John Trigg
Practice Areas
Industries
Representative Clients
  • Anheuser-Busch - Regional Trial Counsel
  • Ford Motor Company - National Trial Counsel
  • Motor Coach Industries
  • Toyota Motor Sales, USA
  • Volvo Cars of North America

John Trigg
 

John (Jack) Trigg's national litigation practice focuses on complex business litigation, product liability, and class actions. He represents major corporate defendants as national trial counsel and has tried cases to juries in many state and federal courts during his career. He also focuses on risk-management and design and analysis of document retention and control programs. Additionally, Jack handles large and frequent claims arising out of alleged recurrent design, manufacturing defects, or recall problems. Active in numerous bar organizations, Jack is past president of Lawyers for Civil Justice and past president and chairman of the board of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Defense Research Institute. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2001 he was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award by the University of Denver College of Law. In 2003 he received the first Lifetime Achievement award from the Denver Business Journal's Best of the Bar. Jack is consistently included in lawyer ranking directories such as Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and Colorado Super Lawyers.

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

American College of Trial Lawyers
    Fellow
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    Past President and Chairman of the Board
The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers,
    1997-2011, 2014, 2016
The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers: Commercial Litigation,
    2013-2014, 2016
The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers, 2011-2014, 2016
Chambers USA
   Product Liability - National, 2005-2016
The Best Lawyers in America
    Commercial Litigation, 2008-2017
    Product Liability Litigation, 2008-2017
The Legal 500 United States
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2007-2013, 2015
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Class Action/Mass Torts, 2006-2017
    Top 100, 2012-2014, 2016-2017
    Top 50, 2010-2011
Law Week Colorado
    "People's Choice" Best Overall Litigator, 2010
Denver Business Journal
    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Who's Who in Law
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    Outstanding Alumni Award, 2001
Euromoney's Expert Guides - Litigation and Product Liability
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
Trial Attorneys of America
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
    Secretary
University of Denver 
    Strategic Issues Panel on Legislative Accountability, 2015
Denver Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
    Former Member, Board of Directors
    Joint Project on Professionalism of the DRI/IADC/ADTA/FDCC
Lawyers for Civil Justice
    Past President
    Former Member, Board of Directors
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
    Committee on Conduct
Product Liability Advisory Council

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Prevention Center
    Chairman of the Board
Cherry Hills Country Club
    President

Teaching Positions

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    Litigation Management College


Jack Trigg is known for a long career of high-stakes product liability defense nationwide. Throughout his career, he has served as trial counsel to companies including Ford, Motor Coach Industries, and Volvo. Jack has represented Ford in two certified class action jury trials in California, one lasting four months and the other spanning 10 months. 

Representative Cases
Representative Clients
  • Anheuser-Busch - Regional Trial Counsel
  • Ford Motor Company - National Trial Counsel
  • Motor Coach Industries
  • Toyota Motor Sales, USA
  • Volvo Cars of North America
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Teaching Positions

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    Litigation Management College

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

American College of Trial Lawyers
    Fellow
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    Past President and Chairman of the Board
The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers,
    1997-2011, 2014, 2016
The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers: Commercial Litigation,
    2013-2014, 2016
The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers, 2011-2014, 2016
Chambers USA
   Product Liability - National, 2005-2016
The Best Lawyers in America
    Commercial Litigation, 2008-2017
    Product Liability Litigation, 2008-2017
The Legal 500 United States
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2007-2013, 2015
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Class Action/Mass Torts, 2006-2017
    Top 100, 2012-2014, 2016-2017
    Top 50, 2010-2011
Law Week Colorado
    "People's Choice" Best Overall Litigator, 2010
Denver Business Journal
    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Who's Who in Law
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    Outstanding Alumni Award, 2001
Euromoney's Expert Guides - Litigation and Product Liability
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
Trial Attorneys of America
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
    Secretary
University of Denver 
    Strategic Issues Panel on Legislative Accountability, 2015
Denver Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
    Former Member, Board of Directors
    Joint Project on Professionalism of the DRI/IADC/ADTA/FDCC
Lawyers for Civil Justice
    Past President
    Former Member, Board of Directors
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
    Committee on Conduct
Product Liability Advisory Council

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Prevention Center
    Chairman of the Board
Cherry Hills Country Club
    President

Articles/Presentations
  • "Protecting Your Company in Global Product Litigation Concerning Foreign Imports: What Happens When the Attorney General Gets Involved?" presented at Product Liability Advisory Council Spring Conference, (April 9, 2008).
  • "Overview and Psychology of a Personal Injury Damage Case," presented for Trial Masters Program at Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter meeting (March 2007).
  • "Unfair Competition Laws and Attorney General Investigations," presented at Product Liability Advisory Council, (April 2005).
  • "Privileges and Protections Under Assault," presented at Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel's Corporate Counsel Symposium, (September 10, 2004).
  • "Truth v. Perception - Personal Litigation Experience: Media Influence on Litigation," presented at Trial Attorneys of America, (June 2004).
  • "Product and Drug Liability in the European Economic Community," presented at Joint International Conference, Barcelona, Spain, FDCC/IADC/DRI, (May 10, 2004).
  • "Litigation Theories of the Future," presented at Defense Research Institute, (2004).
  • "Powerpoint in the Courtroom," presented at Faculty of Federal Advocates, (September 20, 2002).
  • "Locating the Line Between Police Power and Regulatory Power: Judicial Authority to Issue Mandatory Recall Injunctions," presented at Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation Conference, (March 21, 2002).
  • "Erosion of Confidentiality Protective Orders and Its Impact on Corporations and Litigation," presented at a joint presentation by the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and the Lawyers for Civil Justice at the FDCC, (2002).
  • "Perils and Pitfalls of California's Unfair Competition Law Bus. and Prof. Code § 17200," presented at International Association of Defense Counsel midyear meeting, (February 2001).
  • "Chairman; Opening Remarks," presented at Lawyers for Civil Justice 2000 New York Conference and Meeting, (November 9, 2000).
  • "Ethics and Risks in Litigation," presented at the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel Conference, (1998).
  • "Common Discovery Tactics Used by Plaintiff's Attorneys and Methods to Combat Them," presented at the Defense Research Institute Conference, (1998).
  • "Crime Fraud," presented at Defense Research Institute, (October 11, 1996).
  • "Litigation Management: Whose Responsibility?" presented at Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel Litigation Management College, (June 24, 1996).
  • "The Lawyer's Role is to Produce a Winner," presented at American Bar Association Conference, (1995).
  • "Handling Comparative Fault in Enhanced Injury Cases," presented at National Conference on Products Liability Law, (March 26, 1993).
  • "Ethical Considerations in Defending International Clients," presented at Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, (February 24, 1993).
  • "Product Liability in Colorado in 1988: A Look at the Statutes and Case Law," presented at Hall & Evans Litigation Seminar, (1988).
Education
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 1963
  • University of Colorado, B.S., 1961, Finance
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court