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July 29-31, 2021 Conference

Jan Spies and Rob Jones, Convention Co-Chairs

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Hotel Reservations


Upcoming Events

Defending Against the Impairment Ratings in Bodily Injury Cases in Light of Herrera v. Lerma

October 7, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Defending Against the Impairment Ratings in Bodily Injury Cases in Light of Herrera v. Lerma

Presented by:

Dr. Barton Goldman, and

Ellis J. Mayer, Nathan Dumm & Mayer

Dr. Barton Goldman is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a clinical instructor for the department of occupational medicine at National Jewish Hospital. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Colorado Health and Science Center.

Dr. Goldman will rely upon his extensive experience to explain the mysteries of the AMA Guides to Impairment and how the Guide works in the medical field. This presentation will provide valuable insight into how the AMA Guidelines can be employed at trial and to enhance cross-examinations.
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Emerging from the Pandemic: A Minefield of Critical Issues for Employers

October 13, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Robert Hinckley, Jr. & Yoora Pak,
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker

This webinar is designed to guide employers on best practices as they transition their employees back to normal operating practice
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Rescheduled - CRPS, What is it and how to defend CRPS claims?

October 16, 2020, 12:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Presented by: Dr. Annu Ramaswamy, Rocky Mountain Medical Group

What is CRPS? What are the symptoms, and how is it diagnosed. How do the medical treatment guidelines assist in diagnosis and treatment, are do they hamper the situation. Can it be cured? Can it be controlled? What treatments are successful, which are not? What is needed to properly defend a CRPS claim and are multiple IMES/tests necessary?
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Data at a Distance: The Art of Remote Inspections

October 20, 2020, 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Presented by:

Chuck Fox, Ph.D. ESi Visualization Practice Group Director

Matt Kenner, P.E. ESi Aviation Practice Group Director

Rob Jones, Paul S. Edwards & Associates

Sponsored by: ESI

As communities come together to respond to the challenges of the current environment, we are implementing new ways of doing things, leveraging technology to stay connected and operate more safely and effectively. Whether your claim involves component issues, faulty products, or other types of failures, this webinar will provide you with the tools to help ensure a quality inspection and avoid potential mishandling or misrepresentations during the analysis.

What You Will Learn

This webinar includes a demonstration and practical how-to guide for participating in a remote inspection, including:

How to engage in a field or laboratory inspection remotely using an internet connection and an online meeting tool.
How to participate in after-inspection data reviews.
The unexpected benefits from remote participation in inspections and after inspection data analysis.
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Back to Basics: Scope of Employment Law from Here to Ferrer

October 22, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by:

Christina M. Huszcza, Stuart S. Jorgensen & Associates

Lee Mickus, Evans Fears & Schuttert LLP

Thursday, October 22, 12:05-1:05 p.m.

1 hour CLE applied for / CDLA Members Only Please

Claims against employers are common in all types of litigation. Here, we will focus on claims against employers for the negligence of employees. This CLE will begin with the basics by answering the following questions: (1) when is the employer liable for the negligence of an employee; (2) when can a Plaintiff bring a claim against an employer for the negligence of an employee; (3) who are the required parties; (4) how must such a claim be pled; and (5) how does such a claim impact the scope of discovery.

Then we will turn to special considerations raised by the Colorado Supreme Court in Ferrer v. Okbamicael, 390 P.3d 836, 840 (Colo. 2017), including potential defenses and motions to consider. We will also discuss recent legislative activity attempting to overturn the Ferrer decision.
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DORA Regulatory Boards 101

October 23, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

DORA Regulatory Boards 101

Presented by:

Ariana Busby and Ali Burke, Hall & Evans

CDLA Members Only Please / 1 hour CLE applied for

The program discusses

New lawyers, or those new to working with DORA, will learn the ins and outs of the DORA regulatory complaint process, settlement of claims, and next steps after a Board has instituted discipline.

As former Director of the Mental Health Boards, Ariana Busby will provide insider insight on how to successfully work with the regulatory boards to achieve the best outcome for your client. Ali Burke served as Deputy District Attorney for eleven years before transitioning to taking on regulatory board cases. She will reflect on how regulatory board matters differ from traditional litigation matters and can help further new and existing litigation attorneys’ practices.
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PHC and DOWC litigation during COVID 19

November 5, 2020, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

How to properly prepare and present your case
to the PHC Unit during pre-Hearings and Settlement Conferences during the Pandemic

Presented by:
Chief Pre Hearing Administrative Law Judge John Sandberg

Perspective on litigation during COVID 19 from the Prehearing and Settlement Conference Unit. What has worked, what has not worked, what has changed, what has gotten worse, and what has gotten better?

Differences under the current mandates and emergency rules compared to prior settings. What changes may become permanent.

New issues/topics that did not arise prior to the pandemic. Also, what new issues have been the most frequent?

Most common mistakes in presenting your case to the PHC Unit and what to do to improve.
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TRO or Preliminary Injunction in Employment Cases: Strategize, Prepare and Execute in Court

November 10, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Presented by:

Michele Choe, Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, and

Steven Gutierrez, Holland & Hart

CDLA Members Only Please / 1 hour CLE applied for

Injunctive relief is an important remedy used in many kinds of cases, including employment, trade secret, and non-compete cases. Courts issue injunctive relief in order to require or prevent a party from taking certain actions that may cause injury for which monetary damages would not adequately compensate a plaintiff. Injunctive relief can be issued by a court before the merits case is decided. Preparing for a hearing to obtain a temporary restraining order (TRO) or preliminary injunction (PI) can be challenging because of the generally short timeframe from the time the motion is filed to the hearing.

Join us for an interactive discussion on how to prepare for some of the difficulties early on, including decisions on whether to seek a TRO or PI, tailoring the complaint to the elements you will need to establish to obtain preliminary injunctive relief, and whether to address expedited discovery to gain critically important evidence to support your claims.
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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


Covid-19 Resources

We rely heavily on in-person CLEs for our educational seminars, but the COVID-19 virus has changed our method of delivery. Therefore, the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association will conduct webinars and promote them until further notice. The July 2020 Conference has been cancelled but we are excited that in July 2021 two Past Presidents, Jan Spies and Rob Jones will be co-hosting their conference in Tamaya, New Mexico, right outside Santa Fe.

Here are some helpful links:

Click here for COVID-19 Resources.

Click here for COVID-19 Small Business Response Resources.

Click here for official State of Colorado COVID-19 website.

Click here for help and resources from the Colorado Lawyer Assistance program (COLAP).

Download tips for teleworking and staying calm during difficult and changing times.


COVID-19 Stay at Home Blues, by Scott Nixon




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
Paul Edwards and 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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