By Doug Chartier
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Editor’s Note: This is the second in an ongoing and regular series of profiles featuring the state’s judges from all levels and jurisdictions.
District Judge John Madden IV has always had a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity. In that sense, he perhaps feels at home in the civil rotation he’s currently in at Colorado’s 2nd Judicial District in Denver.
Before he was appointed to the bench in 2006, Madden practiced civil litigation with his father for 11 years, where he relished the intellectual challenge and learning about a smorgasbord of subject matter. He enjoyed the scientific rigor in construction defects cases involving expansive soils, for example. A Castle Rock Factory Shops trade dress protection case was one of his favorites to work on.
Not to say that he hasn’t had noteworthy experience in criminal law. He enjoyed practicing as a deputy district attorney in his early career and tried 100 criminal cases. Last year, he presided over the trial of Dexter Lewis for the Fero’s Bar massacre in Denver — a notorious capital punishment case that in many ways was eclipsed in public attention only by the Aurora theater shooting trial.