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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 malpracticeproduct 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 been repeatedly named a “Colorado Super Lawyer,” was named 2014 Best Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer by Law Week Colorado, and appears consistently in 5280 Magazine’s annual list of “Top Lawyers in Denver.”

Mr. Woodruff has recovered over $140 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:

  • $22.5 million settlement for a brain-injured child that is the largest known medical malpractice settlement in Colorado (2016)
  • $7 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)
  • $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).
  • $3 million settlement for a 66-year old man who became permanently paralyzed after medical staff failed to recognize a spinal injury. The award was one of the largest jury verdicts in Pueblo County history.

He also has the distinction of having obtained the largest known medical malpractice arbitration award in U.S. history ( $70 million) in a birth injury case in California. For his success in that landmark case, he received the prestigious “Case of the Year” award from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association in 2012.

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 more than a decade, 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
  • 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 - 2020
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Attorney David S. Woodruff Has Recovered Millions of Dollars for His Clients
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Settlement for Woman Injured by Defective Cream Whipper $5 Million

    $5 million defective product settlement. David Woodruff represented a young woman severely injured by a “cream whipper” that exploded in her face, fracturing her skull in 7 places, causing extensive brain injury and permanent damage to her vestibular system.

  • Largest Verdict in Fort Collins, for a Woman Paralyzed Due to Misdiagnosis $3.9 Million

    David Woodruff helped his client receive a $3.9 million verdict, the largest ever in Fort Collins, in a case where a woman was paralyzed on her right side due to a misdiagnosis in the Emergency Room in 2006.

  • Case Against Hospital That Failed to Recognize Spinal Injury $3 Million

    A Colorado man was awarded $3 million after hospital staff failed to recognize a spinal injury, causing him to become permanently paralyzed.

  • Wrongful Death Resulting from HMO Patient Neglect $1.5 Million

    Settlement following jury trial for family of a man who died from HMO patient neglect.

  • Settlement for Girl Who Suffered from Drug Overdose $1.3 Million

    Settlement to a girl who suffered Stevens-Johnson Syndrome due to lamotrigine overdose.

  • Product Liability Settlement Involving Defective Space Header $1.1 Million

    Settlement to girl severely burned by a defective space heater.

  • Settlement for a Man Who Suffered a Heart After Taking Adderall $950 Thousand

    Settlement to widow of man who suffered heart attack from taking Adderall.

  • Settlement for Widow of Husband Who Died in Surgery $900 Thousand

    Settlement to widow for husband’s death from wound hematoma following spine surgery.

  • Settlement for Client Who Suffered Drug Overdose $700 Thousand

    Settlement to man who suffered Stevens-Johnson Syndrome due to overdose of lamotrigine.

  • Delayed Diagnosis of Brain Tumor $650 Thousand

    Arbitration award against Kaiser Permanente for delayed diagnosis of brain tumor.

  • Settlement for Client Injured in a T-Bone Accident $500 Thousand

    Settlement to a man severely injured in a T-bone car accident.

  • Settlement for Family of Boy Killed by Synthetic Marijuana $450 Thousand

    Settlement to family of boy killed by synthetic marijuana sold by convenience store.

  • Settlement for Boy Beaten by Religious Sect $450 Thousand

    Settlement for 15-year old boy beaten by Colorado religious sect.

  • Product Liability Case Involving Faulty Ankle Monitoring Bracelet $425 Thousand

    Settlement to family of woman murdered by inmate due to faulty ankle monitoring bracelet.

  • Case Involving Misdiagnosed Heart Attack $400 Thousand

    Settlement to man severely injured by misdiagnosed heart attack.

  • Settlement for Client Injured in Rear-End Car Accident $300 Thousand

    Settlement following jury verdict to man injured in rear-end car accident.

  • Premises Liability Case Involving Fatal Slip & Fall at Hospital $300 Thousand

    Settlement to family of elderly man who died from fall at hospital.

  • Settlement for Client Who Contracted Infection from Pedicure Spa $240 Thousand

    Settlement to customer who had three toes amputated after contracting infection from pedicure spa.

  • Settlement in Wrongful Death Nursing Home Case $200 Thousand

    Settlement to children of woman killed by blunt trauma in nursing home.

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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