Suanne M. Dell, MEMBER
- University of Colorado, J.D., 1988; Order of the Coif.
- Member and Staff Editor, University of Colorado Law Review, 1986-88
- University of Colorado, B.S. Ed., with honors, 1976
- Colorado, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals 1988
- Supreme Court of the United States of America 1998
Professional Affiliations and Activities
- Denver Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Colorado Bar Association
- Colorado Defense Lawyers Association; Member of Construction Law Committee
- Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado, President 2001
- Faculty of Federal Advocates
Ms. Dell was born at Northamptonshire, England and educated in the United States. She was admitted to the Colorado Bar, the United States District Court for Colorado and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1988 and to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1998. Her litigation practice concentrated on tort suits of all kinds, including employment law, recreational law, construction litigation, and product liability. Ms. Dell has represented numerous companies on premises liability claims of all types, food product claims, auto repair & other retail industry claims. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Dell was a teacher in Colorado Springs.
After a career as an accomplished litigator, Ms. Dell changed her practice to insurance coverage. She also currently handles firm administration. She uses her litigation expertise in the organization of client teams for the firm and training and mentoring other attorneys.
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Denver Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado, President 2001
St. Thomas More Award 2009, Catholic Lawyers Guild
“Ethical Framework for Representing Insurers Against a Bad Faith Claim,” Defense Counsel Journal, July 1990.
“Training Manual for Wranglers,” North American Horsemen’s Association 1995 Yearbook.
“What Happens at a Deposition?,” Conference of the North American Horsemen’s Association & North American Association of Pack & Trail Operators, 1997
“Mock Trial”; “Creating a Safety Manual,” Conference of the North American Horsemen’s Association & North American Association of Pack & Trail Operators, 1996
Construction Defect Litigation Overview 2007-2011 – Insurance clients
Amicus Briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court:
Gen. Elec. Co. v. Joiner, 522 U.S. 136 (1997)
Subaru of Am., Inc. v. Compton, 519 U.S. 1042 (1996)
Federal Circuit Courts:
Padhiar v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 479 F.3d 727 (10th Cir. 2007)
Nelson v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 419 F.3d 1117 (10th Cir. 2005)
Norris v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., 397 F.3d 878, 881 (10th Cir. 2005)
Deutsch v. Fed. Ins. Co., 85 F.3d 640 (10th Cir. 1996)
United States District Courts:
In re: Silicone Breast Implant Litig., 11 F. Supp. 2d 1217 (D. Colo. 1998)
Supreme Court of Alaska:
Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of Alaska: State v. Coon, 974 P.2d 386 (Alaska, 1999)
- Achieved defense verdict for vendor in carbon monoxide poisoning case.
- Successfully defended age discrimination claims for large engineering firm arising out of lay offs.
- Precluded further litigation against client after submission of detailed response to Notice of Claim on behalf of general contractor.
- Obtained dismissal of claims without payment against concrete and framing subcontractors in construction defect actions.
- Obtained defense verdict in trial of negligence claims against babysitter for accidental injury to child.
- Defended automobile repair company against several claims of defective workmanship.
- Successfully arbitrated claims and counterclaims arising out of utility trench compaction at large residential development.
- Defended recreational enterprises on claims arising out of injuries received during snowmobile and equine activities.
- Successfully resolved product liability claims against large equipment manufacturer arising out of death due to failure to heed warnings.
- Defended contractors and subcontractors in complex construction litigation where exposure ranges from a few thousand dollars to multi-million dollars – including assertion of third-party claims against subcontractors.
Ms. Dell enjoys Lawn Bowling, Photography, and Travel.