Law Week Colorado Names WTO Franchise Team 2010 "Lawyers of the Year"
DENVER: Law Week Colorado named the Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell franchise team led by Hugh Gottschalk, Steven Kelso, and Gwen Young among its 2010 "Lawyers of the Year." From January to July 2010, WTO and the Boston office of WilmerHale oversaw the litigation strategy and defense of 418 arbitrations for Chrysler Group LLC ("New Chrysler"). The arbitrations were demanded by former automobile dealers in 48 states seeking to be added to the network of New Chrysler after being rejected by Chrysler LLC ("Old Chrysler") during its bankruptcy. The arbitrations affected the viability of New Chrysler and the automobile industry as a whole. When the arbitration deadline had passed, only 32 of the dealerships had been reinstated – a huge victory for Chrysler. Managing Partner Hugh Gottschalk attributes the successful outcome to the team mentality between the two law firms and among the dozens of WTO lawyers and staff that were involved. Read more.