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Shannon Wells Stevenson


Shannon Stevenson is a seasoned trial and appellate advocate and chair of the firm’s Trial Group. She has briefed and argued more than 50 appeals before state and federal appellate courts throughout the Rocky Mountain West. She has also litigated, tried, and arbitrated a wide variety of cases for clients in the energy, natural resources, and construction sectors, including disputes over royalties, implied covenants, environmental contamination, gas gathering disputes, construction defects, product liability, personal injury, and shareholder disputes.

Ms. Stevenson sits on the Board of Directors for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Leadership Denver class of 2020. Since 2014, she has served on the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, which recommends candidates for the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Colorado Judicial Institute Board, the Law Alumni Advisory Board for Duke Law School, and the Colorado Women’s Bar Foundation. Ms. Stevenson is a long-time member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and served as the President in 2013-2014. She is a past member of the Denver Bar Association’s Board of Trustees.

Ms. Stevenson has represented pro bono clients in the state and federal courts of appeals, including handling numerous appeals on behalf of indigent prisoners as a member of the Tenth Circuit’s Criminal Justice Act Panel.

Ms. Stevenson clerked for the Honorable David M. Ebel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Representative Appeals

  • ASARCO v. Atlantic Richfield Co., CERCLA contribution action (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit).
  • Christian, et al. v. Atlantic Richfield Co., 100-plaintiff toxic tort action related to former copper smelter site (Montana Supreme Court).
  • Hartman v. Ultra Resources, Inc., et al., dispute over net profits interest in Pinedale leases (Wyoming Supreme Court).
  • Ridolfi v. Riddell, Inc., personal injury action based on brain injury to high school football player (Colorado Court of Appeals).
  • Haralampopoulos v. Kelly, medical malpractice action concerning hearsay exception for statements made for purposes of medical diagnoses or treatment (Colorado Supreme Court).

Other Commitments & Accomplishments

  • 2015-2022 The Best Lawyers in America©, Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation
  • 2021 "Leader in Their Field" Litigation: Appellate, Chambers USA
  • 2020-2021 “Leader in Their Field” Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers USA
  • 2020 Ms. JD Woman of Inspiration Award
  • 2018 Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2017-2018 Top 50 Women Lawyers, Colorado Super Lawyers
  • 2015-2021 5280 Top Lawyers, Appellate
  • 2015-2020 Colorado Super Lawyers list by Thomson Reuters
  • 2015-2021 Colorado Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, Appellate and Commercial Litigation
  • 2015 Top Litigator, Law Week Colorado
  • 2015 Client Choice Awards, Litigation – Colorado
  • 2013 Recipient of Richard Marden Davis Award

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