Commercial Litigation

It is a fact of life and business that disputes will arise – among business partners, shareholders, competitors or anyone affected by their transactions. When our clients find themselves facing such a dispute, our trial lawyers zealously represent their interests throughout the process, whether that is at trial, arbitration, during settlement, or on appeal. Our trial attorneys are battle tested. We regularly try state and federal, civil and criminal cases for clients of all sizes before juries, courts, arbitrators and administrative hearings officers – in Colorado and throughout the nation. Our trial lawyers conduct litigation planning, all forms of pre-trial motions and discovery, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution, trials, and appeals at all levels. Our extensive experience gives us an advantage in preparing cases for trial and negotiating favorable settlements. We are proud of the substantial record of our trial lawyers – including many former prosecutors and public defenders.

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP trial attorneys have particular expertise in high-stakes and high-value business disputes, civil litigation, and natural resources litigation. Our team has represented clients in industries that run the gamut from oil and gas to wind and solar, technology to construction. With a team of more than 40 lawyers, clients benefit from our bench strength and the specialized knowledge each individual attorney carries.

The best resolution may not mean going to the ends of the earth. This is why we take great care to evaluate cases, efficiently staff them, conduct targeted discovery, and employ appropriate technological support, such that our litigation makes the ultimate business sense for our clients.

DGS lawyers offer alternative methods of dispute resolution when conventional litigation is not available or is not the most effective way to resolve a problem. We counsel clients on interpretation of arbitration and dispute resolution clauses, as well as choice of law and forum selection provisions.

The DGS litigation team is frequently recognized for their trial achievements. Chambers & Partners recently remarked that the DGS “trial department continues to impress in the Colorado market.” Several DGS partners have been named Litigation Stars by Benchmark Litigation, and have been named in Colorado Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.

Recent Experience

  • Defended a $15 million class action in federal court alleging that our client, a large insurance exchange company, did not provide a discount for safety features to the class of auto insureds in violation of a Nevada statute. A jury trial was avoided when our motion for judgment on the pleadings was granted on the grounds that the matter should have been handled administratively.
  • Represented software app company against a large aviation company in connection with the development of apps for the display of aviation airport charts. The jury awarded $43.1 million in favor of our client on claims of breach of contract, fraud, and intentional interference.
  • Represented an independent energy company in a putative class action brought on behalf of royalty owners seeking the recovery of royalties on all gas flared from North Dakota wells. We served as lead counsel of a joint defense group in approximately 10 related cases making similar allegations against all major North Dakota producers. All of these cases were dismissed.
  • Regularly handle environmental and natural resources claims valued in excess of $100 million for several major oil and gas companies.

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