Heather A. Salg

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Biography

Heather A. Salg is a Partner in our Litigation Practice Group who has tried over 50 trials and arbitrations to verdict. She primarily defends insurance companies and their insureds, as well as large self-insurers in Federal Court and District Courts throughout Colorado. Her primary goal as an insurance defense trial attorney is to develop the relevant facts as quickly and economically as possible, provide an early and accurate assessment based on the facts and law, resolve matters as soon as they can be resolved, and zealously defend those cases if necessary, before a jury.

Ms. Salg has been a presenting speaker in Colorado and nationally regarding the defense of bad faith claims. She has presented and written about evidentiary problems associated with the reasonable value of medical expenses (“billed v paid”), Premises Liability, and best claim handling practices. She has written articles for the Colorado Lawyer and Claims Management Magazine. She has been a faculty presenter for the ABOTA Masters in Trial Program, and she is a Continuing Legal Education speaker for the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, and the National Business Institute.

In 2013 Ms. Salg was invited to be a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization with a primary mission of preserving the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans and our civil justice system. ABOTA is an invitation-only organization consisting of lawyers who have tried a minimum of 20 civil jury trials to conclusion.

Ms. Salg has been AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2009. She was named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2012 and has been named a Super Lawyer annually since 2014. From 2016-2018 she has been recognized as a Top Lawyer by 5280 Magazine, since 2017 she has been named to Super Lawyers’ lists of Top 50 Women attorneys in Colorado, and in 2019 she was named to Colorado Super Lawyers Top 100 list of Colorado attorneys.

Ms. Salg is the chair of the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association ( CDLA ) Bad Faith Committee and is active with many CDLA events and activities. She has chaired professionalism events that are co-sponsored by the Colorado Defense Lawyer’s Association and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association annually since 2015. She volunteers annually for the Byron White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law as a speaker on Constitution Law Day, and at Mock Trial events for the Colorado Bar Association and Denver University Law School.

Awards

2019 Colorado Super Lawyer

Top 50 Women List, Colorado Super Lawyer 2019

Top 100 Colorado Super Lawyer List 2019

5280 Maganize's Top Lawyer 2018

2018 Colorado Super Lawyer

Top 50 Women List, Colorado Super Lawyer 2018

5280 Magazine’s Top Lawyer 2017

2017 Colorado Super Lawyer

Selected to the TOP 50: 2017 Women Colorado Super Lawyers List

2016 Colorado Super Lawyer

5280 Magazine’s Top Lawyer 2016

2015 Colorado Super Lawyer

2014 Colorado Super Lawyer

2012 Colorado Rising Star

AV, Preeminent - Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, Since 2009

Publications

Wilson v. Marchiondo, 124 P.3d 837 (Colo. App. 2005)

Daugherty v. Allstate Ins. Co., 55 P.3d 224 (Colo. App. 2002)

Progressive Cas. Ins. Co. v. Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co., 53 P.3d 740 (Colo. App. 2002)

Nordin v. Madden, 148 P.3d 218 (Colo. App. 2006)

Geiger v. American Standard Ins. Co. Of Wisconsin, 192 P.3d 480 (Colo. App. 2008)

Shelter Mutual Ins. Co. v. Mid-Century Ins. Co., 214 P.3d 489 (Colo. App. 2008)

Volunteers of America Colorado Branch v. Gardenswartz, 242 P.3d 1080 (Colo. 2010) (assisted with amicus brief)

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Crossgrove, 276 P.3d 562 (Colo. 2012)

Colo. Ins. Guar. Ass’n. v. Sunstate Equip. Co., LLC, 2016 COA 64 (April 21, 2016)

Grippin v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2016 COA 127 (Sept. 8, 2016)

Peden v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 841 F.3d 887 (10th Cir. 2016)

Thompson v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 341 F. Supp. 3d 1261 (D. Colo. 2018)

Noteworthy

Classes/Seminars

Presenting Speaker for the National Business Institute on Insurance Bad Faith “Set Up” in Colorado December 2017

Presenting faculty at 2017 CDLA Trial Academy on “Examining Experts”

Chairperson and Presenting Speaker for the Colorado Bar Association 2017 Commercial Motor Vehicle Accident Law: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives April 21, 2017

Chairperson for the Colorado Professionalism Month CLE, presented by the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association and Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016

Presenting Speaker for the National Business Institute on Insurance Bad Faith “Set Up” in Colorado, November, 2016

Presenting Speaker for the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law Constitution Day Project 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016

Program Chair and Speaker: A Crash Course in Motor Vehicle Accident Law for the Colorado Bar Association, May 2016

Presenting Speaker at ABOTA Masters in Trial demonstration, April 2016

Presenting Speaker at Colorado Defense Lawyer’s Association Summer 2015 Conference in Steamboat Springs, Colorado on Defending Bad Faith Claims

Presenting Speaker for the National Business Institute on Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Defense Strategies, January 2015

Presenter with Dr. Reinhardt and Dr. Day of Biodynamic Research Corporation on the Defense of Low-Speed/Minor Impact Accidents and the Admissibility of Biomechanical Expert Opinions for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Greater Denver Chapter Event on October 9, 2014

2014 CDLA Trial Academy Mentor Attorney (for Mock Trial)

Presenting Speaker on Premises Liability at the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2013

Presenting Speaker at the July 2013 National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds (NCIGF) Legal Conference on Appellate Advocacy: Arguing a Guaranty Fund Case in a State Supreme Court

Avoiding and Defending Bad Faith - Best Claims and Litigation Strategies. For the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, July, 2013

Chair and Faculty for Colorado Bar Association CLE, Premises Liability Litigation, March 21, 2013

Faculty for A Crash Course in Motor Vehicle Accident Law 2013, February 21, 2013, on the issue of Physician Patient Privilege and Medical Record Production in Personal Injury Cases

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(303) 405-0498  Phone
(303) 623 0552  Fax
www.messner.com
University Attended:
University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, Denver, Colorado, M.B.A., 1998; Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, B.A., Major: Political Science, cum laude, 1993
Law School Attended:
University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, J.D., May, 1998; Honors: Recipient, Award for Scholastic Excellence in Real Estate Seminar
Year of First Admission:
1998
Admission:
1999, U.S. District Court District of Colorado; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit; 1998, Colorado
Memberships:

Associations

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Colorado Defense Lawyers Association

Council on Litigation Management

Colorado Defense Lawyer's Association, Board of Directors, 2010-2012; General Liability Committee Chair, 2016

Colorado Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA); 2013-present

ISLN:
914050573

Peer Reviews

  • 4.8/5.0 (8 reviews)
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    4.9/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.8/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.8/5.0
  • Communication

    4.8/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.6/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Other Law Firm Position on 06/08/09 in Insurance Coverage Defense

  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Senior Associate on 05/27/09 in Insurance Litigation

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    heather salg is an exceptional attorney with a wealth of trial experience. ms. salg's passion and dedication to her practice is far and above what most lawyers can and/or are willing to provide their clients. ms. salg also has a well demonstrated ability to maintain the utmost professionalism with her adversaries, colleagues and staff. Read less

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