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KRISTIN A. CARUSO holds a B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, an M.B.A. from the University of Denver, and a J.D. from the University of Denver, where she served as an editor of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. She is also a Medicare Set-Aside Consultant, Certified.  Ms. Caruso is admitted to practice in the State of Colorado as well as the United States District Court for Colorado. She practices litigation in the area of general civil litigation, including workers' compensation defense. There is no issue or claim in Workers’ Compensation law or procedure that Ms. Caruso has not analyzed for employers and their insurers.  From risk management counseling to defense of claims to appeals, her practice covers all aspects, including: Employers/Insurers on Workers’ Compensation Claims, Administrative Penalties, Bad Faith Claims, Arbitration, Mediation, Settlement, Appeals, Subrogation, Complex Case Analysis and Evaluation, Remedial Writs, Exclusivity of Remedy, Specialized Services, Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Complex Structured Settlements, Conditional Payments and Appeals, and legislation.  She has litigated numerous workers’ compensation cases for various insurance companies and large self insured companies, and argued appellate issues in all of Colorado's appellate courts. Ms. Caruso enjoys lecturing on current legal issues, and has done so at the request of multiple bar associations and organizations.


Contact info

Ritsema & Lyon, PC

999 Eighteenth Street
Suite 3100
Denver, CO, 80202

Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 75%
    3 years
  2. Appeals: 20%
    3 years
  3. Health Care: 5%
    3 years

Attorney endorsements

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    Kristin has mentored me for quite some time now, first as a summer associate and now as a new lawyer. Her high standards, attention to detail and dedication to her work-product has set an excellent example for me and challenged me to develop my lawyering skills in an efficient and productive manner.


    Katherine Kelley
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Charles Adam Foster

    Kristin is organized, professional and competent. She enjoys practicing law and it shows in her work.


    Charles Foster Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Medicare Set-Aside Consultant CertifiedInternational Commission on Health Care Certification2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Bar AssociationVice Chair Work Comp Section2013 - Present
Colorado Defense Lawyers AssociationTreasurer2013 - Present
Colorado Bar FoundationFellow2012 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2012 - Present
National Alliance of Medicare Set Aside ProfessionalsMember2008 - Present
CBA/DBA Interprofessional CommitteeMember2005 - Present
Denver Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Cornell Hotel SocietyMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Amelia Gatta v. Office Depot, W.C. No. 4-702-780 (I.C.A.O. 2007)N/A
Colleen Knapp v. Worldcom and/or Service Corporation Intl., W.C. No. 4-569-163 (I.C.A.O. 2006)Claimant's case denied and dismissed
Michael Esola v. Publication Printers Corp. and Liberty Mutual, W.C. No. 4-631-019 (I.C.A.O. 2005)N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of DenverN/AMBA2001
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Cornell UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteDeveloping a Mixed-Use Luxury Resort Outside the US: a Tour of Complex International Business and Legal Considerations2008
Workers' Compensation UpdateTravel Status Post Madden v. Mountain West Fabricators2006