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
  • Healthcare
  • Mass Torts
  • Toxic Torts
  • Construction & Engineering
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

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Big Brothers of Metropolitan Denver
Big Brother
Muscular Dystrophy Certificate of Exceptional Commitment

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Best Lawyers
Insurance Law, 2010-2015
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
Chair, Class Action and Multidistrict Litigation Section
Member, Reinsurance, Excess, and Surplus Lines Section
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

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)

Representative Clients

Allstate - Regional Trial and Appellate Counsel

Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies


Lloyd's of London

St. Paul Travelers

Government Service

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


Recent Assaults on the Most Sacred Privilege of All: Does the Attorney-Client Privilege Still Exist? presented to the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Section on Extra-Contractual Liability, July 29, 2014

Sampling, Extrapolation, and Experts: What's Left? presented at the 2014 Winter FDCC meeting, Florida (March 7, 2014).

Bad Faith Claims: Managing Risks and Avoiding Liability, presented at COPIC Night, Nov. 18, 2013.

Depositions of the Corporate Representative 'What You Need to Know,' presented at a CLE seminar hosted by WTO, Oct. 25, 2012.

Class Action Litigation One Year After Dukes v. Wal-Mart: A Happy Anniversary? presented at the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel annual meeting, Whistler, Canada (Aug. 2, 2012).

Consent-to-Settle Provisions and the Questions of Insurer Prejudice and the Measurement and Constitutionality of Damages, presented to the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, July, 9, 2012.

Arbitration Clauses and Class Certification, presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel Colorado Chapter (June 26, 2008)

Reported CasesCases; 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 Sipes v. Allstate Indemnity Co. , No. 11-cv-02369-PAB-KMT (U.S.D.C. Colo. Nov. 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. King v. Allstate Insurance Co. , No. 11-cv-00103-WJM-BNB (D. Colo. 2013). 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. Apodaca v. Allstate Insurance, Case No. 10SC39 (Colo. June 20, 2011). Won affirmation of a trial court's summary judgment ruling and exposed pollution for profit in protracted CERCLA litigation before the Tenth Circuit. 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) .

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Terence M. Ridley

370 Seventeenth Street, Suite 4500
DenverCO 80202-5647


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