2023 Annual Conference - Steamboat Springs CO. July 23-25 - 07/23/2023 to 07/25/2023
PRACTICE: HILLARY D. PATTERSON is an associate attorney specializing in insurance defense and insurance coverage. She handles both first-party and third-party cases representing individuals and corporations. While her primary focus areas are property damage and personal injury, she has successfully represented and advised clients in a wide array of claims, including: hail/wind/fire/water, uninsured/underinsured motorists, wrongful death, premises liability, dog bites, carbon monoxide, assault/battery, copyright/intellectual property, civil theft, ridesharing, defamation/slander, and civil rights. EXPERIENCE: Hillary joined the firm as an associate attorney after admission to the Colorado Bar in November, 2015. Hillary has significant experience in civil litigation and insurance defense having worked at the firm since 1997. Prior to becoming an attorney, she filled many different roles within the firm, including archiving clerk, receptionist, legal assistant, paralegal, legal billing manager, and law clerk. EDUCATION: Hillary is a Colorado native and the second of three daughters of the firm’s founding partner, Frank Patterson. Hillary received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with honors and distinguished membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Hillary received her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. She graduated in the top 14% of her class and received Scholastic Excellence Awards in Insurance Law and Contemporary Issues in Oil and Gas. While at the University of Denver, Hillary externed for an energy law firm and a private criminal defense attorney. She also served on the executive board of the law school’s chapter of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. She worked full time at the firm during law school while also raising her two children. ADMISSIONS: Hillary is admitted to practice in Colorado, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. MEMBERSHIPS: Her professional associations include the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA), Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA), the Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA), and the Denver Bar Association (DBA). Hillary presently serves as Vice President of the CDLA Executive Board of Directors. She has previously served as the Treasurer, Secretary, and New Lawyers Chair of the CDLA Board; as a member of the New Lawyers Committee; and as the New Lawyers Chair to the CDLA Professionalism and Education Committee. Hillary has taught CLE seminars on various topics for the CDLA and the CBA. HONORS: Hillary was nominated by her peers and rated as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2021 and 2022. OTHER INTERESTS: Hillary is married and has two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and taking advantage of all the outdoor activities this beautiful state has to offer. She has also been a women’s lacrosse official for over twenty years and continues to enjoy officiating from youth through NCAA, as well as volunteering her time to the development of the sport and its officials in Colorado.