Terence M. Ridley: Lawyer with Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP

Terence M. Ridley

Denver,  CO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial
  • Toxic Torts
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Health Care
University University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 1981
Law SchoolUniversity of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 1985 Denver University Law Review, Issue Editor
Admitted1985, Colorado; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
BornEvanston, Illinois, 1959

Terence Ridley focuses his practice on civil litigation in the insurance industry, with an emphasis on the defense of bad faith and class actions. He has defended numerous bad faith claims made against insurance companies, resolved multimillion dollar bad faith life insurance class actions, and defeated numerous attempts to certify class actions against insurance companies.

Other Experience

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, P.C. (civil litigation)

Roath & Brega (personal injury and commercial litigation)

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Best Lawyers
Insurance Law, 2010-2014

Colorado Super Lawyers
Insurance Coverage, 2012-2014
Civil Litigation Defense, 2006-2011
Top 100, 2012-2014

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated

ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation
Section of Litigation

Colorado Bar Association
Board of Governors

Denver Bar Association
Executive Committee of Young Lawyers' Division, Treasurer

University of Denver Sturm College of Law Alumni Council

Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, 2004-present
Member, Reinsurance, Excess, and Surplus Lines Section
Vice-Chair, Class Action and Multidistrict Litigation Section, 2011
Vice-Chair, Membership Development and Retention Committee, New Members, 2011
Chair, Foundation - Visibility Committee
Vice-Chair, Extra Contractual Liability Section
State Representative, 2005-2010

Colorado Defense Lawyers Association

Tenth Circuit Historical Society

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Big Brothers of Metropolitan Denver
Big Brother

Muscular Dystrophy Certificate of Exceptional Commitment


Sipes v. Allstate Indemnity Co., No. 11-cv-02369-PAB-KMT (U.S.D.C. Colo. Nov. 2013) - Won second complete defense verdict in a bad faith matter on behalf of Allstate before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado in two months

King v. Allstate Insurance Co., No. 11-cv-00103-WJM-BNB (D. Colo. 2013) - Won a complete defense verdict on behalf of Allstate Insurance Company in an insurance bad faith case brought in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

Apodaca v. Allstate Insurance, Case No. 10SC39 (Colo. June 20, 2011) - Won a Colorado Supreme Court decision favorable to WTO's client, Allstate, and all Colorado auto insurers in a purported class action involving disclosures associated with underinsured and uninsured motorist policies.

Friedland v. TIC and Geosyntec Consultants, 566 F.3d 1203 (10th Cir. 2009)

Estate of Hill v. Allstate, 479 F.3d 735 (10th Cir. 2007)

Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Luis D. Rovira (Ret.), Colorado Supreme Court

Representative Clients

Allstate - Regional Trial and Appellate Counsel

Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies


Lloyd's of London

St. Paul Travelers


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Office Information

Terence M. Ridley

370 Seventeenth Street, Suite 4500
DenverCO 80202-5647


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