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Top Twenty Things to Do When a Case Comes in the Door

July 9, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by: Justin Walker, Dewhirst & Dolven

This program provides an overview of some practical tips on setting a solid foundation for successful defense of case from the beginning. Topics such as gathering information at the first meeting; avoiding conflicts and possible ethics violations; spotting common red-flags of difficult facts or attorneys; and evaluating chances of early resolution opportunities will be reviewed.
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2020 Case Law Update

July 16, 2020, 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Presented by:
Andrew LaFontaine, Stuart S. Jorgensen & Associates; and
Kayla Dreyer, Lewis Brisbois

This CLE will cover significant 2019 Colorado appellate decisions affecting civil litigation practice. Attendees will learn about cases that have been handed down over the past year which have broken new legal ground or otherwise modified existing precedent in a meaningful way. Keeping on top of these precedential changes is critical to a lawyer’s ability to provide competent representation under RPC 1.1.
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Is Qualified Immunity Dead in Colorado

July 28, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Presented by: Tom Rice & Eric Ziporin, SGR, LLC

This program discusses:

-The newly created cause of action for violation of rights under the Colorado Constitution.
-Loss of both the defense of qualified immunity and the protections of the Colorado
Governmental Immunity Act for that cause of action.
-Damage and attorney fee remedies available.
-Current attacks on the qualified immunity doctrine within the federal courts, as well as
recent treatment of such by the SCOTUS.
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Introduction to Colorado Construction Defect Law

July 30, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by:
Ryan Williams, Esq.,
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker

The presentation will introduce new lawyers to the most common factual issues giving rise to construction defect litigation, and the pre-suit requirements for investigation and potential resolution. Special attention will be paid to commonly encountered technical and code requirements, and the manner in which homeowners, homeowners’ associations and property managers commonly allege deviation from such standards.
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Colorado Equal Pay Act

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

Presented by:
Meredith McDonald, Special Counsel, Hall & Evans, LLC, and

Ashley Kelliher, Senior Assistant City Attorney, Denver City Attorney’s Office – Employment & Labor Law Section

The Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act goes into effect January 1, 2021. The Act is Colorado’s response to the wage gap between men and women. It prohibits all employers from discriminating in the amount or rate of employees’ wages solely on the basis of an employee’s gender. The Act creates a private cause of action similar to, but broader than, the federal Equal Pay Act, and it creates transparency measures enforceable by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to provide employees more information about promotional opportunities, pay ranges, and the historical pay practices at a given place of employment. Unlike the federal Equal Pay Act, which allows employers to assert a “catch all” affirmative defense by relying on “any other factor other than sex,” Colorado’s law provides just several reasons to justify a pay disparity.

Attendees will learn the differences between the federal and Colorado Equal Pay Acts, in preparation for defending state claims beginning next year. Attendees will also be versed on the outcome of past federal Equal Pay Act cases.
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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

Christopher Reeves, President
Waltz / Reeves

Natalie Lien, Vice President
Marathon Petroleum

Michele Choe, Treasurer & 2020 Conference Chair
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell

Meredith McDonald, Secretary and 2022 Conference Chair
Hall & Evans

** 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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