Qualifications

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell handles trials, appeals, arbitrations, and other areas related to complex civil litigation, including early case assessments, pre-trial negotiations, internal investigations, class actions and multidistrict litigation, on a local, regional, and national scale.

Our qualifications to provide these legal services effectively and efficiently include the following.

  • Our clients include many international and Fortune 500 companies.
  • We have significant litigation experience across multiple practice areas in a wide variety of industries.
  • We have a nationally recognized ability to try high-stakes civil litigation cases throughout the country. Our lawyers are admitted to practice in 21 states and the District of Columbia, have served as lead trial counsel in all 50 states, and have tried cases to verdict in 45 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.
  • We have appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, 11 of the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals, 65 of the 94 U.S. District Courts, over a dozen state supreme courts, and several federal regulatory agencies.
  • Our attorneys are widely recognized leaders in the development of case law in several areas of major importance to the business community, including punitive damages, federal preemption, and the use and admissibility of expert evidence.
  • Our trial practice emphasizes "difficult cases in difficult places." We have successfully defended corporations in notorious "plaintiffs' jurisdictions" nationwide.
  • The cases we try are often pivotal, influencing legal interpretations and shaping business decisions.
  • We use the knowledge gained through our extensive trial experience to our clients' advantage when conducting internal investigations, early case assessments, pre-trial negotiations, and counseling to avoid future litigation.
  • Seven WTO partners are elected Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Firm Chairman Mike O'Donnell is the past-chairman of ACTL in Colorado.
  • Chambers USA 2017 ranks WTO among the top 15 product liability litigation firms in the U.S., among the top two commercial litigation firms in Colorado, and among the top 11 labor and employment firms in Colorado.
  • In 2017, Chambers USA ranked five (5) WTO lawyers in product liability and mass torts. 
  • The Legal 500 U.S. 2016 edition ranks WTO for its product liability and mass tort defense practice as one of the top three law firms nationally in the automotive industry, among the top 15 firms nationally in the consumer products industry, and among the top 33 firms nationally in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry.
  • U.S.News/Best Lawyers ranks WTO in Tier 1 in Colorado in 12 practice areas.  
  • 26 WTO lawyers are listed in Best Lawyers® 2018. The list includes 59% of WTO partners.
  • Colorado Super Lawyers® Colorado Super Lawyers has named 42 WTO attorneys to its 2017 list. 25 were selected as Super Lawyers, 12 of whom were named to the Top 100 list. Mike O'Donnell is the "number one ranked" lawyer in Colorado for the fifth consecutive year.
  • 56% of partners are AV® peer-review rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Pfizer acknowledged WTO with its P3 Excellence Award in recognition of exceptional performance on Pfizer matters by a law firm in 2006-2007. WTO is one of 19 firms in Pfizer's Legal Alliance, a consortium of law firms that handle Pfizer's litigation worldwide.
  • 75% of WTO associates have served a state appellate court or federal district or appellate court clerkship.
  • The firm maintains a 1:1 partner to paralegal ratio for maximum efficiency.
  • We retain in-house trial consultants at no expense to our clients and have excellent relationships with other trial consultants.
  • WTO is a member of The Network of Trial Law Firms, an international network of 24 trial law firms and 7,000 lawyers. As a member, we regularly co-host or co-sponsor legal education seminars for litigators and the clients we invite as our guests, at no cost to our clients. 
  • In 2010, the Denver Business Journal awarded WTO its Partners in Philanthropy award in the medium-business category.
  • In 2017, the Denver Business Journal listed WTO among the top three best places to work in the extra-large company category, and was the top-ranked law firm across all size categories. WTO won the DBJ's inaugural Workplace Wellness Award in the extra-large category. The award recognizes WTO's commitment to the long-term wellness of all its personnel. WTO has appeared on the Best Places to Work list for 11 years.  

For more information about our capabilities, please contact Michael O'Donnell.