Theresa Wardon has represented clients in complex commercial, class action, and product liability matters before federal and state courts.
 
Before joining the firm, Theresa 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, Theresa 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. 
 
Highlights of Theresa's experience include: 

  • Served on a trial team in a two-week jury trial resulting in a full defense verdict in a product liability case, in which Theresa took and defended numerous depositions, briefed and argued pre-trial motions, cross-examined a plaintiff and expert at trial, argued jury instructions, and briefed and argued post-trial motions and successful appeal.
  • Served on a trial team in a two-week jury trial in a product liability case, in which Theresa took depositions, briefed and argued pre-trial motions, cross-examined four witnesses at trial, including three experts, conducted direct examination of an expert at trial, and argued numerous motions and jury instructions.
  • Successfully briefed and argued the appeal of a favorable jury verdict on behalf of an automobile manufacturer in the Colorado Court of Appeals.
  • Served as an appellate representative in a two-week jury trial in a product liability matter, and in that capacity, argued motions for directed verdict, evidentiary motions, and jury instructions. Currently serves as lead counsel for post-trial motions and upcoming appeal.
  • Successfully represented a Fortune 500 company in defeating class certification in a consumer fraud action where the plaintiffs sought treble damages, in which Theresa served as lead briefing counsel for both the class certification opposition and dispositive motions and took multiple plaintiff depositions and defended expert and corporate representative depositions.
  • Defeated a motion to certify a nationwide breach of warranty class in a case alleging that certain appliances contained defective electronic control boards that caused the machines to malfunction.
  • Briefed and argued the appeal of adverse jury verdict on behalf of an automobile manufacturer in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented a large multinational consumer goods manufacturer in several class actions alleging product defect and consumer fraud, in which Theresa has taken deposition and drafted briefs at all stages of litigation, including motions to dismiss, motions to strike class claims, and oppositions to motions for class certification.
  • Represented a client in a legal malpractice case that resulted in favorable resolution halfway through the jury trial. Theresa took depositions, briefed and argued pre-trial motions, cross examined expert witnesses at trial, and argued numerous motions and jury instructions.
  • Represented an automobile manufacturer in a putative class action involving allegations of consumer fraud.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice for lack of personal jurisdiction in a contract dispute.
  • Obtained summary judgment in an insurance bad faith dispute.
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Colorado Rising Stars
    
Civil Litigation Defense, 2012-2014
Law Week Colorado's Up-and-Coming Lawyers
    Selected, 2012
Judge William E. Doyle American Inn of Court
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell Recruiting Committee 
    Member

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors
The Gathering Place
    Board of Directors, 2012

Personal Interests
Running
Hiking
Cooking
International travel
Representative Cases
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
Colorado Rising Stars
    
Civil Litigation Defense, 2012-2014
Law Week Colorado's Up-and-Coming Lawyers
    Selected, 2012
Judge William E. Doyle American Inn of Court
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell Recruiting Committee 
    Member
Government ServiceLaw Clerk to The Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Community Memberships, Activities, and HonorsThe Gathering Place
    Board of Directors, 2012
Personal InterestsRunning
Hiking
Cooking
International travel
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008
    Order of the Coif
    Northwestern University Law Review, Senior Articles Editor
  • Boston College, B.A., History, summa cum laude, with distinction of Scholar of the College, 2003
    Phi Beta Kappa

Government ServiceLaw 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

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