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Two of Colorado’s top plaintiffs’attorneys make it official.
Nationally Recognized Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Law Firm LEVENTHAL & PUGA, P.C., is one of the nation’s premier personal injury and medical malpractice firms. The Denver-based firm provides legal counsel to those seriously injured as a result of negligence, medical malpractice, or defective products—handling a wide array of cases from trucking and aviation to insurance bad faith. “We are devoted to helping people, and we pride ourselves on being able to improve our clients’ quality of life,” says founding and senior partner Jim Leventhal, a member of The Inner Circle of Advocates: An invitationonly induction of the top 100 trial lawyers in the U.S. “Trial lawyers make our community and our country safer. We put our clients’ interests first— helping people who desperately need our assistance.”
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Leventhal & Puga’s attorneys have achieved multiple record verdicts and settlements in the fields of medical negligence and personal injury— providing necessary compensation to victims throughout the country. Jim Puga is the current co-chair of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice. In addition, we are pleased to welcome Bruce Braley, former Iowa Congressman, who joined Leventhal & Puga last year.
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INTRODUCTION & METHODOLOGY Including a letter from the director of publications.
IN THE NEWS
A roundup of notable news of listed lawyers in Colorado.
2016 SURVEY RESULTS FOR COLORADO FEATURED LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Jennifer Spitz of Stover & Spitz, in trusts and estates.
THE STEADFAST ADVOCATE
Two of Colorado’s top plaintiffs’ attorneys make it official.
As one of the country’s premier plaintiffs’ trial firms, Burg Simpson has a history of prevailing against the largest corporations and law firms in the world.
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Director of Publications WELCOME TO OUR ANNUAL EDITION of Colorado’s Best Lawyers, featuring 1,060 of the 387 lawyers selected by their peers to be included in the twenty-second edition of The Best Lawyers in America. In this year’s comprehensive guide you will find top lawyers from 387 firms practicing in 113 key areas of specialization. To make your search easier, we have organized the listings by practice area so that no matter where you are, you will find the right local attorney to resolve your personal or professional matters. We congratulate all who have earned their place in this year’s guide and offer special recognition to the 84 lawyers selected for the first time by highlighting their names in green throughout the publication. In addition, we are thrilled to announce the 96 recipients of the “Lawyer of the Year” award by printing their names in red within the survey results. Only one lawyer per practice area per metropolitan zone is granted this distinction, based on the highest peer ratings received. We invite you to visit BestLawyers.com/Colorado to see the full list and be sure to check out page 7 to meet one such honoree, Jennifer Spitz.
Turn to page 5 to read our new In the News feature, a collected sampling of some of the remarkable achievements these lawyers have accomplished in the last year. Did we miss something big? Let us know! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may include you in the online edition. Plus, don’t forget to add us to your firm mailing list also so we can keep track of what’s happening in real time. On the move? Simply scan the QR code on page 3 with your smartphone and take Colorado’s Best Lawyers with you, wherever you go: each lawyer with a profile on BestLawyers.com is hyperlinked and highlighted in blue within this publication, truly putting the power to make an informed decision at your fingertips. Because it’s inevitable—at some point in your life, you’re going to need a lawyer, and you won’t always be able to predict when that need will arise. The lawyers listed in this guide are here to help.
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Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck: ► Norman Brownstein (government relations practice, 2013) and Steven W. Farber (corporate law, 2013) were honored as distinguished alumni by the University of Colorado Law School.
Joseph Saint-Veltri, Attorney At Law: ► Joseph Saint-Veltri (criminal defense:
general practice, 1983) is defending fellow attorney David Furtado in federal court against charges of money laundering and attempting to make bank deposits of money obtained through illegal means. Saint-Veltri and his client argue that the money came only from Furtado’s involvement in a legal medical marijuana business and that he has not violated state law, adding, interestingly, that a budget amendment passed by the U.S. Congress in 2014 prevents the DOJ from allocating funds to prosecute cases like Furtado’s in states that have decriminalized or legalized marijuana.
Davis Graham & Stubbs: Jason M. Lynch ► (securities / capital markets law, 2014) and Robert C. Mathes (energy law, 2014) joined the firm from Reilly Pozner and Bjork Lindley Little, respectively.
Eytan Nielsen: Iris Eytan (criminal ► defense: general practice, 2011) and Jason
M. Lynch of Davis Graham & Stubbs are part of a team of attorneys working pro bono with the legal watchdog group Disability Law Colorado in bringing a suit in federal court against the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), alleging that the CDHS blocked numerous mentally ill inmates from receiving timely mental health care IRIS EYTAN by enacting a policy of admitting only one person to the state mental health hospital per day. Under a 2012 agreement reached with Disability Law Colorado in federal court, the CDHS is responsible for ensuring that mentally ill inmates awaiting trial are screened in the state hospital within 28 days JASON LYNCH of their imprisonment; an audit by Disability Law Colorado revealed that only three of 103 cases last July had been attended to within 28 days and that some inmates had been awaiting mental health screening and treatment for as much as six months.
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell: Lori Potter ► (environmental law, 1995) is representing
Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher: ► Gary Lozow (criminal defense: general
practice; criminal defense: white-collar, 1995) represented former Denver city supervisor Larry Stevenson in a corruption case, helping him reach a plea agreement with city prosecutors. Stevenson accepted money from a taxi service while working for the city agency dedicated to regulating taxis. He also promised a parking contract at the Denver airport to an FBI informant in exchange for $5,500. The district attorney’s office agreed to drop two felony bribery charges, and Stevenson pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charges.
Greenberg Traurig: Brian L. Duffy ► (commercial litigation; labor and
employment law, 2010) has been promoted to chief executive officer of the 1,800-lawyer firm. Duffy previously served as chair of the firm-wide litigation department, and splits his time between the firm’s New York and Denver offices.
the artist Christo in suits over the proposed construction of his temporary art installation, “Over the River.” Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude are famous for wrapping the German Reichstag in fabric in the 1970s and for their installation “The Gates” in New York’s Central Park in 2005. The “Over the River” installation, proposed in 2008, would consist of sheets of shiny silver fabric suspended over approximately six miles of the Arkansas River west of Colorado Springs. The project has been on hold since 2011 due to lawsuits brought by the group Rags Over the Arkansas River (ROAR), which has argued that “Over the River” would have an adverse impact on the river’s native bighorn sheep, challenging the federal Bureau of Land Management’s assessment and approval of the project. Keating Wagner Polidori Free: Christina Habas (employment law – individuals, medical malpractice law – plainttifs, personal injury litigation – plaintiffs, product liability litigation – plaintiffs, 2015) is representing victims of the Aurora movie theater massacre in a case against theater chain Cinemark, arguing that the company could have and should have provided more security to patrons at the theater where 12 were murdered and 70 were injured by gunman James Holmes in 2012. Holmes was convicted in criminal court of 24 counts of first-degree murder in July 2015 and was sentenced to life in prison. The civil trial against the theater chain is set to begin in May. Killmer, Lane & Newman: Darold W. Killmer (civil rights law; employment law – individuals; litigation – labor and employment, 1995) is part of a team representing two environmental activists from Boulder in a suit against Peabody Energy. The activists claim that their civil rights were violated when they were arrested at the company’s behest for attempting to protest a meeting of Peabody’s shareholders in Wyoming. The lawsuit filed by the pair’s attorneys includes DAROLD KILLMER lyrics from John Prine’s 1971 protest song “Paradise” about a boy who can’t get back to “where paradise lay” because “Mister Peabody’s coal train
has hauled it away”—an explicit reference to Peabody’s coal mining practices. An early motion by the energy company’s defense seeking to strike the lyrics from the suit was tossed out by a federal judge in Cheyenne, who suggested that the lyrics were too old and possibly too familiar to unfairly prejudice a jury. Mari Newman (employment law – MARI NEWMAN individuals, 2011) and co-counsel Darold W. Killmer are representing the family of Michael Marshall, a mentally ill homeless man who died after a fracas in jail in Denver only a few days after he was arrested for trespassing and creating a disturbance at a local motel. Six sheriff’s deputies at the jail have been reassigned to duties not involving contact with inmates until the police have finished their investigation. Newman has publicly called for an independent investigation and for the release of surveillance footage of the incident, arguing that the City’s investigation into Marshall’s death lacks transparency. (For more on this story, please visit BestLawyers.com/Colorado.) Leventhal & Puga: Hollynd Hoskins (personal injury litigation – plaintiffs, 2013) is representing the family of a 22-year-old man who died in an in-patient mental health and substance abuse rehab in Littleton. The family has brought a suit against the facility, alleging that the young man was not properly monitored and that he received higher doses of the powerful synthetic painkiller fentanyl than were ordered by his doctor. Rathod Mohamedbhai: Qusair Mohamedbhai (employment law – individuals, 2016) helped win $3.9 million in a Denver court for a woman who was sexually assaulted by her former romantic partner and employer, an affluent Colorado business owner. IN MEMORIAM: Gary Francis Pirosko
The Law Offices of Gary Pirosko: Gary Francis Pirosko (DUI/DWI defense, 2015) passed away on August 4, 2015, at the age of 57. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Gary moved to Colorado as a young man, attended Colorado State University, and worked as a police officer and a deputy sheriff for eight years before deciding to become a lawyer. After receiving his juris doctor from the University of Denver College of Law, Gary served first as a deputy in the Adams County District Attorney’s office and subsequently went on to start his own practice and lead a successful career as a criminal defense attorney specializing in DUI cases. Gary is survived by his numerous nieces and nephews and by his four siblings: Bruce Pirosko, Joan Sprinkle, Dennis Ross, and Connie Proulx. Compiled by Nathaniel Barr NOTE Lawyers listed in Best Lawyers are indicated by their selected practice area(s) in parentheses along with the first year they were included in the Best Lawyers list. To be included in next year’s feature, please email us your news at: email@example.com.
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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE JOSIAH HATCH AND COMPLIANCE LAW Josiah O. Hatch III KUTAK ROCK ANTHONY VAN WESTRUM Lee F. Sachnoff Anthony van Westrum (G) LEWIS, BESS, WILLIAMS & WEESE BURNS, FIGA & WILL Robert C. Montgomery Herrick K. Lidstone, Jr. (G) LONG + PAGE DAVIS GRAHAM & STUBBS Michael A. Sabian Ronald R. Levine II (G), John L. McCabe (G), Lester R. Woodward MOYE WHITE CONSTRUCTION LAW (G) John E. Moye, Edward D. White GIBSON DUNN BAKER & HOSTETLER OTTEN JOHNSON ROBINSON NEFF Beau Stark (G) Laurin D. Quiat* + RAGONETTI William R. Neff HOLLAND & HART BENJAMIN, BAIN, HOWARD & Robert R. Keatinge (G), J. COHEN POLSINELLI Triplett Mackintosh (C) Alvin M. Cohen Darren R. Hensley BERG HILL GREENLEAF & RUSCITTI MOYE WHITE ROBINSON WATERS & O’DORISIO John E. Moye (C, G) Richard F. Greenleaf Peter T. Moore PERKINS COIE BROWNSTEIN HYATT FARBER RYLEY CARLOCK & APPLEWHITE Jason Day (G) SCHRECK Jonathan H. Steeler Hubert A. Farbes, Jr.* SHERMAN & HOWARD SHERMAN & HOWARD Garth B. Jensen (G), James F. Stephen M. Brett, Karen L. BURG SIMPSON ELDREDGE Wood (G) Chapman, Peggy Knight, John HERSH & JARDINE W. Low, Steven D. Miller, James Denver CORPORATE LAW F. Wood Mari K. Perczak, Ronald M. Sandgrund*, Curt T. Sullan*, ANTHONY VAN WESTRUM SPARKMAN + FOOTE Scott F. Sullan* Anthony van Westrum Allen Sparkman 888.895.2080 | page 21 BAKER & HOSTETLER CRIMINAL DEFENSE: Alfred C. Chidester COAN, PAYTON & PAYNE GENERAL PRACTICE John W. Madden III BALLARD SPAHR CASTLE & CASTLE John L. Ruppert DAVIS GRAHAM & STUBBS Lisabeth Pérez Castle Thomas C. Bell, William A. BARTLIT BECK HERMAN Bianco*, Barbara J. Mueller CIANCIO CIANCIO BROWN PALENCHAR & SCOTT Gene A. Ciancio James L. Palenchar, Thomas R. GENE COMMANDER Stephens Eugene R. Commander** CRAIG L. TRUMAN Craig L. Truman BROWNSTEIN HYATT FARBER HOLLAND & HART SCHRECK Robert E. Benson, James B. Steven W. Farber Borgel, J. Kevin Bridston**, DANIEL J. SEARS Timothy W. Gordon BRYAN CAVE Daniel J. Sears Mark W. Weakley HUTCHINSON BLACK AND COOK 303.292.0110 C. Brad Peterson BURNS, FIGA & WILL Herrick K. Lidstone, Jr. MOYE WHITE DAVID L. MILLER J. David Arkell** Denver COAN, PAYTON & PAYNE David L. Miller G. Brent Coan MURPHY & DECKER 303.355.6600 | page 15 Michael J. Decker* COOLEY DENNIS W. HARTLEY James C.T. Linfield, Michael L. NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Dennis W. Hartley Platt, Francis R. Wheeler Jeff Dykes III* EYTAN NIELSEN DAVIS GRAHAM & STUBBS SENN VISCIANO CANGES Iris Eytan Ronald R. Levine II, John L. Mark Gruskin McCabe, Patricia Peterson, Bruce FORREST W. LEWIS SENTER GOLDFARB & RICE D. Stocks, Andrew Sultan, S. Lee Forrest W. Lewis John D. Hayes Terry, Jr., Lester R. Woodward FOSTER GRAHAM MILSTEIN & SHERMAN & HOWARD DORSEY & WHITNEY CALISHER Michael J. Cook*, Bret R. Whitney A. Holmes, Paul G. Gary Lozow Gunnell*, Stephen A. Hess**, Thompson Milton Smith*, Charlotte HADDON, MORGAN, AND FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS Wiessner** WELBORN SULLIVAN MECK & FOREMAN J. William Callison, James D. TOOLEY Harold A. Haddon, David S. SILVER & DEBOSKEY Leonard, Blair L. Lockwood, Denver Kaplan, Pamela Robillard Robert R. Marsh Douglas R. Wright Brian S. Tooley Mackey, Norman R. Mueller, SNELL & WILMER 303.830.2500 | page 14 Jeffrey S. Pagliuca HOGAN LOVELLS US Daniel Frost**, Michael E. Paul Hilton, David L. London JOSEPH SAINT-VELTRI, ATTORNEY WELLS, ANDERSON & RACE Lindsay AT LAW HOLLAND & HART Mary A. Wells THE CONSTRUCTION LAW GROUP Betty Carter Arkell, Christopher Joseph Saint-Veltri WHEELER TRIGG O’DONNELL AT LEE & ASSOCIATES J. Balch, Chris Groll, Robert R. JURDEM Scott S. Barker, Mark T. Byrum C. Lee, Jr.** Keatinge, Susan L. Oakes, Mary Scott Jurdem Clouatre, Carolyn J. Fairless, WAAS CAMPBELL RIVERA JOHNSON Ellen Scanlan, Lucy Stark Hugh Q. Gottschalk, Habib KILLMER, LANE, AND NEWMAN & VELASQUEZ HUSCH BLACKWELL Nasrullah, N. Reid Neureiter, David A. Lane Darrell G. Waas* Steve Levine Michael L. O’Donnell, Terence M. Ridley, Edward C. Stewart, LEVIN ROSENBERG WELBORN SULLIVAN MECK & HUTCHINSON BLACK AND COOK John R. Trigg, John M. Vaught, Barrett Weisz TOOLEY James L. Carpenter, Jr. Michael T. Williams, Lawrence Denver MCCORMICK & KENNEDY M. Zavadil IRELAND STAPLETON PRYOR & Edward J. Blieszner** Paul McCormick PASCOE 303.830.2500 | page 14 John G. Lewis, Michael R. O’BRIEN, THOMAS & BIBIK COMMUNICATIONS LAW Miller, William E. Tanis Maureen J. O’Brien WOODS & AITKEN FAIRFIELD AND WOODS Kerry L. Kester** JONES & KELLER PATRICK J. BURKE Craig D. Joyce Samuel E. Wing Patrick J. Burke
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RANDY C. CANNEY Denver Randy C. Canney 303.388.5014 | page 18 REILLY POZNER Larry Pozner RIDLEY, MCGREEVY & WINOCUR Kevin McGreevy, Patrick Ridley, Fredric Winocur SCOTT H. ROBINSON Denver Scott H. Robinson 303.573.3882 | page 14 SHERMAN & HOWARD Richard L. Tegtmeier THE LAW FIRM OF SPRINGER & STEINBERG Michael P. Zwiebel CRIMINAL DEFENSE: WHITE-COLLAR CRAIG L. TRUMAN Craig L. Truman DANIEL J. SEARS Daniel J. Sears DAVIS GRAHAM & STUBBS Dale R. Harris, Andrew M. Low EYTAN NIELSEN Dru Nielsen FORREST W. LEWIS Forrest W. Lewis FOSTER GRAHAM MILSTEIN & CALISHER Gary Lozow GIBSON DUNN Robert C. Blume HADDON, MORGAN, AND FOREMAN Harold A. Haddon, Pamela Robillard Mackey, Laura A. Menninger, Norman R. Mueller, Jeffrey S. Pagliuca HILL & ROBBINS Robert F. Hill HOLLAND & HART Gregory E. Goldberg JONES & KELLER David A. Zisser KILLMER, LANE, AND NEWMAN David A. Lane LEWIS ROCA ROTHGERBER James M. Lyons MCCORMICK & KENNEDY Paul McCormick PATRICK J. BURKE Patrick J. Burke PERKINS COIE Michael L. Bender, Robert N. Miller RECHT KORNFELD Richard K. Kornfeld, Daniel N. Recht REILLY POZNER Sean Connelly, Larry Pozner RICHARD S. VERMEIRE Richard S. Vermeire RICHILANO SHEA John M. Richilano, Kevin M. Shea RIDLEY, MCGREEVY & WINOCUR Patrick Ridley, Fredric Winocur SHERMAN & HOWARD Richard L. Tegtmeier
in Colorado based on their particularly high levels of peer recognition. ADMINISTRATIVE / REGULATORY LAW Mark G. Grueskin
CRIMINAL DEFENSE: GENERAL PRACTICE Patrick Ridley
APPELLATE PRACTICE Dean S. Neuwirth
CRIMINAL DEFENSE: WHITE-COLLAR Daniel N. Recht
ARBITRATION Bennett S. Aisenberg BANKING AND FINANCE LAW I. Thomas Bieging BANKRUPTCY AND CREDITOR DEBTOR RIGHTS / INSOLVENCY AND REORGANIZATION LAW Christopher L. Richardson BET-THE-COMPANY LITIGATION Hugh Q. Gottschalk CIVIL RIGHTS LAW Darold W. Killmer COMMUNICATIONS LAW Rebecca B. DeCook CONSTRUCTION LAW Eugene R. Commander COPYRIGHT LAW Jim Brogan J. Gregory Whitehair CORPORATE GOVERNANCE LAW Herrick K. Lidstone, Jr. CORPORATE LAW James L. Carpenter, Jr. James L. Palenchar
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EMINENT DOMAIN AND CONDEMNATION LAW Kenneth K. Skogg EMPLOYEE BENEFITS (ERISA) LAW Stephen P. Rickles EMPLOYMENT LAW INDIVIDUALS Ellen M. Kelman EMPLOYMENT LAW MANAGEMENT David D. Powell, Jr. ENERGY LAW Robert G. Lewis ENVIRONMENTAL LAW Denise W. Kennedy FAMILY LAW Lesleigh Wiggs Monahan FAMILY LAW MEDIATION Elizabeth Henson FINANCIAL SERVICES REGULATION LAW I. Thomas Bieging FIRST AMENDMENT LAW Steven D. Zansberg FRANCHISE LAW Harold R. Bruno III
GAMING LAW Jon Stonbraker GOVERNMENT RELATIONS PRACTICE Norman Brownstein HEALTH CARE LAW Jim Miles IMMIGRATION LAW John T. Combs INSURANCE LAW Robert M. Baldwin LABOR LAW MANAGEMENT W. V. Bernie Siebert LAND USE AND ZONING LAW Lawrence R. Kueter LEGAL MALPRACTICE LAW - DEFENDANTS John M. Palmeri LEGAL MALPRACTICE LAW - PLAINTIFFS David P. Hersh
LITIGATION CONSTRUCTION Hubert A. Farbes, Jr. LITIGATION ENVIRONMENTAL Howard Kenison LITIGATION - FIRST AMENDMENT David A. Lane LITIGATION INSURANCE Bradley A. Levin LITIGATION INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Scott S. Havlick Lee R. Osman LITIGATION - LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT Jeffrey T. Johnson LITIGATION MUNICIPAL Kenneth S. Fellman LITIGATION - PATENT Robert G. Crouch James E. Hartley
LEVERAGED BUYOUTS AND PRIVATE EQUITY LAW Nathaniel G. Ford
LITIGATION REAL ESTATE Diane B. Davies
LITIGATION ANTITRUST Lawrence W. Treece
LITIGATION SECURITIES Randall J. Fons
LITIGATION - BANKING AND FINANCE Gregory B. Kanan
LITIGATION - TRUSTS AND ESTATES Stephen M. Brainerd
LITIGATION BANKRUPTCY John F. Young
LITIGATION AND CONTROVERSY - TAX Laurence E. Nemirow
MASS TORT LITIGATION / CLASS ACTIONS DEFENDANTS Michael T. Williams MASS TORT LITIGATION / CLASS ACTIONS - PLAINTIFFS Brian K. Matise MEDIATION Helen C. Shreves MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAW DEFENDANTS Bruce A. Montoya MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAW PLAINTIFFS John Robert Holland MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS LAW Bruce D. Stocks Francis R. Wheeler MINING LAW Randall E. Hubbard MUNICIPAL LAW Cole Finegan MUTUAL FUNDS LAW Peter H. Schwartz NATIVE AMERICAN LAW Bruce R. Greene Robert S. Thompson III NATURAL RESOURCES LAW Gregory R. Danielson William A. Hillhouse II
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NON-PROFIT / CHARITIES LAW Karen Leaffer
SECURITIES / CAPITAL MARKETS LAW Douglas R. Wright
OIL AND GAS LAW Janet N. Harris
SECURITIES REGULATION Daniel F. Shea
PATENT LAW Kent A. Fischmann John R. Ley PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION DEFENDANTS Stuart Pack PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION PLAINTIFFS Peter S. Dusbabek Stephen W. Wahlberg PRODUCT LIABILITY LITIGATION DEFENDANTS Mary A. Wells PRODUCT LIABILITY LITIGATION PLAINTIFFS Michael S. Burg PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE LAW DEFENDANTS Kevin J. Kuhn PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE LAW PLAINTIFFS Scott J. Eldredge PUBLIC FINANCE LAW Robert D. Irvin REAL ESTATE LAW Robert H. Bach Bruce D. Dierking
TAX LAW Neil I. Pomerantz Paul E. Smith TECHNOLOGY LAW Mark W. Williams TRADEMARK LAW Andrea Anderson David N. Schachter
TRUSTS AND ESTATES David E. Crandall Jennifer M. Spitz VENTURE CAPITAL LAW Ronald R. Levine II WATER LAW David C. Hallford William A. Paddock WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW CLAIMANTS Stacy J. Tarler WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW EMPLOYERS William M. Sterck
TRUSTS AND ESTATES BOULDER, CO ne might not automatically assume it, but Jennifer Spitz, a name partner in Stover & Spitz, has a wry sense of humor and delivers self-deprecating one-offs with endearing ease. Spitz has practiced trusts and estates law in Longmont, Colorado, since 1998, and she’s heavily involved in the Colorado Bar Association’s trusts and estates section. “It helps to be really detail oriented,” Spitz says of her professional success. “I spend a lot of time with minutiae.” Spitz’s work tends to focus on helping individual clients figure out how to plan for leaving their assets behind and choose whom they would like to make decisions on their behalf when they are unable to do so themselves. Much as it helps to be a specialist in this area, Spitz says, it is crucial as well to be a people person who is good at understanding the needs of clients and translating them into legal terms. “Sometimes clients don’t know much about the law, and they just describe what they want to happen. We have to
make that work in a legal framework and describe the law and describe issues to them in a way that’s understandable and not overly lawyerly,” says Spitz, adding: “It’s hard because estate planning doesn’t necessarily get wrapped up in the shortterm. After someone puts a will in place, they might be around for a long time, so it would really help to have a crystal ball. But if you don’t have a crystal ball, it is easier if you at least have some certainty with the law.” Through her involvement with the Colorado State Bar, Spitz gets the next best thing to certainty. By close association with state lawmakers, Spitz and her colleagues in the trusts and estates section often preview and suggest changes to the state trusts and estates laws that they work with daily. “If we’re not coming up with the idea, we’re at least looking at it,” Spitz says. “It is really helpful to be involved and see these projects coming down the road before they become law. And there constantly seem to be projects.”
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THE LAW FIRM OF SPRINGER & STEINBERG Jeffrey A. Springer, Harvey A. Steinberg, Michael P. Zwiebel THE WARD LAW FIRM Thomas R. Ward DUI/DWI DEFENSE SCOTT H. ROBINSON Denver Scott H. Robinson 303.573.3882 | page 14 EDUCATION LAW CAPLAN AND EARNEST Richard E. Bump, Stuart Stuller ELDER LAW KIRCH AND ROUNDS David W. Kirch SUSAN R. HARRIS & ASSOCIATES Susan R. Harris EMINENT DOMAIN AND CONDEMNATION LAW ALDERMAN BERNSTEIN Jody Harper Alderman BUTCHER & WIDLUND Douglas S. Widlund FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS Jack Sperber
BUESCHER, KELMAN, PERERA & TURNER Ellen M. Kelman* DAVIS GRAHAM & STUBBS Cindy S. Birley, Rachel R. James, William N. Krems, Jonathan A. Marks GREENBERG TRAURIG Renée W. O’Rourke HOLLAND & HART Michael S. Beaver*, Brenda R. Berg, Rebecca L. Hudson POLSINELLI Stacy A. Carpenter* ROBINSON, DISS AND CLOWDUS Fred J. Diss SHAW LAW FIRM Ralph W. Shaw SHERMAN & HOWARD Bruce R. Muir, Kathleen A. Odle, R. Michael Sanchez, Kirsten Stewart EMPLOYEE BENEFITS (ERISA) LAW THE FRICKEY LAW FIRM Janet L. Frickey BERENBAUM WEINSHIENK Stephen P. Rickles ENERGY LAW BROWNSTEIN HYATT FARBER BAKER & HOSTETLER SCHRECK L. Poe Leggette Nancy A. Strelau BEATTY & WOZNIAK BRYAN CAVE Michael L. Beatty, Michael J. Christine M. Daly, Carolyn E. Wozniak Daniels, Sheldon H. Smith BJORK LINDLEY LITTLE Laura Lindley HAMRE, RODRIGUEZ, OSTRANDER & DINGESS Donald M. Ostrander LEWIS ROCA ROTHGERBER Thomas J. Dougherty II LOWE, FELL & SKOGG Kenneth K. Skogg MURRAY DAHL KUECHENMEISTER & RENAUD Malcolm M. Murray OPPERMAN & SCHELL William M. Schell THE LAW OFFICE OF ROBERT R. DUNCAN Robert R. Duncan W.B. SCHROEDER LAW OFFICE W.B. Schroeder WAAS CAMPBELL RIVERA JOHNSON & VELASQUEZ Mikaela V. Rivera, Darrell G. Waas
BRYAN CAVE Phillip R. Clark, Lynn P. Hendrix, Steven B. Richardson CARVER SCHWARZ MCNAB KAMPER & FORBES Craig R. Carver DAVIS GRAHAM & STUBBS Gregory R. Danielson, Randall E. Hubbard, Robert C. Mathes, Judith M. Matlock, David Neslin DUGAN & ASSOCIATES Thomas P. Dugan HAYNES AND BOONE John D. Fognani HOGAN LOVELLS US Scot W. Anderson HOLLAND & HART Robert M. Pomeroy, Jr., Anthony J. Shaheen, John F. Shepherd JACKSON KELLY Laura E. Beverage LEWIS, BESS, WILLIAMS & WEESE Robert G. Lewis POULSON, ODELL & PETERSON Randall M. Case WELBORN SULLIVAN MECK & TOOLEY Denver Rebecca W. Watson 303.830.2500 | page 14 WILKINSON BARKER KNAUER James D. Albright
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After serving as a Denver Deputy District Attorney and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Federal District of Colorado, Dan entered private practice. His area of focus has been representing health care providers and entities. This has involved malpractice defense, regulatory compliance, state board defense, employment law, practice sales, doctor contracts, and risk management/critical incident response. After serving as general counsel for a national surgical group, he returned to private practice. He was elected by his colleagues to the American Board of Trial Advocates, The Board of the Faculty of Federal Advocates, and, previously, as president of the Defense Lawyers Association. He is honored to be in that group of outstanding lawyers practicing in Colorado.
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Steven Anderson Mr. Anderson, and his law firm, Anderson & Jahde, P.C., specialize in civil and criminal tax litigation, accountant malpractice, and business litigation. Named among Colorado’s Top Lawyers by the Denver magazine 5280. For over 28 years, Mr. Anderson has helped taxpayers find personalized solutions to serious civil and criminal tax problems. He and his firm have handled some of the highest profile tax cases out of Colorado, to include important wins in the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal and State Courts, and the United States Tax Court. ¥ Adjunct professor, University of Denver, College of Law, Graduate Tax Program. ¥ Often consulted as an expert. ¥ Contributing author: Effectively Representing Your Client before the New IRS, a three-volume text published by the American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, 2002. ¥ Guest panelist, “Tax Talk Today,” an IRS-sponsored internet telecast, with the IRS’ Chief of Appeals and the Director of Tax Policy and Procedure. ¥ Sought-after speaker, with presentations to the Internal Revenue Service, the Denver Tax Institute, local and national accounting firms, the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, Enrolled Agents Society, Colorado Society of CPAs, Tax Section of the Colorado Bar Association, Denver Tax Association, and CPE 4 U.
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Two of Colorado’s top plaintiffs’ attorneys make it official.
BY JOHANNA MARMON olorado plaintiffs’ attorneys Jim Chalat and John Purvis have known and worked with each other for more than three decades, so it was something of a nobrainer when the pair finally decided to announce an ofcounsel arrangement between their respective firms, Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker and Purvis Gray & Thomson. For one, it’s a win-win for clients, who are able to reap the strategic benefits and rewards of having two of Colorado’s top attorneys and their firms work side-by-side on their cases. But it also made perfect sense to Chalat and Purvis, whose decision was practically the embodiment of that old saying about the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. From a purely practical standpoint, Chalat says, the partnership means lower client costs (cases are always taken on a contingent-fee basis). “It introduces economies of scale into the equation,” he notes. But that’s certainly not the only benefit. “What really matters to our clients and to the competitive atmosphere of the profession and the courtroom are the intellectual resources, stamina, and drive to win that your lawyer can bring to the table, and this arrangement helps us bring those resources to bear on our cases,” says Chalat, who has been repeatedly named to the Best Lawyers list and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Chalat is known
as a force to be reckoned with in catastrophic personal injury cases in Colorado and throughout the Western U.S. “That’s really the power of this relationship,” he says. Individually, the attorneys’ results are impressive, but their collective track record is virtually unmatched in Colorado. Chalat and Purvis, along with Purvis’s longtime partner Bill Gray, have a long history of litigating injury and accident cases related to the recreational skiing industry in Colorado. They began their working relationship in the 1970s and 1980s, when they worked together on a case involving a gondola accident at Vail. The rest is history—and history includes multimilliondollar verdicts and settlements when up against some of the biggest and best. “The practice has definitely evolved and changed over the years,” says Purvis, a member of several prestigious invitation-only legal societies and associations, who has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 1989. “And that really goes hand-in-hand with many of the changes that the plaintiffs’ bar has forced on the industry through our persistent work to cause industries to do and make things safer.” But the firms’ practices are certainly not limited to ski accidents, and indeed, their capabilities run the gamut of plaintiffs’ personal injury cases. Purvis and Chalat point out that their firms handle a
JIM CHALAT AND JOHN PURVIS
My greatest professional satisfaction occurs when I help clients improve their condition and secure their future.
- Jim Chalat
significant amount of brain injury cases resulting from a variety of pedestrian, auto, bicycle and motorcycle, trucking, and public transportation accidents. They also litigate defective products and pharmaceutical cases, as well as premises liability, insurance, and professional malpractice cases. Both firms receive a significant amount of attorney referrals—another nod to their extensive capabilities. For Chalat, however, regardless of the case or area of the law, there’s a
common thread that ties the two of them together: taking a stand against corporate interests that are much bigger than the individuals who have suffered—and doing everything in their power to make the client whole again. “I like helping people who need help to alleviate their suffering and secure their future.” It’s a sentiment that Purvis echoes. “On our side, there’s a lot at stake,” he says. “[The defense] are talking about ledger sheet issues and we’re talking about people’s lives and their ability to survive in the aftermath of terrible circumstances. We look at ourselves as care providers of a different kind.” And both Purvis and Chalat—as individuals and as a combined force—wouldn’t have it any other way. www.bestlawyers.com
Scott H. Robinson CRIMINAL DEFENSE: GENERAL PRACTICE DUI/DWI DEFENSE PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION
inning trials and appeals for over 35 years is what sets Scott Robinson apart from the crowd. Recognized for decades as one of Colorado’s foremost attorneys, Scott Robinson provides top-notch legal representation, receiving the highest MartindaleHubbell rating (AV Preeminent), selection as a Colorado Super Lawyer , and recognition as a member of The Best Lawyers in America list. He has won cases throughout Colorado, including such high-profile trials as the United Bank and Kathy Denson murder cases and the Jeffrey Truax shooting lawsuit. Scott is the legal analyst for 9News and KOA, has been the legal columnist for Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post , and has provided commentary for NBC and many other media outlets. Although Scott has successfully handled some of the highest profile civil and criminal cases in Colorado, it is his work for clients not in the public eye of which he is most proud—he seeks to obtain the best outcome for every client, civil or criminal, whether through trial, favorable plea agreement, or settlement, obtaining acquittals and huge personal injury and wrongful death settlements and verdicts.
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Congratulations to our eight attorneys included in The Best Lawyers in America. In addition to these honors, our firm also received Metro Tier 1 Ranking for Natural Resources Law in Colorado and Metro Tier 1 Ranking for Corporate Law in Wyoming by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2016. NATURAL RESOURCES • LITIGATION • BUSINESS & TRANSACTIONS www.wsmtlaw.com Office Locations: Denver 1125 17th Street, Suite 2200 T: 303.830.2500 F: 303.832.2366 14
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MASS TORT LITIGATION HOLLAND, HOLLAND EDWARDS & / CLASS ACTIONS GROSSMAN John Robert Holland (P) BURG SIMPSON ELDREDGE HUTCHINSON BLACK AND COOK HERSH & JARDINE Kimberly M. Hult (P), Baine P. Denver Kerr (P) Michael S. Burg (P), Peter W. Burg (P), Kerry N. Jardine (P), KEATING WAGNER POLIDORI FREE Seth A. Katz (P), Brian K. Matise Christina Habas (P), Michael (P), Scott F. Sullan (P), David K. O’Brien Keating (P), Deirdre TeSelle (P) Ostrowski (P) 888.895.2080 | page 21 LEVENTHAL & PUGA DAVIS GRAHAM & STUBBS Denver Kenzo S. Kawanabe (D), Brett C. Jim Leventhal (P), Jim Puga (P) Painter (D) 303.759.9945 | page 2 FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS MARTIN CONKLIN Russell O. Stewart (D) John L. Conklin (D) HILL & ROBBINS MCCONNELL FLEISCHNER Robert F. Hill (P) HOUGHTALING Michael T. McConnell (D) HOGAN LOVELLS US Daniel J. Dunn (P) MCDERMOTT & MCDERMOTT Gerald P. McDermott (D, P) HOLLAND & HART Dennis W. Brown (D) MESSNER REEVES Bruce A. Montoya (D), Douglas C. LAW OFFICES OF STUART A. Wolanske (D) KRITZER Stuart A. Kritzer (D) METIER LAW FIRM T. Thomas Metier (P) MACON COWLES S. Macon Cowles III (P) PARKER LIPMAN Dan Lipman (P), Lorraine E. NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Parker (P) Jeff Dykes III (P) PRYOR JOHNSON CARNEY KARR PURVIS GRAY THOMSON NIXON John A. Purvis (P) Peter W. Pryor (D) RESTAINO SILER RETHERFORD MULLEN & MOORE John M. Restaino, Jr. (P) Lori M. Moore (D) TUCKER ELLIS ROBINSON WATERS & O’DORISIO Charles Q. Socha (D) Brian G. McConaty (D) WELLS, ANDERSON & RACE STINNETT & MASTERS David Gregory Mayhan (D) Mark A. Stinnett (D) WHEELER TRIGG O’DONNELL THOMAS KEEL & LAIRD Scott S. Barker (D), John M. Fitzpatrick (D), Habib Nasrullah Jennifer Keel (P), Isobel S. Thomas (P) (D), Michael T. Williams (D) WHEELER TRIGG O’DONNELL MEDIA LAW John M. Fitzpatrick (D), Kevin J. Kuhn (D) LEVINE SULLIVAN KOCH & SCHULZ MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS LAW Thomas B. Kelley, Steven D. Zansberg BALLARD SPAHR Roger P. Thomasch* MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAW BARTLIT BECK HERMAN PALENCHAR & SCOTT BURG SIMPSON ELDREDGE James L. Palenchar, Thomas R. HERSH & JARDINE Stephens Denver Scott J. Eldredge (P) BROWNSTEIN HYATT FARBER 888.895.2080 | page 21 SCHRECK John V. McDermott* CHILDS MCCUNE Steven A. Michalek (D), BRYAN CAVE Christopher K. Miller (D) Charles D. Maguire, Jr. COOPER & CLOUGH COOLEY Kay J. Rice (D) James C.T. Linfield, Francis R. DICKINSON, PRUD’HOMME ADAMS Wheeler Gilbert A. Dickinson (D) DAVIS GRAHAM & STUBBS Ronald R. Levine II, John L. FENNEMORE CRAIG McCabe, Patricia Peterson, Christine A. Craigmile (D), Barbara H. Glogiewicz (D), Troy R. Christopher L. Richardson, Bruce D. Stocks Rackham (D) FRANKLIN D. AZAR & ASSOCIATES FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS James H. Carroll, Blair L. Natalie A. Brown (P) Lockwood, Douglas R. Wright GORDON REES SCULLY GIBSON DUNN MANSUKHANI Beau Stark John M. Palmeri (D) HOGAN LOVELLS US HILLYARD, WAHLBERG, KUDLA, Paul Hilton SLOANE & WOODRUFF Neil A. Hillyard (P), David S. HOLLAND & HART Woodruff (P) Betty Carter Arkell HUTCHINSON BLACK AND COOK James L. Carpenter, Jr.
David Miller is one of Denver’s preeminent criminal defense attorneys and has extensive experience working on both sides of the criminal justice system. David worked as a Denver district attorney for the first five years of his legal career and has spent the last 25 years as a defense attorney in private practice. He has tried numerous jury trials and has practiced in most of the jurisdictions throughout the state of Colorado. David has received the MartindaleHubbell Law Directory’s highest rating (AV Preeminent) and is a member of the Hate Crimes Task Force, the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. He is also a member of the Federal Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel. His trials have received local and national attention in both print and broadcast media, including Court TV.
1404 Larimer Street #203 | Denver, CO 80202 phone 303.355.6600 | fax 303.355.6885
Kathryn E. Miller ARBITRATION / MEDIATION
Katy Miller began her legal career with Holland & Hart in 1980 and joined the law firm of Miller & Steiert in 1985. Her law practice was devoted to the area of employment law, representing both employers and employees. Her strong interest in striking a balance among differing perspectives caused her to explore alternative methods to resolve employment disputes. In 1997, Katy founded the Littleton Alternative Dispute Resolution group (LADR), through which she serves as an employment/labor arbitrator, mediator, and independent fact-finder. Since January 2006, she has devoted 100% of her time to serving as a neutral, primarily in the areas of workplace disputes and elder issues. Katy is co-managing editor of The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Employment Law. She has been named in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Labor and Employment Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, and is a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She was selected to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals in 2010. She has lectured extensively to lawyers and human resource professionals on a variety of employment issues. Katy has been named by her peers as a Super Lawyer/ADR Professional since 2006, and was selected in 2014 as Barrister’s Best Mediator by Law Week Colorado.
1901 W. Littleton Blvd. | Littleton, CO 80120 phone 303.798.2533 | email Katy@LADRmediation.com
THE STEADFAST ADVOCATE As one of the country’s premier plaintiffs’ trial firms, Burg Simpson has a history of prevailing against the largest corporations and law firms in the world.
BY SEAN STONEFIELD or a firm with humble beginnings as a oneman practice, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., has experienced remarkable growth in the nearly 40 years since its inception. Today, the firm is comprised of more than 50 attorneys, with a national footprint and a track record of more than $1 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments for its clients, including more than 100 individual recoveries in excess of $1 million. But while much at the firm has changed since its early days, founder Michael Burg notes that the firm’s core values have remained consistent. “From the very beginning, my father told me to work relentlessly to be the best at my profession, and he said to ‘never chase the money.’ If you’re the best at what you do, people recognize it. So I think we owe a large part of our success to the fact that our work isn’t just about the economic benefits—we believe in our clients and their causes, and we’re committed to seeing their cases through, no matter how long or difficult the fight becomes.” This dedication was particularly evident in the firm’s advocacy against Bayer in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) over the
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company’s drospirenonecontaining birth control pills, such as Yaz and Yasmin. Bayer has settled the approximately 10,000 claims—for approximately $2 billion in awards—since spring of 2012 for women who suffered venous thrombotic events after taking these birth control pills. In addition, in March 2013 Bayer agreed to a global settlement on behalf of approximately 9,000 women who suffered gallbladder injuries after taking its products. Finally, this past August, Bayer agreed to a $56.9 million settlement for the approximately 1,200 women who had experienced arterial thrombotic events after using Bayer’s drospirenone-containing oral contraceptives. “We fought this fight since day one, using all of our resources and years of experience to ensure our injured clients had the greatest chance of a successful outcome,” says Burg, who was appointed co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs by the federal judge overseeing the litigation. In addition to Burg, shareholder Janet Abaray was selected as co-chair of the MDL Science and Expert Committee, and fellow shareholder Seth A. Katz was named chair of the MDL Discovery Committee and appointed to the Negotiating Plaintiffs’ Committee.
“These were very difficult cases, and when you’re in a leadership role, firms around the country look to you to put this litigation together. It helped that we have attorneys like Seth, who was instrumental in conducting all discovery in the litigation and who is an expert in electronic discovery, and Janet, who is one of the top experts in the country with regard to the pharmacological issues of drugs and devices,” says Burg. Over the course of the litigation, Burg Simpson oversaw the taking of all depositions and the review of more than 100 million pages of documents, globally represented more than 260 law firms, and successfully argued 17 Daubert motions. “No other firm in the country has helped more women receive fair compensation for injuries resulting from the use of Yaz, Yasmin, and other drospirenone-containing oral contraceptives,” Burg notes. “At the end of the day, we’re proud to have obtained some measure of justice for the women injured by these drugs.” Burg Simpson continues to serve as a leading advocate for women on healthrelated issues, most recently investigating legal claims against the manufacturers of power morcellators—tiny surgical instruments with rapidly rotating blades that are used in the removal of
fibroids on the uterus. In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning against these instruments, finding that for some women with undetected cancers, morcellators could end up spraying malignant cells inside the abdomen, speeding the progression of the disease. Burg Simpson is currently representing women injured by the devices in a multidistrict litigation against one of the main manufacturers of power morcellators. Shareholder Meghan Quinlivan has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in this litigation. “We are proud to be part of this fight to protect the health of so many women,” Burg says. “As trial lawyers, we have a responsibility to lead the way in guarding the rights of these individuals.” For the past decade, Burg Simpson has been at the forefront of significant multidistrict litigation, securing approximately $8 billion for injured plaintiffs through its leadership in mass torts. Burg’s appointments include serving as State-Federal Liaison for the Vioxx MDL and on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Zyprexa litigation, which achieved a settlement of nearly $700 million dollars. Michael Burg’s brother, shareholder Peter Burg, served as
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SEATED, LEFT TO RIGHT: DAVID P. HERSH, HOLLY KAMMERER, MICHAEL S. BURG, PETER W. BURG, JANET G. ABARAY, SCOTT J. ELDREDGE. BACK ROW: MARI K. PERCZAK, WILLIAM L. SIMPSON, COLIN M. SIMPSON, KERRY N. JARDINE, DAVID K. TESELLE, THOMAS W. HENDERSON, STEVEN G. GREENLEE, BRIAN K. MATISE, JAMES G. HECKBERT.
co-lead of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and Executive Committee for the Gadolinium-based contrast agents product liability MDL. Seth A. Katz has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the DePuy ASR hip implant MDL and the Executive Committee in the Testosterone Replacement Therapy MDL. He was also named co-lead counsel in the MDL against the maker of the drug Pradaxa. Beyond pharmaceutical litigation, Burg Simpson is known for handling serious personal injury, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, and commercial litigation. Moreover, with the addition of the lawyers of Sullan², Sandgrund, Perczak & Nuss,
P.C., the firm has established a preeminent construction defect litigation group. “There aren’t many firms that have the trial history and the number of leadership appointments by federal judges that we do, and that’s because of our hard work and high level of expertise,” says Burg, who in 2014 was also appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission by the governor and attorney general of Colorado and the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. Recognizing this distinction, 20 of Burg Simpson’s lawyers were included in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, with four of the firm’s lawyers being named a Denver “Lawyer of the Year:” Michael Burg for plaintiffs’
product liability litigation, David Hersh for plaintiffs’ legal malpractice law, Scott Eldredge for plaintiffs’ professional malpractice law, and Brian Matise for plaintiffs’ mass tort litigation/class action. The firm was also ranked Tier 1 nationally for plaintiffs’ mass tort litigation/class actions (and received Tier 1 regional rankings) by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” “It’s inspiring to see what trial lawyers have accomplished in the past to change the world for the better, and we’re proud to be part of that important tradition,” Burg says. “The lawyers here are at the top of their game, and, more importantly, are all dedicated to changing people’s lives for the better.”
¥ While most lawyers would be content to be recognized solely for their legal accomplishments, the attorneys at Burg Simpson strive to be acknowledged as something more—“Good Lawyers, Changing Lives.” Throughout its history, Burg Simpson has taken on meaningful causes that benefit both clients and the community, providing financial contributions, pro bono work, board service, and volunteerism to more than 80 non-profits and civic institutions. Every year Burg Simpson awards scholarships to 10 Colorado high school seniors through a competition where students must submit an essay on the importance of the civil jury system. The firm grants nine $1,000 scholarships and one grand prize of $2,500. The firm also sponsors an annual run, spearheaded by shareholder Nick Fogel, to support the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund, a nonprofit organization that offers support to individuals affected by the death of an officer in the line of duty. Burg Simpson is also a longtime supporter of Craig Hospital, a nonprofit rehabilitation facility specializing in spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. For several years, the firm has conducted the “Home Runs for Craig” and “Touchdowns for Craig” campaigns, where the firm commits funds to the hospital whenever the Colorado Rockies hit a homerun, or the Denver Broncos or Colorado Buffalos score a touchdown.
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CRIMINAL DEFENSE: GENERAL PRACTICE Randy Canney has devoted his 27-year legal career to defending the accused. He began as a Deputy Colorado State Public Defender, and since 1993 has maintained a solo practice in Denver emphasizing criminal defense. Mr. Canney handles all aspects of Colorado state court criminal matters, including trials, appeals, and post-conviction motions. He has tried over 140 jury trials and lectures and teaches frequently on criminal defense topics. In 2005, he received the Jonathan Olom Award from the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar for “remarkable personal sacrifice made without regard to personal gain in the defense of the accused.” He is also a chess master, many-time Colorado state chess champion, and has completed several Ironman triathlons.
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TODD J. McNAMARA LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW Todd J. McNamara practices exclusively in the area of employment law. With over 36 years of experience, he has secured 10 or more million-dollar recoveries on behalf of employees, including several large ERISA and ADEA victories. He is co-author of Federal Employment Jury Instructions, used nationally. Todd has been on the Colorado Super Lawyers list since 2006, has been named multiple times to either the Top 50 or Top 100 Colorado Super Lawyers list, and is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Todd is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
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With a background in securities law, Diana’s family law practice is focused on the division of complex estates, to include the valuation and division of businesses, oil, other complex rights, and executive compensation benefits, among others. Diana is well-known for her collaborative and cooperative approach, and is also a skilled mediator. She has received numerous honors, including recognition in Colorado Super Lawyers since 2006 and as one of “Denver’s Top 50 Women Lawyers” in 5280 Magazine. She is also listed among the top 100 attorneys in Colorado Super Lawyers. Diana and the attorneys at award-winning Gutterman Griffiths PC offer a range of options, from complex litigation to collaborative alternatives for divorcing parties and families in transition. When your family and a lifetime of your finances are on the line, our experience makes the difference. Trust the attorneys at Gutterman Griffiths.
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DAVID A. LAMB FAMILY LAW David A. Lamb is a founding shareholder and CTO of Sherr Puttmann Akins Lamb PC. Prior to opening Sherr Puttmann Akins Lamb PC, David practiced at a major family law firm from 2008 to 2010, and was a prosecutor at the Denver District Attorney’s Office from 2001 to 2008. He also worked previously at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell handling complex corporate and financial matters earlier in his career. David loves the practice of family law. He has focused most of his career on helping families through the legal process. “It’s an honor to help people in these very difficult times in their lives,” David says. David often encourages mediation and arbitration to settle cases fairly and favorably without trial.
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MEGAN M. SHERR FAMILY LAW Megan M. Sherr, J.D. is a founding shareholder and president/CEO of Sherr Puttmann Akins Lamb PC. Prior to opening Sherr Puttmann Akins Lamb PC, Megan was a shareholder at Gutterman Griffiths PC, 2005 to 2010, and a senior associate, 2003 to 2005. Megan also served as a deputy district attorney for the City and County of Denver, Colorado, 2000 to 2003, and was appointed by Bill Ritter to run a specialized juvenile federal grant program. Over the past twelve years, Megan has litigated, mediated, and settled all types of family law cases, including dissolution cases, paternity actions, post decree cases, contempt citations, complex financial high asset cases, high conflict matters, and dependency and neglect cases. Megan is a trained family law mediator and arbitrator. Megan has developed an excellent reputation for providing thoughtful, compassionate, and thorough representation for her clients.
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LEWIS ROCA ROTHGERBER Kristin Bronson**, Ben M. Ochoa* LEWIS, BESS, WILLIAMS & WEESE Charles W. Bess MAYNES, BRADFORD, SHIPPS & SHEFTEL Daniel M. Minzer OTTEN JOHNSON ROBINSON NEFF + RAGONETTI Victoria L. Hellmer, Thomas J. Ragonetti, John D. Sternberg, Michael Westover PACKARDDIERKING Bruce D. Dierking ROBINSON WATERS & O’DORISIO John W. O’Dorisio, Jr., Louise Betcher Staab, Paul V. Timmins RYLEY CARLOCK & APPLEWHITE David M. Powell SENN VISCIANO CANGES Lawrence J. Donovan, Jr., Barry Permut, Mark A. Senn SHERMAN & HOWARD Robert L. Brown, Rebecca Anderson Fischer, Gordon W. Netzorg*, Diana M. Wendel SILVER & DEBOSKEY Joe L. Silver** SNELL & WILMER Michael E. Lindsay*, Andrew L. Pidcock STINSON LEONARD STREET Deborah L. Bayles SWEETBAUM SANDS ANDERSON Geoffrey P. Anderson*, Jon F. Sands THE SWEETSER LAW FIRM Daniel A. Sweetser** WAAS CAMPBELL RIVERA JOHNSON & VELASQUEZ Darrell G. Waas* WOOD, RIS & HAMES Donald L. Cook SECURITIES / CAPITAL MARKETS LAW BALLARD SPAHR Dwight R. Landes (S), Roger P. Thomasch (S*) BROWNSTEIN HYATT FARBER SCHRECK Jeffrey M. Knetsch (S), John V. McDermott (R, S*), Lawrence W. Treece (S*) BRYAN CAVE Timothy R. Beyer (S) BURNS, FIGA & WILL Herrick K. Lidstone, Jr. (R, S) COOLEY James C.T. Linfield (R, S), Francis R. Wheeler (S) DAVIS & CERIANI Gary J. Ceriani (S*) DAVIS GRAHAM & STUBBS Thomas P. Johnson (S*), Ronald R. Levine II (S), Jason M. Lynch (S*), Patricia Peterson (S), Andrew Sultan (S), S. Lee Terry, Jr. (R, S), Lester R. Woodward (R) DORSEY & WHITNEY Kenneth G. Sam (S), Tucker K. Trautman (S*)
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im Chalat is the senior partner of Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2015 and 2016, the Denver premier magazine 5280 named him as one of only five “Top Denver Lawyers” in the personal injury category. Jim Chalat has been selected for the Colorado Super Lawyers list each year that members of the Colorado bar have been considered for the distinction. He has earned this recognition through his success on behalf of his clients, in and out of the courtroom. He has achieved multimillion-dollar trial verdicts for medical malpractice claims and drunk driving accidents. Mr. Chalat has published numerous professional articles, including the definitive articles on U.S. ski law and Colorado ski law. He has frequently been interviewed as a national expert on ski litigation, and he is also a popular speaker for Continuing Legal Education, speaking on ski litigation, attorney ethics and malpractice, and general trial tactics.
inda Chalat, a partner of Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker, has over 20 years of experience as a Colorado personal injury lawyer. Ms. Chalat concentrates her practice on medical malpractice cases, defective product claims, and recreational accidents. Prior to law school, Ms. Chalat worked in industry as a chemical engineer, and brings her understanding of the technical aspects of an accident to effectively advocate for her clients. Ms. Chalat also oversees the technology used by the firm to best serve our clients, including maintaining the firm’s websites, social media, and blogs, which provide current legal information for Colorado consumers and personal injury victims. She has been recognized by her peers for inclusion on the Colorado Super Lawyers list for the past six years. Ms. Chalat has been included in the Top 50 Women Colorado Super Lawyers for 2011 and 2012. She has received an Avvo rating of 10 out of 10 stars as shown on her Avvo profile.
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ohn Purvis has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 1989. He is currently included in the following areas: personal injury, product liability, professional liability, legal malpractice, and mass torts. He was named a Best Lawyers Denver “Lawyer of the Year” in mass tort litigation (2011), personal injury litigation – defendants (2013), and product liability litigation – defendants(2014). He is one of three Colorado lawyers elected to all four of these elite organizations: International Society of Barristers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American College of Trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been Colorado State Chair of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also chaired the Committee on Conduct of the United States District Court for Colorado, the Litigation Council of the Colorado Bar Association, and the Colorado Public Defender Commission. He is a graduate of Denver’s North High School, Harvard University, and the University of Colorado School of Law.
ill Gray has been elected to all four of the preeminent, peer-selected trial lawyer organizations: the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Only two other practicing Colorado lawyers have been invited to fellowship in all four of these organizations. Fellowship in each is restricted to those considered by their peers to be among the finest in their profession. Mr. Gray served as national president of the International Society of Barristers in 2008. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than 15 years, Mr. Gray was named Best Lawyers’ Denver personal injury litigation “Lawyer of the Year” for 2011. He was the first Colorado attorney to receive this award. Boulder is home, Bill Gray grew up in Boulder where he attended grade school, high school, college, and law school. Most recently, in April Mr. Gray successfully represented a client in winning the largest Boulder personal injury verdict in the last 25 years.
hris Koupal, a partner of Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker, has extensive trial experience— second chairing a medical malpractice case resulting in a $10.1 million verdict and acting as lead counsel in a premise liability trial resulting in a $100,000 award of punitive damages. Mr. Koupal’s practice concentrates on catastrophic injuries resulting from ski and snowboard accidents, automobile accidents, medical malpractice, and premises liability. Mr. Koupal also leads the firm’s class action and multidistrict litigation practice. Martindale-Hubble recognizes Mr. Koupal’s trial skills with an AV-Preeminent rating based upon a lengthy peer-review process. For the past three years, Mr. Koupal has been named in the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for Colorado by the National Trial Lawyers. He has also been selected as a “Rising Star” by Colorado Super Lawyers 20092013, and since has been recognized by his peers for inclusion on the Colorado Super Lawyers list. A Colorado native, Mr. Koupal graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Denver College of Law.
PURVIS GRAY THOMSON LLP* AND CHALAT HATTEN KOUPAL & BANKER PC** NOW OFFER AN “OF COUNSEL” RELATIONSHIP Bill Gray and John Purvis are working with Jim Chalat, Linda Chalat, and Chris Koupal. All have been listed in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
For decades both firms have taken on the big fights for people who are injured. We will now regularly take on these big fights as a team.
*Ranked Tier 1 in five practice areas in Colorado by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2016 **Ranked Tier 2 in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Professional Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs in Colorado by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2016
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