Martha’s extensive representation of Colorado municipalities includes defense of numerous appeals of administrative actions, including those arising from zoning, licensing, property, environmental, and employment disputes. She also has successfully represented municipalities in §1983 actions, in challenges brought under the 4th and 1st amendments to the Constitution against city officials, police and fire command staff, and against individual officers, as well as challenges to emergency dispatch procedures and to the sufficiency of Colorado Open Records responses.
Martha was lead counsel in a long-term Department of Justice investigation into city practices for entry-level police and fire hiring, where she initiated changes in testing and other protocols resulting in a “no action” letter from DOJ. She also was lead counsel for the City of Aurora in the federal redistricting trial which culminated in the City’s being placed in a single Congressional District for the first time in its history. She represented the Aurora Police Department and counseled city officials in pretrial proceedings in the prosecution of the theater mass shooting case. Additionally, she was lead trial counsel and prevailed in a major patent infringement case brought against Aurora relating to its water purification process and systems at the massive Prairie Waters project.