Thomas W. Snyder: Lawyer with Kutak Rock LLP

Thomas W. Snyder

Partner
Denver,  CO  U.S.A.
Phone(303) 292-7884

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Practice Areas

  • Alternative and Renewable Energy
  • Antitrust
  • Litigation
  • Energy and Environmental Litigation
  • Business and Class Action Litigation
  • Government Disputes
  • Telecommunications Litigation
  • Public Finance Litigation
 
University University of Colorado, B.A., 1990
 
Law SchoolLoyola Law School - Chicago, J.D., cum laude, 1994 Lead Articles Editor, Loyola Law Journal
 
Admitted1994, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 2001, Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
 
Biography

Mr. Snyder is a partner in the Denver office of Kutak Rock's Litigation group. Mr. Snyder has extensive experience in business and commercial litigation including breach of contract, business torts, trade secrets, copyright, public finance, and other statutory and regulatory matters. Mr. Snyder has particular experience in the telecommunications and energy industries. He has served as lead trial attorney for telecommunications carriers, oil companies, ethanol producers, wind farm developers and coal companies before courts, arbitrators and utility commissions. Mr. Snyder also has spoken at industry seminars concerning telecommunications regulation and right-of-way management and he has authored several telecommunications and energy law articles.

Mr. Snyder has tried over two dozen cases to decision. He has obtained several multimillion-dollar judgments and settlements, and he has successfully defended several companies against multimillion-dollar breach of contract, statutory, and tort claims. In 2013, Law Week Colorado named Mr. Snyder a Lawyer of the Year .

Active in his community, Mr. Snyder founded the all-volunteer legal clinic for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in 2005, and he sits on the Coalition's board of directors. He received awards for pro bono work from the Colorado Lawyers Committee in 2007 and 2010.

Representative matters:

• Obtained a defense verdict for telecommunications carrier Qwest Corporation n/k/a CenturyLink following a jury trial on a $193 million breach of contract claim filed by a municipality in New Mexico federal court.
• Obtained a defense decision and award of over $600,000 on counterclaims for a Colorado ethanol producer Front Range Energy following arbitration of a breach of contract claims against a railroad carrier.
• Obtained an injunction against a municipality following a trial in New Mexico federal court, permanently enjoining it from enforcing unlawful telecommunications ordinance pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 253.
• Obtained a confidential settlement for Qwest on a breach of contract claim against a cable television operator following a hearing before the Arizona Corporation Commission.
• Obtained a several hundred thousand dollar judgment for Qwest on an unjust enrichment claim against a park district following a trial in Maryland federal court.
• Obtained a summary judgment for a trucking firm and rail carrier on a $1 million breach of contract claim brought by a bankrupt customer in Illinois federal court and successfully defended the judgment before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
• Obtained settlements on behalf of Qwest with municipalities in Oregon and Iowa in which these municipalities rescinded unlawful right-of-way ordinances.
• Obtained a dismissal of a $1 million breach of contract claim filed by a large telecommunications carrier against Qwest with the Nebraska Public Service Commission.
• Defended the City of Albuquerque in a federal court preemption challenge to its building energy code.
• Represented a large business customer in utility commission proceedings concerning utility rate design, net metering and distributed generation issues.
• Defended a Colorado wind farm developer in federal court against claims of faulty maintenance of wind turbines, resulting in a confidential settlement.
• Represented a Mexican coal company in Colorado federal court for breach of contract and tort claims against a former officer and supplier, resulting in a confidential settlement.
• Represented several Colorado public entities in Colorado courts in affirming the lawfulness of several public financing transactions.
• Defended a large business customer in California federal court against a breach of contract claim of an international telecommunications carrier, resulting in a confidential settlement.

Publications:

• Putting A Price On Dirt: The Need For Better-Defined Limits On Government Fees For Use Of The Public Rights-Of-Way Under Section 253 Of The Telecommunications Act Of 1996, Vol. 64, FED. COMM. L. J., 137.
• Author, Green Building Regulations Duel in Court, Law Week Colorado, 4/26/10.

Presentations:

• Broadband Market Analysis, Franchising and Antitrust Issues - Regulatory, Legal and Industry Challenges, CLE International Telecommunications Law Seminar, Denver, CO, 12/6/12.
• Franchising and Rights-of-Way - Regulatory Issues, CLE International Telecommunications Law Seminar, Denver, CO, 12/1/11.

News

April 16, 2014 Kutak Rock Litigators Represent the City of Aurora in Successful Lawsuit Dismissal
Kutak Rock attorneys Dan Lynch, Tom Snyder and Michael Frandina successfully represented the City of Aurora, Colorado in a lawsuit filed by 11 Colorado hotel owners against the City's involvement with the Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Conference Center.

January 2, 2014 Enforcement of City Franchise Ordinance Enjoined
A litigation team from Kutak Rock's Denver office secured a significant victory for a longtime telecommunications client of the firm.

December 16, 2013 Tom Snyder Named a Lawyer of the Year in Colorado
Tom Snyder, a partner in Kutak Rock's Denver office in the litigation group, has been named one of ten Lawyers of the Year in Colorado by Law Week Colorado.

August 31, 2013 Court Awards More Than $600K on Client's Counterclaim

July 31, 2013 $193M Claim Denied in Trial by Jury

January 27, 2011 Firm Elects 24 To Join Partnership In 2011

June 10, 2010 Snyder: Task Force of the Year Award Recipient

Publications

March 6, 2014 Pennsylvania Denies Reconsideration of Robinson Township
Newsletter

March 6, 2014 Nebraska Court Voids Governor Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline Route; State will Appeal
Newsletter

March 6, 2014 Collaborative Action Results in Adoption of Strict New Colorado Air Quality Rules, While Local Groups Want Further Restrictions on Oil and Gas Activities
Newsletter

December 15, 2011 Putting a Price On Dirt: The Need for Better-Defined Limits on Government Fees For Use of the Public Rights-of-Way Under Section 253 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
Thomas Snyder has co-authored an article, along with William Fitzgibbons, titled Putting A Price On Dirt: The Need For Better-Defined Limits On Government Fees For Use Of The Public Rights-Of-Way Under Section 253 Of The Telecommunications Act Of 1996. The article appears in the Federal Communications Law Journal, Vol. 64, 137, December 2011.

Article

April 26, 2010 Snyder Article on Green Regulations

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Other Distinctions

•2010 Task Force of the Year award by the Colorado Lawyers Committee
•2007 Task Force of the Year award by the Colorado Lawyers Committee

 
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Collaborative Action Results in Adoption of Strict New Colorado Air Quality Rules, While Local Groups Want Further Restrictions on Oil and Gas Activities
Todd J. Guerrero,Christopher S. Heroux,Thomas W. Snyder, March 11, 2014
On February 23, 2014, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission adopted new point source emissions rules seeking to reduce the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and methane from oil and gas operations. The new rules are among the strictest in the country and are the first to regulate...

Nebraska Court Voids Governor Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline Route; State will Appeal
Todd J. Guerrero,Christopher S. Heroux,Thomas W. Snyder, March 11, 2014
On February 19, 2014, a Nebraska state court judge voided Governor Heineman’s January 22, 2013 approval of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL Pipeline route through Nebraska, ruling that the underlying statute is unconstitutional. Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie...

Pennsylvania Denies Reconsideration of Robinson Township
Todd J. Guerrero,Christopher S. Heroux,Thomas W. Snyder, March 11, 2014
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declined to reconsider its December 19, 2013 decision in which it declared as unconstitutional several aspects of a state law aimed at gas and oil development.
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