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CDLA Membership Application and Renewal

Our members are among the most elite defense attorneys in Colorado. CDLA is a statewide organization that is nearly 750 members strong who benefit from access to resources and tools for legal professionals who strive to provide superior and balanced service to their clients.

CDLA Membership Application and Renewal

Want to contact our legislative committee? Please direct those questions to:

Bo Donegan
Executive Director
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association


What to do if your email service provider is blocking our listserv postings

It is an unfortunate consequence of everyone's email servers fighting against the barrage of unsolicited and/or malicious email that we experience in today's digital world. But if you find yourself suddenly not receiving posts, the blacklist that your firm or email service provider uses may prevent the delivery of messages from CDLA's listserv posts. Here is a link with information and potential solutions.


Legislative Update

The 2021 legislative session is in full swing! CDLA is monitoring many bills but here are a few of the more important ones we are following:

HB 1188 - Additional Liability under Respondeat Superior (current status: active): This bill attempts to overturn the Supreme Court decision in Ferrer vs. Okbamicael and Colorado Cab Company regarding respondeat superior. Ferrer held that when an employer admits liability for the tortious actions of its employee, the plaintiff cannot assert direct negligence claims against the employer arising out of the same incident. The bill allows a plaintiff to bring such claims against an employer or against a principal that admits liability for the actions of its agent. Here is the link to the bill summary and the proposed bill: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb21-1188

Posted May 25, 2021

HB 1300 - Hospital Provider Liens (current status: active): The bill establishes requirement for the creation and assignment of healthcare provider liens for personal injury cases. It relates to the role medical finance companies have in personal injury cases and impacts the discovery rules related to these medical finance arrangements with Plaintiffs. It is an important bill and heavily supported by the Plaintiffs’ bar. Here is the link to the bill summary and the proposed bill: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb21-1300

Posted May 25, 2021

SB 169 - Restricting Insurers' use of External Consumer Data (current status: active): This bill seeks to restrict an insurer from considering an individual’s race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or transgender status in any insurance practice or from using any external data that unfairly discriminates based on these factors. Here is the link to the bill summary and the proposed bill: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb21-169

Posted May 25, 2021

SB 176 - Employment Discrimination (current status: active): The title of this bill is the “Protecting Opportunities and Workers’ Rights (POWR) Act and it seeks to amend Colorado’s anti-discrimination law in many ways. It changes the definition of several key terms such as “employee,” “harassment,” and “hostile work environment,” and imposes obligations on employers to investigate unfair employment practices. It also eliminates the requirement for employees to exhaust their administrative remedies. This is major bill with important ramifications for employment attorneys. Here is the link to the bill summary and the proposed bill: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb21-176

Posted May 25, 2021

SB 197 - Workers’ Choice of Physicians in Workers’ Compensation (current status: active): This bill will allow workers to select the primary treating physician in a workers’ compensation case. Here is the link to the bill summary and the proposed bill: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb21-197

Posted May 25, 2021

SB 61 - Claims for Economic Damages Incurred by Minors (current status: active): This bill permits a minor to bring a claim to recover damages for the minor’s pre-majority economic losses and extends the statute of limitation for pre-majority economic damages. Here is the link to the bill summary and the proposed bill: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb21-061

Posted May 25, 2021

If you have any comments or questions about these bills or any other legislation, please contact:

Brandon P. Hull
Overturf McGath &I Hull, P.C.
CDLA Legislative Director
303-839-3567 -Direct
720-235-9086 - Cell


CDLA Officers

Natalie Lien, President

Michele Choe, Vice President
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell

Meredith McDonald, Treasurer
Hall & Evans

Hillary D. Patterson, Secretary
Patterson & Ripplinger

** Note 2021 Conference Chairs:

Jan Spies
Spies Powers & Robinson

Rob Jones
Jeremy R. Maline & Associates

Full list of board members


CDLA's Diversity Statement

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association has the goal of promoting diversity within the legal community and assisting charitable organizations with a relation to the civil defense community. Charity, outreach and diversity must be viewed as a perpetual practice rather than reaching certain numerical markers. Charity, outreach and diversity efforts require sustained commitment, leadership, innovation and financial support. Through the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Foundation ("Foundation"), we are committed to leveraging our collective efforts through partnerships and alliances in order to foster leadership, awareness and communications enabling an environment of good will and inclusiveness within our Association membership. We also are committed to using the Foundation to advance charitable interests or organizations with a relation to the civil defense community, as determined by the Foundation.

Bo Donegan
Executive Director
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
643 Dexter Street
Denver, CO 80220

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