Jeff's practice focuses on commercial litigation within the financial services industry. He has handled litigation and disputes for corporations and partnerships, including fiduciary duty claims, derivative actions and dissenters' rights litigation, and he has served as special litigation counsel for boards of directors in shareholders derivative actions. Jeff also has represented lending institutions and debtors in lender liability and creditor rights litigation.
His experience includes:
•Defending a client against claims brought by the At Home general unsecured creditors liquidating trust, which ultimately were favorably resolved in bankruptcy court.
•Representing a subsidiary of AIG in a multimillion-dollar breach of contract case.
In addition, Jeff's legal representation includes clients in copyright, trademark and patents cases, as well as officers, directors, issuers and professionals in class and individual actions regarding federal and state securities and claims involving the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). He has represented clients in eight consolidated securities and RICO class action matters in the Southern District of Louisiana. He also has represented clients in contract and tort disputes relating to mineral leases, take or pay contracts, operations and relationships among working interest owners and all forms of complex commercial contract litigation.
With more than 18 years of media litigation, Jeff has experience in copyrights, confidential sources, editorial privilege, subpoenas, shield laws, defamation, invasion of privacy, prepublication review and television in the courtroom.
Jeff has prosecuted and defended lawyers and law firms in cases involving legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and related torts.
Awards and Recognitions
American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow
•The Best Lawyers In America, Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law, 1989-2015; Denver Bet-The-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2012; Denver First Amendment Law Lawyer of the Year, 2013
•Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Commercial Litigation, 2003-2014
•Colorado Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2006-2014; Top 100, 2012-2014; Top 50, 2006-2011; Top 10, 2006-2012
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
Chief Justice Edward Pringle, Colorado Supreme Court, 1974-1975
•Defended a client against claims brought by the At Home Corp. general unsecured creditors liquidating trust, which ultimately were resolved in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The bankruptcy court estimated the more than $2 billion in claims at zero. In re Old UGC Inc. (Case No. 04-10156 (BRL))
•Represented a subsidiary of AIG in a multimillion-dollar breach of contract case. Obtained a settlement on terms favorable to the client. AIMCO v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, et al.
•Represented an international cable television company as its lead counsel in an 11-week federal court jury trial in which jury returned $125.5 million verdict, the largest in Colorado history. The case was a fraud and contract dispute regarding the development and ownership of the cable TV system in Hong Kong. The verdict was later affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court, after which the client collected approximately $200 million. United International Holdings Inc. v. Wharf (Holdings) Limited, et al.
•Settled a claim filed in New York for tens of millions of dollars relating to a breach by defendants of programming agreements for cable television in Japan. Global Japan Inc. v. Hughes Electronics Corp., et al.
•Following a three-week trial in a dissenters' rights case to appraise the value of a restaurant chain's stock, obtained an award that was almost four times the amount of the company's appraised value. Quizno's Corp. v. Fagan, et al.
•Represented the third-largest telecommunications company in the U.S. in a complex commercial dispute involving breach of contract and business-tort claims. Approximately $150 million was in dispute and a favorable settlement was obtained for the client. Qwest Communications International Inc., et al. v. KMC Telecom LLC, et al.
•Obtained a favorable settlement in a securities and RICO case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Washington National Life Insurance Co. of New York and Washington National Insurance Co. v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., et al.
•Represented a plaintiff class against a national restaurant chain and others asserting claims of securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and related tort. The case was settled very favorably to client early in the litigation. Nickerson v. Quizno's Corp., et al.
•Obtained a favorable settlement in a multiparty case lasting several years in Los Angeles, involving securities and common-law claims arising out of a failed bond issue. Wells Fargo Bank N.A., et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
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