Brent Owen represents energy, mining, construction, consumer services, and political clients in high-stakes litigation at trial and on appeal. 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.

    His experience includes all aspects of litigation, including trials in both state and federal courts before judges and juries and in arbitration tribunals, including the International Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association. 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. If that fails, Brent is well-situated to go to trial on the merits and will protect a client’s interests through the appellate process. Indeed, Brent has obtained favorable, multimillion dollar judgments following trial and, on multiple occasions, obtained interlocutory appellate relief.

    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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    Trials

    • Lead counsel in dispute in the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of two insurance companies facing multimillion-dollar Miller Act claim related to the construction of barracks in Doha, Qatar. Developed and executed strategy to obtain complete dismissal of claims on summary judgment and cost award to clients. (Assisted counsel in parallel International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration.)
    • 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 eve of trial, obtained a dismissal of the suit and negotiated a take-nothing settlement.
    • Litigated multiple Telephone Consumer Protect Act class action claims in federal courts in Colorado and elsewhere.
    • Co-lead counsel in lawsuit asserting breach of fiduciary duty and malpractice claims on behalf of a Middle East investor swindled out of millions of dollars by Canada 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.
    • Co-lead counsel for three-day state court jury trial for individual facing charges of criminally negligent homicide.
    • In contentious, multimillion-dollar probate dispute, defeated Petition for Accounting and Information on eve of hearing after fourteen-months of litigation.
    • Retained on eve of trial for wage claim brought against company by multiple former employees in Texas; negotiated favorable settlement following involvement in case.
    • 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.
    • Second-chaired a three-day federal jury trial on First Amendment and religious freedom claims.
    • 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.
    • Represented midstream oil operations company in multimillion-dollar contract and fraud dispute in the Permian Basin (southeastern New Mexico). Helped successfully remove wrongful liens placed on client’s property, including obtaining an attorneys’ fee award for the removal of the liens. Dispute ended in favorable settlement for the client.

    Appeals

    • Lead counsel defending multimillion dollar District Court judgment to the Seventh Circuit.
    • Obtained extraordinary interlocutory appellate relief from the Colorado Supreme Court on behalf of a financial services firm facing a nationwide class action, resulting in favorable settlement.
    • Obtained extraordinary interlocutory appellate relief from Florida intermediate appellate Court on behalf of major health insurance company, resulting in favorable settlement.
    • Authored numerous amicus briefs to the Colorado Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, and Ninth Circuit on behalf of various pro bono clients.
    • Briefed and handled oral arguments to the Colorado Court of Appeals on statutory interpretation issue of first impression.
    • Briefed and handled oral arguments to the Tenth Circuit on Fourth Amendment search and seizure issue.
    • 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.

    Outside General Counsel

    • Assist large oil-field-services company as outside general counsel with day-to-day operational issues, including employment issues, managing intellectual property, business contract negotiations, and risk mitigation.
    • Assist operating ranch with outside general counsel services, including contract negotiations and risk mitigation.

    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

    • New Mexico, 2019
    • Wyoming, 2018
    • Colorado, 2012

    Courts

    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Colorado
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Illinois
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Connecticut
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, 2015-21
    • 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
    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021: Ones to Watch for Energy Law in Denver

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    • Author, "Colorado Companies, COVID-19 and Class Actions," Law Week Colorado, May 2020.
    • Author, “The Civil Litigator: Resolving Collateral Colorado Business Disputes,” Colorado Lawyer, June 2019.
    • Co-author, “Operator Beware: Your New Mexico Contract May Not Mean What It Says,” Energy Law Advisor, April 2019.
    • Author, “I Need to Speak With Your Supervisor!” Wyoming Lawyer, February 2019.

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