Cases of Social Impact

Fighting For a Cause

Learn How Denver Trial Lawyers Has Made a Difference

As lawyers, we are in a position to help everyday people fight back against injustice. However, our duty does not end when we walk out of the courtroom. Our team at Denver Trial Lawyers is strongly committed to advocating for a fairer system that makes it easier for the injured to find justice and properly penalizes bad actors.

Because we are a firm with significant resources and legal talent, we are often brought on to high-profile cases that influence local debates and politics. We are proud to play a role in these important discussions. Our team has also worked with local advocacy groups to craft and support legislation as it moves through the Colorado government. At the end of the day, we want a safer, fairer Colorado for all.

Corporate Accountability

Employers often skirt around the edges of the law, creating situations that endanger workers or further discrimination. However, they can also use the law to avoid consequences for their behavior. For example, employers are typically seen to have vicarious liability in accidents caused by their workers. In essence, they can be held responsible for an overworked and exhausted truck driver who runs a red light and causes a pile-up. However, thanks to a 2017 decision by the Colorado Supreme Court, an employer can block victims from suing them by admitting they hold vicarious liability. It’s an obvious situation of the law being backward, and it needs to be fixed.

Attorney Michael Nimmo helped craft legislation to ensure accident victims are allowed to sue companies using vicarious liability. “It’s just about holding corporations liable for their own negligent conduct. And if you don’t do that, then what incentive do they have to not be negligent?” he said in an interview with Law Week Colorado.

Medical Malpractice & negligence

While most doctors and nurses take their oath to do no harm seriously, people die every year because medical professionals either make mistakes or fail to recognize a need for treatment. Making sure these practitioners face public consequences for their actions matters. Filing medical malpractice suits can bring attention to these tragic deaths and injuries that might otherwise go unrecognized.

When we take a medical malpractice claim, we focus first and foremost on our client, and second on accountability. Hospitals or facilities may be the root of the problem if their systems are harmful or outdated. Or, an individual may simply deserve to have their license revoked so they cannot hurt any other patients. Whatever the answer, we dig deep to find the root cause of a case of malpractice so we can shine light on it—and push for change on behalf of those affected by medical negligence.

Sexual Assault and Abuse

We may never know how serious a problem child sexual assault is because of the difficulties survivors face in deciding whether to come forward with their stories. Stigma, shame, and the negative pressure often applied by defendants in these cases all incentivize survivors to stay quiet. Unfortunately, by the time many individuals feel safe telling their story, the statute of limitations prevents them from filing a lawsuit against the person or organization that wronged them.

Senate Bill 88, which Michael Nimmo advised legislators on, will change the statute of limitations for child sex abuse. Instead of giving survivors at most 6 years after reaching the age of majority, the new law opens up the statute of limitations and allows people to pursue legal remedies for child sexual abuse dating back to 1960. The law is set to go into effect at the beginning of 2022. This has been a hard fight, but we are glad to see our state taking steps toward justice.


Over a BillionDollars Recovered for Our Clients
  • University of Michigan/Dr. Robert Anderson Sexual Abuse $490 Million

    $490 million settlement on behalf of more than 1000 men sexually abused by Dr. Robert Anderson. The largest known sexual abuse settlement on behalf of male victims in the history of the United States.

  • USA Gymnastics/USOPC Larry Nasser Sexual Abuse $380 Million

    We represented multiple survivors in the case against USA Gymnastics and U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee for the sexual abuse by Larry Nassar resulting in a $380M settlement.

  • Birth Injury Involving Misuse of Drug to Induce Labor $70 Million

    $70 million arbitration award, the largest known medical malpractice arbitration award in U.S. history. David S Woodruff handled this birth injury case involving an HMO labor/delivery unit that misused Cytotec, a drug used to induce labor.

  • Settlement for Individuals Injured by a Defective Product $23 Million

    Settlement for group of individuals injured by a defective product. Dan Sloane was a member of a national team of lawyers who helped secure this settlement. The largest single settlement in the country was paid to Dan’s individual client.

  • Largest Medical Malpractice Settlement in Colorado $22.3 Million

    $22.3 million medical malpractice settlement. In 2016 David Woodruff obtained the largest known medical malpractice settlement in Colorado.

  • Medical Malpractice Verdict for Victim of Paralysis $15 Million

    A jury handed down a $15 million verdict to a man who was paralyzed from the chest down just hours after a doctor at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs discharged him. It’s the largest sum ever awarded in a medical malpractice suit in Colorado.

  • Drunk Driving Accident Resulting in Rollover Collision $8.91 Million

    Rollover collision – Steve Wahlberg represented the driver of a vehicle struck by a drunk driver. The Court entered judgment of $4,455,000 including 1.5 million in physical impairment, $4,455,000 in punitive damages.

  • Commercial Vehicle Accident Resulting in Catastrophic Injury $8 Million

    An attorney from our firm served as lead counsel in a contested liability accident involving a commercial vehicle. Our client was catastrophically injured and he successfully negotiated a $8,000,000 settlement on her behalf.

  • Birth Injury Verdict Involving a Misplaced Device $7.2 Million

    $7 million medical malpractice jury verdict. David Woodruff handled this birth injury case, which culminated in a 2-week jury trial in Colorado Springs. The case involved a physician who misplaced a “vacuum extraction device” while delivering the infant.

  • The Largest Personal Injury Verdict in Colorado in 2016 $6 Million

    Steve Wahlberg received the largest personal injury verdict in Colorado in 2016. They represented a pedestrian who was run over by a bus. The jury awarded the fourth largest verdict in Colorado History for permanent physical impairment.

Client testimonials

Real Stories From Real People
  • “Dan Sloane is very professional and impressed me during negotiations with his clever strategies. He sincerely cares and seeks justice. Dan knows what he's doing and won our case for us.”

    - Julie D.
  • “David Woodruff and his team worked long and hard for my settlement. They were able to get more than I expected. I would highly recommend them.”

    - Heather N.
  • “Michael Nimmo took my case that a dozen other lawyers rejected. He was incredibly thorough backing up everything with my doctors. He was supportive, caring, and obviously legally astute. He won the case and the award helped me to transition to retirement.”

    - Patty M.
  • “Throughout the entire process, Stephen Wahlberg and his staff were professional, timely, and went above and beyond in their empathetic approach to the family and diligence and confidence in pursuing the case. I highly recommend him to anyone.”

    - Catrina A.
  • “Dan Sloane of Denver Trial Lawyers was always there and helped guide me step by step through the process. He made the case easier for me to understand. I recommend him highly! Very trustworthy!”

    - Esther G.
  • “I trusted him so much”

    - Christina

Why Hire Denver Trial Lawyers

  • Over a Billion in Recoveries

    We have represented thousands of individuals against insurance companies and corporations, recovering more than a billion dollars in the process.

  • A Voice for Change

    Attorneys at our firm have been at the helm of cases that have gone on to influence legislation, change laws, and impact society for the better.

  • We Won't Settle for Less

    We are trial lawyers through and through, and we will take your case as far as it can go. Our attorneys have tried 100+ cases with extraordinary results.

  • No Cost Unless We Win

    We represent clients on a contingency fee basis. We only get paid if we win your case.

  • Serving Our Community

    Giving back to our community is extremely important to us. We support a number of charitable programs.

  • A Passion for Justice

    Our goal is to level the playing field between our clients and the large companies and corporations they are up against.

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