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Joel S. Neckers


P. 303.244.1966 | F. 303.244.1879


Joel Neckers represents clients in high-stakes litigation across the United States. His experience includes representing highly visible companies in numerous commercial disputes and dozens of consumer class actions. Joel also handles complex civil litigation including shareholder disputes, professional liability claims, and claims involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. The Best Lawyers in America lists Joel in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Defense.  Benchmark Litigation named Joel a 2019 40 & Under National Star. 



Commercial Litigation

  • Representing a global commercial real estate company in connection with various issues, including foreclosures and guaranty agreements, related to the COVID-19 economic downturn.
  • 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.
  • Old Republic National Title Insurance v. Kornegay, 292 P.3d 1111 (Colo. 2012) - 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.

Class Actions

Catastrophic Injury / Wrongful Death

Other Representative Experience

  • Won three critical summary judgment and Daubert rulings for a major law firm and three lawyers in a legal malpractice case, precluding damages claims in excess of $10M from proceeding to trial and materially lowering the clients' risk going forward.

Publications & Speaking Engagements


Other Experience

Latham & Watkins LLP (2005-2008)

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

The Best Lawyers in America
Commercial Litigation, 2022
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2022
Benchmark Litigation 
    40 & Under National Star, 2019
    40 & Under Hotlist, 2018
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Class Action/Mass Torts Defense, 2021
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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