On Friday, June 6, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Natalie Chase, Frederick Martinez, and David Stevens to the District Court Bench in the Eighteenth Judicial District. Two of the judges were appointed due to an increase in the number of judges per HB 14-1050 and the other was appointed to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. William Sylvester. All three appointments are effective July 1, 2014.
Natalie Chase is currently a co-owner of Schafer & Chase, where she primarily practices criminal defense and family law. Prior to forming her own firm, Chase was a prosecutor for the City of Aurora. She received her J.D. from the University of Denver in 2003 and her undergraduate degree from the University of Denver in 2000. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Arapahoe County Bar Association and is the chair of the 18th JD Access to Justice Committee.
Frederick Martinez currently practices at Hall & Evans, where he specializes in defense litigation of individuals, professionals, and transportation corporations. His expertise ranges from railroad defense, professional responsibility, and criminal defense to general tort litigation. He is a frequent presenter on ethics and professional responsibility issues and topics related to railroad litigation. He received his J.D. from the University of Colorado in 1987 and his undergraduate degree from Colorado College in 1984. He is a member of the Colorado, Denver, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Hispanic bar associations, as well as the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association.
David Stevens is a co-owner of Stevens & Eisenstein Law Offices, where he focuses on personal injury law, including medical malpractice, car accidents, work-related injuries, and Social Security Disability claims. He is also an instructor at Arapahoe Community College, where he teaches classes on wills & probate and torts. He received his J.D. in 1983 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. He is also a graduate of an international law program at Universite de Caen in France. He is affiliated with several bar associations and professional organizations, including as a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation; past-president of the Arapahoe County Bar Association; board chairman of the Arapahoe County Bar Foundation; and several other official roles for the Arapahoe County Bar Association.
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