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Tim Masters Case Named CTLA’s 2011 Case of the Year


DENVER–The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association awarded its Case of the Year Award to attorneys who represented Tim Masters in a civil lawsuit against the Eighth Judicial District.

Masters v. Gilmore, et al. found the Eighth Judicial District wasn’t immune from suit in the wrongful conviction of Masters in the 1987 murder of Peggy Hettrick in Fort Collins. Masters was convicted in 1999 and sentenced to life without parole.

The winning attorneys were David Lane, Darold Killmer and Rebecca T. Wallace of Denver civil rights law firm Killmer Lane & Newman, LLP; Maria Liu of Greeley law firm Collins Liu & Associates, LLP; and David Wymore of David D. Wymore, P.C. in Boulder. Accepting the award were the attorneys from KLN; Liu and Wymore were absent due to family obligations. Masters himself was also absent because he was traveling out of the country.

Other finalists were attorneys from KLM for its work representing Yemeni detainees in Guantanamo Bay, as well as Hollynd Hoskins and Ben Sachs from Leventhal Brown & Puga for their pro bono work in Dunn v. University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, et al., a case involving a woman with developmental disabilities whose teeth were extracted without her consent. A full summary of the finalists and winning case can be found here.

Editor’s Note: This is a snippet of an article in the May 16 print edition of Law Week Colorado.