WTO Partners Rack Up Defense Wins

Management team tallies three wins in two weeks

By Hannah Garcia

LAW WEEK COLORADO

Three attorneys from Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell pulled out full defense verdicts in the span of two weeks, and they all happen to be part of the firm’s management team.

Partner and chairman Mike O’Donnell was victorious in a $20 million tire defect case that ended Nov. 19, while partner and president Hugh Gottschalk successfully argued for claims against his client to be thrown out in an oil-and-gas dispute and managing partner Carolyn Fairless defended a bottle distributor against injury claims the same week she had oral arguments at the Colorado Supreme Court.

As a matter of firm philosophy, Gottschalk said the firm’s managers are also full-time trial lawyers.

“My credibility as a manager, as a leader of this firm, it’s almost essential that I do what other people in the firm are doing, both because I love to try cases and I think it makes us better managers,” Gottschalk said.

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