Phillip S. Lorenzo  |

Practice Areas:  Commercial and Insurance Litigation  |  Subrogation

Mr. Lorenzo has 35 years of experience trying and litigating complex business and commercial disputes. His experience includes arbitration, trial, and mediation of large construction, fire subrogation and business matters throughout the United States. He has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar awards for clients.

Fire Subrogation

Recovered more than $10 million on behalf of insurer in a fire loss that represented the largest personal lines loss in the history of the company.

Obtained a $3.3 million jury verdict in a Federal Court trial, involving a fire loss in Spokane, Washington.

Recovered nearly $4 million from a products manufacturer in a business fire loss.

Recovered more than $1.2 million following a successful trial of a fire loss caused by defective construction. Award included 100% of insurance payments made plus pre-judgment interest and attorneys’ fees.

Obtained $1 million recovery following a jury trial of fire loss caused by spontaneous combustion of construction materials during construction of a multimillion-dollar townhome/penthouse project.

Intellectual Property

Obtained a summary judgment in 2006 on behalf of a leading retailer in the U.S. District Court in New Hampshire. At issue was a six-year multimillion-dollar dispute over whether many of the company’s most popular product lines infringed on the plaintiff’s patented product design.

Complex Business Litigation

Successfully defended a manufacturer in a multi-week trial before a Federal Court jury against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and design patent infringement.

Represented the uninsured creditors in the bankruptcy of an international general contractor.

Successfully resolved a multimillion-dollar dispute between business owners in a case involving allegations of fraud and accounting malfeasance.

Recovered nearly $2 million for an insurer in a dispute with an insurance broker.

Recovered $1.5 million on behalf of an insurer in a coverage dispute, in Atlanta.

Construction Litigation

Recovered more than $50 million on behalf of an owner/developer of a five-star hotel casino project in Las Vegas, Nevada. This case included multimillion-dollar delay, disruption and defective work claims against an international general contractor, subcontractors and design professionals.

Successfully represented a general contractor and surety in delay, defective work and wrongful termination claims, arising out of the construction of a municipal airport in Phoenix, Arizona.

Recovered virtually all bond payments made by a surety and obtained reversal from city contractor’s termination for cause, reinstating contractor’s bonding capacity.

Successfully represented an international architect in a dispute with the owner involving the expansion of one of the largest casinos in the United States.

Court Memberships

Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


“The Best Lawyers in America” (2016 – 2022)

Colorado Super Lawyers (2012 – 2022)

Martindale–Hubbell “AV” Rating

Angela L. Ekker  |

Practice Areas:  Catastrophic Personal Injury  |  Commercial and Insurance Litigation

Angela has 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer. She has tried more than 50 jury trials with numerous verdicts and settlements above $1,000,000. One successful verdict in a case involving religious discrimination was featured on National Public Radio and NBC Nightly News. Her practice focuses on representing parties in cases involving defective products, tire failures, truck and car accidents, Segway accidents, personal injury, commercial disputes, legal malpractice and premises liability claims. She is licensed in Colorado and Wyoming. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law.

Reconnections and Honors

“The Best Lawyers in America” Lawyer of the Year Product Liability-Plaintiffs 2016 Colorado.

“The Best Lawyers in America” (2015 – 2022)

Member of Litigation Counsel of America

Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates

“Super Lawyer” Colorado’s Top Lawyers (2006-2022)

Top 100 Trial Attorneys by the American Trial Lawyers Association

Top rating of AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Digest.

Named as one of the top female lawyers in Colorado by Law Week.

Named as a Colorado “Top Attorney” by Denver Magazine in the area of banking and finance litigation.

Served on the hearing board for the Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee and the Jury Instructions Committee.

James E. Dallner  |

Practice Areas:  Commercial and Insurance Litigation   |   Subrogation

Mr. Dallner is a civil trial attorney specializing in large, complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on trials and appeals.  He represents companies and individuals across diverse industries in complex commercial, torts, and personal injury lawsuits. He has successfully litigated cases in State, Federal and Tribal courts throughout the United States, and he has recovered millions of dollars for his clients.

Representing clients in arbitration, trial and mediation throughout the United States, Mr. Dallner works closely with his clients to ensure that the matter is managed in a cost-effective manner, consistent with the client’s legal and business interests. His recent experience includes:

  • Part of a subrogation team litigating fire and water losses across the country involving construction defects, products liability, contract and general negligence claims.
  • Represented contractors in connection with installation of photovoltaic panels on several government-owned buildings in the Denver area and successfully recovered several hundred thousand dollars without litigating the claims.
  • Successfully defended large valve manufacturer in multimillion-dollar products liability case.
  • Successfully defended client against claims of design patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation.
  • Successfully represented international architect in a multimillion-dollar dispute with the owner involving the expansion of one of the largest casinos in the United States.

 Court Memberships

Mr. Dallner is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Wyoming

 He is admitted to practice in the following Federal Courts:

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit,
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit,
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado,
  • United States District Court for the District of Nevada,
  • United States District Court for the District of North Dakota,
  • United States District Court for the District of Wyoming.


Law clerk to the Hon. Sandra I. Rothenberg in the Colorado Court of Appeals, 2006


    • Super Lawyers “Rising Star” 2013-2019. This peer designation is awarded only to the top 2.5% of attorneys in the state.
    • America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators for 2019.  Selection to America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in High Stakes Business Litigation matters. To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. Less than ½ percent of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor.
    • Managing Editor, Montana Law Review

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Montana Bar Association, Nevada Bar Association, North Dakota Bar Association, Thompson G. Marsh Inn of Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor Inn of Court


Co-author, Death with Dignity in Montana, 65 Mont. L. Rev. 309 (2004)

Kini D. Spence  | 

Paralegal:  Commercial Litigation  |  Product Liability  |  Mass Tort Litigation  |  Professional Malpractice  |  Catastrophic Injuries

Ms. Spence is a litigation and trial paralegal.  She has over 30 years of trial experience in state, federal, appellate and multi-district courts nationwide, working at several prominent law firms in New Mexico and Colorado.  She specializes in complex litigation, products liability, commercial cases, professional malpractice, catastrophic injuries, and mass tort litigation (multi-district courts nationwide), including Phen-Fen, Rezulin, Ephedra, Propulsid, Zyprexa, Vioxx, Welding Rods, Guidant and Medtronic.  Ms. Spence has participated in numerous successful multi-million dollar settlements and trials.

Ms. Spence specializes in trial support and has extensive experience in courtroom presentation and preparation of trial materials, including creation and annotation of exhibits and video deposition editing.  She is proficient in imaged and electronic document management, databasing, electronic evidence and the use of litigation support software such as CT Summation iBlaze, Relativity, Trial Director, Sanction II, and various other litigation tools.

Honors : Notable Verdicts

Hoffman v. Ford Motor Company

United States District Court for District of Colorado

Seat Belt Failure

Jury verdict for Plaintiff $18,000,000

The largest verdict in Colorado in 2009

Perry v. Diffee Ford Lincoln Mercury Inc.

Denver District Court

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Jury verdict for the Plaintiff $9,000,000

The third largest verdict in Colorado in 2009

Multi-Million Dollar Settlements in Mass Tort Litigation in Zyprexa, Phen-Fen, Ephedra and Vioxx

Professional Affiliations

Member of the Colorado Bar Association, Member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member of American Association for Justice