Elsa Martinez Tenreiro represents injured workers in Colorado. Elsa was born and raised in Argentina. Her first language is Spanish, but after high school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she moved to Colorado to continue her studies. She worked for the firm of Pepe J. Mendez & Associates, P.C. beginning from 1985 to 1989 as an interpreter, a paralegal, and a clerk while in law school.
She attended the University of Colorado for both her undergraduate and graduate programs. She received her Bachelors of Art in Political Science before continuing to law school. She joined the firm of Pepe J. Mendez & Associates, as a lawyer, from 1990 to 2010. She practiced worker’s compensation and social security law. When Mr. Mendez retired from the practice of law, Elsa purchased the firm and, as of January 2011, she opened her own law firm with partner Michelle LaForett. The firm later became Adan Cerda & Associates, LLC. She continues to handle Workers’ Compensation cases.
She has lectured as Faculty for CLE of Colorado and Workers’ Compensation Education Association on Workers’ Compensation Law as well as for other professional organizations on the Constitution, Workers’ Compensation and ethics. She was awarded the Denver Bar Association Award of Merit in 2012, the 2010 Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Chris Miranda Award, the Colorado Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section Lance Butler Award in 2008, the Denver Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award in 2005, the Metro Volunteer Lawyer Award in 2004 and the NBC 9News Chanel 9 Outstanding Volunteer Attorney Award in 2004.
She has authored several columns for The Docket on volunteering and DBA programs. She was named 2009, 2011-2017 Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. She has also been named Denver Top Lawyer by 5280 Denver Magazine and The Legal Network as published by The Denver Post. She has an AV® Peer Review Rating from Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell, which attests to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics and reflects the confidential opinions of the Bar and the Judiciary.
She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association since 1990. She is an advocate for pro bono efforts in the legal community, an advocate for access to justice and children’s education. She has been an active member at various times of many DBA and CBA committees. She has volunteered for Law Line 9, Metro Volunteer Lawyer and other organizations, including Denver Public Schools.
She was a CU Law Alumni Association board member from 1998 to 2002, a Colorado Bar Association Board Member 2005-2007, Hispanic Bar Association board member 2008, Denver Bar Association Trustee 2002 to 2005 and 2006-2009, Metro Volunteer Lawyers board member in 2008-2010, Women in Workers’ Compensation board member, Workers’ Compensation Education Association board member since 2010, a Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation (COLTAF) board member since 2014 and she is a Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow.