RÉSUMÉ

Professional Summary

 

Colorado civil litigation and appellate attorney with First Amendment, property rights and economic liberty focus.   Career began with federal judicial clerkship with the Judge Richard P. Matsch; retired as partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. National coordinating counsel for mass tort cases responsible for all aspects of very large litigation proceedings, including trial, trial preparation, science and Daubert strategy, settlement negotiations, and selection, management and coordination of regional and local counsel. Professional contributions include membership on the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions, the faculty of the IADC Trial Academy, and the Faculty of Federal Advocates, as well published articles, legal texts, and presentations.  Community service includes Boy Scouts of America.

 

Education

 

University of Michigan, J.D: 1984

Colorado College, B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa: 1981  

Community and Foundation Leadership

 

Arapahoe County Open Space and Trails Advisory Board: 2016-present

District 1 Representative    

 

City of Cherry Hills Village, Denver, CO:  2006-present

Mayor Pro Tem: 2008-2015

City Council: 2006-2015

Chair, Quincy Farm Committee: 2015-present

 

Cherry Hills Land Preserve, Inc., Cherry Hills Village: 2014-present    

Delegate to the Highline Canal Working Group

 

Denver Council of Boy Scouts

Board: 2016-present

Frontier District Chairman: 2016-present

                                        

Boy Scouts of America, Troop 712, Denver, CO: 2008-present

Committee Chair: 2008-2016

Advancement Chair: 2016-present

Professional Experience

 

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Denver, CO: 1988-2014

Partner (including service as head of the Denver general litigation group, appellate practice group, legal personal committee, associate training and summer clerk writing programs): 1992

 

Associate: 1988

Represent clients in litigation matters ranging from commercial disputes to product liability and mass torts.  Representative cases involving First Amendment, property rights or economic liberty include:

~ St. John's Church in the Wilderness v. Scott, 194 P.3d 475 (Colo. App. 2008); after remand, 296 P.3d 273 (Colo. App. 2012), cert. denied,133 S.Ct. 2798 (abridgment of right to free exercise of religion)

~ City and County of Denver v. L.C. Fulenwider, et al., 88-CV-24566 (Denver) (represented landowners in condemnation proceedings taking property for the Denver International Airport)

~ Save the Scenic Santa Ritas v. United States Forest Service, 4:11-CV-00094 TUC (D. Ariz. 2011) (Issue was whether the Federal Advisory Committee Act applies to NEPA review proceeding)

Conover McClearn & Heppenstall P.C. Denver, CO: 1986-1987

United States Judge Richard P. Mastch, Denver, CO: 1984-1986

Professional Activities

 

Colorado Supreme Court

Member, Committee on Jury Instructions: 2010-Present

International Association of Defense Counsel

Trial Academy Faculty, Stanford Law School: 2014

State Membership Chair: 2014-2015

Chair, Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Subcommittee: 2008-2010

Vice Chair, Class Actions and Multiparty Litigation Subcommittee: 2012-2016

Faculty of Federal Advocates

Board Member: 2014-Present

Professional Honors

"The Best Lawyers in America"

Selected for Mass Tort Litigation and Product Liability Litigation Categories: 2012-2014

Publications

American Bar Association: 2011

A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions, Co-Editor

                    


The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 40, No. 9: 2011                                 

“Legal Trends and Best Practices in Class Arbitration”, Co-Author

Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 76, No. 4: 2009

“CERCLA Contribution Claims and the Collateral Source Rule"

Presentations

 

International Association of Defense Counsel Member Meetings: 2007-2014

Comcast v. Behrend, A Sea Change for Rule 23(b)(3)?”

 “Arbitration of Federal Statutory Claims: The DOJ Weighs in on 'Effective Vindication' ”

“Managing the Global Law Firm”

“The Summitville Mine, CERCLA Contribution and the Collateral Source Rule”

“Recent Experience with Express Preemption Defenses Following Bates v. Dow

 

Bar Admissions

 

State District Courts:  Colorado, Wyoming (inactive), Kansas (inactive) 

Federal District Courts:  Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Texas

Federal Circuit Courts: Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth

United State Supreme Court  

Russell Stewart for Mayor. 2018.