Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for A dominant litigation boutique celebrated for its talent in civil trials, most notably with respect to commercial litigation, product liability and mass tort actions. Maintains unparalleled bench strength and continues to draw praise for its experience acting as national trial counsel to major clients on significant and sophisticated matters. Clients include companies and individuals from the healthcare, insurance and automotive industries.

Strengths"I have the utmost confidence in and respect for Wheeler Trigg's attorneys," a source states, adding: "They have a lot of depth and provide excellent customer service and work product."

Clients attest: "It is a top team of lawyers, who are very creative in developing legal strategies."

Work highlights Acted for Crestone Peak Resources in a $600 million lawsuit brought by Boulder County, challenging the company’s oil and gas leases. Obtained summary judgment on two of the claims, while the remaining two were withdrawn.

Notable practitioners

Carolyn Fairless
operates a busy practice centering on professional liability defense and complex commercial matters. She is held in particularly high regard for her knowledge of legal malpractice claims. A source says: "She is one of most effective jury advocates I've ever seen - a focused attorney who communicates wonderfully and has real persuasive power and the ability to connect with the jury."

Hugh Gottschalk
is regarded as a "seasoned litigator," who can boast an "unbelievable skill set." He handles commercial disputes and personal injury-related litigation. Clients say: "He was a joy to work with and I would recommend him to anyone, at any time."

"A true stand-up trial lawyer,"
John Fitzpatrick
is noted for his focus on handling mass torts and product liability disputes. He is also highly regarded for handling medical malpractice matters, and wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits.

Katie Reilly
draws widespread acclaim from the market, where sources regard her as an "excellent all-around litigator." She focuses on high-stakes commercial litigation, including class action defense, securities and data breach-related matters.

Malcolm Wheeler
is an "extremely well respected" litigator who is notable for his record of success in the defense of large-scale product liability actions, among other matters.

Michael O'Donnell
services a broad range of clients in business-critical litigation, including contractual disputes and product liability matters. Sources regard him as an "exceptional trial lawyer."

Michael Williams
focuses on product liability matters and other litigation involving multiple participants. He services large corporates with operations nationwide.

Scott Barker
handles complex commercial litigation, including class actions. Sources note that he is a "very good trial lawyer."