John Streelman
Practice Areas
Industries
Representative Clients
  • FCA Group f/k/a Chrysler Group
  • FCA Realty LLC f/k/a Chrysler Group Realty LLC
  • FedEx Freight, Inc.
  • General Motors
  • Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc.
  • Kia Motors America
  • Mercedes-Benz USA - National Trial Counsel
  • United Airlines Inc.

John Streelman
 

John Streelman has litigated complex civil cases in over 20 states and has gone to decision/verdict in 18 matters, including numerous jury and bench trials in federal and state courts, appellate courts, administrative tribunals and boards, and arbitrations. He has handled dispositive and evidentiary hearings and has successfully resolved numerous cases on dispositive motions. John's practice focuses on complex civil litigation involving business and contract disputes, franchise, employment, premises liability, personal injury, and professional liability matters.

Throughout his career, John has handled dozens of dealer terminations, establishments, relocations, and audits nationwide for major automobile manufacturers. John has handled numerous employment cases involving claims of discrimination, improper use of trade secrets, violation of non-compete agreements, negligent hiring and training, claims for unemployment and claims for misclassification of independent contractors. John has also defended dozens of healthcare providers against various claims for professional liability.

Prior to joining WTO, John gained significant courtroom experience in private practice, government service, and the judiciary. Even during law school, as a member of the Student Law Office, John represented clients in court in numerous proceedings. As his representative cases demonstrate, John has racked up more successful trial and court experience than many litigators with twice his years of practice.

Other Experience

White and Steele, P.C.
Intern to the Honorable Angela R. Arkin, Elbert and Douglas County District Courts

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Rising Stars
    
Franchise/Dealership, 2012-2017
Law Week Colorado's Up-and-Coming Lawyers
    Finalist, 2010 & 2011
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Faculty Member
Chief Justice's Commission on Professional Development
    Working Group on Professionalism
Faculty of Federal Advocates
Defense Research Institute
Colorado Judicial Institute
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Minoru Yasui American Inn of Court
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
American Bar Association
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Legal Aid Foundation WTO Associate Campaign Representative, 
    2008-2013
Legal Aid Foundation Associates Advisory Board, 2012-2013
DU Mentoring Program to Law School Students, 2008-Present

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

TLC Meals on Wheels
    Board of Directors, 2015-Present
    Vice President, 2016
Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation
    Advisor to the Board, 2016-Present
    Member, 2008-2016
    Board of Directors, 2008-2013
    Director, 2012-2013
    Treasurer, 2010-2012
    Vice-President, 2009-2010
    Secretary, 2008-2009
Think Like a Genius Advisory Board, 2016-Present
Bonfils Blood Center
    Donor (three gallons to date)

Personal Interests

Spending time with family, exercising, and grilling


John Streelman has litigated cases in 20 states and gone to decision/verdict in 18 matters. His practice encompasses complex business torts, including franchise and distribution agreements, employment disputes, and high-stakes medical malpractice defense.

Representative Cases Business Litigation Business Litigation Employment Employment
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction following a full-day evidentiary hearing in a Colorado district court on behalf of a large Ohio-based commercial painting company in a case involving trade secrets and a noncompete agreement.
  • Defended cases brought against employers for respondeat superior, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, and negligent training, including a recent case brought in federal court against a national healthcare provider. That lawsuit alleged a minor was paralyzed from the neck down when he attacked another individual staying at a care facility. The lawsuit asserted claims of negligence, negligent policies, negligent hiring, negligent training, and negligent supervision of employees.
  • Successfully obtained a favorable outcome in a case against a national freight carrier, including defense of claims by four plaintiffs of race discrimination, age discrimination, pattern/practice, and retaliation.
  • Represented large freight carriers and local delivery and pumping companies in unemployment hearings with national policy implications.
  • Successfully obtained involuntary dismissal with prejudice for a national freight carrier against claims of race discrimination in federal court in Colorado.
  • Obtained a favorable ruling granting a motion to transfer a case from Colorado to Utah. The lawsuit arose from an employment dispute against a Utah utility provider and involved claims of disparate treatment, retaliation, unlawful demotion, and unlawful termination.
  • Represented numerous large transportation and freight carriers in administrative investigations and hearings regarding purported misclassification of independent contractors.
Medical Malpractice Medical Malpractice Appeals Appeals
Representative Clients
  • FCA Group f/k/a Chrysler Group
  • FCA Realty LLC f/k/a Chrysler Group Realty LLC
  • FedEx Freight, Inc.
  • General Motors
  • Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc.
  • Kia Motors America
  • Mercedes-Benz USA - National Trial Counsel
  • United Airlines Inc.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Other Experience

White and Steele, P.C.
Intern to the Honorable Angela R. Arkin, Elbert and Douglas County District Courts

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Rising Stars
    
Franchise/Dealership, 2012-2017
Law Week Colorado's Up-and-Coming Lawyers
    Finalist, 2010 & 2011
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Faculty Member
Chief Justice's Commission on Professional Development
    Working Group on Professionalism
Faculty of Federal Advocates
Defense Research Institute
Colorado Judicial Institute
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Minoru Yasui American Inn of Court
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
American Bar Association
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Legal Aid Foundation WTO Associate Campaign Representative, 
    2008-2013
Legal Aid Foundation Associates Advisory Board, 2012-2013
DU Mentoring Program to Law School Students, 2008-Present

Government Service

Colorado Attorney General's 
    Office

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

TLC Meals on Wheels
    Board of Directors, 2015-Present
    Vice President, 2016
Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation
    Advisor to the Board, 2016-Present
    Member, 2008-2016
    Board of Directors, 2008-2013
    Director, 2012-2013
    Treasurer, 2010-2012
    Vice-President, 2009-2010
    Secretary, 2008-2009
Think Like a Genius Advisory Board, 2016-Present
Bonfils Blood Center
    Donor (three gallons to date)

Personal Interests

Spending time with family, exercising, and grilling

Articles/Presentations
  • Presenter/Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy Deposition Skills Rocky Mountain Program (December 1-3, 2016).
  • Trial Coach, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Annual Trial Academy (April 20, 2016).
  • Presenter, "Meeting Judicial Expectations for Professionalism," Colorado Judicial Institute (February 25, 2016).
  • Presenter/Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy Deposition Skills Rocky Mountain Program (December 3-5, 2015).
  • Presenter/Coach, "Ethical, Professional, and Effective Trial Advocacy," Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Annual Trial Academy (April 22-23, 2015).
  • Presenter, "Ethics and Professionalism: How Are They Different and How Are They the Same?," Colorado Judicial Institute (April 9, 2015).
  • Presenter, "An Employment Mediation Case Study," Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Annual Conference (July 25, 2014).
  • Moderator, "Misclassification of Employees," roundtable discussion at the Annual Legal Symposium of the International Franchise Association (May 2012).
  • Outline, "Colorado Civil Law Decisions," Judicial Conference Civil Law Update (September 14, 2009).
Education
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D.,
    Top 5% of class,
    Order of St. Ives
    Denver University Law 
        Review
    , Senior Editor
    Scholarship for 
        Academic Excellence
    Clarence L. Bartholic
        Legal Profession 
        Award
    Scholastic Excellence 
        Awards (top student
        in 7 subjects)
  • University of Colorado, B.A., Dean's List (5 times)
    Alpha Kappa Delta 
        Honor Society
Government Service

Colorado Attorney General's 
    Office

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit