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Theresa Wardon Benz

Partner

P. 303.244.1968 | F. 303.244.1879

Biography

Theresa Wardon Benz represents clients such as Ford, Michelin, and Whirlpool in nationwide high-stakes product liability and class action trials, litigation, and appeals. She has particular experience defending product manufacturers in personal injury and design defect lawsuits. 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 played significant roles in trial to help win verdicts in Arizona, Florida, and Ohio. She has also briefed and argued winning appeals in the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals. Theresa recently authored her first amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, at the request of Sidley Austin and the Northwestern Supreme Court Clinic.

Additionally, Theresa 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. Before joining WTO, Theresa clerked for The Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, then of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Cases

Trials & Litigation

Appellate

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.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Denver Bar Association
    Richard Marden Davis Award, 2020
Benchmark Litigation 
    40 & Under National Star, 2019
    Under 40 Hotlist, 2017-2018    
American Bar Association's "On the Rise" 2017
Denver Business Journal
    40 Under 40, 2016
Colorado Rising Stars
    
Civil Litigation Defense, 2012-2020
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 
    Member
Defense Research Institute

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

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

Personal Interests

Running, hiking, skiing, dance, and international travel