David Schaller
Practice Areas
Industries
Representative Clients
  • Aimco
  • FCA Group f/k/a Chrysler Group
  • FedEx Freight, Inc.
  • Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc.
  • Kia Motors America
  • Mercedes-Benz USA
  • USAA

David Schaller
 

David Schaller has a national litigation practice focused on complex commercial litigation. He routinely defends clients against claims involving business torts, insurance bad faith, professional liability, products liability, and personal injury matters. Dave has extensive experience representing major companies in disputes related to franchise, distribution and trade agreements, including winning precedent-setting judgments for his clients. He has successfully tried cases and arbitrations, conducted evidentiary hearings, prevailed on dispositive motions, and negotiated highly favorable settlements in jurisdictions across the country.

Dave spent 12 years in business before entering law. During this time, he developed firsthand experience with the types of challenges and disputes his clients bring to him now, including contractual breaches, employment claims, competition issues, vendor agreements, and real estate transactions. This background heavily informs Dave's practice and helps him walk in his clients' shoes. He efficiently and creatively resolves legal disputes while safeguarding the relationships that help his clients' businesses thrive.

Other Experience

Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, L.L.P.

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Super Lawyers
   
Business Litigation, 2014-2017
Colorado Rising Stars 
    Business Litigation, 2010-2013
Law Week Colorado
    
Up-and-Coming Lawyer, 2009 
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell Recruiting Committee 
    Co-chair

Teaching Positions

National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    Rocky Mountain Deposition Skills Seminar
        Instructor

Personal Interests

Golf, skiing, four-wheeling, and enjoying Colorado with family


David Schaller represents clients in franchise and distribution disputes, business torts, insurance bad faith, and professional liability matters. He relies on his significant prior experience in business to appreciate his clients’ priorities relating to complex commercial disputes. 

Representative Cases
Representative Clients
  • Aimco
  • FCA Group f/k/a Chrysler Group
  • FedEx Freight, Inc.
  • Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc.
  • Kia Motors America
  • Mercedes-Benz USA
  • USAA
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Other Experience

Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, L.L.P.

Teaching Positions

National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    Rocky Mountain Deposition Skills Seminar
        Instructor

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Super Lawyers
   
Business Litigation, 2014-2017
Colorado Rising Stars 
    Business Litigation, 2010-2013
Law Week Colorado
    
Up-and-Coming Lawyer, 2009 
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell Recruiting Committee 
    Co-chair

Personal Interests

Golf, skiing, four-wheeling, and enjoying Colorado with family

Articles/Presentations
  • "Franchise Drafting Tips from Franchise Litigators: Common Provisions Leading to Unintended Consequences," presented to the Colorado Bar Association, Franchise Law Subsection, (September 29, 2016.)
  • "The Lifecycle of Litigation – Avoiding (Or Managing) A Trainwreck," presented to the Colorado Bar Association, Business Law Institute, (September 15, 2016).
  • "Business Documents and Document Drafting From the Perspective of Litigators – The Big Blunders!" presented to the Colorado Bar Association, Business Law Institute, (September 15, 2016).
  • Trial Coach, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Annual Trial Academy (April 20, 2016).
  • Panelist "What Business Lawyers Do That Litigators Love: Your Worst Nightmares," presented at the Colorado Business Law Institute, (October 28, 2015).
  • "A Roadmap for Successful Arbitration," presented to the Association for Corporate Counsel Colorado Chapter, (May 3, 2012).
Press
Education
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 2003
    Order of St. Ives
  • University of Massachusetts, B.A., 1991, English and Psychology
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit