Lawrence M. Zavadil

Of Counsel
Denver,  CO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment
  • Class Actions
  • Oil & Gas
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Legal Services
  • Natural Resources
  • Professional Services
Contact InfoTelephone: 303.244.1980
Fax: 303.244.1879
University University of Nebraska at Kearney, B.S., with honors, 1983
Law SchoolUniversity of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1987 Nebraska Law Review, Executive Editor, 1987
Admitted1987, Missouri; 1990, Colorado; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Larry Zavadil has over 26 years of experience handling complex commercial litigation matters. His trial practice focuses on significant business litigation cases in the fields of banking and finance, securities, education, consumer fraud, insurance, insolvency, and business tort claims, including class action lawsuits.

Larry has a particular emphasis in the areas of noncompetes and trade secrets and regularly counsels both employers and employees on these issues, employee fiduciary duties, and other issues related to employee competition. He also frequently handles shareholder, partner, and member disputes. He has extensive experience in court and jury trials, arbitrations, evidentiary hearings such as preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order hearings, and mediations.

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Best Lawyers
Commercial Litigation, 2012-2016

Colorado Super Lawyers
Business Litigation, 2009-2015

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent, 1999-present
The Colorado Lawyer
Evidence column, Editor, 2000-present
Faculty of Federal Advocates
The Federalist Society

Other Experience

Husch Blackwell LLP
Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley, LLC
Holme Roberts & Owen LLP

Personal Interests

Mountain biking
Trail running


• Protecting Your Business from Employee Competition: Non-compete Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements, and Other Restrictions on Employee Competition presented at the ACC Colorado Chief Legal Officer / General Counsel Meeting (May 19, 2015).
• Non-Compete Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements and Other Restrictions on Employee Competition, CLE of Colorado (September 2014)
• Invoking the Attorney-Client Privilege Against Former Officers & Directors, The Colorado Lawyer, (March 2005)
• Rule 103(a) and Harmless Error, The Colorado Lawyer, (November 2004)
• Rule 403: The Balancing Test, The Colorado Lawyer, (February 2004)
• Admissibility of 'Other Acts' Evidence under C.R.E. 404(b), The Colorado Lawyer, (July 2003)
• Book Review: How to Win Jury Trials: Building Credibility with Judges and Jurors, The Colorado Lawyer, (October 1999)
• Prior Consistent Statements: Rule 801(d)(1)(B) and Beyond, The Colorado Lawyer, (September 1999)
• Rule 301 - Overcoming Presumptions, The Colorado Lawyer, (January 1998)
• Rule 36, chapter, Colorado Civil Procedure Forms & Commentary, (1996)
• Rule 106 and the Doctrine of Completeness, The Colorado Lawyer, (July 1996)
• Res Gestae Evidence, The Colorado Lawyer, (July 1995)
• Use of Rule 404(a) Character Evidence in Civil Cases, The Colorado Lawyer, (August 1994)
• Authentication of Private Documents by Nonexpert Witnesses, The Colorado Lawyer, (October 1993)

Reported CasesCases: Defending a California wage and hour class action involving joint employer issues and brought by medical facility security guards under California law.; Defended an FLSA class action brought by paramedics. Succeeded in decertifying the class then had a five-week trial of the claims brought by individual claimants. The case settled favorably before a verdict was rendered.; Defended a major insurance company in a $150 million claim brought by a public utility company relating to alleged misadministration and deceptive trade practices. This involved the sale of corporate-owned life insurance to the utility company for thousands of employees.; Represented officers and shareholders of a closely held company in a $65 million fraudulent conveyance action brought by a bankruptcy trustee in the aftermath of a leveraged buyout gone bad. Obtained dismissals of all but one client and a favorable settlement on behalf of the client that was not dismissed.; Obtained summary judgment on all claims for a major insurance company in a $20 million lawsuit brought by a broker/producer who was terminated and had his license revoked.; Represented a Securities Investor Protection Corp. (SIPC) trustee in the assertion of claims arising out of the liquidation of a broker/dealer. Claims resulted in multimillion-dollar judgments.; Represented a director and officers (D&O) insurance carrier in a bad faith claim for millions of dollars arising out of a settlement of a securities class action case involving an initial public offering. This was settled with the client receiving money on counterclaims.; Secured class certification and favorable settlements for investors in a $180 million securities class action lawsuit against a broker dealer and issuer of an annuity-wrapped hedge fund offering. All motions to dismiss and attempts to decertify the class were defeated.; Defended a wage and hour class action brought under New Mexico law (which contained an odd deviation from the FLSA) by tomato greenhouse workers. Successfully resolved the dispute and then worked with lobbyists and a New Mexico state legislator to change the law under which the case had been brought.

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Lawrence M. Zavadil

370 Seventeenth Street, Suite 4500
DenverCO 80202-5647


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