Theresa Wardon
Practice Areas
Industries
Representative Clients
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Michelin North America, Inc. - National Trial & Resolution Counsel
  • Skyjack
  • Whirlpool - National Trial Counsel

Theresa Wardon
 

Theresa Wardon represents leading companies in complex commercial, class action, and product liability trials and appeals nationwide. In particular, she defends product manufacturers in personal injury, design defect, and consumer class action lawsuits. In addition to serving on winning trial teams in Arizona, Florida, and Ohio, Theresa has briefed and argued winning appeals in the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals.

In 2017, the American Bar Association named Theresa one of the top 40 young lawyers in America in its annual "On the Rise" list. Additionally, Theresa represents asylum seekers, pro bono, fleeing extreme violence in their home countries. She serves on the governing board of The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime shelter for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty. Before joining WTO, Theresa clerked for The Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, then of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

American Bar Association's "On the Rise" 2017
Denver Business Journal
    40 Under 40, 2016
Colorado Rising Stars
    
Civil Litigation Defense, 2012-2018
Law Week Colorado
    Top Litigators, 2016 
    Up-and-Coming Lawyers, 2012
Benchmark Litigation 
    Under 40 Hotlist, 2017
Judge William E. Doyle American Inn of Court
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell Recruiting Committee 
    Member
Defense Research Institute

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

The Gathering Place
    Board of Directors, 2012-2018
Law School . . . Yes We Can
    Mentor

Personal Interests

Running, hiking, skiing, dance, and international travel


Theresa Wardon represents clients such as Ford, Michelin, and Whirlpool in high-stakes product liability and class action litigation, trials, and appeals nationwide. In 2017, the American Bar Association named Theresa one of the top 40 young lawyers in America in its annual "On the Rise" list.

Representative Cases Appellate Appellate Trials & Litigation Trials & Litigation Pro Bono Pro Bono
  • Successfully appealed a decision by the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services, to impose on WTO's pro bono client, a Navy nurse and corpsman, a mandatory five-year exclusion from working in any federally funded healthcare program, which jeopardized her Navy service. WTO showed why the decision was not warranted or authorized under current statutes. The Inspector General withdrew the exclusion, dropping the case and allowing our client to return to military service.
  • Negotiated access rights as part of an entitlement claim in a pro bono effort on behalf of more than two dozen families and landowners in matters relating to a large tract of land originally administered under a land grant dating back to Spanish colonial rule in southern Colorado.
  • Represent asylum seekers fleeing extreme domestic violence in their home countries.
Representative Clients
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Michelin North America, Inc. - National Trial & Resolution Counsel
  • Skyjack
  • Whirlpool - National Trial Counsel
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

American Bar Association's "On the Rise" 2017
Denver Business Journal
    40 Under 40, 2016
Colorado Rising Stars
    
Civil Litigation Defense, 2012-2018
Law Week Colorado
    Top Litigators, 2016 
    Up-and-Coming Lawyers, 2012
Benchmark Litigation 
    Under 40 Hotlist, 2017
Judge William E. Doyle American Inn of Court
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell Recruiting Committee 
    Member
Defense Research Institute

Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

The Gathering Place
    Board of Directors, 2012-2018
Law School . . . Yes We Can
    Mentor

Personal Interests

Running, hiking, skiing, dance, and international travel

Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2008, magna cum laude
    Order of the Coif
    Northwestern University Law Review, Senior Articles Editor
  • Boston College, B.A., 2003, History, summa cum laude, with distinction of Scholar of the College
    Phi Beta Kappa
Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit