Representative Cases

Federal Cases:

Successfully prevailed on complex special education issues – Tyler v. St. Vrain Valley School District, 2011 WL 1045434 (D. Colo. 2011)

Successfully defeated civil rights claims of employees asserted against school districts – Glaser v. Academy School District 20, 2005 WL 259247 (D. Colo. 2001);Bartell v. Aurora Public Schools, 263 F.3d 1143 (10th Cir. 2001)

Successfully appealed and overturned District Court Order mandating arbitration – Avedon Engineering, Inc. v. Seatex, 126 F.3d 1279 (10th Cir. 1997)

Colorado Cases:

Obtained defense verdict on behalf of client developer against prescriptive easement claims by adjoining landowner – Lokounen v. Lyons Valley Park, Boulder District Court, 10CV805 (2010)

Prevailed on commercial product liability claims in district court and on appeal – Leprino Foods v. Feldmieier Equipment, Inc. 04CA0686 (Colo. App. 2005)

Represented Park County in a case which rejected an attempt to use the South Park aquifer for underground storage of water – Aurora v. Simpson, 105 P.3d 595 (Colo. 2005)

Successfully defended a taxpayer’s T.A.B.O.R. and election code challenge to a school district ballot issue involving a $3.1 million annual mill levy increase – Cacioppo v. Eagle County School District Re-50J, 92 P.3d 453 (Colo. 2004)

Represented  Park County in this case which determined the legal requirements for underground storage of water – Board of County Com’rs v. Park County Sportsmen’s Ranch, 45 P.3d 693 (Colo. 2002)

Represented Park County and was lead counsel in this case that determined that special water legislation applied only to the deep aquifers containing water east of the front range and not to aquifers in Park County – In re Water Rights of Park County, 986 P.2d 262 (Colo. 1999)

Successfully represented homeowners to protect their ownership and use of Denver aquifer ground water beneath the subdivision – Chatfield East Well Co. Ltd. v. Chatfield East Property Owners Assoc., 956 P.2d 1260 (Colo. 1998)

Expanded public policy wrongful discharge theory in Colorado – Rocky Mt. Hospital & Medical Service v. Mariani, 916 P.2d 519 (Colo. 1996); Mariani v. Rocky Mt. Hospital & Medical Service, 902 P.2d 429 (Colo. App. 1994)

Represented Park County in this case which preserved the seniority of water rights on the North Fork of the South Platte River – South Adams v. Broe, 812 P.2d 1161 (Colo. 1991)

Successfully defended a challenge to a parent’s removal of children from the State of Colorado – In re Marriage of Wells, 780 P.2d 62 (Colo. App. 1989)

Represented several water organizations and was lead counsel in this case that determined that water depletions caused by ground mining had to be replaced or augmented – Zigan v. Cache La Poudre, 758 P.2d 175 (Colo. 1988)