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Melissa A. Wiese has twenty years of litigation experience, including insurance coverage, construction defect, general liability defense, and appellate work. She has argued before the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Colorado and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She has also drafted numerous articles to clients to alert them of significant changes in Colorado law as they occur and, at a prior firm, co-authored a bad faith claim publication spanning four jurisdictions (Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming) to assist clients with claim handling.  Ms. Wiese has also spoken at national conferences, including the West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar and the Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association.

In her insurance coverage practice, Ms. Wiese advises clients throughout the claims process on first and third party claims, counseling them on claims handling, and providing coverage opinions in regard to automobile, commercial general liability, fidelity/employee dishonesty, professional liability, errors and omissions, property, and homeowners policies.  She has also prosecuted numerous declaratory judgment actions and defended bad faith claims against carriers, successfully arguing one up to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals--New Salida Ditch Co. v. United Fire & Cas. Ins. Co., 400  Fed. Appx. 338 (10th Cir. 2010).  

Ms. Wiese's general liability practice has included construction defect, auto accident, premises liability, personal injury, and professional liability cases.  Her experience ranges from simple, two-party dog bite cases to complex, multi-party, multi-tiered construction defect actions.  The construction defect cases she has handled involved not only litigation over the defects themselves but also contract interpretation, including disputes over anti-subrogation clauses and indemnity agreements.  Ms. Wiese has achieved early dismissal of a number of cases due to her ability to find procedural errors and flaws in a plaintiff’s complaint or contract interpretation.   

Admissions

  • State of Colorado, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of Colorado
  • Colorado Supreme Court

Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms

Presentations:

  • Bad Food Gone Bad: The Life Cycle of a Food Recall, presented at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, June 2013

Education

  • J.D., University of Colorado (top 15%), 1996
  • B.A., University of Colorado (with distinction), 1993
  • Phi Beta Kappa