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Stephen W. Wahlberg

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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.

Award-Winning & Nationally Recognized

  • 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 Colorado as the Best Personal Injury Attorney in Colorado.
  • Steve has been recognized as a Top Lawyer – Plaintiff’s Personal Injury by 5280 Magazine since 2016.
  • 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 has been named the People’s Choice for Best Personal Injury Attorney, according to Law Week Colorado‘s Barrister’s Best Survey, for 2017 and for 2020.
  • 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 was awarded the prestigious Professionalism Award by the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association for 2019.  Each year the CDLA selects one member from the opposite side of the aisle who exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism.

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.

Past Employment
  • Keller, Wahlberg, Morrato & Sloane, Managing Partner, 1991 – 2003
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2002 – 2009
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Co-Chair of Auto Litigation Committee, Speaker, 2005 – Present
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Speaker – CTLA Convention, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, President, 2008 – 2009
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Vice-President, 2007 – 2008
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Secretary / Treasurer, 2006 – 2007
  • American Association for 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
  • 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
  • Barrister's Best, People's Choice - 2017
    Barrister's Best, People's Choice - 2017
  • Barrister's Best, People's Choice - 2019
    Barrister's Best, People's Choice - 2019
  • Barrister's Best, People's Choice - 2016
    Barrister's Best, People's Choice - 2016
  • Best Lawyers - 2023
    Best Lawyers - 2023


  • Drunk Driving Accident Resulting in Rollover Collision $8.91 Million
  • The Largest Personal Injury Verdict in Colorado in 2016 $6 Million
  • Jury Verdict for the Family of a Driver Killed in a Highway Speed Collision $4.44 Million
  • Case Involving a Passenger Hit by a Drunk Driver $2.73 Million
  • Settlement Against a Reckless Truck Driver $2.6 Million
  • Judgment Against a Driver That Drove Into a Construction Zone $2.2 Million
  • Airplane Crash Resulting in Wrongful Death $2.1 Million
  • Injury Resulting from Granite Falling Off Truck $1.12 Million
  • Settlement for a Client Injured in a Motorcycle-to-Motorcycle Collision $620 Thousand

Client testimonials

Hear What Clients Have to Say About Attorney Stephen W. Wahlberg
  • Went above and beyond in their empathetic approach.

    “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.
  • Steve Wahlberg handled our very difficult case with brilliance.

    “This professional team led by Steve Wahlberg handled our very difficult case with brilliance. Every chess move was outlined from the start and proven to be spot on. The team helped our family to align our goals and expectations for the case with the law.”

    - D. F.
  • Never lost sight of the human element of his very important work.

    “Not only is Steve a competent attorney who worked tirelessly on my behalf, but he is also a kind and compassionate individual who never lost sight of the human element of his very important work.”

    - Kara N.
  • Highly recommend this law firm!

    “I worked with Jordan McAdams and Stephen Wahlberg after being injured in a car accident. Being a young adult and needing a first lawyer ever can be very intimidating, however, I am so happy I chose to work with such a professional, attentive team.”

    - Tyler A.

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.

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