Miles M. Dewhirst

Miles-Dewhirst

EDUCATION
Juris Doctor: University of Nebraska, 1987.

Bachelor of Science: University of Nebraska, 1982. Major: Business Administration and Marketing. Honors: Dean’s List. Also completed course work at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

BAR ADMISSIONS
Admitted to practice in the State of Colorado 1987; United States District Court, District of Colorado 1987; United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit 2000; State of Utah 2008; State of Texas 2013.

DISTINCTIONS
Intern, The White House, Washington, D.C., 1981; Staff Assistant, United States Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Washington, D.C., 1982 to 1983; Staff Assistant, United States Department of Justice, Land and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section, Washington, D.C., 1983 to 1984. United States Attorney General Special Achievement Award, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

Deacon, First Presbyterian Church; Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA), Prime Member (only one defense trial attorney is selected to be a prime member per one million in population area); Fellows of the Colorado Bar Foundation (membership restricted to 5% of Colorado lawyers); Listed in Who’s Who in Practicing Attorneys; Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR); Member, Council for National Policy (CNP); Member, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM); Foundation Board Member, Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs; Board of Directors, Chair, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pikes Peak Region; Board of Directors, The Broadmoor Rotary Foundation.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Colorado Bar Association; Denver Bar Association; Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA); Defense Research Institute (DRI); Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF); Utah Claims Adjusters Association; Utah Defense Lawyers Association, Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC).

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS
Recent Developments in Colorado Construction Defect Law, Zurich NA, Schaumburg, Illinois.
Speaker: “Recent UM/UIM Court Decisions,” Denver Claims Association; “Failure to Diagnose Myxoma in Condyle – a Case Review,” Dentists’ Professional Liability Trust Board of Directors.
“Court Rulings Effecting Colorado’s No-Fault Act,” Colorado Springs Claims Association; “Informed Consent,” The Dentists’ Professional Liability Trust Board of Directors.
Insurance Bad Faith Seminar, San Francisco, California.

Publications: “Colorado Court Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Decisions,” Colorado Claims Association Newsletter (also distributed at the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Annual Seminar); Clergy Liability for Sexual Misconduct, Chapter 6, of Clergy Sexual Misconduct: A Systems Approach to Prevention, Intervention, and Oversight by Gentle Path Press, 2011; “Texas CIP Changes Swaddle Subs,” Construction Claims magazine, a CLM publication, 2016.

FOCUS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Dewhirst’s practice involves representation of corporations in commercial litigation matters, as well as lawsuits concerning claimed construction defects in the design and construction of residential and large commercial buildings.

Mr. Dewhirst’s practice further emphasizes representation of professionals, home health care providers, mental health therapists, physicians, dentists, nursing homes and hospitals. He also provides representation in civil litigation areas of premises liability, products liability, personal injury, cyber liability, Toxic tort, and Environmental law.

Mr. Dewhirst litigates private passenger and commercial vehicle accidents and advises on insurance law including coverage and bad faith matters.

Rick N. Haderlie

Rick Haderlie

EDUCATION
Juris Doctor: University of Montana School of Law, 2000, with honors.

Bachelor of Arts: Westminster College, 1996.
Major: History; Minor: English

BAR ADMISSIONS
Admitted to Practice in the State of Nevada and U.S. District Court of Nevada; State of Utah and U.S. District Court of Utah; State of Arizona; State of Colorado and U.S. District Court of Colorado; State of Wyoming and U.S. District Court of Wyoming; and New Mexico.

DISTINCTIONS
National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Trial Advocacy Skills Certification, 2004; Insurance agent and broker 1990 to 2000.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Colorado Bar Association; State Bar of Arizona; Utah State Bar; State Bar of Nevada; State Bar of New Mexico, State Bar of Wyoming, El Paso County Bar Association; Utah Claims Adjusters Association; Utah Defense Lawyers Association; Wyoming Claims Association.

FOCUS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Haderlie’s practice emphasizes civil litigation defense and cases involving personal injury and insurance law including coverage opinions and defense of extra-contractual claims. In addition, Mr. Haderlie has litigated matters involving professional liability (including claims of medical, legal, and broker malpractice), products liability, premises liability, commercial litigation, construction defect, civil white collar crime, toxic torts, and others.

George H. Parker

EDUCATION
Juris Doctor:  University of Houston College of Law, 1988.
Bachelor of Arts:  Texas A&M University, 1986. Major: English & Philosophy.

BAR ADMISSIONS
Admitted to practice in the State of Colorado in 1992, and in the State of Texas in 1989; United States District Court, District of Colorado 1992; All United States District Courts in Texas (Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts); United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; and admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Colorado Bar Association

FOCUS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Parker’s practice involves representing companies and individuals in civil litigation, including real estate, construction defect claims, general liability defense, employment law defense, cyber liability, and disputes regarding all areas of civil law.  Mr. Parker received his law degree from the University of Houston, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University.  He is a former metropolitan area police officer who currently holds an Advanced Peace Officer Certification from the State of Texas as well as a Police Officer’s Medal of Valor earned during his active service. Mr. Parker also holds several certificates issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the field of cyber security, and is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Colorado and Texas, the 5th and 10th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as a special additional license to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Patrick J. Maggio

Patrick Magio

EDUCATION
Juris Doctor: Drake University, 1972.

Bachelor of Arts: University of Iowa, 1969
Major: English; Minor: German
Honors: Moot Court.

BAR ADMISSIONS
Admitted to practice in the State of Iowa, 1972; State of Colorado, 1972; and United States District Court, District of Colorado, 1972; United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2009.

DISTINCTIONS
CP Commercial Specialists, Consultant 2000; Vice-President, Cheyenne Mountain Board of Education, 1999; Director, Penrose St. Francis Health Care, 1995; Colorado Charter School Commission, 1999; President, State Board of Education Advisory Board; Chairman, Colorado Springs Hillside Task Force, 1995; El Paso County Comprehensive Planning Task Force, 1994; El Paso County Mortgage Revenue Board, 1993; Colorado Judicial Nominating Commission, 1990; Counsel, Colorado General Assembly Legal Services Committee, 1990; Vice President, PDQ Food Stores, 1990; CEO, Kwik Way Stores, Inc. 1987; Chairman, Colorado Municipal League, 1985; President, Boy’s Ranch, 1985; Director, Mt. Carmel Federal Credit Union, 1984.

Escrow Agent, United States of America, 1980; Assistant County Attorney, 1980; General Counsel, Catholic Diocese of Pueblo, 1980; Colorado Assistant Attorney General, 1977.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
American Arbitration Association (AAA); Colorado Bar Association; El Paso County Bar Association; Director, East Colorado Springs Rotary; Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF); Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA).

FOCUS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Maggio’s practice involves representation of corporations in various contractual disputes and related commercial litigation matters, as well as lawsuits concerning the design and construction of residential and large commercial buildings.

Mr. Maggio’s practice also involves defense of medical/dental cases and Board disputes.

Mr. Maggio litigates private passenger and commercial vehicle accidents and advises on complicated policy coverage matters.

Mr. Maggio also practices in the areas of premises liability, products liability, cyber liability, and personal injury litigation.

Marilyn B. Doig

EDUCATION
Juris Doctor: DePaul University College of Law, with honors, 1985; Top 10% of class, Law Review.

B.S.: Bradley University, B.S., 1971.
M.S.Ed.: Northern Illinois University, 1977.

BAR ADMISSIONS
State of Illinois, 1985; State of Colorado, 1997; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2009.

DISTINCTIONS
DePaul University Law Review; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Colorado Springs Branch Board of Directors, 2001-2005; LEAD Foundation, Board of Directors, 2004-2006.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Colorado Bar Association; El Paso County Bar Association; Colorado Defense Lawyer’s Association (CDLA); Defense Research Institute (DRI); Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF).

FOCUS OF PRACTICE
Ms. Doig’s practice includes the defense of claims in the following areas:  dental malpractice; medical malpractice; professional liability; and general liability.  Ms. Doig’s practice also includes counseling and preparation of wills and trusts along with ancillary documents such as General Durable Powers of Attorney, Medical Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives for Medical/Surgical Care (Living Wills) and Appointment of Guardians.  She is also a member of Wealth Counsel, a nationwide brain trust of 3000 attorneys, accountants, and other professionals who collaborate to tackle clients’ toughest estate planning challenges.

Kathleen M. Kulasza

Kathleen Kulasza

EDUCATION
Juris Doctor: University of Virginia School of Law, 1979. Virginia Law Review.

Trial School: University of Virginia Trial Advocacy Institute, 1994.

A.B.: Summa Cum Laude, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1976.
Double Major: Philosophy and Government.

Honors: Alpha Sigma Nu, Phi Beta Kappa.

BAR ADMISSIONS
State of Colorado, 1979; United States District Court, District of Colorado, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.

DISTINCTIONS
Order of the Coif; Member of Executive Committee and Participant, Leadership Evergreen, 1997-2003; Community Representative, Evergreen Land Community Coalition, 2001; Accountability Committee Member; Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, a Jefferson County Charter School and The Manning School, a Jefferson County Option School; Vice Chairman and Secretary, Evergreen Mountain School, an independent school; Citizen Representative (selected nationally), 41st Annual National Security Seminar of the United States Army War College.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Colorado Bar Association; First Judicial District Bar Association.

FOCUS OF PRACTICE
Ms. Kulasza’s practice emphasizes litigation support including research, excellent analytic and writing skills, witness preparation and taking of depositions, document review and drafting, coordination of discovery, and development and management of cases for trial. Her areas of expertise include construction defect, premises liability, products liability, and commercial contract disputes, and defense of attorneys.

Susan G. Pray

Susan G. Pray

EDUCATION
Juris Doctor: Harvard Law School, Cum Laude, 1982.

Bachelor of Science: Gonzaga University, 1979, Major: Civil Engineering, Magna Cum Laude.

BAR ADMISSIONS
Admitted to practice in the State of Colorado 1982; United States District Court, District of Colorado 1982; Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals 1982.

DISTINCTIONS
Co-chair Communications Committee, and former Director of the Arapahoe County Bar Association; Fellow Colorado Bar Foundation, Fellow Arapahoe County Bar Foundation.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, and Arapahoe County Bar Association; Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Water Quality in Colorado Water Rights Cases (CLE); Safe Drinking Water Act (CLE).

FOCUS OF PRACTICE
Ms. Pray’s practice focuses on complex commercial and civil litigation, including securities litigation, employment law, bank fraud, directors’ and officers’ liability, lending liability, insurance coverage, toxic torts, environmental law, product liability, construction defects, trademark infringement, oil and gas, and civil rights.

Ms. Pray has provided extensive consultation in the area of insurance coverage and has extensive trial experience in Colorado.

Jeffery D. Bursell

Jeffery Bursell

EDUCATION
Juris Doctor: Weidner University School of Law, 1995.

Bachelor of Arts: University of Utah, 1992.
Major: English; Minor: History.

Honors: Dean’s List; American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Methods.

BAR ADMISSIONS
Admitted to practice in the State of Utah 1996; United States District Court, District of Utah 1996; State of Colorado 2006; United States District Court, District of Colorado 2006.

DISTINCTIONS
Recipient, Ella C. Wolfe Award for Excellence in Real Property Law, 1995; Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Frank G. Noel, Utah District Court, Salt Lake County, 1996-98; and Legislative Liaison, Washington County Utah PTA, 2001-03.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Colorado Bar Association, Arapahoe County Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Utah Bar Association, Southern Utah Bar Association, Denver Claims Association, and Colorado Claims Association.

FOCUS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Bursell provides a full range of representation in the areas of construction defects, bodily injury, general tort law, insurance defense, first and third-party insurance bad faith, premises liability, insurance coverage, products liability, cyber liability, and toxic torts.

Mr. Bursell’s practice further emphasizes the representation of railroads in defense of FELA claims, corporations and individuals in real property litigation, mechanic’s lien claims, and general commercial litigation.

Kyle L. Shoop

Kyle Shoop

EDUCATION
Juris Doctor: Gonzaga University School of Law, 2010.

Bachelor of Arts: Brigham Young University, 2006. Major: Philosophy; Minor: Business Management. Honors: Dean’s List, Academic Merit Scholarship Recipient.

BAR ADMISSIONS
Admitted to practice law in the State of Utah 2010; U. S. District Court of Utah 2010; State of Wyoming 2012; U.S. District Court of Wyoming 2013.

DISTINCTIONS
Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition 2010; Moot Court Honors Council; Gonzaga Journal of International Law, Associate Editor

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
American Bar Association; Central Utah Bar Association; Salt Lake County Bar Association, State Bar of Wyoming; Dispute Resolution Section and Litigation Section; Utah Claims Adjusters Association; Utah Defense Lawyers Association, Wyoming Claims Association.

FOCUS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Shoop’s practice involves defense of personal injury, cyber liability, and construction defect litigation cases.

Clayton M. Firth

EDUCATION
Juris Doctor: Michigan State University College of Law, 2012; Honors: Dean’s List.
Bachelor of Arts: Brigham Young University, 2007; Major: Political Science.

BAR ADMISSIONS
Admitted to practice law in the State of Utah, 2013; U. S. District Court of Utah, 2013.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
American Bar Association; Central Utah Bar Association; Salt Lake County Bar Association; Litigation Section; Probate/Estate Planning Section; Business Law Section.

FOCUS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Firth’s practice primarily involves personal injury and civil defense litigation.  Mr. Firth has also worked in the areas of contracts, probate and estate planning, corporate and business, bank litigation, and family law.