Daniel Reilly - Reilly Pozner LLP

Daniel Reilly

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 303-893-6100

Dan Reilly is a founding member of Reilly Pozner and he has more than 30 years experience in courtrooms and before juries around the country. He has been lead counsel for a broad spectrum of complex multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation matters – including both the prosecution and defense of class actions for individuals and major corporations. The cases have been throughout the United States including; Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Dan currently serves as litigation counsel for the Denver Broncos Football Club, PERA, AIG, NOLHGA (National Organization of Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Associations), Liberty Mutual, Medtronic and a number of other corporations and individuals.  He has achieved multiple million dollar jury verdicts including a 2015 federal court verdict of $391 million.

Dan is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In recognition of his skill and accomplishments at trial, he has regularly been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the following categories— Business Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation- Banking & Finance, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Litigation - Intellectual Property and Personal Injury Litigation. He has also regularly been named in Colorado Super Lawyers magazine and was the 2nd top point earner in the state in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He was the 3rd top point earner in 2006, 2011 and 2013. Dan appears in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers and Who’s Who in American Law. Dan was named the first Denver Bet-The-Company "Lawyer of the Year" in 2009 by Best Lawyers in America.  He was also named Denver Personal Injury “Lawyer of the Year” in 2010 and Denver Litigation-Banking and Finance "Lawyer of the Year" in 2015 by the publication.

Dan’s colleagues in the legal profession, judges as well as lawyers, value his courtroom skills and experience and eagerly attend his presentations. Each year, he and partner Larry Pozner address the Colorado Judicial Conference on timely subjects like the evidentiary issues raised by the use of technology in the courtroom, and the standards used to determine the admissibility of scientific and other expert opinions.

Dan regularly addresses fellow trial attorneys in presentations to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the Colorado Bar Association Annual Litigation Symposium, the Denver Bar Association, CLE programs, the University of Colorado School of Law and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.

Before teaming up with Larry Pozner to form Reilly Pozner LLP, Dan was head of the litigation practice of the Denver office of McKenna & Cuneo, as well as head of that firm’s national litigation training program. Prior to that, he was a named partner in the Denver civil litigation firm of McDermott, Hansen & Reilly. At both firms, he was lead trial counsel for a wide range of complex, multi-state cases.

Additional Information

Practice Areas — Civil Trials; Complex Commercial Litigation; Fiduciary Litigation; Tort Litigation; Class Actions; Consumer Fraud; Stock Brokerage Fraud; Legal Malpractice; Products Liability; Franchise Litigation; Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Litigation (RMBS) 
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Case History

Lead Trial Counsel in Dispute Over the Ownership of the Denver Broncos — Dan Reilly served as lead trial counsel in a dispute over the ownership of the Denver Broncos. In 1984, Edgar Kaiser sold his share of the Denver Broncos Football Club to our client Pat Bowlen – retaining “right of first refusal” on any future sale of a portion of the team. Fifteen years later, after Bowlen had offered a stake in the club to former Broncos quarterback, John Elway, Kaiser sued Bowlen for breach of contract in both federal and state courts. The federal case progressed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, where our client won. In the related state district court, summary judgment was granted in favor of our client. The Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s ruling, the Colorado Supreme Court denied certiorari—and our client maintained control of the NFL franchise.
Lead Counsel in Plaintiff's Trademark Infrigement Case Against H.J. Heinz — Dan headed a plaintiff’s jury trial team which obtained a multi-million dollar trademark infringement judgment in Colorado federal court against H.J. Heinz.
Senior Counsel in Representation of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. — Reilly Pozner has been approved by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy court to act as Lehman’s national coordinating and lead trial counsel in prosecuting claims against mortgage loan originators that sold Lehman defective loans. Dan is senior counsel on the firm’s team in this representation—involving more than 100 cases in 26 states.
$391 Million Jury Verdict Against PNC Bank — In 2009, Reilly Pozner began representing multiple plaintiffs in highly complex litigation against several bank trustees and numerous other defendants, leading to significant recoveries through settlements and a jury verdict of $391 million against PNC Bank. The litigation arose out of a multi-state fraud scheme involving National Prearranged Services, Inc. (a Missouri-based preneed funeral contracts seller) and its two related insurance companies domiciled in Texas. RP was retained by 35 state life and health insurance guaranty associations, NOLHGA, and the Texas Special Deputy Receiver to seek recoveries from over 40 defendants, including multiple bank trustees, an accounting firm, and the former officers and directors of NPS and the insurance companies. Plaintiffs’ claims included negligence and breach of fiduciary duty against the bank trustees for allowing the preneed trust funds to be looted, accounting malpractice, and RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) claims against the former officers and directors. RP negotiated settlements with most defendants before trial, resulting in large recoveries for the clients. A five-week trial was held in federal court in Missouri in early 2015, where RP attorneys secured a jury verdict of $391 million (including a punitive damages award) against PNC Bank.
Trial Counsel to AIG and its Insurance and Broker-Dealer Subsidiaries in Objection to $8.5 Billion Settlement of RMBS Claims — Dan is trial counsel to AIG and its insurance and broker-dealer subsidiaries in structured finance, intellectual property, and unfair competition litigation, and in arbitration proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. This representation includes protecting the rights of AIG as a certificate holder in connection with a proposed $8.5 billion settlement of RMBS claims against Bank of America, currently in litigation in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan.
Won Five Year Battle Against Class Certification — A group of automobile dealerships were facing a purported class action claiming that new cars were equipped in violation of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act and hired Reilly Pozner to defend its interests. After winning landmark reversals at the Colorado Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of the trial court’s initial approval of class treatment, RP team members were called on once again to defend against Plaintiffs’ renewed attempt at certification of two different proposed consumer classes. This five year battle for class certification recently culminated in an extensive four-day evidentiary hearing. Agreeing with Reilly Pozner and its client that individual examinations of each car purchase file were necessary and class wide inferences could not be made, the Jefferson County District Court (Tidball, J.) denied Plaintiffs’ Second Motion for Class Certification on Rule 23 superiority and predominance grounds

Office Location

1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 1700
Denver, CO 80202
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Denver Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation of the Denver Metro Area2009 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Denver Metro Area
Daniel Reilly has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Daniel Reilly has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!Daniel Reilly has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2009!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Medical Malpractice)

Other Information

Race: Caucasian
Gender: Male