Hugh Gottschalk
 

Hugh Gottschalk has handled hundreds of cases and taken more than 75 trials to verdict in his 30-year litigation career. An elected fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Hugh employs his decades of litigation experience, accumulated knowledge, and science education background to effectively present complex and technical information at trial.

Hugh's commercial litigation experience is extensive. He has represented clients in numerous 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 oil and gas, automotive, information technology, manufacturing, and consumer and professional services.

In 2010, Hugh 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 describes Hugh as "an excellent strategist and trial lawyer," and ranks him among the top commercial litigators 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. Hugh has also been selected for inclusion in Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers, and The Legal 500 U.S.

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 Bet-the-Company Lawyer of the Year, 2016
    Denver Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2014
    Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2008-2017
    Commercial Litigation, 2008-2017
    Intellectual Property Litigation, 2016-2017
    Product Liability Litigation, 2008-2017
Chambers USA
   Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2005-2016
The Legal 500 United States
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2009-2011
Benchmark Litigation
   Insurance Litigation - Colorado, 2016
   Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2011-2015
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Business Litigation, 2006-2016
    Top 10, 2008
    Top 100, 2012-2016
    Top 50, 2008-2011
International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, 2010, 2016
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Colorado Corporate Counsel Black Book
    Product Liability, 2007
Denver Business Journal Who's Who in Energy, 2015
    Selected among top 28 energy-industry lawyers in Denver
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


Hugh Gottschalk has taken more than 75 trials to verdict, delivering outstanding results for sophisticated clients. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Hugh represents companies and individuals across diverse industries in complex commercial, torts, and intellectual property lawsuits.

Representative Cases
Representative Clients
  • ConocoPhillips
  • FCA Group f/k/a Chrysler Group
  • FMC - Regional Trial Counsel
  • Mercedes-Benz USA - National Trial Counsel
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 Experience

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, P.C.
Holland & Hart LLP
Town of Bow Mar
    City Attorney

Teaching Positions

National 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 Bet-the-Company Lawyer of the Year, 2016
    Denver Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2014
    Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2008-2017
    Commercial Litigation, 2008-2017
    Intellectual Property Litigation, 2016-2017
    Product Liability Litigation, 2008-2017
Chambers USA
   Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2005-2016
The Legal 500 United States
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2009-2011
Benchmark Litigation
   Insurance Litigation - Colorado, 2016
   Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2011-2015
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Business Litigation, 2006-2016
    Top 10, 2008
    Top 100, 2012-2016
    Top 50, 2008-2011
International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, 2010, 2016
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Colorado Corporate Counsel Black Book
    Product Liability, 2007
Denver Business Journal Who's Who in Energy, 2015
    Selected among top 28 energy-industry lawyers in Denver
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
Articles/Presentations
Education
  • University of Colorado Law School, J.D., 1979
    University of Colorado Law Review, Articles Editor
  • Northwestern University, B.S., 1975, Biochemistry
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