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James R. Henderson


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Jim Henderson is an associate in the Trial Department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. His practice focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation, with experience in a wide variety of contract, products liability, natural resources, and environmental matters. Mr. Henderson has represented a diverse range of clients, from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies. In 2015, he was recognized as an “Up-and-Coming Lawyer” by Law Week Colorado.

Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Henderson serves on the Board of Directors for the Family Resource Center Association and the Associate Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver. Mr. Henderson also previously served on the Mile High United Way Emerging Leaders Council Steering Committee and has been active in pro bono representation of clients, including through participation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado’s Civil Case Pro Bono Panel Program.

Mr. Henderson is admitted to practice in the state courts of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, as well as the federal courts for the District of Colorado, the District of Montana, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits.

Mr. Henderson received his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he was the senior articles editor for the Denver University Law Review, a general editor for the University of Denver Water Law Review, and a member of the Moot Court Board. In addition, he interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and for the Honorable Wiley Y. Daniel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Mr. Henderson was also awarded a Public Interest Law Group Fellowship to work with a human rights agency in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Prior to law school, Mr. Henderson spent five years as an associate pastor at a church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. In addition, he also attended graduate school at Yale University, where he served as a teaching fellow in the Political Science and International Studies departments.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a supermajor oil company in litigation involving approximately 100 plaintiffs alleging environmental property damages from historical copper smelting operations.
  • Represented a supermajor oil company in CERCLA litigation concerning the remediation of a former uranium mine site.
  • Represented a well services company in litigation involving alleged environmental property damage and personal injury.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a major automobile manufacturer in breach of warranty case.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an oil and gas client in a property ownership dispute.
  • Obtained offensive summary judgment for a client in a dispute involving breach of promissory notes.
  • Obtained a favorable arbitration award for an energy client in a natural gas royalty dispute.
  • First chair in pro bono federal jury trial representing a prison inmate asserting section 1983 civil rights claims.

Published Articles

  • "Settlement Should Never Be the Only Option," National Law Journal, September 11, 2018
  • "Sidestepping Preemption: Generic Drug Litigation in the Aftermath of Mensing," 63 FED'N DEF. & CORP. COUNS. 52 (2013) (with Jeffrey R. Pilkington)


University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., Order of St. Ives, 2012

Yale University, M.A., 2009

Life Pacific College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2002

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