Brent Owen represents energy, consumer products and political clients in high-stakes litigation at trial and on appeal. He assists clients with internal corporate disputes, product liability claims (including mass tort claims), novel and complex constitutional issues, and environmental litigation (including CERCLA).

    His experience includes trials in both state and federal courts before judges and juries, as well as handling pre-suit negotiations, mediations, depositions and arguing motions. He has experience in various arbitration tribunals, including the International Chamber of Commerce. A former law clerk to the Colorado Supreme Court, Brent brings unique and creative approaches to resolve litigation in a client’s favor as early as possible, and he is well situated to protect a client’s interests through the appellate process. Brent’s college experience as a full-scholarship Division I offensive lineman allows him to appreciate the value of consistent hard work in achieving a favorable result.

    During law school, Brent externed for the Honorable Kristen L. Mix and the Honorable Christine Arguello at the US District Court in the District of Colorado. Following law school, Brent served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nancy E. Rice of the Colorado Supreme Court.

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    • Lead counsel for coalition of organizations and individuals defending significant statutory amendment facing a constitutional challenge brought by powerful political coalition opposed to the law.
    • Handled briefing and oral argument on behalf of a leading natural gas generator engineer and manufacturer to defeat a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) brought in Delaware Chancery Court involving US$75 million contract dispute. Following the defeat of the TRO, managed and prepared for an expedited trial, including depositions of leading party’s CEO. On the eve of trial, obtained a dismissal of the suit and negotiated a take-nothing settlement.
    • Co-authored amicus brief to the Ninth Circuit on behalf of human rights organizations working to stop international child sex abuse and exploitation.
    • Retained on eve-of-trial for wage-claim brought against company by multiple former employees in Texas; negotiated favorable settlement following involvement in case.
    • Handled critical portions of litigation as plaintiffs’ counsel (including depositions and arguing motions) in breach of fiduciary duty and malpractice claims on behalf of a Middle Eastern investor, swindled out of millions of dollars by Canadian professionals. Most defendants settled on favorable terms following their depositions. Second-chaired the subsequent bench trial and obtained a multimillion-dollar verdict on client’s behalf.
    • Served as lead Colorado counsel for national moving company in multiple lawsuits alleging premises liability claims. Resolved lawsuits on favorable terms after each lead plaintiffs’ respective deposition.
    • Forced nuisance value settlement in a product liability claim with significant damage exposure by aggressively pursuing and obtaining wrongfully withheld documents through discovery, including deposition of the lead plaintiff.
    • Represent a foreign construction company in an US$8 million multijurisdictional litigation.
    • Serve as lead counsel for sureties in Miller Act claim in the Northern District of Illinois.
    • Second-chaired a three-day federal jury trial on First Amendment and religious freedom claims.
    • Defeated several ballot initiatives, including a proposal for a state chartered bank at the Ballot Title Setting Board.
    • Advised a gubernatorial candidate on compliance with election law issues and potential litigated matters.
    • Provided legal guidance and assisted with drafting the implementing legislation governing transportation network companies (such as Lyft or UberX) in Colorado.
    • Briefed and handled oral arguments to the Colorado Court of Appeals on statutory interpretation issue of first impression.
    • Retained by representative organizations from both major political parties to draft amicus briefs at the certiorari and merits stage of an appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court concerning controversial education reform bill.
    • Assisted in the removal of multimillion-dollar liens improperly burdening a natural gas processing plant in New Mexico.
    • Participated on a litigation team handling claims involving nearly US$1 billion in CERCLA liability in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

    Education

    • University of Colorado, Order of the Coif, Dean’s List, managing editor, Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law, 2012
    • Wofford College, B.A., Kirby Endowed Full Scholarship Athlete, 2009 

    Admissions

    • Wyoming, 2018
    • Colorado, 2012

    Courts

    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Colorado
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Illinois
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Tenth Circuit

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, 2015-21, Chair of Rule 69 Subcommittee
    • Academy 360, Founding Board Member and Secretary, 2011-14
    • Colorado Succeeds Advisory Council – member of Colorado Succeeds Talent Task Force

    Clerk Experience

    • Colorado Supreme Court
      Hon. Nancy E. Rice
      September 2012 - September 2013
    • Up & Coming Lawyers, Law Week Colorado 2017
    • Member of American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network
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