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LaMar Jost defends high-stakes cases involving medical malpractice, product liability, mass torts, and complex commercial matters. He has handled significant professional liability and tort cases in 32 states, the District of Columbia, and in tribal courts.
Through each stage of the litigation process, LaMar anticipates and responds to his clients' needs. He is aggressive in fact and expert discovery, proactive at mediation, and always ready to defend his clients at trial. As one client commented, he is "creative, enthusiastic, and a relentlessly hard worker."
LaMar has tried several eight and nine-figure multimillion-dollar medical malpractice and personal injury cases in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. He has won a significant majority of those medical malpractice and wrongful death trials. He has won summary judgments for a Fortune 10 manufacturing company in Wyoming and Washington. He has won legal malpractice cases in Wyoming and Missouri. He has successfully briefed a matter of first impression under CERCLA in the Tenth Circuit and then successfully opposed the plaintiff's petition for certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court. He has won Daubert and Frye-Mack motions and hearings in several jurisdictions. LaMar has also represented clients in federal multidistrict litigation in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, and in cases remanded from multidistrict litigation.
In addition to trial work, LaMar has an active appellate practice. He has handled complex appeals for companies and individuals in a variety of practice areas, including constitutional law, environmental law, insurance, tort, professional liability, and intellectual property. LaMar has argued and briefed several appeals in the Tenth Circuit, Colorado appellate courts, Georgia Court of Appeals, and D.C. Court of Appeals, and the Wyoming Supreme Court. Through the appellate process, LaMar has assisted in making law favorable to hospitals, physicians, and industry.
- Won a complete defense jury verdict in a $27 million medical malpractice trial in Iowa involving an alleged negligent neurosurgical operation.
- Won summary judgment for an obstetrician-gynecological practice in a high-exposure case in Minnesota involving an alleged birth injury and $30 million in damages.
- Called in two weeks before trial, won a defense verdict in a multimillion-dollar medical negligence trial in Utah for an orthopedic surgeon and physician's assistant accused of allowing a patient to slide off the operating table, allegedly leading to permanent brain and spine injuries. WTO demonstrated that the plaintiff's complaints were actually due to prescription drug overuse and that the plaintiff had lied under oath.
- Won a Frye-Mack hearing to exclude expert testimony and Cranial Compression Ischemic Encephalopathy (CCIE) causation theory in a Minnesota birth injury case involving issues of first impression. The resulting order will help defense attorneys nationwide against CCIE claims.
- Obtained a significant excessive force settlement payment for a pro bono client who survived an assault by police.
- Won dismissal for a Colorado-based manufacturer in an asbestos product liability case in the plaintiff-friendly "judicial hellhole" of St. Clair County, Illinois. WTO asserted jurisdictional defenses at the pleading stage and later won dismissal after the plaintiff's deposition.
- Won voluntary dismissal in federal court in Colorado for a major gas station company facing federal and state toxic tort claims brought by a real estate developer. The plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their claims after WTO demonstrated that the gas station's underground gas tanks did not contaminate the plaintiffs' adjacent land and water.
- Won a defense verdict in a three-week trial for a Michigan hospital following an in-hospital cardiac arrest and alleged brain injury. The plaintiff sought more than $14 million in damages in plaintiff-friendly downtown Detroit. The jury found for WTO's client after deliberating for less than 20 minutes.
- Obtained summary judgment for a national legal malpractice carrier in an attorney-lien enforcement action in Wyoming district court. In this matter of first impression, the Court held that the plain language of the statute precluded the plaintiff law firm's attorney-lien and constructive fraud claims. As the prevailing party under the statute, WTO obtained a significant award of attorneys' fees and costs for its client.
- Obtained dismissal of Colorado-based manufacturer in a product liability case in Madison County, Illinois. WTO asserted various jurisdictional and workers' compensation defenses at the pleading stage, obtaining a rare dismissal in a multi-million dollar lawsuit in one of the worst venues for defendants in the United States.
- Submitted an amicus brief for a Wyoming client in a Tenth Circuit appeal involving the boundaries of a Native American reservation. The issue involved potential expansion of tribal court jurisdiction over hundreds of businesses and thousands of residents outside the reservation. In its opinion, the Court agreed with WTO's client.
- Obtained dismissal for an Ohio hospital in a medical malpractice action. WTO lawyers, with co-counsel from Ohio, successfully challenged the plaintiff's unscientific and unsupported theory that cranial compression from the normal birth process can cause brain damage. Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case during a Daubert hearing after examination of only two of plaintiff's seven scheduled experts.
- Won a complete defense verdict and dismissal of punitive damages claims for a Wyoming hospital and codefendant physicians facing non-negotiable $19 million negligence claims brought by a plaintiff who suffered a stroke following emergency room treatment for a head wound.
- Obtained summary judgment for General Electric Company in an asbestos liability case in the U.S.D.C. for the District of Wyoming.
- Defended the appeal to the Tenth Circuit of a 2010 jury verdict WTO won for AT&T in a high-profile whistleblower case. Law Week Colorado called the underlying trial court victory one of the "Top Defense Verdicts of 2010."
- Won a $4.2 million judgment for a renewable energy client in a civil trial involving an executive's embezzlement from the company.
- Affirmed on appeal to the D.C. Court of Appeals WTO's unanimous defense jury verdict for a hospital after a three-week trial in Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs alleged the doctor provided less than the standard of care, resulting in an infant's cerebral palsy. WTO established the child's condition was attributable to his 14-week premature birth.
- Won a jury defense verdict in Louisiana in a premises liability case in which a sign in an AT&T store fell and injured a child.
- Obtained a Rule 12(b) dismissal of a complaint filed in federal court in Missouri against a large international law firm. The plaintiffs ultimately obtained an eight-figure jury verdict against the remaining defendants in the case.
- Won a jury verdict in Cook County, Illinois, for General Electric in an asbestos duty to warn case involving power plant land turbines.
- Won affirmation of a trial court's summary judgment ruling and exposed "pollution for profit" in protracted CERCLA litigation for our engineering client before the Tenth Circuit.
- Won affirmance from the Tenth Circuit of summary judgment for an insurer in a case seeking unlimited no-fault benefits for alleged failure to offer no-fault benefits.
- Obtained dismissal of a complaint filed with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Affairs against WTO's nurse client. After an extensive investigation, DORA dismissed the complaint in a non-appealable, final agency action based upon WTO's response.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
"See You at Trial! Signaling for Strategic Negotiation," presented at AEIX Claims Caucus, (April 27, 2023).
"From the Trenches: Fighting Junk Medicine," presented to Claims and Panel Attorneys of American Excess Insurance Exchange, (April 11, 2023).
"Nurse Practitioner Malpractice Claims," presented at the University of Northern Colorado, (December 6, 2022).
"New Perspectives on Challenges to Expert Testimony," co-presented at the American Legal Connections Conference, (September 29, 2022).
"Myths vs. Truths: Examining Placental Pathology Challenges in Pregnancy Outcomes and Birth Injury Litigation," presented at ACI's 20th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetrics Malpractice Claims, (November 18, 2021).
"Avoiding Medical Malpractice: Clinical Practice & Pointers," presented at the University of Northern Colorado, (December 3, 2020).
"Living With & Mitigating the Threat of Medical Malpractice," presented at the University of Northern Colorado, (December, 2019).
"Complex Civil Litigation: Discovery to Trial," presented at St. Mary's Law School, (April 10, 2019).
"Preserving the Record for Appeal: Critical Pointers," presented at the ABA-ABOTA National Trial Academy, (April 13, 2019).
- "Business Law Torts," presented at the Colorado Bar Association's Annual Tort Law Update 2017 CLE, (September 26, 2017).
"How to Attack Multi-Million Dollar Life Care Plans," presented at MedStar Defense Counsel Retreat, (July 17, 2017).
"Rethinking Future Medical Expenses in the Age of ObamaCare," presented at the 2016 Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference, (September 15, 2016).
"Damage Calculations in Tort Actions: Effect of the Affordable Care Act," presented to the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association 2016 Annual Conference, (July 30, 2016).
"The Affordable Care Act and Potential Implications for Damages Calculations in Medical Negligence Cases," presented at CBA-CLE Medical Malpractice: Hot Topics 2016, (April 15, 2016).
"Damage Calculations in Tort Actions: Effect of the Affordable Care Act," presented for CLE at the Colorado Bar Association's Annual Tort Law Update, (October 15, 2015).
- "Getting on the Right Side of the 'v.': Suing and Being Sued for Business Torts," presented at the Association of Corporate Counsel's In-House Counsel Forum, (April 16, 2014).
- "Business Torts," presented at the CBA Litigation Section's Tort Law Update 2013, (September 20, 2013).
"Wyoming and Colorado Liquor Liability Laws," presented to Colorado Claims Association, (October 5, 2007).
- "The Affordable Care Act and Colorado's Collateral Source Rule,"Co-Authored, Denver Law Journal, (June 21, 2016).
"Constitutional Law - The Commerce Clause in the New Millennium: Enumeration Still Presupposes Something Not Enumerated," 1 Wyo. L. Rev. 195, (2001).
"Medical Malpractice," Colorado Civil Claims: Elements, Defenses, and Sample Pleadings, 1st ed, (2019).
- "Witness Preparation Primer: Inviting a Witness to Provide Truthful and Favorable Testimony," Mastering the Art of Preparing Witnesses, (December 2017).
"Deconstructing the Key Liability Expert: Strategy and Secrets for Successful Cross-Examination," From the Trenches: Strategies and Tips From 21 of the Nation's Top Trial Lawyers, (2015).
" Commencement of the Action and Service of Proces," Colorado Methods of Practice, Chapter 26, (2014).
"Civil Jury Trials" Colorado Methods of Practice, Chapter 27, (2014).
"Pleadings" Colorado Methods of Practice, Chapter 28, (2014).
"The Colorado Court System," Colorado Methods of Practice, Chapter 23, (2014).
Deposing Experts in Medical Malpractice Cases, (April 2023).
- Medical Records as Evidence, (December 2017).
- WTO Leads Top 100 in Colorado Super Lawyers
- Colorado Bar Association and WTO Partner LaMar Jost Launch SOLACE
- 42 WTO Lawyers Named to the 2017 Colorado Super Lawyers List
- WTO Lawyers Win Six High-Stakes Medical Malpractice Trials Nationwide in Six Months
- Law360, "Wyo. Hospital Says EPA Ruling Forces it Into Tribal Court," May 28, 2015.
- Denver Business Journal, "DBJ 40 Under 40 Winner LaMar Jost," March 20, 2015.
- LaMar Jost a 2015 Denver Business Journal 40 Under 40 Winner
- Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell Names New Partners Miko Brown and LaMar Jost
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Colorado Super Lawyers
Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice Defense, 2018-2023
The Best Lawyers in America
Commercial Litigation, 2022-2023
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Colorado Rising Stars
Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2009-2017
Personal Injury: Defense, 2015
Denver Business Journal
Forty Under 40, 2015
Law Week Colorado
Up-and-Coming Lawyer, 2007
Colorado SOLACE Program – Chairman
Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program – Mentor
New Mexico Medical Review Committee
Faculty of Federal Advocates
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
New Mexico Bar Association
Wyoming Bar Association
Denver Health Foundation’s Inaugural Grand Rounds Class of 2016
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
American Legal Connections
Faculty ABA-ABOTA National Trial Academy
Guest Lecturer, St. Mary's Law School
Eastern New Mexico University
Guest Lecturer, University of Northern Colorado
Ultramarathons: completed a 200 mile ultramarathon; a 150 mile ultramarathon across the Utah desert in June; five 100 mile ultramarathons; and numerous 100 kilometer and 50 mile ultramarathons.