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David J. Schaller


P. 303.244.1836 | F. 303.244.1879


David Schaller represents clients in complex commercial and torts matters ranging from franchise and distribution disputes to catastrophic trucking liability claims. Dave relies on his significant prior experience in business to appreciate his clients’ priorities relating to complex commercial disputes. 

Prior to entering law, Dave spent 12 years in business. During this time, he developed firsthand experience with the types of challenges and disputes his clients bring to him now. These include contractual breaches, employment claims, competition issues, vendor agreements, and real estate transactions. Dave's business background heavily informs his practice and helps him walk in his clients' shoes. He efficiently and creatively resolves legal disputes while safeguarding the relationships that help his clients' businesses thrive.

Dave has successfully tried cases and arbitrations, conducted evidentiary hearings, prevailed on dispositive motions, and negotiated highly favorable settlements in jurisdictions across the country.


Publications & Speaking Engagements


  • Presenter, "Franchise Drafting Tips from Franchise Litigators: Common Provisions Leading to Unintended Consequences," The Colorado Bar Association, Franchise Law Subsection, (September 29, 2016).
  • Presenter, "Business Documents and Document Drafting From the Perspective of Litigators – The Big Blunders!" The Colorado Bar Association, Business Law Institute, (September 15, 2016).
  • Presenter, "The Lifecycle of Litigation – Avoiding (Or Managing) A Trainwreck," The Colorado Bar Association, Business Law Institute, (September 15, 2016).
  • "Trial Coach," Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Annual Trial Academy, (April 20, 2016).
  • Presenter, "What Business Lawyers Do That Litigators Love: Your Worst Nightmares," The Colorado Business Law Institute, (October 28, 2015).
  • Presenter, "A Roadmap for Successful Arbitration," The Association for Corporate Counsel Colorado Chapter, (May 3, 2012).

Other Experience

Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, L.L.P.

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Super Lawyers
    Business Litigation, 2014-2024
Colorado Rising Stars 
    Business Litigation, 2010-2013
Law Week Colorado
    Up-and-Coming Lawyer, 2009 
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell Recruiting Committee 

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Inspire Creative
    Vice President, Board of Directors

Teaching Positions

National Institute for Trial Advocacy
        Faculty Member - trial skills program and deposition skills program
    Rocky Mountain Deposition Skills Seminar

Personal Interests

Golf, skiing, four-wheeling, and enjoying Colorado with family

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