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John Vaught's practice emphasizes complex commercial litigation, including securities fraud class actions, corporate governance issues, liability and director and officer insurance disputes, trade secrets, intellectual property, commercial, antitrust, and insurance class action matters.  In addition, Mr. Vaught has substantial litigation, mediation, and trial experience in the federal courts and in Colorado involving complex commercial litigation, including the defense of class action litigation.


Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 50%
  2. Class Action: 25%
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 25%

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Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell

370 Seventeenth Street
Suite 4500
Denver, CO, 80202-5647


TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative197807/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Insurance LitigationBest Lawyers in America2016
Colorado Top 100Super Lawyers2015
Appellate - ColoradoBenchmark Litigation2014
Securities Litigation, 2014-2016Best Lawyers in America2014
Business Litigation, 2014-2015Colorado Super Lawyers2014
Colorado Top 100Super Lawyers2013
Appellate, 2012-2013Colorado Super Lawyers2012
Commercial Litigation, Insurance LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Top 50Colorado Super Lawyers2010
Colorado Super LawyerColorado Super Lawyers2010
Commercial Litigation, Insurance LawBest Lawyers in America2010
Colorado Super LawyerColorado Super Lawyers2009
Best Lawyers in America, Insurance LawBest Lawyers in America2009
Top 50Colorado Super Lawyers2008
Colorado Super LawyersColorado Super Lawyers2008
Commercial Litigation, Insurance LawBest Lawyers in America2008
Colorado Super LawyersColorado Super Lawyers2007
Best Lawyers in America, Insurance LawBest Lawyers in America2007
Insurance Law, 2007-2016Best Lawyers in America2007
Commercial Litigation, 2007-2016Best Lawyers in America2007
Class Action/Mass Torts, 2006-2011Super Lawyers2006
Colorado Super LawyersColorado Super Lawyers2006
Best of the BarDenver Business Journal2005
Best of the Bar, Commercial LitigationDenver Business Journal2005
AV ratedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Bar AssociationStanding Committee for CBA Mentoring Program2012 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationCo-Chair, Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans Committee2012 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationFounding Chair, CBA Military & Veterans Affairs Section2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteN/AN/A
University of Colorado Trial Advocacy ProgramMemberN/A
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyMemberN/A
Denver Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Denver Bar AssociationPresident2014 - 2015
Colorado Bar FoundationMember, Board of Trustees2013 - 2014
Denver Bar AssociationBoard Member, Barrister's Benefit Ball Fundraising Committee2013 - 2014
Denver Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2013 - 2014
Colorado Bar FoundationMember, Board of Directors and Treasurer2012 - 2015
Colorado Bar AssociationMember Liaison and Budget Committee2012 - 2014
Colorado Bar AssociationMember, Board of Governors2012 - 2014
Denver Bar AssociationHost Committee, DBA Barrister's Ball2012 - 2014
Colorado Lawyers for Colorado VeteransChair2012 - 2014
Denver Bar AssociationMember, Board of Trustees2012 - 2015
Denver Bar AssociationFirst Vice President2012 - 2013
Denver Bar AssociationFirst Vice President-Elect2011 - 2012
Colorado Bar AssociationMember, Board of Governors2000 - 2002
Publication nameTitleDate
Tort and Ins. L.J.Will Rule 23 Stand in the Way of an Otherwise Fair Glass Action Settlement?1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Marys University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Stephen F. Austin State UniversityBusiness and EconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
What Was the Cause of the Vietnam WarWhat Was the Cause of the Vietnam War2013
Network Trial Law Firms' Litigation Management: FINRA CLE SuperCourseThe Compulsory Arbitration Clause and Federal Claims for Relief2012
ACC Colorado's Litigation CommitteeHow Recent Supreme Court Decisions Will Shape Future Class Actions2012
The Network of Trial LawyersThe Use of Arbitration Clauses to Prevent Class Certification2010
Securities Subsection of the Colorado Bar AssociationTop Ten Developments in Securities Litigation2010
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyClosing Arguments2010
Association of Corporate Counsel Colorado ChapterArbitration Clauses and Class Certification2008
The Network of Trial Law FirmsRecent Developments Under Rule 232003
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyJury Selection or Jury Exclusion: A Short Lesson in Effective Voir Dire2001
Securities Subsection of the Colorado Bar AssociationTop Ten Developments in Securities Litigation1998
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyMaking Expert Witness Testimony Persuasive1998