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David S. Woodruff

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Nationally Recognized Medical Malpractice Lawyer

David S. Woodruff is an experienced and award-winning Colorado attorney specializing in medical malpractice, product liability, and other complex cases involving catastrophic injury and death. Listed in “Best Lawyers in America,” Mr. Woodruff is nationally recognized as one of the nation’s leading plaintiff’s medical malpractice attorneys. He has twice been awarded the prestigious Colorado Trial Lawyers Association “Case of the Year” award (2012 and 2022). He has been repeatedly named a “Colorado Super Lawyer” and appears consistently in 5280 Magazine’s annual list of “Top Lawyers in Denver.” He has been repeatedly recognized by Law Week Colorado as the best lawyer in his field: Best Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer 2014, Best Personal Injury Lawyer 2019, and Best Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer 2022.

Mr. Woodruff has recovered over $230 million for his clients with record-setting settlements and jury verdicts involving medical malpractice, hospital errors, and defective and dangerous products. His trial practice today focuses largely on helping injured children and their families. He has handled some of the largest and most complex child and birth injury cases in the nation and has received national recognition for his ground-breaking work in representing babies who have been injured or killed during the labor/delivery process.

Some of his notable achievements include:

  • $88.5 million hospital settlement for a group of patients injured by a hospital’s failed sterilization practices, the largest known hospital settlement in Colorado (2022)
  • $4 million recovery after jury verdict for a man paralyzed due to a hospital emergency department misdiagnosis, the largest jury verdict in Pueblo County history (2019)
  • $8.6 million recovery after a jury verdict for a child injured during birth in Colorado Springs (2017)
  • $5 million defective product settlement for a young lady injured by an exploding “Whipped Cream Dispenser” kitchen product (2017)
  • $22.5 million settlement for a brain-injured child, the largest known medical malpractice settlement in Colorado (2016)
  • $15 million jury verdict in Colorado Springs, the largest medical malpractice verdict in Colorado history at the time, for a young man who suffered permanent spinal cord injury due to an emergency department misdiagnosis (2013)
  • $4 million recovery after a jury verdict in a case involving a misdiagnosed stroke (2012)
  • $70 million arbitration award in a birth injury case in California.

Mr. Woodruff has twice received the prestigious “Case of the Year” award from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, for his $70 million birth injury award (2012) and his $88.5 million hospital settlement (2022).

Additionally, attorney David S. Woodruff has been instrumental in changing the law in Colorado. In 2016, he won the landmark Colorado Supreme Court case P.W. v. Childrens Hospital, changing the law to protect patients. In 2021 he won another instrumental case in the Colorado Supreme Court, Camp v. Porter Adventist Hospital, on behalf of nearly 200 patients injured by a hospital’s failure to sterilize surgical instruments. In 2022, he once again changed the law, winning the landmark Supreme Court case Rudnicki v. Bianco and changing the common law to expand the rights of children injured in Colorado. He also co-authored and testified in the Colorado legislature to help pass the Colorado Candor Act, a groundbreaking law that helps patients and physicians resolve cases without lawsuits.

Education & Legal Career

Mr. Woodruff is a former Assistant Attorney General of Texas. He was raised in a family of physicians, attended college at Southern Methodist University, and received his Master’s degree from the University of Southern California. He earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was a Presidential Scholar and mock trial champion. He spent many years defending doctors and hospitals in medical negligence claims but realized that he believed strongly in helping victims. For nearly two decades, Mr. Woodruff has devoted himself exclusively to representing injured individuals and families in catastrophic injury cases. As a father of four children himself, Mr. Woodruff believes deeply in fighting for children who have been injured.

Mr. Woodruff serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and is a long-time member of the American Association for Justice. He has also served on the Board of Governors for the Colorado Bar Association. In 2015 he was inducted into the exclusive American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) for his excellence and devotion to the art of trial advocacy.

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Past Employment

Prior to joining the team at Denver Trial Lawyers ®, Attorney Woodruff served as the Assistant Attorney General of Texas. He also spent a number of years with a multinational law firm and a mid-sized Colorado insurance defense firm, representing a variety of health care professionals and organizations in various healthcare-related claims.

Today, Attorney Woodruff’s practice is wholly devoted to representing the injured and their loved ones in catastrophic injury cases. He has handled a wide range of medical cases involving complex injuries.

Past Employment Positions

  • Attorney General of Texas, Assistant Attorney General, 1997 – 1999
  • Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP, Associate, Complex Litigation, 1999 – 2001
  • Kennedy & Christophe, P.C., Denver, Colorado, 2001 – 2005
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2005 – 2010, Board of Directors
  • Colorado Bar Association, Board of Governors
  • Denver Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Director
  • American Association for Justice
  • Board of Directors for the Colorado Trial Lawyers
  • Coaches a 5-Year Old Girls’ Soccer Team, the “Lady Bugs”
  • Sigma Chi
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year Aug 18, 2022
    Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year
  • Top Lawyers in Denver 5280 Magazine compiles an annual list of approximately 400 premier attorneys in nearly 50 specialties across the Denver metro area. Attorneys are selected based on diligent research as to the quality of service and representation.
    Top Lawyers in Denver
  • Best Lawyers - 2023
    Best Lawyers - 2023


  • Birth Injury Involving Misuse of Drug to Induce Labor $70 Million
  • Largest Medical Malpractice Settlement in Colorado $22.3 Million
  • Medical Malpractice Verdict for Victim of Paralysis $15 Million
  • Birth Injury Verdict Involving a Misplaced Device $7.2 Million
  • Settlement for Woman Injured by Defective Cream Whipper $5 Million
  • Largest Verdict in Fort Collins, for a Woman Paralyzed Due to Misdiagnosis $3.9 Million
  • Case Against Hospital That Failed to Recognize Spinal Injury $3 Million
  • Wrongful Death Resulting from HMO Patient Neglect $1.5 Million
  • Settlement for Girl Who Suffered from Drug Overdose $1.3 Million
  • Product Liability Settlement Involving Defective Space Header $1.1 Million
  • Settlement for a Man Who Suffered a Heart After Taking Adderall $950 Thousand
  • Settlement for Widow of Husband Who Died in Surgery $900 Thousand
  • Settlement for Client Who Suffered Drug Overdose $700 Thousand
  • Delayed Diagnosis of Brain Tumor $650 Thousand
  • Settlement for Client Injured in a T-Bone Accident $500 Thousand
  • Settlement for Family of Boy Killed by Synthetic Marijuana $450 Thousand
  • Settlement for Boy Beaten by Religious Sect $450 Thousand
  • Product Liability Case Involving Faulty Ankle Monitoring Bracelet $425 Thousand
  • Case Involving Misdiagnosed Heart Attack $400 Thousand
  • Settlement for Client Injured in Rear-End Car Accident $300 Thousand
  • Premises Liability Case Involving Fatal Slip & Fall at Hospital $300 Thousand
  • Settlement for Client Who Contracted Infection from Pedicure Spa $240 Thousand
  • Settlement in Wrongful Death Nursing Home Case $200 Thousand

Client testimonials

Hear What Clients Have to Say About Attorney David S. Woodruff
  • David Woodruff and his team worked long and hard for my settlement.

    “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.
  • Thank you, David Woodruff, for all your hard work.

    “They helped my family bring justice to our son. Thank you, David Woodruff, for all your hard work.”

    - Star S.
  • Mr. Woodruff never gave up.

    “Thanks to Mr. Woodruff for never giving up and helping us, even though his plate was so full of other clients. He never pushed us off to the side nor quit helping us. [...] Thank you, Mr. Woodruff and Mr. Sloane, from the bottom of our hearts.”

    - Jon F.

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