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Chairman: Michael L. O’Donnell

Co-Managing Partner: Carolyn J. Fairless, Michael T. Williams

Number of partners: 41

Number of lawyers: 100 

Language: English 

Firm Overview:  

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell lawyers have taken more than 1,100 trials and arbitrations to verdict or award and more than 300 appeals to opinion all across the nation, with exceptional results for our clients. Established in 1998, WTO today numbers approximately 100 trial lawyers and litigators. The firm represents sophisticated clients in high-stakes civil trials, appeals, and related litigation ranging from complex commercial to class actions to catastrophic torts.

Main Areas of Practice: 

-Antitrust & Competition  

-Appellate  

-Class Actions  

-Commercial Litigation  

-Employment  

-Environmental Litigation  

-Financial Services  

-Franchise & Distribution  

-Healthcare  

-Insurance  

-Intellectual Property 

-Mass Torts  

-Medical Devices & Pharmaceuticals  

-Oil & Gas  

-Personal Injury Defense  

-Product Liability  

-Professional Liability  

-Toxic Torts  

-Transportation 

Complex Commercial: 

United Power, Inc. et al. v. Tri-State Generation & Transmission Ass'n. Inc., No. 19F-0521E (Colo. Public Utilities Commission) - Won a groundbreaking $1.25 billion commercial victory for an electric co-op in a groundbreaking trial. The ruling establishes precedent for other distribution co-ops seeking to withdraw from their generation and transmission providers. The case involved one of the first remote trials in the nation during COVID-19, and the parties presented 11 live witnesses and thousands of pages of evidence.

Multidistrict Litigation:  

In re Juul Labs Inc. Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation (19-md-02193-WHO, N.D. Cal.) - Serving as lead trial counsel to one of the largest distributors of vaping products in the U.S. in federal multidistrict litigation in California. WTO also serves as liaison counsel to all vaping distributor defendants.

Class Actions: 

Schechner v. Whirlpool Corp., 2:16-cv-12409 (E.D. Mich. 2020) - Defeated class certification for Whirlpool in a bellwether case alleging false advertising of innovative self-cleaning ovens. The plaintiffs sought certification of a six-state class in the lead case and filed related actions for consumers in many other states. The court's certification ruling paved the way for a non-class settlement and dismissal of all actions less than a month before the first trial.

Appellate: 

Won before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to preserve exclusive rights for independent soft drink distributors against a large national distributor in a matter with billions of dollars at stake across the industry.

Employment:  

Serving as national coordinating counsel and trial counsel to a Fortune 100 transportation company in FLSA collective action and individual and class wage and hour claims.

Professional Liability:  

Won a defense verdict in a three-week trial for a Michigan hospital following an in-hospital cardiac arrest and alleged brain injury. The plaintiff sought more than $14 million in damages in plaintiff-friendly downtown Detroit. The jury found for WTO's client after deliberating for less than 20 minutes. WTO lawyers have also won six consecutive medical malpractice defense verdicts in six months—in five different states—defeating $105M in claims in those cases alone.

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Labor & Employment
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Litigation: General Commercial
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Product Liability & Mass Torts: The Elite
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Product Liability: Consumer Class Actions
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Raymond Martin
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Carolyn Fairless
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Hugh Gottschalk
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John Fitzpatrick
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Katie Reilly
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370 17th Street,

Suite 4500,

Denver

Colorado

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CO 80202

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