Denver Trial Judge Christina Habas To Join KWPF

Denver District Court Judge Christina M. Habas, who is leaving the bench on July 13, 2012, will join Keating Wagner Polidori Free P.C. as a shareholder and trial lawyer starting July 16, 2012.

“We are both excited and honored that Tina Habas has agreed to join our firm,” said Bill Keating, a founding shareholder of the firm. “When it comes to trial lawyers, Tina Habas has credentials that are unique in Colorado.”

Ms. Habas began private practice in 1982 and over the next 22 years as an attorney with Watson Nathan Bremer, P.C., and Bruno, Bruno and Colin, P.C., tried more than 50 jury trials and 100 bench trials. Ms. Habas became a Denver District Court judge in January 2004, and in that position, she has presided over more than 200 jury trials and bench trials.

In addition to her work as a trial lawyer and judge, Ms. Habas has been at the forefront of teaching trial advocacy and practice in Colorado, around the United States, and in several foreign countries. Over the past more than 20 years, she has taught trial skills through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Colorado and Denver bar associations, a number of state trial lawyers associations, and a variety of other organizations.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice picked Ms. Habas as part of a select group of American attorneys and judges to provide training for judicial officers and attorneys in the nation of Macedonia. Ms. Habas has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, teaching advanced trial practice.

“If you are a trial lawyer in Colorado, there’s a good chance you have attended or participated in a trial advocacy program taught by Tina Habas,” said Bob Wagner, another founding shareholder of the firm.

Explaining the career change, Ms. Habas said “I am not making this change because I want to leave the Denver District Court. It is difficult to leave the friends I have made there, all of whom are dedicated to making the Denver bench as effective as it can possibly be. Instead I know that Bill Keating, Bob Wagner and Steve Polidori understand that it is vital to the legal profession to continue the same values they learned as young lawyers, beginning with their own firm. They have offered me a wonderful opportunity to mentor the younger lawyers in the same way we were mentored by those who came before us. I cannot wait to nurture, and learn, from those talented people.”

Ms. Habas will focus on personal injury practice and other civil litigation.

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