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2021 Colorado Super Lawyers: 37 from WTO Named to Lists; O'Donnell Ranked #1 for Ninth Straight Year

Date: 03.09.21

Denver: Colorado Super Lawyers has named 23 Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell (WTO) attorneys to its 2021 list of Super Lawyers and 14 WTO attorneys to its list of Rising Stars. For an unprecedented ninth straight year, the magazine has ranked WTO Chairman and founding partner Michael O’Donnell the #1 lawyer in Colorado. This honor follows on O’Donnell’s appearance as the subject of the 2020 cover story, The Human Element.  

Super Lawyers rankings are based on independent research and voting by peers in the industry.

“This is well-deserved recognition for all of the lawyers ranked here, and an outstanding achievement for Mike,” says WTO Co-Managing Partner Michael Williams. “We are grateful to our clients, colleagues, and peers for their continued support and taking the time to share their input with Super Lawyers.” 

Other 2021 highlights include: 

  • WTO Partner Hugh Gottschalk is again ranked as a Top 10 Super Lawyer—for the fourth straight year (and fifth year overall);
  • Ten WTO lawyers appear in the Top 100—the next closest firm has six lawyers in the Top 100; and
  • Three WTO lawyers—Carolyn Fairless, Kathryn Reilly, and Tamera Westerberg—are in the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers.

2021 Colorado Super Lawyers
No. 1, Michael O’Donnell, Personal Injury - Products: Defense
Top 10, Hugh Gottschalk, Business Litigation
Top 100, Andrew Efaw, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense
Top 100, Top 50 Women, Carolyn Fairless, Professional Liability: Defense
Top 100, Kevin Kuhn, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense
Top 100, Craig May, Business Litigation
Top 100, Top 50 Women, Kathryn Reilly, Antitrust Litigation
Top 100, Edward Stewart, Personal Injury - Products: Defense
Top 100, Top 50 Women, Tamera Westerberg, Business Litigation
Top 100, Michael Williams, Class Actions & Mass Torts: Defense
Scott Barker, Business Litigation
Michele Choe, Employment Litigation
Joseph FarchionePersonal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense
John FitzpatrickPersonal Injury - Products: Defense
James HooperPersonal Injury - Products: Defense
LaMar JostPersonal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense
Raymond Martin, Employment Litigation
Joel Neckers, Class Actions & Mass Torts: Defense
Kara Rosenthal, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense
David Schaller, Business Litigation
John Trigg, Class Actions & Mass Torts: Defense
Andrew Unthank, Class Actions & Mass Torts: Defense
Malcolm Wheeler, Civil Litigation: Defense

2021 Colorado Rising Stars
Anthony Barbe, Professional Liability: Defense
Theresa Benz, Civil Litigation: Defense
Webster Cash, Business Litigation
Chuan "CiCi" Cheng, Business Litigation
Clarissa CollierBusiness Litigation
Ellen HerzogBusiness Litigation
Cedric Logan, Insurance Coverage
Kate Mercer-Lawson, Personal Injury - Products: Defense
Shawn NealCivil Litigation: Defense
Tommy OlsenBusiness Litigation
Camille Papini-ChaplaPersonal Injury - Products: Defense
Eric RobertsonBusiness Litigation
Marissa RonkBusiness Litigation
Erin Tatman, Professional Liability: Defense

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell lawyers have taken more than 1,100 trials and arbitrations to verdict or award and 300 appeals to opinion all across the nation, with exceptional results for our clients. 

Established in 1998, WTO today numbers 100 trial lawyers and litigators. The firm represents sophisticated clients in high-stakes civil trials, appeals, and related litigation ranging from complex commercial to class actions to catastrophic torts. 

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