Mayor Michael B. Hancock appointed Scott Martinez (Denver, Colorado) to serve as Denver City Attorney in January, 2014. As City Attorney, Mr. Martinez oversees one of the largest public law firms in the west and serves as legal advisor to the Mayor, City Council, Auditor, Clerk and Recorder and all City Departments and Agencies. Immediately prior to his appointment, Mr. Martinez served as Chief Deputy City Attorney for the two years. He is the youngest City Attorney in Denver’s history and the youngest large-city City Attorney in the country. Paramount to Mr. Martinez’s ability to advise on the broad legal areas facing the city are the over one-hundred attorneys and one-hundred staff in the City Attorney’s Office that comprise the best public law department in the country. To that end, Mr. Martinez’s priority is the investment in the culture and resources of the legal department. He is committed to promoting a culture of innovative thinking and inclusive problem solving that appreciates the diversity of the legal team and the City’s people that the department serves.
Mr. Martinez grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. He holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law. Mr. Martinez and his wife, Julie, have two young, rambunctious sons. (Participated in Socrates Program in February 2016.)