Known as "The Colorado Hammer," Mr. Balkin graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001 with a degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in business. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Golden Gate University Law School in 2007 with a Certificate of Specialization with Distinction in Litigation as well as several other academic awards.
From 2008 through 2016 Mr. Balkin worked for Colorado’s 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, where he was promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney, the second highest non-elected position in the office. While with the District Attorney’s office, Mr. Balkin prosecuted more than 40 jury trials, including homicides, sexual assaults and other crimes against at-risk adults and children, and drug distribution cases. His trial experience gave him insight, knowledge, and experience not only in how to try and win a case, but also the importance of managing every aspect of a case to maximize the chances of winning at trial.
In addition to his trial duties, Mr. Balkin managed several other attorneys and support staff. As well as training law enforcement officers and other Deputy District Attorney’s throughout the State in conjunction with the Colorado District Attorney’s Council.
Mr. Balkin joined FDAzar in early 2016 to add depth and trial experience to the Class Action group. He was an integral part of the team which prosecuted a wage and hour class action claim against Hewlett Packard alleging HP failed to pay commissions on time, both during and post-employment. Mr. Balkin is also part of the FDAzar teams prosecuting the following putative class action cases: Waleski v. Weyerhaeuser involving formaldehyde laden joists installed in homes across the country; Camacho et. al. v Wells Fargo Dealer Services et. al., involving allegations that Wells Fargo improperly forced those with motor vehicle insurance to purchase a Wells Fargo insurance product they did not need; and several current ongoing 401k ERISA cases which allege that plan participants were charged excessive fees in the management of their money.
In addition to his other duties, Mr. Balkin is the Managing Attorney of Franklin D. Azar and Associates. In this role, and at the direction of Mr. Azar, Mr. Balkin oversees the firms attorney’s and their pre-litigation and litigation cases, ensuring that each case is prosecuted aggressively for each of our clients. The Attorney’s at the firm continue best practices to ensure that each client has the best experience through what is often a very difficult time in their lives. Like all the attorney’s in our firm, Mr. Balkin prides himself on positive client experiences and holding insurance companies to the highest standards.
Mr. Balkin is also a board member of the Imagination Library of Denver, a free book program which provides age appropriate books, one per month by mail, until a child’s fifth birthday. With the generous support of Mr. Azar and other board members, donors, and volunteers, this program has mailed over 10,000 books to children in the Denver Metro area.
Mr. Balkin is licensed to practice in the states of Colorado and Illinois, the U.S District Court for the District of Colorado, and the United States Supreme Court.