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Joel S. Neckers


P. 303.244.1966 | F. 303.244.1879


Joel Neckers has handled hundreds of complex civil disputes, taken 20 trials to verdict across the U.S., and served as lead counsel in 25 states. He recently served on a trial team that won a case involving $1.25 billion for an electric distribution co-op. Joel routinely handles commercial disputes, oil and gas and other energy-related matters, class actions, and healthcare/medical malpractice claims. The Best Lawyers in America recognizes Joel for his expertise in commercial litigation, and Colorado Super Lawyers lists him for class actions and mass torts defense.


Commercial Litigation

  • Representing a global commercial real estate company in connection with various issues, including foreclosures and guaranty agreements.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order for a national bank in a case involving a departing employee who stole trade secrets and breached fiduciary duty.
  • Defeated a preliminary injunction brought by a former investment executive who sued to nullify a noncompete and launch a competing firm by taking 50 clients representing $200 million in investments. Collaborating with another law firm, WTO showed in a two-day, federal court hearing that the former executive did not meet the requirements for injunctive relief. The Court agreed and denied the motion.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a commercial lender resulting in an award of more than $2.5 million, including interest and legal fees, relating to an LLC's default on a condominium development loan.
  • Won a bench trial—including an award of attorneys' fees—for a national title insurance company in connection with a case involving the fraudulent sale of property.
  • Defended an appeal seeking to overturn district court prejudgment writs of attachment and motion dismissing counterclaims in fraud/civil theft case.
  • Won multiple temporary restraining orders and motions for preliminary injunctions after evidentiary hearings in cases involving breach of fiduciary duties and breach of contract.
  • Served as second-chair in several arbitrations for one of the world's largest automobile manufacturers following the passage of Section 747 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010.
  • Secured early dismissal of financial services company in securities lawsuit.

Energy / Oil & Gas

Class Actions

Healthcare / Medical Malpractice

Other Representative Experience

Publications & Speaking Engagements


Other Experience

Latham & Watkins LLP (2005-2008)

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

The Best Lawyers in America
    Commercial Litigation, 2021-2024
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2021-2024
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Class Action/Mass Torts Defense, 2021
    Business Litigation, 2022-2024
Benchmark Litigation 
    Local Litigation Star, 2023
    40 & Under National Star, 2019
    40 & Under Hotlist, 2018
    Future Star, 2024
Colorado Rising Stars 
    Class Action/Mass Torts, 2014-2018
    Civil Litigation Defense, 2012-2013
    Business Litigation, 2011 
American Society of Legal Advocates
    40 Under 40 Litigation Lawyers in Colorado, 2013 and 2014
Law Week Colorado
    Top Litigators
    Up and Coming Lawyers - Finalist, 2009
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
2016 Outstanding Subcommittee Chair, Class Action and Derivative Suits
   Committee, ABA Section of Litigation
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Denver Petroleum Club

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
    Chair of Board of Directors

Personal Interests

Skiing, rock climbing, running, travel

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