Scott Barker
 

In over 35 years of private practice, Scott Barker has tried more than 80 cases (including three class actions to verdict) for international, national, and Western regional companies across a wide range of disciplines. Scott has also represented clients in approximately 80 complex mediations and numerous arbitrations over his career, achieving favorable outcomes in the vast majority of these, particularly in the oil and gas arena.

Scott is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is consistently listed in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers (including as Lawyer of the Year) and Colorado Super Lawyers (including multiple appearances in the Top 10 and Top 50 Lawyers in Colorado lists).

As an AAA-trained mediator, Scott brings his extensive litigation experience and case assessment skills to help litigants resolve disputes outside of court. Thanks to his experience, Scott understands how to guide parties to resolution, how to demand that parties apply procedures and facts to support their positions, and where to apply pressure—often in multiple directions simultaneously—to help parties achieve productive compromises.

Other Experience

Holland & Hart LLP
    Partner, 1987-2010
    Management Committee Chair, 1997-2003
    Associate, 1981-1987
United States Air Force
    Active duty, including assignments in Southeast Asia and 
        The Pentagon, 1970-1978
    Honorably discharged as Captain, 1978

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

American College of Trial Lawyers
    Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates
    Member
The Best Lawyers in America
    Denver Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2013
    Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2006-2017
    Commercial Litigation, 2006-2017
    Environmental Litigation, 2016-2017
    Mass Tort/Class Action Litigation, 2006-2017
Chambers USA
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2005-2017
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Business Litigation, 2006-2017
    Top 10, 2008, 2010
    Top 100, 2012-2017
    Top 50, 2006-2011
Denver Business Journal
    Who's Who in Energy Law, 2012-2014
    Best Business Litigator in Denver, 2003
Benchmark Litigation
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2011-2017
American Arbitration Association
    Member, Commercial/Oil & Gas Panels
Litigation Counsel of America
    Member
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated*

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Past President, Board of Trustees, Denver Christian Schools
Lay Assessor, Ecclesiastical Proceeding for the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado


In over 35 years of practice, Scott Barker has tried more than 80 cases to verdict, including three certified class actions. He represents Fortune 500 companies and other sophisticated clients in oil and gas, financial services, technology, manufacturing, and distribution in a range of high-stakes litigation.

Scott is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an AAA-trained mediator.

Representative Cases
Representative Clients
  • BHP Billiton
  • BP America Production
  • SpartanNash
  • USAA
  • Valero
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Other Experience

Holland & Hart LLP
    Partner, 1987-2010
    Management Committee Chair, 1997-2003
    Associate, 1981-1987
United States Air Force
    Active duty, including assignments in Southeast Asia and 
        The Pentagon, 1970-1978
    Honorably discharged as Captain, 1978

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

American College of Trial Lawyers
    Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates
    Member
The Best Lawyers in America
    Denver Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2013
    Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2006-2017
    Commercial Litigation, 2006-2017
    Environmental Litigation, 2016-2017
    Mass Tort/Class Action Litigation, 2006-2017
Chambers USA
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2005-2017
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Business Litigation, 2006-2017
    Top 10, 2008, 2010
    Top 100, 2012-2017
    Top 50, 2006-2011
Denver Business Journal
    Who's Who in Energy Law, 2012-2014
    Best Business Litigator in Denver, 2003
Benchmark Litigation
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2011-2017
American Arbitration Association
    Member, Commercial/Oil & Gas Panels
Litigation Counsel of America
    Member
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated*

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Past President, Board of Trustees, Denver Christian Schools
Lay Assessor, Ecclesiastical Proceeding for the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1981, cum laude
  • Oxford University, M.Phil., 1973
    Rhodes Scholar
  • United States Air Force Academy, B.S., 1970
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit