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 2016 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 2016, Chambers USA ranked six (6) WTO lawyers in product liability and mass torts, more than any other firm in the country. 
  • 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 the national third tier for environmental and employment litigation on its 2015 list of "Best Law Firms." It ranked WTO in the national first tier for medical malpractice defense and product liability defense on its 2013 list of "Best Law Firms." 
  • 22 WTO lawyers are listed in Best Lawyers® 2017.
  • 61% of partners are listed in Colorado Super Lawyers® 2016. 18 of the 25 listed are among the top 100 lawyers in Colorado, four are among the top 50 women lawyers, and  Mike O'Donnell is the "number one ranked" lawyer in Colorado for the fourth consecutive year.
  • 57% 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 2016, the Denver Business Journal listed WTO among the top two best places to work in the extra-large company category, and was the top-ranked law firm across all size categories. In 2008, 2010, and 2012 WTO was ranked the #1 best place to work in Denver by size. The firm appeared on the Best Places to Work list every year from 2004-2012 and 2015. The DBJ suspended the survey after 2012, and 2015 marked the return of the Best Places to Work contest. 

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