Theresa Wardon has represented clients in complex commercial, class action, and product liability matters before federal and state courts.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Wardon served as law clerk to The Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
While in law school, Ms. Wardon worked in Northwestern's Supreme Court Clinic, where she assisted in the preparation of petitions for certiorari, merits briefs, and moot courts for lawyers arguing before the Court. She also participated in Northwestern's Children and Family Justice Center, where she successfully represented a child facing deportation before an immigration court.
A representative sample of Ms. Wardon's litigation experience includes the following:
- Along with WTO partner Ed Stewart, obtained dismissal with prejudice for lack of personal jurisdiction in a contract dispute.
- Along with WTO partner Ed Stewart, obtained a full defense verdict in a product liability suit in which she cross-examined a plaintiff and an expert;
- Represented large multinational consumer goods manufacturer in putative class actions alleging product defects;
- Taking and defending depositions of numerous lay and expert witnesses; and
- Drafting and arguing successful pre-trial and post-trial motions.
Defeated motion filed by the plaintiffs in the U.S.D.C. for the District of Colorado to certify a class of consumers who had shopped during a specific pricing program at various grocery stores owned by WTO's client, a Fortune 500 food distribution company. Plaintiffs alleged common law fraud, civil theft, and violations of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act
Tietsworth v. Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Whirlpool Corp., No. 5:09-cv-00288, 2013 WL 1303100 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 28, 2013) - Defeated motion to certify a nationwide breach-of-warranty class in a case alleging that certain Kenmore washing machines contained defective electronic control boards that caused the machines to malfunction.
Defended the appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals of a 2010 jury verdict that WTO won on behalf of Ford Motor Company in an electronic throttle product liability case.
Hopp v. Shore - Represented managing partner in suit between law firm partners with respect to claims of fraud and mismanagement. After two-week trial, client prevailed on fraud and mismanagement claims, and Court ordered an accounting and liquidation of the firm.
Won a unanimous jury defense verdict from a Colorado district court in favor of WTO's client, Ford Motor Company, in a precedent-setting case involving a product liability claim of an allegedly defective electronic throttle.
- 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
Colorado Rising Stars
Civil Litigation Defense, 2012-2013
Law Week Colorado's Up-and-Coming Lawyers
Judge William E. Doyle American Inn of Court
Law Clerk to The Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
The Gathering Place
Board of Directors, 2012