 42 years. He has served as a visiting Law Professor at the University of Denver. Ken has litigated several landmark cases including class action litigation in employment discrimination desegregating the Denver Police Department in Hogue v. Bach, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado Case No. C-3693 and the Denver Fire Department in Bedan v. Bach, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado Case No. C-4662. Mr. Padilla acted as legal counsel for the coalition against the English Only initiative, Montero v. Meyer, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado Case No. 88-cv-889. Ken has litigated many complex police misconduct cases in the federal courts raising issues of excessive force and deadly force involving a pattern and practice of constitutional violations against various municipalities, including the City and County of Denver.

Ken began his legal career as a recipient of the Reginald Heber-Smith Community Leadership Foundation grant as a staff attorney with Denver Legal Aid Society and then became the first legal director of Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) in Denver, Colorado for two years. After that Ken started his own law firm for nearly 40 years. His son, Joaquin, has joined him in forming the law offices of Padilla & Padilla, PLLC.

Kenneth A. Padilla's current law practice also focuses on personal injury cases involving automobile accidents, slip and falls and intentional torts. Mr. Padilla has an extensive civil practice and has always maintained a high level of expertise in the law and has an active criminal law practice in cases ranging from murder, assaults, sexual assault, sexual assault on a child, burglary, robbery, drug offenses and other felonies and all types of misdemeanor cases. He has handled hundreds of DUI's and other traffic cases in his active criminal practice.

Mr. Padilla is well recognized for his expertise in police misconduct litigation in addition to other constitutional civil rights including voting rights cases. Mr. Padilla has extensive experience in Governmental Immunity Act (GIA) cases and has litigated many cases against municipalities, counties and state government. Mr. Padilla is a well respected, capable trial attorney who aggressively and passionately represents his clients. Mr. Padilla has over 40 reported cases in Colorado State and Federal courts.

Mr. Padilla has received many awards in his legal career which has extended over 40 years and has been honored nationally and locally for his public service. Mr. Padilla's awards include: First Annual Abraham Lincoln Benito Juarez award for Civil Rights (1974); 1981 Miller Chicano of the Year Award, Legal Division; 1988 National Lawyer's Guild Second Annual Recognition Award for Civil Rights Litigation; 1989 National Lawyer's Guild co-recipient of Third Annual Recognition Award for Civil Rights for promoting language freedom for all citizens; 1997 Image of Denver, National Civil Rights Award; 1998 Cinco de Mayo Civil Rights Award; Ken has been honored nationally and locally for his public service by National IMAGE and NEWSED. In 2007, Ken was recognized in 5280 Magazine's "Top Colorado Attorneys." In 2013, Ken received the 2013 Labor Council for Latin American Advancement Cesar E. Chavez Award for social, economic, and civil rights.

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