Firm News and Events
Katie Pratt recently completed the 2018 International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. She is pictured above (second from right) with her instructor and trial group.
For the past 5 years, Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC has participated in the Colorado Pledge to Diversity (“CPTD”) Summer Clerkship Program. Through the program, diverse students who are in their first year of law school interview with participant firms and businesses. By a selection process, the students are placed in a 12 week summer internship, from May through August, at the firms. This year we are delighted to welcome Aisha May as our CPTD 2018 Summer Clerk. Aisha has just completed her first year at the University of Colorado School of Law. By participating in the clerkship, Aisha hopes to get an introduction to litigation; work with and be mentored by experienced, practicing attorneys; and, improve her research and writing skills.
For the Defense, the monthly publication of DRI, the leading organization of civil defense attorneys and in-house counsel, recently featured Cathy Greer in its June 2017 edition, Governmental Liability Section, Never Fear, It’s Cathy Greer!- The Interview!
American Lawyer Magazine featured Mary Wells in its January 2013 issue, and U.S. News and Best Lawyers named her Denver 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.
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Ms. Wells also earned the distinction of Lifetime Achievement Membership in America’s Top 100 Attorneys® .
U.S. News and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, have joined to rank more than 13,000 firms in 122 practice areas in 177 metropolitan areas and 8 states. Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC was listed in this survey again.
Mary Wells, Sheryl Anderson, Cathy Havener Greer, and Larry McClung are recognized as 2018 “Best Lawyers” by U.S. News.
Mary Wells was named Best Lawyers’ 2017 Product Liability Litigation-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” for Denver.
Sheryl L. Anderson – Personal Injury General: Defense
L. Michael Brooks, Jr. – Civil Litigation: Defense
Cathy Havener Greer – Employment Litigation: Defense
Mary A. Wells – Personal Injury Products: Defense
- Adam P. O’Brien – Business Litigation
Adam O’Brien achieved summary judgment and dismissal of claims for bad faith, unreasonable delay and denial, and breach of contract for a property insurance company in a case involving extensive damage resulting from a marijuana grow operation.
Larry McClung and Katie Pratt recently settled a premises liability trip and fall case for roughly 5% of the plaintiff’s opening settlement demand. Plaintiff was an older woman who tripped over a display stand at a store. She fell and later claimed substantial damages as a result. The issues of liability, causation, and damages were hotly contested throughout the case.
Larry McClung and Adam O’Brien achieved dismissal of all claims brought against an out-of-state law firm accused of professional malpractice. Mr. McClung and Mr. O’Brien were successful in securing dismissal based on the Court’s finding that personal jurisdiction was lacking, which established a favorable precedent for out-of-state law firms sued in Colorado.
After four years of litigation in the U.S. District Court in Denver, which was largely driven by the opposition’s tactics, Mary Wells and Drew Lavin won summary judgment on all issues in a dispute centered on an agency contract. The judgment included substantial monetary damages and recovery of all attorneys’ fees and costs.
In a federal court case alleging wrongful arrest and excessive force against their police officer client, Cathy Greer and Katie Pratt moved for summary judgment on the grounds that there was no constitutional violation. The federal judge agreed, granting their client summary judgment and granting summary judgment in favor of the city that employed the officer. The court found that the absence of a constitutional violation by the officer doomed plaintiff’s claim that the city’s policies, which the officer followed, were unconstitutional.
Cathy Greer obtained summary judgment on behalf of her client in a federal civil rights case alleging that a former student was unconstitutionally excluded from the campus of the institution which dismissed him. The former student alleged that his First Amendment freedom of association right and Fourth Amendment rights were violated by the exclusion.
In a Title IX and 14th Amendment due process case brought by a male student who was expelled from a university after an investigation, three university officials were granted summary judgment in a case defended by Cathy Greer and Katie Pratt.
Mary Wells won a significant victory for Texas Instruments in a toxic tort case of first impression in Delaware. The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of all claims against Texas Instruments in a case where a minor plaintiff claimed that he was born with birth defects as a result of his father’s alleged exposure to toxic chemicals at Texas Instruments prior to the time that the child was conceived. Ms. Wells crafted a successful motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, arguing that Texas Instruments owed no duty to the later born child of its employee, and that the claims were barred by the Texas Workers Compensation statute.
L. Michael Brooks, Jr. obtained summary judgment in favor of two insurance company defendants in a federal insurance-coverage action. The case arose out of complex environmental litigation that spawned claims against the attorney who brought the environmental lawsuit and the experts who assisted him in it.
Paul Dinkelmeyer represented a framing contractor from whom a homeowners association sought over $3.4 million. After a two-week trial, the jury awarded only $9,535 against our client.
Cathy Greer and Bill O’Connell obtained dismissal of a lawsuit brought in state court by a sheriff’s deputy who was terminated by the sheriff after an incident involving a raid on a keg party in the mountains.
Sheryl Anderson defended three third party liability automobile cases, which resulted in successful jury verdicts for her clients.
Sheryl Anderson and her team obtained Orders granting summary judgment on behalf of her clients on the issue of the statute of limitation in two matters involving claims on an insurance policy, in 2015.
Sheryl Anderson represented an insurer as part of a group of defendants in a class action lawsuit who obtained an Order of Dismissal in a class action matter involving claims of homeowners for flood or fire damage benefits suing insurers and related organizations.
Cathy Havener Greer received an Order granting dismissal of a plaintiff’s complaint related to alleged violations of the plaintiff’s civil rights arising from the plaintiff’s exclusion from a college campus.
L. Michael Brooks won summary judgment for an insurer against a collateral assignee bank claiming wrongful denial of life insurance benefits.
Events and Presentations
Cathy Havener Greer was a speaker, with Greg Gochanour (EEOC Regional Attorney, Chicago, IL) and the Honorable Abdul K. Kallon (U.S.D.C. Northern District Ala.), in April 2018 at the IADC Corporate Counsel College held in Chicago, IL on the topic, Shifting Societal Norms Creating a New Normal for Employers.
Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC compiled a 50 State Compendium of Premises Liability Law for 2015. In 2016, a Compendium on Recording Laws was prepared. These are available to our clients.
We are pleased to be a part of the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Summer Clerkship Program in which we have participated since 2014.
In 2014, Larry McClung, and Ebru Craft, then Lafarge’s Director of Risk Management, spoke at the Risk Management Society “RIMS” Annual National Conference, the topic: Using the CEO Method: Communication, Education and Opportunity in Claim Handling and Litigation Defense.
In 2015, Sheryl Anderson provided an in-house presentation to an insurer client on 1st Party Claim Handling.
On May 5, 2016, Wells, Anderson & Race attorneys presented at the CLM Greater Denver Chapter Education Event. The program examined the various types of claims made by Plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases and the various types of damages that may be claimed. The program also focused on the role of damages experts in evaluating and responding to such claims.
On December 2, 2015, Wells, Anderson & Race attorneys presented on ethical issues implicated in waiver of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine to the Denver chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
In 2016, the firm was once again a Bronze Sponsor of the Colorado Judicial Institute Judicial Excellence Dinner.
For over 15 years Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC has been a sponsor of the Annual CPCU All-Industry Day, held each year in November.
Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC was a contributor to the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado’s 2016-2017 Campaign for Justice.
Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC is delighted to announce that Paul Dinkelmeyer has been named a Member of the firm effective March 1, 2017.
Larry McClung is recognized as a top transportation lawyer by Martindale Hubbell.
Mary Wells is a board member and Secretary of the board for Warren Village, a nationally recognized non-profit leader for moving people from poverty to self-sufficiency.
Mary Wells is vice president of the Colorado Lawyers Trust Account Foundation (COLTAF).
Cathy Havener Greer is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Randolph College, her alma mater.