LaMar Jost is a member of several national trial teams at Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell. His broad litigation practice encompasses product liability, mass torts, medical malpractice, oil and gas, employment, and complex commercial litigation.
LaMar has first- and second-chaired multimillion dollar personal injury trials in Nevada, New Jersey, California, and Texas. He has won asbestos wrongful death trials in such plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Cook County, Illinois. He has won summary judgments for a Fortune 10 manufacturing company in Wyoming and Washington. He has helped win legal malpractice cases in Wyoming and Missouri. He has successfully briefed a matter of first impression under CERCLA in the Tenth Circuit and then successfully opposed the plaintiff's petition for certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court. He has developed special knowledge of medical malpractice cases involving hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus and advised clients and co-counsel on related litigation strategies. LaMar has also represented clients in federal multidistrict litigation and in cases remanded from multidistrict litigation.
Through each stage of the litigation process, LaMar anticipates and responds to his clients' needs. He is aggressive in fact and expert discovery, proactive at mediation, and always ready to defend his clients at trial.
In addition to trial work, LaMar has an active appellate practice. He has handled complex appeals for companies and individuals in a variety of practice areas, including constitutional law, environmental law, insurance, and intellectual property. LaMar has argued and briefed several appeals in the Tenth Circuit and Colorado appellate courts, and, through the appellate process, has assisted in making law favorable to industry in the states within the Tenth Circuit.
Obtained summary judgment in an asbestos product liability case on behalf of General Electric Company in the U.S.D.C. for the District of Wyoming.
Defended the appeal to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals of a 2011 medical malpractice defense jury verdict that WTO won on behalf of Washington Hospital Center in a case involving a baby born with brain damage. Parker v. Washington Hospital Center Corp., CAM5669-09 (D.C. Court of Appeals).
Defended the appeal to the Tenth Circuit of a 2010 jury verdict WTO won on behalf of AT&T in a high-profile whistleblower case. Law Week Colorado called the underlying trial court victory one of the "Top Defense Verdicts of 2010." Stoney v. Cingular Wireless LLC, 10-1506 (Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals).
Obtained a $4.2 million judgment for a renewable energy client in a civil trial involving an executive's embezzlement from the company. Vestas Blades America, Inc. v. Denna Randall, 2011-CV-139 (Weld County, Colorado, District Court).
Affirmed on appeal to the D.C. Court of Appeals WTO's unanimous defense jury verdict for a hospital after a three-week trial in Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs alleged the doctor provided less than the standard of care, resulting in an infant's cerebral palsy. WTO established the child's condition was attributable to his 14-week premature birth. Doe ex rel. Parker v. Washington Hospital Center Corp., Civil Case No. 2009 CA 005669 M (D.C. Super. Ct. Mar. 22, 2011).
Won a jury defense verdict in Louisiana in a premises liability case in which a sign in an AT&T store fell and injured a child. Kelly-Williams v. AT&T Mobility, LLC, et al., 231,347 (Ninth Judicial District Court, Parish of Rapides, LA).
Obtained a Rule 12(b) dismissal of a complaint filed in federal court in Missouri against a large international law firm. The plaintiffs ultimately obtained an eight-figure jury verdict against the remaining defendants in the case.
Won a complete defense jury verdict for AT&T in a one-week whistleblower trial heard in U.S.D.C. for the District of Colorado. The case was selected by Law Week Colorado as one of the "Top Defense Verdicts of 2010." Stoney v. Cingular Wireless LLC, 06-cv-02003 (D. Colo.).
Won a jury verdict in Cook County, Illinois, for General Electric in an asbestos "duty-to-warn" case involving power plant land turbines. Mulcahy v. Rapid American Corp., No. 08-L-006223 (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL).
Won affirmation of a trial court's summary judgment ruling and exposed "pollution for profit" in protracted CERCLA litigation before the Tenth Circuit. Friedland v. TIC and Geosyntec Consultants, 566 F.3d 1203 (10th Cir. 2009).
Won affirmation from the Tenth Circuit of summary judgment for an insurer in a case seeking unlimited no-fault benefits for alleged failure to offer no-fault benefits. Estate of Hill v. Allstate, 479 F.3d 735 (10th Cir. 2007).
Obtained summary judgment in an insurance dispute involving a claim for unlimited no-fault benefits for alleged failure to offer no-fault benefits. Estate of Hill v. Allstate, 04-cv-0865 (U.S.D.C. Colorado).
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Wyoming - All Courts of the Shoshone and Arapahoe Tribes
Eastern New Mexico University
Denver Business Journal
Colorado Rising Stars
Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2009-2015
2015 Top Lawyer, Personal Injury: Defense
Forty Under 40, 2015Law Week Colorado
Up-and-Coming Lawyer, 2007Martindale-Hubbell AV
® Peer Review RatedColorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Supreme Court Historical Society
Law Clerk to The Honorable Bobby R. Baldock, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Law Clerk to The Honorable Clarence A. Brimmer, United States District Court for the District of Wyoming