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Kelly & Walker Hosts IADC Southwest Regional Meeting at Coors Field

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The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Southwest Regional Meeting is September 11, 2019 in Denver, CO at Coors Field, where the Rockies will take on the Cardinals. Speakers Liz Rita and Anne Rooney McCord of Investigations Law Group will be presenting on, “Whistlebowers, Qui Tam and Workplace Complaints” before the game.

The IADC is a membership of corporate attorneys, insurance defense attorneys and insurance executives and has been serving this community internationally since 1920. Its activities benefit approximately 2,500 invitation-only, peer reviewed members and their clients, as well as the civil justice system and the legal profession.

This Regional Meeting is hosted by Kelly & Walker LLC and sponsored by Holland & Hart LLP; Satriana & Biscan, LLC; Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC; Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP; and, White and Steele, PC.

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Julie Walker Presents at 58th CNA Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys

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Julie Walker, founding partner, was a panel speaker this year at the 58th CNA Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys (“AMIA”). Julie’s presentation was titled, “High Times in the Construction Industry: Precautions for Working in the Legal Marijuana Industry.” The presentation focused on key issues for design professionals, their counsel, and insurers to consider as the legalization of marijuana spreads.  It also identified opportunities and potential liabilities for A&E professionals in this fast-developing landscape.

The AMIA, hosted this year in Denver, CO, is an annual conference providing defense attorneys a place to discuss both legal and professional practice developments. This conference is by invitation only, for defense attorneys who have provided exceptional work to the sponsoring insurance companies.

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Shannon Bell Selected as Panelist for Women’s Roundtable

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Shannon Bell recently joined three other female attorneys to speak at a Women’s Roundtable hosted by Law Week Colorado. The topic for the roundtable focused on the impact of having women in leadership roles within law firms. Shannon Bell has been a Partner with Kelly & Walker LLC for almost 5 years and was previously a Partner at two other another Denver-based firms for 3 years. She frequently speaks at national conferences for the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Professional Liability Attorneys Network (PLAN) and Colorado Law Institute (CLI), among others. Shannon is also the Chair of the Construction Law Executive Council for the Colorado Bar Association and frequently presents webinars on topics related to Construction Law.

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Shawna Ruetz Elected to Board of Labor and Employment Section of CBA

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Shawna Ruetz was elected to the Labor and Employment Section of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) as an Executive Council Member at-large. She will serve a three-year term and is tasked with representing the diverse membership of the L&E section, with focus in providing input on attorneys who represent employer clients. The Executive Council oversees and assists with planning monthly CLEs, section events, happy hours, and an annual conference. The Executive Council also provides feedback on the L&E section’s position for proposed legislation.

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Chanda Feldkamp Wins 10th Circuit Appeal

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Kelly & Walker LLC partner, Chanda Feldkamp, recently argued in front of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals for the defense in Armstrong v. The Arcanum Group, where a terminated employee claimed that her employer had retaliated against her because of her complaints of falsification of data in violation of the anti-retaliation provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA) and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The District Court granted Defendant’s motion for summary judgment and Plaintiff appealed. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s decision based on insufficient evidence that Defendant’s decision-maker had knowledge of Plaintiff’s complaints before making his decision to terminate her.

Please follow this link to read the full opinion:
Armstrong v. The Arcanum Group

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Trey Eckloff Joins Kelly & Walker as an Associate

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Kelly & Walker is pleased to announce Trey Eckloff has joined the firm as an associate. Trey’s civil litigation practice focuses on defending companies and professionals in litigation. He also handles product defect and general civil litigation cases.

Trey received his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and his B.S. in Business-Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Trey has interned at the Denver District Court and is an active member of the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (“CDLA”) and Colorado Bar Association. In addition to his academic achievements at the University of Colorado, Trey was a Division I scholarship basketball player, a member of the 2012 Pac 12 Tournament Championship team, and played into the third round of the NCAA Tournament. He is licensed in Colorado and Arizona.

Trey Eckloff

Lisa M. Lilly Joins Kelly & Walker

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Kelly & Walker is proud to announce Lisa M. Lilly has joined the firm.

Based in Chicago, Lilly is an accomplished advocate whose practice concentrates in appeals, class actions, and commercial litigation.  She has defended an array of class actions and handled significant individual litigation involving claims adjusting practices, contract disputes, banking, insurance coverage, and consumer and common law fraud. She has a proven track record of success in state and federal courts. Her experience includes bench and jury trials, appeals, administrative hearings, and class action hearings throughout the United States in state and federal court.

As a lifelong writer and published author, Lilly possesses an ability to convey complex ideas in clear language, allowing her to communicate easily and effectively with courts, clients and opposing counsel. Her appellate advocacy has influenced the evolution of favorable law for her clients regarding contract interpretation, diversity jurisdiction, and removal under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).

Lilly joins the firm from a successful private practice in Chicago. She is the author of five novels, including the popular “Awakening” series and is an adjunct professor of advanced legal writing and research at DePaul University College of Law.

“We are thrilled Lisa is joining the firm to accompany our class action practice and to add a presence in Chicago,” says William Kelly, founding partner of Kelly & Walker. “Lisa and I have worked together on a number of cases over several years with great success, and I have great respect for her practice.”

Lisa M. Lilly

William Kelly Co-Authors Employment Law Article

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William Kelly recently co-authored an article for the International Association of Defense Counsel‘s (IADC) Employment Law Committee. The article discusses Title VII updates, including the effects of the “#MeToo” movement, and relevant cases regarding racial and religious discrimination. William’s co-author, Professor William R. Corbett, is a Professor of Law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University and teaches primarily in the areas of labor and employment law. The IADC’s Employment Law Committee serves attorney’s who represent employers and insurers, with the goal of building an active community to create resources for attorneys and their clients.

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International Association of Defense Counsel

Shannon Bell Presents Contracts Telinar

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Shannon Bell recently presented a telinar titled “Drafting Contract Remedies, Damages and Their Limitations.” This telinar discussed types of contract damages, measure of damages, implied or express limits, compensatory damages, liquidated damages and a number of other topics. The program is available through the Colorado Bar Association for CLE credit. Shannon Bell is a partner with Kelly & Walker and has extensive experience litigating complex business disputes, construction disputes, fiduciary claims, employment issues, and landlord/tenant issues.

Shannon M. Bell

Shannon M. Bell