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COVID-Era Advocacy: Trial and litigation results for uncertain times

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell attorneys tried three cases to completion during the first months of the pandemicand won all three. Since then, the firm has continued to represent diverse clients in a broad range of high-stakes trials, arbitrations, and litigation arising from or relating to COVID-19.

WTO's pioneering experience as an early trial leader has led our lawyers to develop best practices to address COVID-19 claims and deliver pandemic-era trial wins for our clients—including a $1.25 billion victory in one of the nation’s first-ever fully remote trials in May 2020. For information on how WTO is addressing the coronavirus pandemic, please visit our COVID-19 Resources Page.

WTO’s COVID-19 litigation experience includes: Remote Trials, Hearings & Depositions | Consumer Class Actions | Mass Torts | Contract Disputes | Excess Carrier Insurance Matters | Real Estate Disputes | Commercial Foreclosure | Healthcare Liability & Counseling | Ski & Recreation Industry Matters | Wrongful Termination Claims


Remote Trials & Oral Arguments

Class Actions

  • Representing a major North American resort owner and operator in multiple consumer class actions seeking refunds following the company's closure of its ski resorts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commercial Litigation

  • Won favorable settlement for a technology company against a supplier that failed to fulfill or refund a $1.5 million order of personal protection equipment (PPE) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Provide legal counseling services to an international industrial gas company regarding pricing strategies in compliance with COVID-19-related state price-gouging laws.
  • Provide legal counseling services to one of the world's largest travel and hospitality conglomerates regarding issues of refund policies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Defending a large health system against one of the earliest filed claims in the U.S. involving a COVID-19-related patient death.
  • Counseled a healthcare industry insurer on best practices for risk management amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Representing a Fortune 50 company facing personal injury and employment claims related to a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Representing a national dermatology practice against wrongful termination and breach of contract claims related to the closure of one of its offices due to COVID-19.


  • Serving as national coordinating counsel on COVID-19 property litigation for a major property and casualty insurer.

Real Estate

  • Advising a real estate client on how to safeguard its constitutional rights amid governmental overreach related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Representing a global commercial real estate company in connection with various issues, including foreclosures and guaranty agreements, related to the COVID-19 economic downturn.


Michele On-ja Choe
Partner, Diversity & Inclusion Chair
P. 303.244.1926
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Hays C. Doan
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Peter W. Herzog III
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Allison R. McLaughlin
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William P. Sowers
Associate - Not Admitted in Colorado
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Michael T. Williams
Co-Managing Partner
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