Scott Barker
 

In 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 in industries as diverse as energy, manufacturing, construction, financial services, recreation, and technology. Scott focuses his practice on complex civil litigation and class action lawsuits involving commercial, environmental, natural resources, product liability, toxic tort, and personal injury defense matters.

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 Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, and Colorado Super Lawyers and has appeared multiple times on the Super Lawyers Top 10 and Top 50 Lawyers in Colorado lists. In 2003, he was named the best business litigator in Denver based on a poll of peers and colleagues in the industry. In 2013, Scott was selected as the Best Lawyers Bet-the-Company Litigation Denver Lawyer of the Year.

Prior to joining the firm in July 2010, Scott practiced law at Holland & Hart LLP, where he was the firm's chairman from 1996-2001 and the chairman of its litigation department in 2009-2010.

Other Experience

Holland & Hart LLP
    Partner, 1987-2010
    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, 2005-2016
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 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.

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
    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, 2005-2016
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