Kathryn A. Starnella, Special Counsel

Ms. Starnella handles trial-level defense litigation and civil appeals in federal and state court in the areas of civil rights, employment law, products liability, insurance defense, and other commercial litigation.

Ms. Starnella has practiced law since 2004. Before joining Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC, Ms. Starnella served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Colorado where she defended the Colorado Department of Corrections in a variety of state claims and federal suits brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, including claims regarding free exercise of religion, deliberate indifference to medical needs, outdoor exercise, accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and liberty interests in rehabilitative or education programs. While at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Starnella also defended the state’s top elected officials in cases involving constitutional challenges to Colorado’s laws, as well as election-related issues. She also defended county court judges in actions seeking review of county court decisions. Ms. Starnella has tried cases in federal and state courts and she has briefed and argued cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the state appellate courts.

Ms. Starnella began her career in private practice at law firms in New York City, where she worked on cases involving intellectual property, products liability, white collar criminal defense, and other commercial disputes.

From 2009 to 2011, Ms. Starnella was a law clerk for the Honorable Christine M. Arguello in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

Ms. Starnella is co-chair of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association’s Professional Advancement Committee, Immediate Past Chair of the Advisory Board for the Colorado Lawyer, and a board member for the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations. She is also a mentor in the law school pipeline program, Law School …Yes We Can. Ms. Starnella serves on the Colorado Bar Association Legislative Policy Committee, the Colorado Bar Association/Denver Bar Association Joint Diversity and Inclusivity Team, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Foundation board, and the Northwestern University Alumni Admissions Council.  She is a past president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and a 2017 graduate of the Colorado Bar Association’s Leadership Training (COBALT) program.


Colorado Hispanic Bar Association

Colorado Women’s Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Sam Cary Bar Association

Arapahoe County Bar Association


Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., “Chapter 18. False Imprisonment and False Arrest,” Colorado Civil Claims: Elements, Defenses, and Sample Pleadings (1st ed. 2019).

Kathryn A. Starnella

  • J.D., Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 2004
  • B.S., Northwestern University, Communication Studies (Argumentation and Analysis Concentration), 1998


  • Colorado, 2011
  • New York, 2005
  • Washington, D.C., 2012 (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

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