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Our Mission

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association is a nonprofit association that exists to support and serve the interests of lawyers principally involved in the defense of civil litigation. As a group of legal professionals who strive to provide superior and balanced service to their clients, we are committed to the following:

  1. Enhancing the skills, effectiveness, and professionalism of Colorado defense lawyers;
  2. Anticipating and addressing, where possible, issues significant to the defense of civil matters and the civil justice system;
  3. Promoting among all lawyers involved in civil litigation the highest standards of professionalism, civility, and courtesy in the conduct of trials and related proceedings, while promoting an appreciation of the role of the defense lawyer;
  4. Encouraging and promoting better communication and relations between lawyers engaged in the defense of civil cases and the people, entities, and judges involved in civil litigation;
  5. Improving the civil justice system and the legal profession; and
  6. Developing collegiality and camaraderie among members of the organization.

(November, 2002)

Upcoming Events

Challenges of Electronic Medical Record Charting in Litigation

January 21, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Presented by:
Katherine Otto, Messner Reeves, LLP
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Lech v. Greenwood Village – Anatomy of a Police Takings Case

January 26, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Presented by:
Andy Nathan, and Ashley Hernandez-Schlagel,
Nathan Dumm & Mayer
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How to Prepare for Taking a Deposition

January 29, 2021, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Instructors:
Hillary Patterson, Patterson Ripplinger
Dr. Mike McCabe, Exigent Forensic Consulting
Sponsored by:
Exigent Forensic Consulting
Fraudsniffr
Ponderosa Associates Forensic Engineering
Rimkus Consulting Group
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Maintaining Standards of Professionalism In Dealing With Opposing Counsel: Keeping Your Cool

February 11, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Justice Richard Gabriel, Colorado Supreme Court
Gina Rossi and Mamie Ling, Hall & Evans LLC
Haley Maglieri, Messner Reeves LLP
Reid Jennings, Lasater & Martin PC
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Back to Basics: Subpoenas

February 18, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Christina M. Huszcza and Andrew M. LaFontaine
Stuart S. Jorgensen & Associates
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Part II: Deposition Skills Boot Camp—Learning by Doing

February 19, 2021, 12:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Instructor:
Jason Young, Pearl Schneider Young

Sponsored by:
Forensic Pursuit
Pike Court Reporting
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Writing Workshop # 2 Writing Tools, Rules, and Admonitions

February 23, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:30 AM
Presented by:
Marilyn Chappell, Sweetbaum Sands Anderson
and
Brendan Powers, Spies Powers & Robinson
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The Top Five Things You Need to Know about Data Privacy in 2021

February 25, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Edward C. Hopkins Jr., Fisher Phillips
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Hurdles to Professional Advancement for the LGBTQ+ Attorney

March 16, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Presented by:
Justice Marquez, CO Supreme Court
Christopher Reeves, Waltz | Reeves
Tessa Becker, VP & Sr. Corp. Counsel, National CineMedia LLC
Ryann Peyton, CAMP
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Double Down on DEI Strategies Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; General Liability

March 18, 2021, 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Presented by: Sara Scott, CEO of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness
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Writing Workshop # 3 Editing - Illumination Through Elimination Sponsored by: Braddy Investigative Group

March 23, 2021, 4:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Presented by:
Marilyn Chappell, Sweetbaum Sands Anderson
and
Brendan Powers, Spies Powers & Robinson
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