Hale Westfall, LLP is a commercial litigation & transactional firm with emphasis on commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, appellate practice, public policy issues, land use disputes, condemnation matters, labor and employment, environmental compliance and cleanup, insurance and medical malpractice including SJS. The firm’s clientele includes individual property owners and non-profit organizations as well as corporations of all sizes, from emerging businesses to Fortune 100 companies.

Appellate

Hale Westfall’s appellate practice is uniquely suited to provide sophisticated and effective appellate representation to companies and individuals in high-stakes appeals. Hale Westfall’s appellate lawyers have decades of experience achieving positive results for clients.

Hale Westfall’s appellate lawyers have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in appeals from some of the largest jury verdict awards in Colorado’s history. Hale Westfall has handled appeals in a broad range of cases, from constitutional law to water law. Hale Westfall also frequently drafts amicus briefs on behalf of numerous organizations in Colorado and elsewhere, such as the Colorado Civil Justice League, Catholic Health Association of the United States, and Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.

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Public Policy

Hale Westfall’s public policy practice provides strategic and legal advice to clients on a wide range of regulatory, legislative, and constitutional matters. The public policy practice builds on the experience of Hale Westfall’s attorneys in advocacy, as well as their skills at building coalitions and creating advocacy groups, to help clients meet a variety of goals. As part of the public policy practice, Hale Westfall assists clients in virtually all aspects of the political and regulatory process, including:

    • Drafting and reviewing constitutional initiatives and shepherding them though the title setting process and review by the Colorado Supreme Court;
    • Election Law litigation and compliance counseling;
    • Establishment of and counseling for non-profits and advocacy organizations;
    • Advice and guidance regarding campaign regulations;
    • Drafting, monitoring, and interpreting legislation.

Eminent Domain/Land Use

Hale Westfall’s eminent domain and land use attorneys are some of the most experienced and talented litigators in Colorado.

Our eminent domain attorneys represent clients across the State in all aspects of condemnation proceedings and in a variety of factual contexts. Our clients include private landowners who wish to protect their property rights and secure just compensation for their property, as well as developers and public entities that seek counseling in order to ensure the condemnation process is pursued in an appropriate and legally supported manner.

Our representative experience includes:

  • Providing legal counsel for various matters pertaining to the relocation of a medical campus in Denver, including the condemnation of reversionary interests and in the negotiation of agreements to facilitate the property’s sale and ultimate redevelopment.
  • Representing a Colorado automobile emissions testing contractor in various matters, including the condemnation of an emissions testing facility in which the owner obtained an award of more than double the compensation offered by the condemning authority.
  • Representing landowners of property used for mining and gravel operations in an action to condemn property for construction of the Guanella Reservior.
  • Representing an entity that owned approximately 360 acres of land in Gunnison County in a condemnation action concerning property in final stages of annexation.

From water rights to valuation challenges, leasehold disputes to construction contracts, our team also represents real estate developers, resort operators, private land owners, and finanical institutions on a variety of complex real estate dealings and land use disputes. Our multi-disciplinary approach, collaborative skills, and abillity to balance and merge competing interests are well-suited for resolution of large-scale development projects, as well as discreet private property concerns.

Commercial Litigation

Hale Westfall’s attorneys handle a broad range of complex commercial matters in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals. We also regularly represent clients in other dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation and arbitration. Regardless of the forum, we represent our clients with sound professional judgment, combined with a necessary aggressive edge.

We partner with our clients to develop a litigation strategy focused on their long-term business goals. We also counsel our clients on a range of issues in order to help anticipate conflicts before they arise. By carefully listening to our clients, and developing a comprehensive understanding of their business needs, we help clients save time and money by crafting effective litigation management solutions.

Hale Westfall’s attorneys regularly represent clients in contract disputes, telecommunications disputes, antitrust law, property disputes, natural resources litigation, water law, and other complex business litigation. We represent clients across a range of industries including manufacturing, consumer products, energy, financial services, telecommunications, agricultural, ranching, governmental agencies, political parties, and various trade associations.

Labor & Employment

Hale Westfall’s labor and employment practice defends clients in nearly every aspect of employment litigation, including jury trial work, in cases arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other federal and state employment laws.

Hale Westfall’s lawyers also have defended employers against breach of contract claims, wrongful discharge claims, and whistle-blower claims. In addition, the attorneys in our employment practice have experience pursuing lawsuits on behalf of companies in matters involving trade secret protection, restrictive covenants and unfair competition.

The labor and employment practice also provides preventive counseling to help employers avoid litigation, resulting in significant cost savings.

Medical Malpractice & SJS

Adverse drug reactions are estimated to cause over 100,000 deaths and catastrophic injuries among hospitalized patients each year. Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and its related diagnosis Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) are severe allergic drug reactions. SJS has been referred to as “fire on the flesh” causing victims to literally burn from the inside out eventually causing the dermis to detach in sheets. Burns can affect the eyes and internal organs resulting in permanent and catastrophic injury. SJS and TEN are one of the most debilitating adverse drug reactions recognized. SJS was first discovered in 1922 by pediatricians A.M. Stevens and F.C. Johnson after diagnosing a child with severe ocular and oral involvement to a drug reaction.

Problems resulting from adverse drug reactions, often leading to catastrophic injuries, including SJS and TEN, can occur if the incorrect drug is prescribed, the wrong dosage of a drug is prescribed, or the drug is dispensed negligently. The SJS litigation and advocacy team at Hale Westfall represents victims and families who have been impacted by adverse drug reactions resulting from adverse drug interaction medication errors, medical misdiagnosis, and negligent dispensing of prescription drugs.

Complications of SJS and TEN can include permanent blindness, dry-eye syndrome, photophobia, lung damage, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, permanent loss of nail beds, scarring of the esophagus and other mucous membranes, arthritis, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Many victim’s pores scar shut, causing them to retain heat. These are just a few of the side-effects resulting from SJS and TEN.

The Stevens Johnson Syndrome and adverse drug reaction litigation and advocacy team at Hale Westfall offers its services to victims of adverse drug reactions including Stevens Johnsons Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis who need advocacy anywhere in the United States and regardless of income level. Each case present to us is investigated with precision employing the highest level of skill, understanding, and analysis prior to a decision to file a lawsuit. This ensures that each victim’s case is handled with the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and skill.

Stevens Johnson Syndrome and adverse drug reactions do not discriminate. It can happen to anyone.