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Upcoming Events

Practical Tips for Young Lawyers Including: Billing (capturing time), Dealing with Jerks, and Managing Work-life Balance.

August 6, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Presented by:
Laura Martinez, Messner Reeves
Teri Vasquez, Bayer & Carey
April Connally, Hall & Evans

1 hour CLE applied for
CDLA Members Only Please

The presenters will provide practical tips for young lawyers including: billing (capturing time), dealing with jerks, and managing work life balance.
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Defending Brain SPECT Imaging Test for Traumatic Brain Injuries

August 11, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Presented by:

Joseph Sanchez, Harris, Karstaedt, Jamison & Powers

This program discusses: The presentation will focus on updating the current case law involving the admissibility of SPECT scans in the litigation of claims involving traumatic brain injuries and what has worked to keep SPECT scan evidence from being admitted into evidence.

Power Point Presentation will provide information on cases from 2018 – 2020 in Colorado and other jurisdictions who have litigated the admissibility of SPECT scans and how the defense presented their arguments against its admissibility, and the arguments presented from plaintiff’s counsel.

I will provide recommendations for attacking the admissibility of SPECT scans in TBI cases based on the experience of other defense counsel from the cases covered.
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Colorado Equal Pay Act

August 13, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Presented by:
Meredith McDonald, Special Counsel, Hall & Evans, LLC, and

Ashley Kelliher, Senior Assistant City Attorney, Denver City Attorney’s Office – Employment & Labor Law Section

The Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act goes into effect January 1, 2021. The Act is Colorado’s response to the wage gap between men and women. It prohibits all employers from discriminating in the amount or rate of employees’ wages solely on the basis of an employee’s gender. The Act creates a private cause of action similar to, but broader than, the federal Equal Pay Act, and it creates transparency measures enforceable by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to provide employees more information about promotional opportunities, pay ranges, and the historical pay practices at a given place of employment. Unlike the federal Equal Pay Act, which allows employers to assert a “catch all” affirmative defense by relying on “any other factor other than sex,” Colorado’s law provides just several reasons to justify a pay disparity.

Attendees will learn the differences between the federal and Colorado Equal Pay Acts, in preparation for defending state claims beginning next year. Attendees will also be versed on the outcome of past federal Equal Pay Act cases.
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CDLA Legislative Update

August 19, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Presented by:
Brandon Hull, Overturf McGath & Hull, and
Meredith McDonald, Hall & Evans

This program will provide an overview of the more significant pieces of legislation that were passed by the Colorado legislature in 2019 and 2020 that are relevant to the defense bar. Areas of the law include employment, arbitration, insurance, construction, civil procedure, and CCPA. The discussion will also include an overview of national trends and legislation that is likely to be introduced in the 2021 Colorado legislative session.
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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. What is it and how to defend CRPS claims?

August 28, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Presented by:
Dr. Annu Ramaswamy, Rocky Mountain Medical Group

1.5 hours CLE applied for
CDLA Members Only Please

What is CRPS? What are the symptoms, and how is it diagnosed. How do the medical treatment guidelines assist in diagnosis and treatment, are do they hamper the situation. Can it be cured? Can it be controlled? What treatments are successful, which are not? What is needed to properly defend a CRPS claim and are multiple IMES/tests necessary?
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CDLA Membership Application and Renewal

Our members are among the most elite defense attorneys in Colorado. CDLA is a statewide organization that is nearly 750 members strong who benefit from access to resources and tools for legal professionals who strive to provide superior and balanced service to their clients.

CDLA Membership Application and Renewal

Want to contact our legislative committee? Please direct those questions to:

Bo Donegan
Executive Director
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association


Covid-19 Resources

We rely heavily on in-person CLEs for our educational seminars, but the COVID-19 virus has changed our method of delivery. Therefore, the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association will conduct webinars and promote them until further notice. The July 2020 Conference has been cancelled but we are excited that in July 2021 two Past Presidents, Jan Spies and Rob Jones will be co-hosting their conference in Tamaya, New Mexico, right outside Santa Fe.

Here are some helpful links:

Click here for COVID-19 Resources.

Click here for COVID-19 Small Business Response Resources.

Click here for official State of Colorado COVID-19 website.

Click here for help and resources from the Colorado Lawyer Assistance program (COLAP).

Download tips for teleworking and staying calm during difficult and changing times.


COVID-19 Stay at Home Blues, by Scott Nixon




CDLA Officers

Christopher Reeves, President
Waltz / Reeves

Natalie Lien, Vice President
Marathon Petroleum

Michele Choe, Treasurer & 2020 Conference Chair
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell

Meredith McDonald, Secretary and 2022 Conference Chair
Hall & Evans

** Note 2021 Conference Chairs:

Jan Spies
Spies Powers & Robinson

Rob Jones
Paul Edwards and Associates

Full list of board members


CDLA's Diversity Statement

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association has the goal of promoting diversity within the legal community and assisting charitable organizations with a relation to the civil defense community. Charity, outreach and diversity must be viewed as a perpetual practice rather than reaching certain numerical markers. Charity, outreach and diversity efforts require sustained commitment, leadership, innovation and financial support. Through the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Foundation ("Foundation"), we are committed to leveraging our collective efforts through partnerships and alliances in order to foster leadership, awareness and communications enabling an environment of good will and inclusiveness within our Association membership. We also are committed to using the Foundation to advance charitable interests or organizations with a relation to the civil defense community, as determined by the Foundation.

Bo Donegan
Executive Director
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
643 Dexter Street
Denver, CO 80220

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