Kendra Beckwith focuses her practice on commercial and class action litigation in both state and federal courts. Her experience includes all phases of litigation, from inception to resolution—either through settlement or trial—on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Kendra's approach to litigation is client driven and goal oriented. She uses her dual role as advocate and counselor to work with her clients to develop strategic, effective, and efficient resolutions to the challenges and issues they face.
Kendra has represented individuals and companies in a wide variety of breach of contract and commercial matters, including trade secret disputes, bad faith litigation, land use/property disputes, and other business-related actions. She has particular experience working with clients in the oil and gas industry and represents producers in royalty underpayment class actions. Her experience also includes defending legal and professional malpractice claims and prosecuting and defending appeals.
Kendra has argued before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and routinely argues before state and federal trial courts. Her experience extends to bringing original actions in the Colorado Supreme Court, as well as managing complex discovery. She routinely handles complex commercial litigation involving intensive document management.
Recent examples of Kendra's experience include the following:
- Successfully defended two appeals before the Colorado Court of Appeals in legal malpractice cases involving claims of failure to disclose, negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, and breach of fiduciary duty.
- Following Chrysler LLC's bankruptcy, WTO co-managed with one other law firm the response to requests from 418 dealers for arbitration following Chrysler Group's termination of their dealerships. WTO litigated 187 of these Section 747 arbitrations.
- Obtained plaintiff's withdrawal of employment discrimination claims against WTO's bank client as a result of aggressive early discovery work.
- Obtained summary judgment in Denver District Court in a professional negligence claim against WTO's client, a construction consultant, in a matter related to criminal charges brought against the consultant's client, Xcel Energy.
- Represented BP in a class action alleging underpaid royalties. Plaintiffs awarded only a fraction of the original demand.
- Won a verdict in Boulder District Court of Colorado in favor of a food production company in a breach-of-contract action it brought against the sole shareholder and officer of an organic food production company.
In addition, Kendra is committed to pro bono representation. She is a member of the firm's pro bono committee and has served as lead counsel in a complex constitutional civil rights action involving due process and First Amendment claims. Beyond her public service work at the firm, Kendra maintains a close connection with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, both in a mentoring and guest speaker capacity.
Prior to entering private practice, Kendra clerked for Judge John Daniel Dailey of the Colorado Court of Appeals. She earned her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she was a member of the competitive mock trial team, an articles editor for the Denver University Law Review, and a research and teaching assistant in the areas of intellectual property, constitutional law, contracts, and legal writing.
During law school she interned with Judge Robert M. Russel, formerly of the Colorado Court of Appeals, and worked as a law clerk in the litigation group of a regional firm. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism with a minor in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Intern to The Honorable Robert M. Russel, Colorado Court of Appeals
2014 Writer in Residence, Ms. JD
Colorado Rising Stars
Business Litigation, 2013-2014
American Bar Association Section of Litigation
Appellate Practice Committee
Tenth Circuit Co-Editor, 2014
Minoru Yasui Inn of Court, 2007-Present
Executive Council Member, 2008-2009
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Law Clerk to The Honorable John Daniel Dailey, Colorado Court of Appeals
We the People Volunteer, 2006-2007
Conservation Volunteers of Australia, New South Wales, Australia, 2004