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Dmitry B. Vilner


P. 303-244-1945 |


Dmitry Vilner represents sophisticated clients in complex professional liability defense matters, with a focus on legal professional liability. Dmitry has taken active roles in trial, argued motions in court, and recently won summary judgment in two different cases on the same day. In 2018, he was recognized for appellate pro bono work through the Colorado Bar Association.

Before joining WTO, Dmitry was an associate at a litigation boutique in Denver and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert D. Hawthorne and the Honorable Diana L. Terry in the Colorado Court of Appeals.


  • Served as second chair in a two-day trial before the attorney disciplinary board.
  • Won a published opinion in a case alleging negligence against a taxi company.
  • Won summary judgment for an insurance carrier in a bad faith case involving missing cattle.
  • Won a motion to dismiss in federal court, arguing that a landlord was not liable for its tenant's off-property conduct.
  • Won partial summary judgment for an insurance agent who allegedly failed to notify his insured that the policy was cancelled.
  • Won summary judgment for a driver in a severe truck accident case on statute-of-limitations grounds.
  • Won summary judgment for an HVAC company in a personal injury case involving a borrowed company truck.
  • Won a motion to dismiss for a real estate agent in a premises liability case, arguing that the client did not owe another agent a duty of care.
  • Won partial summary judgment in a roofing dispute, eliminating more than 90% of the value of the claims against the client.
  • Won a motion to dismiss in a case alleging a wide-ranging conspiracy to commit fraud through a "fix and flip" scheme.
  • Authored an amicus brief in the Washington Supreme Court for a nationwide insurance association.
  • Helped win asylum for a pro bono client from Russia.

Publications & Speaking Engagements


  • Moderator, "Drones and the Law: Three Perspectives," Marsh Inn of Court, Apr. 7, 2016
  • Presenter, "The Emoluments Clause," Denver Law Club, Jan. 26, 2018
  • Moderator, Clerks Panel/Motions Practice, CBA Appellate CLE, Dec. 14, 2018

Other Experience

White and Steele, Associate
Wood, Ris, & Hames, Associate
Native Russian Speaker

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Super Lawyers
   Colorado Rising Star, 2018

Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy, 2017

Thompson G. Marsh Inn of Court, Executive Committee (2016-present)

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Colorado Defense Lawyers Association

Personal Interests

International travel, hiking, playing with his 10-pound Sheltie, Ernie