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Theresa Wardon Benz


P. 303.244.1968 | F. 303.244.1879


Theresa Wardon Benz represents clients such as Ford, Michelin, and Whirlpool in nationwide high-stakes appeals, litigation, and trials. She is an accomplished appellate practitioner with experience in multiple states and the U.S. Supreme Court, having authored multiple Supreme Court amicus briefs. Prior to joining WTO, Theresa served as an appellate clerk to The Hon. Neil M. Gorsuch, then of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2017, the American Bar Association named Theresa one of the top 40 young lawyers in America in its annual "On the Rise" list.

Theresa has also played significant roles in trial to help win verdicts in Arizona, Florida, and Ohio. Additionally, she represents asylum seekers, pro bono, fleeing extreme violence in their home countries. She served on the governing board of The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime shelter for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty. 


Trials & Litigation


Pro Bono

  • Successfully appealed a decision by the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services, to impose on WTO's pro bono client, a Navy nurse and corpsman, a mandatory five-year exclusion from working in any federally funded healthcare program, which jeopardized her Navy service. WTO showed why the decision was not warranted or authorized under current statutes. The Inspector General withdrew the exclusion, dropping the case and allowing our client to return to military service.
  • Negotiated access rights as part of an entitlement claim in a pro bono effort for more than two dozen families and landowners in matters relating to a large tract of land originally administered under a land grant dating back to Spanish colonial rule in southern Colorado.
  • Represent asylum seekers fleeing extreme domestic violence in their home countries.

Other Representative Experience

  • Defeated certification of two putative classes of almost 30,000 California claimants alleging that WTO's client was a joint employer and liable for a number of California wage and hour law violations as well as for benefits.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Other Articles/Presentations

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Denver Bar Association
    Richard Marden Davis Award, 2020
Benchmark Litigation 
    Local Litigation Star, 2020, 2022
    40 & Under National Star, 2019
    40 & Under Hot List, 2017-2018, 2020-2022
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Civil Litigation: Defense, 2022    
American Bar Association's "On the Rise" 2017
Denver Business Journal
    40 Under 40, 2016
Colorado Rising Stars
    Civil Litigation Defense, 2012-2021
Law Week Colorado
    Top Litigators, 2016 
    Up-and-Coming Lawyers, 2012
Judge William E. Doyle American Inn of Court
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell Recruiting Committee 
Defense Research Institute

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

The Gathering Place
    Board of Directors, 2012-2018
Law School . . . Yes We Can

Personal Interests

Running, hiking, skiing, dance, and international travel

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