John Vaught Elected President-Elect of the Denver Bar Association


DENVER: Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell partner John Vaught has been elected president-elect of the Denver Bar Association effective July 1, 2013.

Vaught is a long-standing member of the CBA and has served in numerous roles and on various committees including the board of governors, liaison and budget committee, standing committee for CBA mentoring, task force on multidisciplinary practice, reporting liaison for the Chief Justice's commission on civil justice, founder and former chairman of the securities litigation subsection, and was nominated as one of the CBA's "Young Lawyers of the Year" for 1984.

In 2011, Vaught, a Vietnam veteran, helped to establish the CBA's Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans program to provide pro bono legal service to Colorado veterans, active duty service members, and their families. The program offers free legal advice through clinics held around the state and through no-cost or low-fee legal services to individuals who require further help.

As president of the DBA starting in 2014, Vaught will support the organization's mission to enhance the quality of its members' legal practice, to improve the justice system, and to better the community through voluntary and educational endeavors.

Vaught's complex commercial litigation practice emphasizes commercial matters, insurance bad faith cases, insurance class actions, corporate governance issues, liability and director and officer insurance disputes, and appeals.  In over 30 years of practice, he has gained substantial litigation, mediation, and trial experience in the federal courts and in Colorado involving complex commercial litigation, including the defense of class action litigation. He has successfully defeated every class certification in the dozens of major class actions involving securities fraud, insurance, and consumer products that he has defended for his clients.

Trial Tested™ Denver-based civil litigation firm Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell helps its clients resolve disputes that threaten their businesses, brands, products, people, and customers. WTO handles trials, appeals, arbitrations, and related areas of complex civil litigation, including class actions and multidistrict litigation, often as national or regional trial counsel, for many of the nation's best-known companies in a wide variety of industries.