John F. Hensley: Lawyer with Hensley & Kennedy, P.C.

John F. Hensley


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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Employment Law
  • Zoning, Planning and Land Use
  • Unfair Competition
  • Trade Secrets
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Professional Liability
  • Mediation
  • Partnership Law
  • Mechanics Liens
  • Limited Liability Company Law
  • Homeowners Association Law
  • Financial Services Law
  • Foreclosures
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment Contracts
  • Equipment Finance and Leasing
  • Creditors Rights
  • Debtor and Creditor
  • Corporate Law
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Defects
  • Construction Litigation
  • Condominium Law
  • Complex Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Leases and Leasing
  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Leasing
  • Banks and Banking
  • Commercial Banking
  • Arbitration
  • Bankruptcy Chapter 11
  • Business Arbitration
  • Business Formation
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Mediation
  • Business Organization
  • Business Planning
  • Business Start-Ups
  • Small Business Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Appellate Practice
  • Patents
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Residential Real Estate
Contact InfoTelephone: 303-447-0157
Fax: 303-440-7255
University Ohio Northern University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1976
Law SchoolUniversity of Cincinnati, J.D., 1979
Admitted1980, Colorado and U.S. District Court of Colorado; 2011, District of Columbia; 1990, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Courts of Nebraska and Utah; Pro Hac Vice in Nebraska and Minnesota
Memberships Colorado and Boulder County Bar Associations; American Bankruptcy Institute.
BornWilmington, Ohio, March 14, 1954

Mr. Hensley has more than 30 years of transaction and litigation experience with the result that he is comfortable whether at the head of a conference table or as the lead counsel in the courtroom. This combination of extensive transactional and litigation experience allows him to advise clients in a manner designed to avoid the resolution of disputes through litigation while at the same time being sensitive to how documents drafted for clients and positions taken by clients can impact their likelihood of success if litigation of a dispute is unavoidable and his representation of the client goes to the courtroom.

Mr. Hensley's litigation practice covers a broad range of complex commercial and business matters, including trials and appeals in the state and federal courts. He has extensive experience representing banks and other creditors, both in the state courts and in the Bankruptcy Courts in Colorado. Mr. Hensley has successfully represented commercial creditors in multimillion-dollar bankruptcy proceedings, contract disputes and tort claims brought by or against clients, and he has additional experience in professional malpractice and personal injury litigation. Mr. Hensley's many years of representing banks and other lenders, title insurance companies and their insureds, real estate brokers, and individual buyers and sellers of real property have provided him the opportunity to litigate a variety of disputes concerning real estate such as real estate title issues, access and boundary disputes, condemnation, construction disputes, mechanics' liens, and the priority and enforceability of deeds of trust and other security interests.

Representation of a Fortune 500 company since 1984 in various matters including the defense of over 100 asbestos litigation claims filed in both state and federal courts. Successful defense of mechanic's lien arbitration brought against building-owner client by general contractor resulting in arbitration award in excess of $100,000.00 on building-owner client's counterclaim against general contractor for construction defects. Negotiation of multi-million dollar inter-creditor agreement between acquisition and development lender and mezzanine lender. Numerous sales of businesses and formation of entities to acquire businesses or start-up companies.

Mr. Hensley as an AV® rated attorney, the highest such rating available to any individual lawyer.

Reported CasesWilliams v. National Trailer Convoy, Inc., 549 F.Supp. 305 (D.Colo., 1982) (represented defendant in products liability - fatal motor vehicle accident); Colcord v. Armstrong World Industries, Inc., (Not Reported in F.Supp) 1985 WL 17481, D.Colo.,1985. (represented defendant in products liability - Asbestos Litigation); Ludlow v. Gibbons- White, - P.3d -, 2011 WL 5436481, (Colo.App.,2011) (represented plaintiffs in legal malpractice and real estate broker malpractice litigation); Gibson v. Armstrong World Industries, Inc., 648 F.Supp. 1538 (D.Colo.,1986)(represented defendant in products liability - Asbestos Litigation); Trask v. Nozisko, 134 P.3d 544 (Colo.App.,2006)(represented landowner in defense of adverse possession and access easement claims); Colorado Property Acquisitions, Inc. v. U.S., 894 F.2d 1173, (C.A.10 1990); 665 F.Supp. 878 (D.Colo.,1987)(priority of client's lien over IRS lien in foreclosure dispute); Hammons v. Birket, 759 P.2d 783 (Colo.App.,1988)(appeal of trial judge's refusal to recuse himself from case); Guilford Pattern Works, Inc. v. United Bank of Boulder, 655 F.Supp. 378 (D.Colo.,1987)(defended bank in letter of credit litigation); Crow-Watson Properties, Inc. v. Carrier, 719 P.2d 365 (Colo.App.,1986)(represented plaintiff seeking prejudgment writ of attachment for fraudulent conveyances).

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John F. Hensley

1790 30th Street, Suite 435
BoulderCO 80301-1021


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