Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s attorneys litigate and try cases before federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, government agencies and arbitration tribunals throughout the country. We are trial lawyers skilled in efficiently and effectively accomplishing our clients’ objectives both in and out of the courtroom. We believe your goals are best attained through preparing with an expectation of trying and winning the case. Often, this approach enables our clients to succeed without a trial, but when a case is tried, we are known for our ability—and results—in court. We also represent clients’ interests outside the courtroom in pre-litigation dispute resolution, advising on transactions and regulatory and administrative law issues.

We are more than 65 trial lawyers aligned behind one goal – to represent and defend your best interests. Our litigation team has specific experience in commercial litigation, antitrust, securities, intellectual property including patent litigation, environmental, water, land use, real estate, construction, telecommunications, bankruptcy, products liability and gaming, among other practice areas. Through the use of cost-saving technology, a national presence and established relationships, our offices offer a national capability to handle a full range of litigation needs.

Eric R. Burris 505.724.9563

Chambers USA, 2020

Colorado: Litigation - General Commercial

What the team is known for: Maintains a fine reputation for its handling of a range of commercial disputes, including class actions. Held in high regard for its expertise in securities and corporate governance litigation. Also assists clients in pre-litigation dispute resolution. Advises corporates and high-net worth individuals in sectors including real estate, healthcare and engineering. Further niche strength in acting on behalf of student loans companies.

Strengths: Clients say: "Brownstein is a great firm for commercial, real estate, and construction litigation - they are smart, practical advocates who are also extremely involved in the Denver community."

Nevada: Litigation - General Commercial

What the team is known for: Well-respected firm providing a strong commercial litigation offering to major gaming, manufacturing and financial services corporations. Demonstrates significant breadth of expertise in shareholder disputes and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Well versed in handling disputes arising in the construction and healthcare arenas as well as a variety of other high-stakes business disputes. Also offers expertise in intellectual property and gaming law.

Strengths: Sources say: "It's a very good, quality firm."

New Mexico: Litigation - General Commercial

What the team is known for: Provides advice to public and private entities on areas of litigation such as product liability, personal injury and wrongful death, and has acted for clients on class action, regulatory and software licensing issues. Has a solid following of clients in the healthcare, oil and gas and automotive industries, also working substantially with leading financial services providers. Particularly skilled in cost recovery litigation.

Representative Matters
  • Obtained summary judgment against Westgate LVH, LLC and a subsidiary company for successor withdrawal liability. Westgate purchased the Las Vegas Hilton after a foreclosure auction. However, the Hilton did not pay its share of unfunded vested liability to a multiemployer pension plan. The Plan then successfully pursued Westgate for successor withdrawal liability and was awarded a judgment for over $2M. Westgate LVH, LLC v. Trustees of Nevada Resort Ass'n-Iatse Local 720 Pension Tr., No. 217CV01731RFBNJK, 2019 WL 4738013 (D. Nev. Sept. 28, 2019).

  • Secured early dismissal of individual defendant Chad Keck for lack of personal jurisdiction in multi-defendant complex litigation matter regarding United States rugby leagues in Boulder County District Court (Case No. 18CV30533).

  • Successfully defeated numerous claims of discrimination, retaliation, and other torts through a four-day jury trial in federal court. Former Director of Human Resources for a professional services agency alleged claims of discrimination and retaliation and Title VII and the Equal Pay Act. Jury returned a verdict finding no discrimination or retaliation, and only awarded a token amount of damages in connection with a limited subset of the plaintiff’s defamation claims.

  • Representing nationwide debt settlement company in regulatory inquiry initiated by the Colorado Attorney General.

  • Counsel to a major labor union in connection with regulatory inquiry involving a state agency.

  • Counsel to a major labor union in connection with regulatory inquiry involving a state agency.

  • Represented Forest City Enterprises in successful appeals (Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court) regarding master developer liability in Colorado.

  • Ongoing representation of various financial services companies in investigations and litigation by state Attorneys General under the Uniform Consumer Credit Code and consumer protection laws.

  • Ongoing representation of various financial services companies in investigations and litigation by state Attorneys General under the Uniform Consumer Credit Code and consumer protection laws.

  • Successfully obtained protective orders for multiple pro bono individuals in matters involving domestic abuse, stalking, and harassment.

  • Successfully assisted non-profit child care program in licensing transactions, investigations, and disputes with state regulatory agency.

  • Successfully represented three mortgage originators in licensing investigation by a state regulatory agency. Achieved complete dismissal of the investigation, protecting all mortgage licenses at issue.

  • Successfully represented real estate developer in appeal of lending dispute. Champion Bank v. Bridgeport Corp., 2015 WL 9584899 (Colo. Ct. App.).

  • Represented Guatemalan immigrant in Ninth Circuit appeal of removal order

  • Successfully represented municipality in bench trial involving appealed enforcement action.

  • Represents a number of oil and gas companies in obtaining state and local government land use and operating permits either through negotiation or litigation. Representation includes assisting companies in royalty, operating, and antitrust disputes with other operators.

  • Successfully represented employers in EEOC, CCRD or other agency investigations and, if necessary, in litigation, including trying to a favorable decision a multi-week multi-plaintiff multi-million dollar case alleging discrimination and retaliation.

  • Brownstein attorneys won a broad reversal of the trial court's judgment in the complex, coordinated Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) cases. The trial-court judgment invalidated twelve of the historic QSA-related agreements, but as a result of this appellate decision, the largest agriculture-to-urban water transfers in United States history, and numerous Colorado River programs that have been created by the United States and other Colorado River Basin states based on the QSA, will continue to be implemented while the remaining issues are decided on remand by the trial court.

  • On behalf of California building industry association, obtained invalidation of Numeric Effluent Limits in State Water Resources Control Board NPDES Construction General Permit for stormwater discharges. The Sacramento Superior Court invalidated NELs for turbidity and pH based on the Board's failure to support the NELs with sufficient evidence establishing that the NELs could be achieved, and its failure to undertake the necessary control technology analysis under the Clean Water Act for a NPDES permit.

  • East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District (ECCV) acquired shares in the Burlington Ditch and sought to convert them to municipal use. Water users opposing the application argued that the proposed change would injure their water rights by allowing ECCV to use more water after the change than the Burlington farmers had when using the water for agricultural purposes. In 2008, the Division 1 water court agreed and found ECCV's proposed use injurious, on May 31, 2011 the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed the decision. Brownstein led a group of five opposers at trial and on appeal.

  • Successfully defended a medical malpractice insurer against charges in market conduct examination by the Colorado Division of Insurance; represented the insurer on appeal of an adverse ruling before the Colorado Court of Appeals.

  • Successfully defended a client against most charges in a broad market conduct examination by the Colorado Division of Insurance, and representing the client on appeal of a single significant adverse ruling before the Colorado Court of Appeals.

  • Litigation challenging State Board issued NPDES general permit for stormwater discharges associated with construction activities as violating the federal Clean Water Act and California's Porter-Cologne Act.

  • Part of litigation team that won dismissal of a Section 1 and Section 2 gas transportation antitrust case seeking more than $100 million in Federal Court in Denver.

  • Defend a financial services company in a Department of Justice criminal investigation.

  • Represented various public entities on constitutional matters including the representation of the District Attorney's Office in a criminal constitutional challenge in a 4th Amendment case.

  • Represented the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) in an American Disabilities Act challenge involving test administering. She handled the case and a successful emergency appeal before an en banc 10th Circuit.

  • Represented U.S. mortgage company in congressional and related criminal investigations. Persuaded Congress not to hold hearings or otherwise investigate the matter.

  • Represented construction contractors for Colorado's $1.8 billion T-REX highway and light rail expansion project, as well as for the state’s $845 million E-470 Public Highway Project, the $425 million Northwest Parkway Public Highway Project, and the (ongoing) $1.1 billion Central 70 Project for expansion and reconstruction of I-70 through Central and East Denver.

  • Appellate counsel in challenge to CEQA compliance for composting project including challenges to water supply and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Defended providers of public accommodations and services against claims brought pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Provided appellate defense in Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of CEQA challenge to California Public Utilities' rulemaking related to liquefied natural gas (LNG) on behalf of major utility.

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Kirk B. Lenhard Shareholder T 702.464.7045
Martha L. Fitzgerald Shareholder T 303.223.1472
Mitchell J. Langberg Shareholder T 702.464.7098
Adam K. Bult Shareholder T 702.464.7077
Mark F. Leonard Shareholder T 303.223.1128
Eric R. Burris Shareholder T 505.724.9563
Andrew S. Brignone Shareholder T 702.464.7006
Courtney E. Bartkus Associate T 303.223.1236
Jessica M. Allison Associate T 303.223.1161
Marcus S. Bird Of Counsel T 805.882.1447
Matthew C. Arentsen Shareholder T 303.223.1152
Richard B. Benenson Managing Partner T 303.223.1203
Steven E. Abelman Shareholder T 303.223.1102
Sarah Auchterlonie Shareholder T 303.223.1228
Tony Arias Associate T 303.223.1281
Beth Collins Shareholder T 805.882.1419
Bridget C. DuPey Associate T 303.223.1275
Diane C. De Felice Shareholder T 310.500.4613
Emily L. Dyer Associate T 702.464.7070
Erin M. Eiselein Shareholder T 303.223.1251
Frank M. Flansburg III Shareholder T 702.802.2205
Craig M. Finger Associate T 303.223.1135
Hannah M. Caplan Shareholder T 303.223.1258
Hubert A. Farbes, Jr. Shareholder T 303.223.1186
Justin L. Cohen Shareholder T 303.223.1254
Michael F. Feeley Shareholder T 303.223.1237
Maximilien D. Fetaz Shareholder T 702.464.7083
Julian R. Ellis, Jr. Associate T 303.223.1142
Sean S. Cuff Associate T 303.223.1125
Travis F. Chance Associate T 702.464.7096
Troy P. Domina Associate T 702.802.2210
Wayne F. Forman Shareholder T 303.223.1120
Allison L. Gambill Of Counsel T 303.223.1175
Alissa H. Gardenswartz Shareholder T 303.223.1207
Amanda K. Houseal Associate T 303.223.1247
Christopher M. Humes Shareholder T 702.464.7094
Christine A. Jochim Shareholder T 303.223.1163
Carrie E. Johnson Shareholder T 303.223.1198
Joshua M. Hantman Shareholder T 303.223.1216
Joseph C. Haupt Associate T 505.724.9568
Lisa Hogan Shareholder T 303.223.1185
Margaret Kate Kellam Associate T 505.724.9572
Stanley L. Garnett Shareholder T 303.223.1286
Stephanie Osler Hastings Shareholder T 805.882.1415
Anna-Liisa Mullis Shareholder T 303.223.1165
Bryce C. Loveland Shareholder T 702.464.7024
Chloe Mickel Associate T 303.223.1178
Christopher O. Murray Shareholder T 303.223.1183
David B. Meschke Associate T 303.223.1219
Jonathan D. Marvisi Associate T 310.500.4612
Laura Bielinski Langberg Of Counsel T 702.464.7046
Mark J. Mathews Shareholder T 303.223.1179
Debashree Nandy Associate T 505.724.9578
William D. Nobriga Associate T 303.223.1306
Airina L. Rodrigues Shareholder T 303.223.1252
Adam P. Segal Shareholder T 702.464.7001
Christine A. Samsel Shareholder T 303.223.1133
Connor H. Shea Associate T 702.802.2208
Hal Stratton Shareholder T 505.724.9596
Ishra K. Solieman Staff Attorney T 303.260.1880
Jonathan G. Pray Shareholder T 303.223.1211
Jonathan C. Sandler Shareholder T 310.564.8672
Michael J. Pankow Shareholder T 303.223.1106
Michael H. Pryor Shareholder T 202.383.4706
Michael P. Smith Associate T 303.223.1150
Nicholas R. Santucci Associate T 303.223.1246
Patrick J. Reilly Shareholder T 702.464.7033
Ronda L. Sandquist Shareholder T 303.223.1191
Steven O. Sims Shareholder T 303.223.1149
Scott S. Slater Shareholder T 805.895.3200
Arthur Zorio Shareholder T 775.398.3812
Eric Waeckerlin Shareholder T 303.223.1290
Eric D. Walther Associate T 702.464.7062
Joshua A. Weiss Shareholder T 303-223-1268
Kevin P. Walsh Shareholder T 303.223.1249
David A. Willner Law Clerk T 303.223.1267
Martine Tariot Wells Shareholder T 303.223.1213
Neal Tomlinson Shareholder T 702.464.7043
Sheila M. Grisham Paralegal T 303.223.1377
Kate M. Meade Paralegal T 303.223.1339
Paulette M. Chesson Paralegal/Paralegal Coordinator T 303.223.1325
Penny G. Lalonde Paralegal T 303.223.1337