Hugh Gottschalk has handled a myriad of cases in his 30-year litigation career, including contract disputes, franchise matters, environmental torts, professional  and product liability cases, and trade secret, patent, copyright, and trademark infringement cases.  He employs his decades of litigation experience, accumulated knowledge, and science education background to effectively present complex and technical information at trial.

Hugh's experience in commercial litigation is particularly extensive.  He has represented clients in numerous commercial disputes involving alleged breaches of contracts, fraud and misrepresentation, securities, franchise matters, and intellectual property infringements.  Hugh has served as national or regional trial counsel to several large and well-known companies in industries as diverse as information technology, energy, manufacturing, and consumer and professional services.

In 2010, Hugh co-led the WTO team that managed the response to 418 dealer arbitration requests and the litigation of 187 of the Section 747 arbitrations for Chrysler Group. WTO was one of only two law firms in the country representing Chrysler in these matters. Over a four-month period, Hugh himself tried nine of these arbitrations and won eight of them.

Chambers USA, the international guide to America's leading business lawyers, describes Hugh as, "an excellent strategist and trial lawyer," and one of the top commercial litigation lawyers in Colorado.  He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the business litigation category in Colorado Super Lawyers since its inception in 2006 and has appeared multiple years in a row on its top 50 list.  He has also been selected for inclusion in Benchmark LitigationChambers USA, Best Lawyers, Legal 500 U.S., and is an elected fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Other Experience
Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, P.C.
Holland & Hart LLP
Town of Bow Mar
    City Attorney
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
American College of Trial Lawyers
    Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates
    Member
Law Week Colorado 
    "People's Choice" Best Intellectual Property Lawyer, 2010
    Lawyer of the Year, 2010
Best Lawyers
    Denver Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2014
    Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2008-2015
    Commercial Litigation, 2008-2015
    Intellectual Property Litigation, 2015
    Product Liability Litigation, 2008-2015
Chambers USA
   Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2005-2014
The Legal 500 United States
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2009-2011
Benchmark Litigation
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2011-2015
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Business Litigation, 2006-2014
    Top 10, 2008
    Top 100, 2012-2014
    Top 50, 2008-2011
International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, 2010
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Colorado Corporate Counsel Black Book
    Product Liability, 2007
Best of the Bar, Denver Business Journal, 2005
American Bar Association
    Litigation Section
Colorado Bar Association
    Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Section
Denver Bar Association
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    Faculty
Product Liability Advisory Council
    Sustaining Member, 1988-1992
    Executive Committee, 1991-1992
American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado
    Board of Directors
Legal Aid Foundation
    Chairperson, 2011-2012
Rothgerber Moot Court Competition
    Finalist
University of Colorado School of Law's National Moot Court Team
    Member

Teaching Positions
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
University of Colorado Trial Advocacy Program, 1985-1986
Representative Cases
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Other ExperienceOtten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, P.C.
Holland & Hart LLP
Town of Bow Mar
    City Attorney
Teaching PositionsNational Institute for Trial Advocacy
University of Colorado Trial Advocacy Program, 1985-1986
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
American College of Trial Lawyers
    Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates
    Member
Law Week Colorado 
    "People's Choice" Best Intellectual Property Lawyer, 2010
    Lawyer of the Year, 2010
Best Lawyers
    Denver Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2014
    Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2008-2015
    Commercial Litigation, 2008-2015
    Intellectual Property Litigation, 2015
    Product Liability Litigation, 2008-2015
Chambers USA
   Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2005-2014
The Legal 500 United States
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2009-2011
Benchmark Litigation
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2011-2015
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Business Litigation, 2006-2014
    Top 10, 2008
    Top 100, 2012-2014
    Top 50, 2008-2011
International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, 2010
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Colorado Corporate Counsel Black Book
    Product Liability, 2007
Best of the Bar, Denver Business Journal, 2005
American Bar Association
    Litigation Section
Colorado Bar Association
    Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Section
Denver Bar Association
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    Faculty
Product Liability Advisory Council
    Sustaining Member, 1988-1992
    Executive Committee, 1991-1992
American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado
    Board of Directors
Legal Aid Foundation
    Chairperson, 2011-2012
Rothgerber Moot Court Competition
    Finalist
University of Colorado School of Law's National Moot Court Team
    Member
Education
  • University of Colorado School of Law, J.D., 1979
    University of Colorado Law Review, Articles Editor
  • Northwestern University, B.S., Biochemistry, 1975
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court



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