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Barbara J. Stauch, Special Counsel, has over 16 years of experience in construction defect litigation, personal injury and general liability defense, and auto accident defense matters, as well as appellate matters in these areas. Barbara also has extensive experience defending real estate agents, brokers and accountants in professional liability claims. Barbara has first chair trial experience, has handled arbitration matters and appeals, and has argued before the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Barbara attended the University of South Dakota, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, with the University Scholar designation. Barbara completed her legal studies at the University of South Dakota School of Law, during which she served as Production Editor of the South Dakota Law Review.

In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Barbara was named to the “Rising Stars” list in Colorado Super Lawyers magazine in the area of Construction Litigation. Barbara has had the opportunity to serve as a presenter at the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Annual Conference on multiple occasions, and has also been invited as a repeat guest lecturer at the University of Denver School of Law for a course entitled “Day 1: Denver Civil Practice Lab”, where she discussed enforcing discovery and discovery disputes with law students. Barbara is licensed to practice in Colorado and Utah, and is currently a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, the Utah Bar Association, and the Professional Liability Defense Federation.



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Yana Durell received her J.D. from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers Law School in 2010.  While at the University of Arizona she explored a variety of legal experiences in diverse legal fields, including interning for an Appellate Division at the Pima County Public Defender’s Office and working as a summer associate for criminal defense, personal injury, and intellectual property firms in Phoenix, AZ.  After graduating law school, Yana began her career as a criminal defense, personal injury, and insurance defense attorney serving on an “of counsel” basis for two law firms in Phoenix, AZ.  While Yana represented both Plaintiff and defense sides of personal injury litigation, she truly enjoys working in the field of insurance defense.  Yana joined the Waltz Law Firm as an associate in October of 2014. and is licensed in both Colorado and Arizona.  She is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the Colorado Defense Lawyers’ Association.



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Christopher R. Reeves has over 18 years experience litigating construction defect, environmental, product liability and toxic/mass tort actions throughout the Country at both the trial and appellate level.  He is licensed and actively litigates in Colorado, Georgia, Utah and Wyoming. 

In the course of his career, Mr. Reeves has been lead counsel for more than 32 jury trials to verdict.  He has also successfully represented clients before Colorado and Georgia state and federal appellate courts.  His experience includes representing clients in oil and gas, technology, construction and energy industries.  

Prior to entering practice, Mr. Reeves clerked for Chief Administrative Law Judge Ronnie A. Yoder, at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he was responsible for handling DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation Regulations violations.  Mr. Reeves received his J.D. in 2001 from Vermont Law School, where he also received his Masters of Law in Environmental Law and served as the Editor for the Journal of Environmental Law and was a member of the Moot Court Board.  Mr. Reeves received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina in 1998, where he was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Honors Society.

Licensed to practice in Georgia, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado, Mr. Reeves has been named Super Lawyer, Rising Star in the Georgia since 2007.  Mr. Reeves has published in law reviews and other legal publications and teaches frequently on issues related to science and the law.

EDUCATION AND HONORS

VERMONT LAW SCHOOL, 2001
Masters in Environmental Law

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1998
Juris Doctor, Top-Third B.S. – Biology Pre-Med
Minor, Environmental Geography

2007-2014 Super Lawyer, Rising Star in Georgia and Colorado

PUBLISHED APPELLATE DECISIONS

  • Kappelmeier v. PDQ Property Management, Inc., — S.E.2d —-, 2011 WL 1565873 (April 27, 2011)
  • Austell Healthcare, Inc. v. Scott, 308 Ga.App. 393, 707 S.E.2d 599 (March 11, 2011)
  • The Coca-Cola Company, et. al., v. Parker, 2009 Ga. App. 677 S.E.2d 361 (March 26, 2009)
  • John Doe I v. Thomaston-Upson County School System, et. al., (Unreported) (March 13, 2009)
  • CAR Transport v. John Bleakley, et. al., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS (N.D. Ga. 2008) (Docket No. No. 1:06-CV-01728-TCB)
  • Vega v. La Movida, Inc., 294 Ga. App. 311 (October 30, 2008)
  • Spellman v. Harrell Insurance Co., 292 Ga. App. 249 (June 25, 2008)
  • Brown, et. al. v. Equity Office Management, et. al., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2007 WL 2872452 (N.D. Ga. May 30, 2008)
  • La Quinta Inns, et. al. v. Carol Leech, 289 Ga. App. 812, (January 25, 2008)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Bishop Earl Paulk, et. al., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2008 WL 450817 (N.D. Ga. February 15, 2008)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Miraglia, et. al., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7197 (D. Tex. 2008)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Miraglia, et. al., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75712 (D. Tex. 2007)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Climate Change Litigation: When and Where Will The Next Storm Hit – Stamford University Trial Journal, June 2010
  • Making a Case for Causation – Climate Change Litigation – ABA Environmental and Natural Resources Section Newsletter, May 2009
  • Climate Change Litigation – ABA Environmental and Mass Tort Litigation Newsletter, May 2008
  • Georgia Environmental Law Deskbook – 2007-2011
  • Toxic Mold Claims and Litigation – Cobb County Bar Journal, Nov. 2003
  • Various Articles on Environmental Law in Firm Newsletters

PRESENTATIONS

  • The Top 10 Environmental Law Issues of 2010 – CLE – February 2011
  • Best Practices for Small and Mid-Sized Firms – CLE – December 2010
  • Emerging Issues in Environmental Law – CLE – March 2010
  • Firm Seminar (twice annually) – Feb 2009 – Present
  • Maintaining the Attorney Client Relationship – CLE – March 2008
  • Emerging Environmental Law Concerns of Insurers – American Claims Association – March 2008
  • Emerging Trends in Environmental and Toxic Tort Liability: Swift Currie Conference – May ’07

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • State Of Colorado
  • State Of Georgia
  • State Of Utah
  • State Of Wyoming
  • United States Court Of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, District Of Colorado
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, District Of Wyoming

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA) – Current President, Past: Secretary, Treasurer, and V.P.
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado LGBT Bar Association – Judicial Selection Committee 
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association


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For over 30 years, Mr. Waltz’ Colorado practice has focused primarily in the area of defense litigation emphasizing products liability, construction defect, personal injury, public entity, and professional malpractice in both state and federal courts. Mr. Waltz personally has tried over 90 jury trials involving significant injuries, which include Plaintiffs claiming significant economic, non-economic and disability damages from paraplegia, quadriplegia, significant closed head injuries and wrongful death, including other very serious orthopedic injuries. Mr. Waltz has defended hundreds of complex litigation matters, e.g., construction defect claims under C.D.A.R.A., contracts, products liability, public entity defense, intellectual property claims, premises liability claims and professional malpractice and litigated complex commercial and contract matters including asbestos abatement cases to verdict. He also has extensive experience in litigating insurance coverage, declaratory actions and bad faith matters and has testified as an expert in such cases. Mr. Waltz has authored briefs and argued numerous appellate matters in the state and federal courts of Colorado, including matters involving the original jurisdiction of the Colorado Supreme Court. The Waltz Law Firm focuses almost exclusively on defense litigation. In 2008 he was selected as a Super Lawyer in the state of Colorado.

From 1974-1981, Mr. Waltz’s Ohio practice included his representation of the Ohio National Guardsmen in personal injury litigation arising out of the shooting at the Kent State University campus. Later, as Assistant Attorney General in Ohio and Chief Prosecutor for Medicaid Fraud and President of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units, he supervised the prosecution of nursing home abuse, statewide grand jury investigation and criminal/civil prosecutions of fraud and abuse of the Medicaid system.

Mr. Waltz graduated from The Ohio State University in 1969. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1971 after two years of active duty. In 1974, he graduated from the University of Toledo law school, where he was a research editor on the University of Toledo Law Review. He is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and the Colorado Defense Lawyers’ Association and a member of the Defense Research Institute.



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