Debra K. Sutton

Managing Shareholder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debra K. Sutton

Managing Shareholder

About Debra

Debra Sutton founded the firm in 1993 and is the managing shareholder.  Known as a skilled litigator with a powerful courtroom presence, Ms. Sutton has tried more than 100 jury trials and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  Ms. Sutton is responsible for supervision of the firm’s litigation, ensuring that all matters are handled with exceptional client service and at the appropriate skill level and fee structure depending upon the needs, goals and risk tolerance of the client.

Before beginning her civil practice, Ms. Sutton clerked for Chief Justice William Erickson of the Colorado Supreme Court.  From there, she became an equity partner in the firm of Weller, Friedrich, Ward and Andrew.  She is grateful for the 10 years she spent with that firm handling a broad range of litigation matters from insurance to products liability. 

Ms. Sutton enjoys training and educating younger lawyers and working to further the interests of justice and her clients.  She has served on Colorado Supreme Court Committees and the board of the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, and has worked with the state legislature.  As a school teacher, she advocated for children’s educational opportunities.

  • Drafted the appellate briefing along with Ashley Larson and argued the issues at Oral Argument for insurer client dismissing a statutory delay/denial claim. The Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed a directed verdict for the insurer client dismissing the statutory delay/denial claim under C.R.S. § 13-21-115 finding that an offer of benefits by the insurer is not a “denial” and the evidence at trial did not support any delay. The Court held that the insurer was not required to include pre-judgment interest in its offers to settle because there is no right to interest when the underlying case was settled.
  • Obtained judgment in favor of an insurance company in U.S. District Court, prevailing on plaintiff’s claims of breach of contract, and statutory and common law bad faith claims. The District Court held plaintiff forfeited his right to recover under the contract, after the jury found plaintiff failed to cooperate with the insurer.
  • Achieved a defense verdict for retailer in a premises liability case tried in Denver County.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for insurer in Pueblo County, prevailing on claims for breach of contract, bad faith, and unreasonable delay/denial of benefits under C.R.S. § 10-3-1115/1116.
  • Obtained defense verdicts throughout Colorado in cases ranging from traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, premises liability, auto liability, dram shop and insurance bad faith. Defense of commercial client in complex litigation involving over 40 parties.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims in favor of retail shopping center owner based upon contractual language, upheld on appeal.
  • Obtained defense verdict on behalf of insurer in action alleging violation of Colorado’s delay/denial statute, C.R.S. § 10-3-1116.
  • Assisted in defeating motion for class certification in federal court.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment in favor of Fortune 500 client on Colorado Consumer Protection Act and negligence claims.
  • Provided oral argument before Colorado Court of Appeals resulting in reversal of bad faith judgment against insurer.
  • Obtained verdict for insurance company limiting exposure for alleged bad faith denial of insurance coverage and finding the plaintiff comparatively at fault.
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • AM Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • ABOTA
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • Adamscheck v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co., 818 F.3d 576 (10th Cir. 2016)
  • May Dept. Stores Co. v. University Hills, Inc., 789 P.2d 434 (Colo. App. 1989)
  • American Employer’s Ins. Co. v. Pinkard Const. Co., 806 P.2d 994 (Colo. 1990)
  • Garcia v. State Farm Mut. Ins. Co., 920 P.2d 843 (Colo. App 1995)
  • Munoz v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins, 968 P.2d 126 (Colo. App. 1998)
  • DeAvila v. Estate of DeHerrera, 75 P.3d 1144 (Colo. App 2003)
  • Strunk v. Goldberg, 258 P.3d 334 (Colo. App. 2011)
  • Hall v. Am. Standard Ins. Co. of Wisconsin, 292 P.3d 1196 (Colo. App. 2012)
  • Colorado
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • Unites States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • B.S.E., Arkansas State University
  • J.D., Arkansas School of Law
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Denver Bar Association

 

303.730.6204 Ext. 13

4949 S. Syracuse Street, Suite 520

Denver, Colorado 80237

Before beginning her civil practice, Ms. Sutton clerked for Chief Justice William Erickson of the Colorado Supreme Court.  From there, she became an equity partner in the firm of Weller, Friedrich, Ward and Andrew.  She is grateful for the 10 years she spent with that firm handling a broad range of litigation matters from insurance to products liability. 

Ms. Sutton enjoys training and educating younger lawyers and working to further the interests of justice and her clients.  She has served on Colorado Supreme Court Committees and the board of the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, and has worked with the state legislature.  As a school teacher, she advocated for children’s educational opportunities.

  • Drafted the appellate briefing along with Ashley Larson and argued the issues at Oral Argument for insurer client dismissing a statutory delay/denial claim. The Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed a directed verdict for the insurer client dismissing the statutory delay/denial claim under C.R.S. § 13-21-115 finding that an offer of benefits by the insurer is not a “denial” and the evidence at trial did not support any delay. The Court held that the insurer was not required to include pre-judgment interest in its offers to settle because there is no right to interest when the underlying case was settled.
  • Obtained judgment in favor of an insurance company in U.S. District Court, prevailing on plaintiff’s claims of breach of contract, and statutory and common law bad faith claims. The District Court held plaintiff forfeited his right to recover under the contract, after the jury found plaintiff failed to cooperate with the insurer.
  • Achieved a defense verdict for retailer in a premises liability case tried in Denver County.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for insurer in Pueblo County, prevailing on claims for breach of contract, bad faith, and unreasonable delay/denial of benefits under C.R.S. § 10-3-1115/1116.
  • Obtained defense verdicts throughout Colorado in cases ranging from traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, premises liability, auto liability, dram shop and insurance bad faith.
  • Defense of commercial client in complex litigation involving over 40 parties.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims in favor of retail shopping center owner based upon contractual language, upheld on appeal.
  • Obtained defense verdict on behalf of insurer in action alleging violation of Colorado’s delay/denial statute, C.R.S. § 10-3-1116.
  • Assisted in defeating motion for class certification in federal court.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment in favor of Fortune 500 client on Colorado Consumer Protection Act and negligence claims.
  • Provided oral argument before Colorado Court of Appeals resulting in reversal of bad faith judgment against insurer.
  • Obtained verdict for insurance company limiting exposure for alleged bad faith denial of insurance coverage and finding the plaintiff comparatively at fault.
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • AM Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • ABOTA
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • Adamscheck v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co., 818 F.3d 576 (10th Cir. 2016)
  • May Dept. Stores Co. v. University Hills, Inc., 789 P.2d 434 (Colo. App. 1989)
  • American Employer’s Ins. Co. v. Pinkard Const. Co., 806 P.2d 994 (Colo. 1990)
  • Garcia v. State Farm Mut. Ins. Co., 920 P.2d 843 (Colo. App 1995)
  • Munoz v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins, 968 P.2d 126 (Colo. App. 1998)
  • DeAvila v. Estate of DeHerrera, 75 P.3d 1144 (Colo. App 2003)
  • Strunk v. Goldberg, 258 P.3d 334 (Colo. App. 2011)
  • Hall v. Am. Standard Ins. Co. of Wisconsin, 292 P.3d 1196 (Colo. App. 2012)
  • Colorado
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • B.S.E., Arkansas State University
  • J.D., Arkansas School of Law
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Denver Bar Association

303.730.6204 Ext. 13
4949 S. Syracuse Street, Suite 520
Denver, Colorado 80237

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