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Timothy M. Garvey

Insurance Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Tim Garvey, Timothy Garvey

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Brain injury
    I help people get compensated after someone else's dumb decision causes them to suffer a life changing brain injury.

  2. Car accident
    I help people get compensated after someone else's dumb decision causes them to suffer life changing injuries in car crash.

  3. Health care

  4. Health insurance

  5. Insurance
    Most of my practice is dedicated to helping people and businesses fight insurance companies.

  6. Life insurance

  7. Litigation

  8. Personal injury

  9. Slip and fall accident
    I help people get compensated after someone else's dumb decision causes them to suffer life changing injuries in a fall.

  10. Wrongful death
    I help people get compensated after someone else's dumb decision causes a loved one to lose their life.

We buy insurance to protect us when something goes wrong. But, too often, when we ask insurance companies to protect us, they choose to protect their money instead. That's not right, and I'm dedicated to helping my clients hold insurance companies accountable so they don't put profits over people.

Over the past decade, I've helped clients recover millions of dollars from all sorts of insurance companies: disability insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance (AD&D), automobile insurance, uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance (UM/UIM), homeowners' insurance, business owners' insurance, commercial general liability insurance, boat owners' insurance, cancer insurance, health insurance, and even pet insurance. I've helped people resolve cases in state trial courts, federal trial courts, and the courts of appeal throughout Colorado. I'm experienced with both the federal ERISA laws and Colorado's unique insurance bad faith laws. 

I'm also proud to help people who have been injured through no fault of their own, like in car crashes, motorcycle crashes, slip-and-falls, and wrongful deaths. In each case, I work hard to tell my client's story, no matter what their injuries. Whether they're suffering from a broken bone, a traumatic brain injury, or the wrongful death of a loved one, I treat my clients like family to learn their human story, and I'm committed to obtaining full and fair compensation for the injuries forced on them by someone else. 

So, if you're in a fight with an insurance company, or if you or someone you love has been hurt or killed, I'm happy to talk with you about how I can help.


Dormer Harpring, LLC
3457 Ringsby Ct.
Unit 110
Denver, CO, 80216

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Posted by Garth | March 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Thorough
When I hired McDermott law to represent me, Tim was assigned my case. I couldn't be more pleased. My appeal was built from the ground up with every piece strategically placed. Until now, I had no idea that insurance companies really are the way they are portrayed on film. Just plain sketchy. Tim remained diligent, asking questions and chasing leads. It was impressive.
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Posted by Andrew | September 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best in the business.
I hired Tim when my disability carrier was stalling in paying my disability claim. I am an attorney, and had years of experience hiring and supervising other attorneys. I reached out to other attorneys I knew in Denver for a recommendation for this type of case, and heard back from two whose opinion I most respect that Tim was the right choice. They were absolutely right. It wasn't just that Tim won (which he did), or even that he won when I probably would not have (which is also true), it was that the briefing was exceptional. I know a good attorney when I see one, and Tim is one of the best that I've ever worked with. It is easy to hire the wrong attorney, especially if you have no idea what you're up against with these evil insurance companies. What I can tell you is that every aspect of my representation was handled at the highest level. Tim was absolutely the best hire of my career, when it mattered the most.
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Posted by Kevin | June 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Insurance Case
I found Tim to be an outstanding legal professional. He took my case when other firms were not interested. Through his dedication to his clients we were able to file and win the case. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for an outstanding lawyer to represent you.
Posted by Mike | April 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional for Disability Appeals/Denials
This firm handled my wife’s appeal when her LTD insurance carrier abruptly terminated her benefits. Tim Garvey represented her through the appeal process; he and his team were so helpful in gathering objective and accurate information for the appeal submission. There is no way we could have managed the process without their representation and still won the appeal. This firm is very thorough, organized and responsive.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Garvey receives my highest recommendation
McDermott Law and my attorney, Tim Garvey receive my highest recommendation. Mr. Garvey & Mr. McDermott were thorough, detail oriented, realistic, and passionate about their work. I also interviewed two other firms, but what stood out about McDermott and Mr. Garvey for me was the fact that this is the only type of law they specialize in. At the time I felt, and now have confirmation, they are the experts in Insurance Benefits and ERISA case law. By the time they started on my case, there was already a tremendous amount of correspondence, information, and context to sift through. Mr. Garvey and the team worked efficiently and collaborated with me to insure all information submitted in the appeal was correct. Most importantly, our appeal was successful, and I’m now receiving LTD benefits and corresponding treatment.
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Posted by Scott | April 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Personal
I hired Timothy because I was referred to him by a fellow attorney. Timothy ensured that my time was protected and that I was okay through the whole process. My case eventually settled, which was our goal from the beginning. My experience with Timothy did not involve any trial, but for depositions, meetings and the settlement talks, Timothy was an absolute pleasure to work with.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Dormer Harpring
  • 2022 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Dormer Harpring, LLC
  • 1900 - Present
  • Attorney
  • McDermott Law
  • 2016 - 2022
  • Attorney
  • Levin Sitcoff, PC
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • Second Judicial District of Colorado
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Contract Attorney
  • Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, LLP
  • 2010 - 2011
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  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2010
  • Hague Academy of International Law
  • certificate
  • 2009
  • The Hague Academy of International Law
  • Certificate
  • 2009
  • Metropolitan State College of Denver
  • BA
  • 2003
  • University of London
  • Semester Abroad
  • 2000
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • ERISA Disability Case
  • Judge reversed his prior decision and ruled for our client
  • AD&D insurance claim
  • Settled for nearly twice the policy limits
  • Successful ERISA Disability Outcome
  • Settled favorably after defeating the insurance company's attempt to dismiss a claim under ERISA 502(a)(3).
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  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Amicus Committee
  • Co-Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • City Year Denver
  • Mentor
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2014 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Civil Rights Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, New Lawyers Division
  • Co-Chair
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - 2022
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Colorado Chapter)
  • President
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Colorado Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Council Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Youth on Record
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Recognition
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program Graduate
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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  • CTLA Auto Litigator's Handbook (3d ed.)
  • Searching for Insurance Coverage (with Michael J. Rosenberg)
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Blockbuster
  • How to Make the Most of ERISA
  • 2018
  • Legislative Preview
  • Moderator
  • 2015
  • CBA-YLD Annual CLE
  • Do's and Don'ts of Courtroom Etiquette
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (7)
Endorse Timothy
Insurance Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tim is an outstanding lawyer. Not only is he very skilled, and hard working, but he has an obvious passion for the law. His dedication to exacting justice, and his professionalism in the process, have led to great results for his clients. I routinely look to Tim's counsel when I face tough legal issues, and I will continue to do so in the future."
Insurance Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tim and I worked together on an insurance case that went to trial. A jury awarded the maximum amount permitted by law. Tim is a brilliant and passionate advocate for his clients, and knows everything there is to know about insurance law. Without Tim's hard work and legal acumen, our case never would have been as successful."
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Denver Insurance Lawyer Timothy M. Garvey
Timothy M. Garvey
Insurance Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 13 years
Free Consultation