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Dan Reilly is a founding member of Reilly Pozner LLP and he has more than 30 years experience in courtrooms and before juries around the country. He has been lead counsel for a broad spectrum of complex multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation matters – including both the prosecution and defense of class actions for individuals and major corporations. The cases have been throughout the United States including; Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Dan currently serves as litigation counsel for the Denver Broncos Football Club, PERA, AIG, NOLHGA (National Organization of Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Associations), Liberty Mutual, Medtronic and a number of other corporations and individuals.  He has achieved multiple million dollar jury verdicts including a 2015 federal court verdict of $391 million.


Dan is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In recognition of his skill and accomplishments at trial, he has regularly been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the following categories— Business Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation- Banking & Finance, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Litigation - Intellectual Property and Personal Injury Litigation. He has also regularly been named in Colorado Super Lawyers magazine and was the 2nd top point earner in the state in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He was the 3rd top point earner in 2006, 2011 and 2013. Dan appears in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers and Who’s Who in American Law. Dan was named the first Denver Bet-The-Company "Lawyer of the Year" in 2009 by Best Lawyers in America.  He was also named Denver Personal Injury “Lawyer of the Year” in 2010 and Denver Litigation-Banking and Finance "Lawyer of the Year" in 2015 by the publication.

Dan’s colleagues in the legal profession, judges as well as lawyers, value his courtroom skills and experience and eagerly attend his presentations. Each year, he and partner Larry Pozner address the Colorado Judicial Conference on timely subjects like the evidentiary issues raised by the use of technology in the courtroom, and the standards used to determine the admissibility of scientific and other expert opinions.


Dan regularly addresses fellow trial attorneys in presentations to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the Colorado Bar Association Annual Litigation Symposium, the Denver Bar Association, CLE programs, the University of Colorado School of Law and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.


Before teaming up with Larry Pozner to form Reilly Pozner LLP, Dan was head of the litigation practice of the Denver office of McKenna & Cuneo, as well as head of that firm’s national litigation training program. Prior to that, he was a named partner in the Denver civil litigation firm of McDermott, Hansen & Reilly. At both firms, he was lead trial counsel for a wide range of complex, multi-state cases.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 60%
  2. Class Action: 30%
  3. Personal Injury: 10%

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Reilly Pozner LLP

1900-Sixteenth Street
Suite 1700
Denver, CO, 80202


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Bet-the-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2016
Litigation - Intellectual PropertyBest Lawyers in America2016
Litigation - Banking & FinanceBest Lawyers in America2016
Litigation-BankruptcyBest Lawyers in America2016
Personal Injury Litigation: PlaintiffsBest Lawyers in America2016
Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2016
Bet-the-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2015
Litigation - Banking & FinanceBest Lawyers in America2015
Personal Injury LitigationBest Lawyers in America2015
Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2015
Litigation-BankruptcyBest Lawyers in America2015
Denver Litigation- Banking and Finance” Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2015
Top 100 Colorado Super LawyersColorado Super Lawyers2015
Star Individuals (since 2013)Chambers USA2015
Top 10 Colorado Super Lawyers (2nd Highest Overall Point-Getter)Colorado Super Lawyers2015
"Top Lawyers" List in Civil Litigation and Commercial Litigation52802015
Local Litigation StarBenchmark Litigation2015
State Litigation StarBenchmark Litigation2015
Litigation-Intellectual PropertyBest Lawyers in America2015
Local Litigation Star in Colorado-Plaintiff and ColoradoBenchmark Litigation2014
Top 10 Colorado Super Lawyers (2nd Highest Overall Point-Getter)Colorado Super Lawyers2014
Star Individuals (since 2013)Chambers USA2014
Top 100 Colorado Super LawyersColorado Super Lawyers2014
Top 10 Colorado Super Lawyers (3rd Highest Overall Point-Getter)Colorado Super Lawyers2013
Plaintiffs Star in ColoradoBenchmark Litigation2013
Top 100 Colorado Super LawyersColorado Super Lawyers2013
Top 100 Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Top 10 Colorado Super Lawyers (2nd Highest Overall Point-Getter)Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Plaintiff Star in ColoradoBenchmark Litigation2012
Top 10 Colorado Super Lawyers (3rd Highest Overall Point-Getter)Super Lawyers Magazine2011
Top 50 Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Colorado Personal Injury Litigation Litigator of the YearBest Lawyers in America2010
Top 50 Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Top 10 Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Colorado Bet-the-Company Litigator of the YearBest Lawyers in America2009
Top 50 Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Top 10 Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Top 50 Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Top 50 Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Top 10 Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Top 10 Colorado Super Lawyers (3rd Highest Overall Point-Getter)Super Lawyers Magazine2006
Top 50 Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Pro Bono Counsel AwardThe Legal Center Serving Persons with Disabilities1989
Who's Who in American Law.N/A
America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals.N/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Federal Judicial Selection Advisory Panel.N/A
America's Leading Business Lawyers (2006-present)Chambers USAN/A
Best Amicus BriefColorado Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerReilly Pozner LLP2000 - Present
National Litigation Training CoordinatorMcKenna & Cuneo, LLP1998 - 2000
Chair of Litigation DepartmentMcKenna & Cuneo, LLP1996 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
American College of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
William E. Doyle's American Inns of CourtMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Sam Cary Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Denver Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Institute of Trial AdvocacyMemberN/A
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationChair, Commercial Litigation Lectures1999 - 2000
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationExecutive Committee1994 - 1995
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationCo-Chair Professionalism Committee1993 - 1994
William E. Doyle's American Inns of CourtPresident1993 - 1994
Denver Bar AssociationChair, Sports Committee1989 - 1992
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationLegislative Subcommittee on Statute of Limitations1988 - 1989
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationLong Range Planning Committee1988 - 1989
Denver Bar AssociationInter-Professional Committee, 1981 and 19871987 - 1988
William E. Doyle's American Inns of CourtExecutive Committee1987 - 1994
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1987 - 1989
Denver Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees1986 - 1987
Denver Bar AssociationChair, DBA Young Lawyers Executive Council1986 - 1987
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lead Trial Counsel in Dispute Over Ownership of Denver Broncos Football ClubFavorable Outcome for Client
Multi-Million Dollar Trademark Infringement Judgment Against H.J. HeinzMulti-Million Dollar Judgment
Representation of Seven State Insurance Guaranty Associations in Three Successful Jury TrialsSettled for $30 Million
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1981
Michigan State UniversityN/AB.A., magna cum laude1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CTLA Annual ConventionShow and Tell: Using Demonstrative Exhibits in Opening2015
Winning Trial Tactics ProgramLecturer, The Power of Imagery: Using Demonstrative Evidence in Opening Statements2012
Colorado Bar Association CLE - Trial SkillsLecturer, Opening Statements and Demonstrative Evidence2011
American Judges Association 51st Annual Conference Making Better JudgesLecturer, Potpourri of Evidence Issues: Scientific and Digital Evidence, Crawford Issues2010
General Counsel ForumPanel Discussion, Evaluating a Case2009
Faculty of Federal Advocates Annual MeetingPanel Discussion, "Unraveling the Mysteries of the Jury: Can a Consultant Help You Develop a Winning Trial Strategy"2009
CTLA ConferenceLecturer, What to Do When a Commercial Case Comes into Your Office2008
Colorado Judicial ConferenceLecturer, E-Discovery in Colorado Courts2008
Colorado Bar Association's Litigation Boot Camp IILecturer, Opening Statement and Demonstrative Evidence2008
NOLHGA Annual Legal SeminarLecturer, Using Your Opponent’s Witness to Build Your Theory of the Case2007
Colorado Judicial ConferenceLecturer, Issues of Admissibility Raised by Electronically Stored Information2007
Clifton Gunderson's General Counsel ForumLecturer, The Corporation in Litigation: Developing the Allure of David Using the Strength of Goliath2007
Clifton Gunderson's General Counsel ForumLecturer, Changing Horses: The Efficient Transition to New/Additional Counsel During Litigation2007
AIG American General Life Insurance Company Law ConferenceLecturer, Five Ethical Land Mines You Really Want to Avoid in E-Discovery2007
Sterling Education Services, Intellectual Property IssuesLecturer, Listing the Intellectual Property Case to a Jury2003
CTLA Annual ConventionLecturer, Cross Examination-Maintaining Control of the Witness2003
Colorado Bar Association CLE's Litigation InstituteLecturer, Goofball Mistakes We've Made with Demonstrative Evidence2003
Colorado Bar Association CLE's Federal Practice UpdateLecturer, The Latest Strategies and Development in Class Certifications2003
Colorado Bar Association CLE's Fall Torts UpdateLecturer, New Federal Class Action Legislation2003
Colorado Judicial ConferenceLecturer, Spoliation, Inadvertent Disclosure and Recent Evidentiary Opinions2002
Colorado Bar Association, CLE's Litigation InstituteLecturer, Evidence Oops: Inadvertent Production and Spoliation2002
PriceWaterhouseCoopers, General Counsel ForumLecturer, The Corporation in Litigation: Developing the Appeal of David Using the Strength of Goliath2001
Colorado Judicial ConferenceLecturer, Evidentiary Problems in Litigation2001
Colorado Bar Association CLE's Litigation InstituteLecturer, Twenty Things to Do Before Taking an Expert's Deposition2001
National CLE ConferenceLecturer, Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses2000
Colorado Judicial ConferenceLecturer, Evidence in the High Tech World: Applying the Old Rules to the New Issues2000
Colorado Judicial ConferenceLecturer, Shreck: Before and Beyond2000
National Organization of Life and Health Guaranty AssociationsLecturer, Recovering Large Sums Through Litigation: A Case Study1999
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationLecturer, Trial Practice Basics: The Basic Commercial Trial Case1999
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationLecturer, The New Rules; Not Everyone is an Expert; Not Everything is Expertise1999
Colorado Society of Certified Public AccountantsLecturer, 10 Fatal Flaws of Expert Witnesses, Litigation Support and Valuation Conference1999
Colorado Judicial ConferenceInvited Faculty Member, Evidence1999
Colorado Bar AssociationLecturer, Federal Traps for the Unwary1999
Colorado Attorney Regulation CouncilLecturer, From Velcro to Laser Disk: Demonstrative Evidence in a Commercial Jury Trial1999
Continuing Legal Education InstituteLecturer, Trial Strategies and Tactics That Work1997
Professional Education Services InstituteLecturer, Winning the Battle of the Experts1996
University of Colorado School of LawGuest Lecturer, Trial Advocacy Program1994
Rocky Mountain Expert Testimony Program, National Institute for Trial AdvocacyLecturer, Advanced Techniques in the Examination of Expert Witnesses1993
University of Colorado School of Law, Lectures in ProfessionalismLecturer, Lawyers and Professionalism, University of Colorado School of Law, Lectures in Professionalism1992