Lawrence W. Treece - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Lawrence W. Treece

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Larry's practice includes extensive appellate and trial experience in both corporate and commercial cases, focusing on antitrust, corporate governance, class actions and securities litigation.

Larry has extensive experience trying cases in both state and federal courts, many of which have involved complex financial issues. His appellate practice includes securities, tax, labor, probate, defamation, non-compete agreements and Truth in Lending cases. He has consulted in the areas of antitrust and unfair competition. Larry has worked with many different industries including steel; natural resources; natural gas operations, gathering, processing and pipelines; financial services; agriculture; insurance coverage and regulation; and securities brokerage. His antitrust work includes consulting on mergers and acquisitions, trade association activities, Robinson-Patman compliance, distribution issues, health care issues and general antitrust compliance. Larry served in the antitrust division of the Colorado Attorney General's office, and while there developed the position of the Attorney General on lawyer advertising from First Amendment and antitrust perspectives.

Larry has recently:

  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of federal antitrust monopoly leveraging and refusal to deal claims involving a natural gas gathering system in Western Colorado, in which damages in excess of $100 million were claimed. Obtained affirmance of dismissal in Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a federal antitrust complaint alleging unlawful monopolization of shuttle transportation in the Vail Valley.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after a five-week jury trial involving claims of $900 million against his client for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract arising out of a failed effort to acquire six cable regions in Germany.
  • Successfully defended acquirer of a major ski area in Utah against a preliminary injunction motion seeking to enjoin the sale, which, if entered, would have destroyed the transaction.
  • Successfully defended against a petition for certiorari to the Colorado Supreme Court on behalf of a major university, thereby upholding a favorably jury verdict and Court of Appeals decision in which the claims of a discharged faculty member alleging violations of academic freedom were dismissed.

  • Obtained reversal of an adverse judgment against an employer in a non-compete case.

Larry also recently represented a client with regard to losses suffered in a Securities Lending Program maintained by a major bank arising from investments in mortgage backed securities. In the past, Larry has also defended a manufacturer against allegations of unlawful boycott, monopolization and attempted monopolization involving trade show and trade association activity, and an Independent Practice Association of primary care doctors, its president and a consultant in an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission for unlawful price fixing in connection with dealings related to third party payors.

Currently, Larry is representing the City of Long Beach in defending a challenge to certain action taken in furtherance of the City’s major clean air initiatives based on alleged violation of the Open Meeting Law, alleged improper delegation of police powers and alleged violations of the California Environmental Quality Act. He is also representing the largest Water District in the United States in a suit claiming $1 billion in damages against the United States Government for failure over a period of 50 years to provide drainage to the San Luis Unit of the California Central Valley Water Project.

Larry has taught the antitrust course as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and was an associate professor of law at the University of Colorado, teaching contracts, constitutional law, The First Amendment and federal courts from 1970 to 1975. He has also lectured on antitrust issues in the health care industry.

Prior to joining the firm, Larry was a member and manager of the Litigation Department at Sherman & Howard in Denver. Prior to that, and over the course of his legal career, Larry practiced at Holland & Hart, Holme Roberts & Owen and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. He has also had his own litigation boutique with now Supreme Court Justice Mike Bender. From 1976 to 1977, he served as assistant attorney general of the Antitrust Division for the Colorado Attorney General's office. 

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Court Admissions — U.S. Supreme Court

Represented a client in matters concerning alleged violations of consumer protection and fair debt collection laws, in additional to private contract and tort claims.

Represented client in landlord tenant dispute and complex condemnation proceeding in both state and federal proceedings.

Represented client in putative class action lawsuit regarding disputed foreclosure practices and alleged violations of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the Colorado Antitrust Act.

Defended action taken in furtherance of the City of Long Beach's major clean air initiatives based on alleged violation of the Open Meeting Law, alleged improper delegation of police powers and alleged violations of the California Environmental Quality Act.

Litigated to open the Torcido Creek road as means of access to Taylor Ranch property for beneficiaries of Colorado Supreme Court decree in the landmark case of Lobato v. Taylor 70 P.3d 1152 (Colo. 2003), which confirmed rights of descendants of Mexican settlers to access to land under Spanish land grant of 1884 and confirmed in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ending the Mexican/American war.

University of ColoradoBA 1964University of Colorado School of LawJ.D. 1967
Legal Aid Foundation of ColoradoAmerican Arbitration Association

Office Location

410 Seventeenth Street, Suite 2200
Denver, CO 80202-4432
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Antitrust of the Denver Metro Area
Lawrence W. Treece has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation (Appellate, Defendants)
Commercial Litigation (Antitrust, Appellate, Breach of Contract, Civil Litigation, Class Actions, Complex Litigation, Corporate, Corporate Governance, Fiduciary Duties, Fraud)
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - Securities

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Gender: Male