SPECIFIC AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Class Actions
- Insurance Coverage Litigation
- Oil & Gas
- Public Pension Litigation
- Qui Tam
Prevailed in the Colorado Supreme Court on behalf of Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) in a multi-billion dollar case finding that PERA could constitutionally modify the cost of living benefit for retirees. It is one of first and leading cases in the nation on a legislature’s right to modify pension benefits.
Prevailed on behalf of PERA on summary judgment in a multi-million dollar dispute regarding an employer withdrawal from PERA and its obligation to pay the unfunded liability of its employees and retirees. The parties settled the disputed shortly after the favorable ruling with the employer paying PERA $190 million.
Prevailed in a 2016 Ninth Circuit appeal for a professional sports team affirming the dismissal of claims brought by an insurer. Insurer sought contribution and a declaratory judgment as to payments for cumulative trauma suffered by professional players in California.
Prevailed at the Oklahoma Supreme Court reducing a trial court’s judgment against Cimarex Energy in a class action oil and gas royalties dispute from $120 million to $3.65 million. In a later appeal in the same case, prevailed at the Oklahoma Supreme Court with the court rejecting the plaintiff class claim for more than $50 million in prejudgment interest on the $3.65 million jury verdict.
Prevailed in the Colorado Supreme Court reversing class certification for a group of automobile dealerships in one of the leading cases on class action treatment of consumer protection claims.
In a case of first impression in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, successfully overturned summary judgment in favor of an oil company in a qui tam action filed by two federal employees under the False Claims Act. The court held that government employees, specifically auditors, have standing to assert whistleblower claims. Little, et al. v. Shell Exploration and Production Company, et al., 690 F.3d 282 (5th Cir. 2012).
Prevailed in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals for AIG subsidiary VALIC that affirmed a significant damage award for VALIC against a former broker for breaching his non-competition covenant. VALIC Financial Advisors v. Gary Latuszewski, 393 Fed. Appx. 962 (3rd Cir. 2010).
Prevailed on a motion to dismiss for DTG Operations (Dollar/Thrifty) against a parking lot company seeking to hold rental car companies responsible for the unpaid parking charges of their customers. The Colorado Court of Appeals reversed and the car rental companies prevailed at trial. Central Parking System, Inc. v. Avis Rent-A-Car System, Inc., et al., 2007 WL 689471, Colo. App., March 8, 2007 (No. 04CA2704).
Played a significant role in convincing the Colorado Supreme Court to issue a landmark decision that insurance companies are subject to the Colorado Consumer Protection Act.
- Colorado Super Lawyers® 2014 – 2017
- Ranked in Chambers USA® since 2011
- Martindale-Hubbell®, 5.0 AV Preeminent Rating
- Individual of the Year, Colorado Lawyers Committee, 1999
- Clerkship for Hon. Judge James S. Casebolt, Colorado Court of Appeals
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
- Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
- Colorado Lawyers Committee
- Member, National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
- Vice President of the Board, Karl Mecklenburg’s REACH Foundation
- Coach, Boys U10 Lacrosse
- RBF Law Case Discussed in Law 360 Article “Travelers Asks 9th Circ. to Rehear NFL Workers’ Comp Row”
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Courts:
District of Colorado
Northern District of Ohio
U.S. Courts of Appeal:
Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, and Tenth
U.S. Supreme Court
University of Colorado School of Law
Bachelor of Arts, Economics