Stephen W. Wahlberg

Partner

Founding Partner of Denver Trial Lawyers

Since 1981, Steve Wahlberg has stood for the individual and battled insurance companies and giant corporations. He is one of the founding partners of The Denver Trial Lawyers, building a firm dedicated to helping those who have suffered serious injuries and wrongful death. Steve is one of the most decorated trial lawyers in Colorado. In 1984, he obtained a $750,000 wrongful death verdict in Federal Court—even though he was only 2 ½ years out of Law School. Steve’s trial teams have received the largest verdicts in Colorado in 1984, 1989, 1999, 2004, 2012 and 2016.

Steve was the 50th Colorado Attorney admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates—at a time when there were 40,000 attorneys in Colorado. He was elected President of the Colorado Chapter of ABOTA in 2008.

Steve has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association for the past 16 years.

In 2014 and 2016, Steve was recognized by Law Week as the Best Personal Injury Attorney in Colorado. Steve and his partner, David Woodruff, have been recognized as Best Personal Injury and Best Medical Malpractice Lawyers by 5280 Magazine in 2016 and 2017.

Steve has been named to Best Lawyers in America since 2003 and was voted the Top Personal Injury Lawyer in Denver by that organization in 2016.

Steve served as lead counsel in the McDonald v. Horizon Coach Lines – resulting in a $6,000,000 jury verdict in December 2016 and has tried over 50 cases to verdict.

Steve has appeared on Good Morning America, MSNBC, and numerous local television and radio stations. He frequently lectures at high schools and law schools and Continuing Legal Education Programs.

Steve is known for his innovative trial techniques, including state-of-the-art technology, interactive exhibits and medical animations to help inform and persuade jurors.

Steve and his wife Judye have been married for 30 years and enjoy international travel, cultural expeditions, fine dining and dark humor. Steve is an avid reader, history buff, hiker, skier and weaver of tall tales.

Past Employment Positions

  • Keller, Wahlberg, Morrato & Sloane, Managing Partner, 1991 – 2003

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year - Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiffs 2016, 2018
  • Colorado Super Lawyers 2006 - 2017
  • 5280 Magazine, "Top Lawyers - Plaintiffs Personal Injury" 2016 & 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America® since 2003 - Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation
  • AV rating® Martindale – Hubbell®
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member



5280 Magazine recently released its annual list of the very best attorneys in the Denver metro area. We’re proud to announce that our own Stephen Wahlberg and David Woodruff have been included. The magazine invited practicing attorneys in the Denver metro area to vote for the colleagues and contemporaries they respect most in 49 different legal specialties. David was recognized for his work in the medical malpractice field, while Stephen was acknowledged for his personal injury work.

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Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2002 – 2009, Co-Chair of Auto Litigation Committee, Speaker, 2005 – Present, Speaker – CTLA Convention, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, President, 2008 – 2009, Vice-President, 2007 – 2008, Secretary / Treasurer, 2006 – 2007
  • American Association of Justice
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, 2008 – Present
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyers Care, Inc.
  • Colorado Bar Association, 1981 – Present
  • Denver Bar Association, 1981 – Present
  • $1,100,000

    Car Accident

  • $1,100,000

    Car Accident

  • $2,100,000

    Airplane Accident

  • $450,000

    Car Accident

  • $2,600,000

    Truck Accident

  • Confidential

    Car Accident

  • $6,012,000

    Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident

  • $4,444,750

    Car Accident

  • $2,750,000

    Car Accident

  • $1,450,000

    Car Accident

  • $1,400,000

    Car Accident

  • $1,250,000

    Car Accident

  • $575,000

    Car Accident

  • $500,000

    Truck Accident

  • $937,500

    Car Accident

  • $913,554

    Truck Accident

  • $750,000

    Gross Negligence

  • $575,000

    Truck Accident

  • $500,000

    Car Accident

  • $450,000

    Medical Malpractice

  • $413,000

    Motorcycle Accident

  • $250,000

    Car Accident

  • Confidential Settlement

    Medical Malpractice

  • $8,910,000

    Car Accident

  • $2,730,000

    Car Accident

  • $850,000

    Premises Liability

  • $1,600,000

    Truck Accident

  • $550,000

    Car Accident

  • Confidential

    Car Accident

  • $620,000

    Motorcycle Accident

  • $1,118,760

    Truck Accident

  • $228,750

    Car Accident

  • Confidential

    Car Accident

  • $350,000

    Motorcycle Accident

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