Kendra Beckwith focuses her practice on commercial and class action litigation in state and federal courts nationwide. She has developed significant experience handling trials and appeals in two niche areas, representing oil and gas companies in royalties disputes and defending law firms and lawyers against malpractice and negligence claims.
In approaching litigation, Kendra listens to client priorities to develop clear goals that she and her clients use to measure the effectiveness of their strategies. She employs her dual role as advocate and counselor to help clients develop strategic, effective, and efficient resolutions to the challenges and issues they face.
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.
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 mentor and guest speaker capacities.
Prior to entering private practice, Kendra clerked for Judge John Daniel Dailey of the Colorado Court of Appeals. During law school she interned with Judge Robert M. Russel, formerly of the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Defeated class certification for BP in a natural gas royalties underpayment case heard in federal court in Wyoming. Belmont v. BP America Production Co., 13-cv-0063 (USDC Wyo).
Obtained injunctive relief valued at $500,000 for a shopping center owner and developer requiring an adjacent property owner to renovate the shopping center common area according to the terms of a reciprocal easement agreement.
Overturned a $4.2 million jury verdict in a Tenth Circuit appeal for our oil and gas company client. Phathong v. Tesco Corporation (U.S.) No. 12-1455 (C.C. No. 1:10-CV-00780)(D. Colo.).
Represented BP in a class action alleging underpaid royalties. Plaintiffs awarded only a fraction of the original demand.
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.
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 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, a utility company.
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.
Co-managed with one other law firm the response to requests from 418 dealers for arbitration relating to the bankruptcy of Chrysler Group LLC and following Chrysler's termination of those dealerships. WTO litigated 187 of these Section 747 arbitrations, and, as directed by Congress, resolved all of the litigation within seven months.
- 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