Firm Profile

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP

Headquarters

370 Seventeenth Street, Suite 4500
Denver, CO 80202-5647
United States
(303) 244.1800

Firm Details

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP is a Colorado-based law firm that handles trials, appeals, arbitrations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolutions of complex litigation, including class actions and multidistrict litigation on a local, regional, and national scale for many of the best-known U.S. and international companies.

Our trial-tested corporate defense has benefited clients in a wide variety of industries, including: accounting, asbestos, automotive, aviation, business services, communications, construction, consumer products, energy, finance, food service, franchise operations, health care, industrial equipment, insurance, law, manufacturing, medical devices, medicine, mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, professional services, real estate, recreation, securities, sports, and telecommunications.

Our experience includes the following:

We have a nationally recognized ability to try high-stakes business litigation cases throughout the country. Our lawyers have served as lead trial counsel in all 50 states and have tried cases to verdict in 45 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.

We have appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court,  most of the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals, two-thirds of the U.S. District Courts, and several federal regulatory agencies.

Our attorneys are widely recognized leaders in the development of case law in several areas of major importance to the business community, including punitive damages, federal preemption, and the use and admissibility of expert evidence.

Our trial practice emphasizes "difficult cases in difficult places." We have successfully defended corporations in notorious "plaintiffs' jurisdictions" nationwide.

The cases we try are often pivotal, influencing legal interpretations and shaping business decisions.

Six WTO are Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Martindale-Hubbell has awarded the AV® Peer Review Rating to 55% of WTO partners.

Colorado Super Lawyers 2013 lists 24 WTO lawyers. Fifteen are listed among the top 100 lawyers in Colorado, including two who are among the top 10 listed lawyers and one who is ranked number one. 

WTO retains in-house trial consultants at no expense to our clients and have excellent relationships with other trial consultants.

WTO is a member of The Network of Trial Law Firms, an international network of 24 trial law firms and 7,000 lawyers. As a member, we regularly co-host or co-sponsor legal education seminars for litigators and the clients we invite as our guests, at no cost to our clients.

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Colorado in Commercial Litigation with 14 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Colorado in Litigation - Insurance with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Colorado in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Colorado in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Colorado in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants with 11 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Colorado in Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants with 5 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Denver in Commercial Litigation with 14 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Denver in Litigation - Insurance with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Denver in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Denver in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Denver in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants with 11 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Denver in Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants with 5 lawyers

Awards

  • Association of Corporate Counsel Value Champion Award
  • Denver Business Journal Best Place to Work Award
  • Advanced Bionics
  • Allstate
  • BP America Production
  • Chrysler Group
  • CNA Insurance
  • FedEx Ground
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Electric
  • Lifepoint Hospitals
  • Mercedes-Benz USA
  • Pfizer
  • Sears
  • Universal Health Services
  • USAA
  • Whirlpool Corporation

About Our Clients

At Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, our typical client is a Fortune 500 company – an industry leader that is highly invested in its brand names, products, people and consumers. We have represented, often as regional or national trial counsel, one out of five companies on the most recent Fortune 100 list. We also represent foreign-owned companies listed on the Fortune Global 500, as well as large private companies, professional service firms, and individuals.

A representative list of the companies for whom our attorneys have served as regional or national trial coordinating counsel includes:

-Advanced Bionics
-Allstate
-Anheuser-Busch
-AT&T
-Boston Scientific
-BP America Production
-Chrysler Group
-CNA Insurance
-CoorsTek
-COPIC Insurance
-Electrolux
-FedEx Ground Package System
-FMC
-Ford Motor
-Foster Wheeler
-General Electric
-Georgia Pacific
-Global Aerospace
-Hartford Financial Services
-Lifepoint Hospitals
-McKesson
-Medical Protective
-MedStar Health
-Mercedes-Benz
-Nash Finch
-Nationwide
-Northstar Rx
-PepsiCo
-Pfizer
-Premier Insurance
-QEP Resources
-Quest Diagnostics
-Sears
-Toyota
-United Airlines
-Universal Health Services
-USAA
-Whirlpool
-Yum! Brands

Contacts

John M. Vaught
Appellate
303-244-1876
Michael T. Williams
Class Actions
303-244-1867
Hugh Q. Gottschalk
Commercial Litigation
303-244-1858
Raymond W. Martin
Employment Litigation
303-244-1863
Scott S. Barker
Environmental Litigation
303-244-1824
Hugh Q. Gottschalk
Franchise Litigation
303-244-1858
Hugh Q. Gottschalk
Intellectual Property Litigation
303-244-1858
Carolyn J. Fairless
Legal Malpractice Defense
303.244.1852
Michael L. O'Donnell
Mass Actions
303.244.1850
John M. Fitzpatrick
Medical Malpractice Defense
303.244.1874
Scott S. Barker
Oil & Gas/Natural Resources Litigation
303.244.1824
Michael L. O'Donnell
Product Liability
303-244-1850
Carolyn J. Fairless
Professional Liability
303-244-1852
John M. Vaught
Securities Litigation
303-244-1876
Scott S. Barker
Toxic Torts
303-244-1824

Attorneys

Scott S. Barker
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation - Environmental
Andrew C. Efaw
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Carolyn J. Fairless
Lawyer of the Year:
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2017)
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Joseph A. Farchione
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
John M. Fitzpatrick
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Hugh Q. Gottschalk
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation - Intellectual Property
James E. Hooper, Jr.
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Kevin J. Kuhn
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Raymond W. Martin
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
Craig R. May
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Litigation - Insurance, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Habib Nasrullah
Lawyer of the Year:
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants (2017)
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
N. Reid Neureiter
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Commercial Litigation
Michael L. O'Donnell
Lawyer of the Year:
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (2017)
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Bet-the-Company Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Commercial Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Terence M. Ridley
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Insurance Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Insurance
Edward C. Stewart
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
John R. Trigg
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
John M. Vaught
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Insurance Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Securities, Litigation - Insurance
Tamera D. Westerberg
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Commercial Litigation
Malcolm E. Wheeler
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Michael T. Williams
Location:
Denver, Colorado
Recognized For:
Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Firm Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants