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Annual Awards
The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) presents awards at the Spring Dinner in May each year.  Award recipients exemplify the goals and ethical standards embodied in CTLA’s Mission Statement — individuals committed to the protection and advancement of trial advocacy skills, high ethical standards and professionalism in preserving and improving the American system of jurisprudence.
To make a nomination, click on the appropriate nomination form below.   Be sure to review the award criteria and list of previous award recipients.  Please note, CTLA may not present an award in every category, every year.  NOMINATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3.  Case of the Year nominations will be accepted through March 17.


Award Nomination Form       Case of the Year Nomination Form


With this award, CTLA recognizes an attorney member in practice for more than 25 years, whose career has exemplified the skills, ethics and dedication embodied in the CTLA mission.

Past Recipients:
Lorraine Parker, 2020
Larry Lee, 2019
Christina Habas, 2018
Saul Sarney, 2017
Thomas Tomazin, 2016
Bradley A. Levin, 2015
T. Thomas Metier, 2014
W. Harold (Sonny) Flowers, Jr., 2013
Daniel W. Patterson, 2012
Mari Bush, 2011
Larry Schoenwald, 2010
Murray Ogborn, 2009
W. Randolph Barnhart, 2008
Robert A. Schuetze, 2007
James Leventhal, 2006
Victoria C. Swanson, 2005
John Gehlhausen, 2004
Neil Hillyard, 2003
William L. Keating, 2002
Daniel S. Hoffman, 2001
Honorable Jim R. Carrigan, 2000
Gerald P. McDermott, 1999
James Buchanan, 1998
Bennett S. Aisenberg, 1997
William Trine, 1996

CTLA presents this award to an attorney member who has been in practice for fewer than 10 years and has demonstrated the skills, ethics and dedication embodied in the CTLA mission.

Past Recipients:
Nicole Quintana, 2020
Kurt Zaner, 2019
Sarah Parady, 2018
Jason Jordan, 2017
Siddhartha Rathod, 2016
Porya Mansorian, 2015
Michael Nimmo, 2014
Marc P. Harden, 2013
Nelson P. Boyle, 2012
Sommer Luther, 2011
Michael Keating, 2010
Deborah Taussig, 2009
Mari Newman, 2008
M. Robin Repass, 2005
Daniel Slater, 2004
Darin L. Schanker, 2003
Gregory A. Gold, 2002
J. Kyle Bachus, 2001
Michael Ogborn, 2000
Doug Logsdon, 1999
Jennifer Donaldson, 1998
Kevin Hannon, 1996

CTLA acknowledges an individual, group or organization, which has proposed legislation, fought a legal battle or stood up for consumer rights in an extraordinary fashion.

Past Recipients:
Dave & Amanda Repsher and Karen Mahany, 2020
Jonathan Harris (Build Our Homes Right), 2018
Keith Fuicelli, 2017
Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc., 2015
Joel Feldman, 2013
Lauren Lollini, 2010
Senator Ken Gordon, 2009
Brandeberry-Mckenna Public Affairs, 2007
U.S. Representative Mark Udall, 2006
Michael J. Skolnik (posthumously), 2005
U.S. Representative Diana DeGette, 2004
Honorable Ken Salazar, 2003
Patricia Calhoun, 2002
Tom Mauser, 2001
Tom Martino, 2000
Jonathan Asher, 1999
Jay and China Leonard, 1998
Michael Romano, 1997
Senator Joan Johnson, 1996
Sheryl Pehr, 1996

Awarded to a member who goes above and beyond expectations to help CTLA successfully achieve its goals and objectives.

Past Recipients:
Alana Anzalone, 2020
Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., 2019
Bachus & Schanker, LLC, 2018
Carrie Frank and W. Harold (Sonny) Flowers, 2017
Nelson Boyle and Thomas Neville, 2016
Roberts Levin Rosenberg, PC, 2013
Leventhal, Brown & Puga, PC, 2012 
Larry Lee, 2011
Ross Pulkrabek, 2010

This award honors the perseverance, courage and character shown over and over again in cases of extraordinary circumstance.

Past Recipients:
Aimee Wagstaff, 2020
Pamela Maass, 2019
Gary Blum, Steven Kelly and the Plaintiffs Attorney Team
in Cook, et al. v. Rockwell International Corp., et al. (Rocky Flats), 2018
Hon. Morgan Carroll, 2017
Jose Vasquez, 2016
Christina Brown, 2015
William Trine, 2014
Law Offices of John Robert Holland, 2010
Erica Grossman, John Holland and Anna C. Holland-Edwards;
Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP, 2010
Darold Killmer, David Lane, Mari Newman and Sara Rich

CTLA presents this award to legislators who have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of a legislative agenda protecting the civil justice system and the rights, health and safety of Colorado consumers.

Past Recipients:
Senator Mike Foote, 2019
Representative Alec Garnett, 2019
Senator Stephen Fenberg, 2018
Representative KC Becker, 2018
Representative Mike Weissman, 2017
Senator Nancy Todd, 2016
Senator Matt Jones, 2015
Representative Pete Lee, 2015
Senator Jeanne Nicholson, 2014
Representative Dan Pabon, 2014
Senator Irene Aguilar, 2013
Representative Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, 2013
Senator Lucia Guzman, 2012
Representative Mark Ferrandino, 2012
Senator John Morse, 2011
Representative Daniel Kagan, 2011
Senator Pat Steadman, 2010
Representative Andy Kerr, 2010
Representative Mark Waller, 2010
Senator Bob Bacon, 2009
Representative Claire Levy, 2009
Senator Brandon Shaffer, 2008
Representative Morgan Carroll, 2008
Senator Ron Tupa, 2007
Representative Alice Madden, 2007
Senator Lois Tochtrop, 2006
Representative Mike Cerbo, 2006
Senator Joan Fitz-Gerald, 2005
Representative Terrance Carroll, 2005
Senator Dan Grossman, 2004
Representative Mark Cloer, 2004
Representative Joe Stengel, 2004
Senator Sue Windels, 2003
Representative Jennifer Veiga, 2003
Senator William (Bill) Thiebaut, Jr., 2002
Representative Nolbert D. Chavez, 2002
Senator Ken Gordon, 2001
Senator Stanley Matsunaka, 2001
Senator Dorothy Rupert, 2000
Senator Dave Wattenberg, 2000
Senator Dottie Wham, 2000
Senator Michael Francis Feeley, 1999
Representative Gloria Leyba, 1999
Senator Bob Martinez, 1998
Senator Gloria Tanner, 1998
Representative Mark Paschall, 1998



Award Criteria - 2020 Nominations will be accepted until March 17.
The Case of the Year Award acknowledges the positive impact that a single case can have on correcting injustices, advancing fairness under the law, changing attitudes or providing economic incentives to protect public safety. The award allows us to recognize great achievements among us, reminds us of the positive impacts we have made, encourages us to take unique challenges and provides another opportunity for educating the public of the good that trial lawyers perform. A LAWSUIT MUST HAVE BEEN FILED IN THE CASE.

Past Recipients:

2019 Case of the Year
Aimee Wagstaff, David Wool, and Kathryn Forgie of Andrus Wagstaff, PC; and Jennifer Moore of the Moore Law Group
Edwin Hardeman v.  Monsanto Company

2018 Case of the Year
Hollynd Hoskins from Leventhal & Puga, P.C.; Dru Nielsen of Eytan Nielsen LLC; Ashley Ratliff of Ratliff Law Firm; Sean Connelly of Connelly Law Firm; Lobbyists; Legislators and Amici
People vs. Curtis Brooks

2017 Case of the Year
Paul Maxon of The Law Office of Paul Maxon P.C., Sarah Parady of Lowrey Parady, LLC, and Amy Trenary from Appeal to Justice LLC
Hayes v. SkyWest Airlines

2016 Case of the Year
Iris Halpern and Sean Ratliff of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Joe Haughain of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, and Qusair Mohamedbhai, Siddhartha Rathod, Arash Jahanian and Andrea Mohamedbhai of Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC
EEOC v. Vail Run Resort Community Association, Inc.

2015 Case of the Year
Paul Maxon of The Law Office of Paul Maxon PC
Basevitz v. Fremont RE-2 School District, et al.

2014 Case of the Year
Qusair Mohamedbhai, Siddhartha Rathod, Arash Jahanian and Matthew Cron of Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC
Jamal Hunter v. City and County of Denver, et al.

2013 Case of the Year - (Three Winners)
Kevin Hannon of The Hannon Law Firm, LLC
and Maurice Graham of Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C.
Doyle, et al. v. Fluor, et al. (Doe Run Case)

William J. Hansen of McDermott & McDermott, LLP
Feuerbach, et al. v. Brown, et al.

Siddhartha H. Rathod, Qusair Mohamedbhai
and Arash Jahanian of Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC
Ortega, et al. v. The City and County of Denver, et al.

2012 Case of the Year
Beth Klein and Carrie Frank of Klein | Frank PC; and Marquette Wolf of The Law Firm of Ted B. Lyon & Associates
Dawson v. Fluor Intercontinental

2011 Case of the Year
David Woodruff of Hillyard, Wahlberg, Kudla, Sloane & Woodruff, LLP
Baby Abigael v. “K," a California HMO

2010 Case of the Year
David Lane, Darold Killmer, Althea S. Licht and Rebecca T. Wallace of Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP;
Maria Liu of Collins, Liu & Associates, LLP; and David Wymore of David D. Wymore, PC
Masters v. Gilmore, et al. (Civil Case)

2009 Case of the Year
Mari Newman, Rebecca T. Wallace, Althea S. Licht and Darold W. Killmer
of Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP
Amanda Hall v. Colorado Department of Corrections, et al.

2008 Case of the Year
Glen Gordon of Schuetze & Gordon, LLP
Thompson, et al v. Colorado Dept. of Revenue

2007 Case of the Year
Craig Ewing of Ewing & Ewing, PC
Tappert v. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

2006 Case of the Year
Amy Robertson & Tim Fox of Fox & Robertson, PC
Lucas v. Kmart Corp.

2005 Case of the Year
G. Stephen Long and Gerald Sawatzky
Bass v. Richards

2004 Case of the Year
Lorraine Parker of Leventhal, Brown & Puga, PC
Weil v. Dillon

2003 Case of the Year
Paula Greisen, David Miller and Mari Newman
Jesse F. Montez, et al. v. Roy Romer, Colo. Dept. of Corrections, et al.

2002 Case of the Year
Martin H. Freeman of Freeman & Freeman, PC
Cooper v. Aspen

2001 Case of the Year
Natalie Brown, Jean Dubofsky, Beth Krulewitch and Anthony Viorst of Leventhal, Brown & Puga, PC
DuPont v. Preston

2000 Case of the Year
James R. Christoph of McCormick & Christoph, PC
Rice v. Home Depot

1999 Case of the Year
Kevin S. Hannon of The Hannon Law Firm
NWIS v. Public Service



The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) presents this award to an attorney member from the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA).  At the same time, CDLA presents this award to an attorney member from CTLA for the highest standards of competency, ethics and professionalism. 

2020 Anthony Viorst Michelle Harden
2019 Steve Wahlberg Scott Nixon
2018 Mike Keating Gerald Pratt
2017 Lorraine Parker J. Stephen Mullen
2016 Scott Eldredge Timothy Schimberg
2015 Christina Habas Peter Jones
2014 Clifford Beem Mathew Hogsett
2013 R. Craig Ewing Christine A. Craigmile
2012 Randall Paulsen Jon Sands
2010 Robert Schuetze Michelle R. Prud'Homme
2009 Dan Patterson Christopher Little
2008 Bill Hansen Michael O'Donnell
2007 J. Kent Miller Robert M. Baldwin
2006 Jim Hinga, Posthumously (CTLA & CDLA Friend)
2005 Ross Buchanan Bud Wittman, Posthumously
2004 Roger Castle Marc Brosseau
2003 William R. Gray John Lebsack
2002 John Astuno Gary Palumbo