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David Lawrence Skilling

Litigation Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 8 years
    California - CA 15 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Our focus is primarily on employment matters (including class action, wage/hour, wrongful termination, discrimination, and more), as well as insurance bad faith. Please visit our website at

    16 years

  2. Contracts and agreements
    We are experienced drafters of employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, and severance/termination agreements.

    16 years

Mr. Skilling has served as lead counsel in numerous bench and jury trials, as well as arbitrations, obtaining millions of dollars in compensation for his clients.   This litigation and trial work has pitted him against some of the biggest companies in the world, such as Microsoft, DirecTV and Chevron, as well as large municipalities and government agencies.  In a rare accomplishment, Mr. Skilling won his first civil trial while still in law school.  He spent the first seven years of practice working in San Diego before moving back with his family to Colorado in 2014 where he currently works with both California and Colorado clients from Skilling O’Leary’s Denver office.  


Skilling O'Leary, PC
600 Grant St., Suite 201
Denver, CO, 92101-3568

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Posted by J | April 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great guy, Great Lawyer
Dave is friendly, professional, and dedicated to his work. He helped me and I'm sure he would do his best to help anyone else too. Not only a good lawyer, but also a very good person. He was sympathetic and understanding during my case. He also made sure I was comfortable with what was going on. If you need help, he will help you,
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Posted by Andrew | April 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dave is fantastic
Dave was co council on a multi year insurance lawsuit for me and my business. He was extremely professional and I owe him and his partner an immense amount of gratitude. He stuck with my case through thick and thin and approached each scenario with an open mind and really cared about me and my needs. He used some extremely clever tactics and thorough law knowledge to circumvent numerous attempts by my insurance company to play games and derail my case. Persistence, patience, immense knowledge and being a great person overall, makes Dave Skilling a fantastic attorney as well a stellar human being.
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Posted by Paulette | August 25, 2009
Exceptional Lawyer working for Gaston and Gaston in San Diego
Mr. Skilling is an exceptional Lawyer. He is very detailed and blew the greedy lowlife's trying to sue me with a frivolous case out of the water. As long as my legal needs are covered under their specialty, I will NEVER use a different law firm. I am serious. Thank you Dave Skilling! I appreciate every bit of work you and Frederick Gaston have done on my behalf. You guys are freaking AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-450 per hour
  • Contingency 30%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Skilling O'Leary, PC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Gaston & Gaston, APLC
  • 2008 - 2015


  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • B.A.,
  • 2005


  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Endorse David
Litigation Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dave is a great lawyer. I had the privilege of working with Dave for many years. I still send clients to Dave, and will continue to do so. If you thinking of hiring him, I highly suggest you call him."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable and a fantastic trial attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a skilled trial attorney that is committed to delivering results for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dave and I tried a case together several years ago. I was incredibly impressed with his trial skills, credibility with the jury and fairness with opposing counsel. I can't recommend Dave enough to anyone seeking an attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had numerous opportunities to discuss in detail various legal issues with Mr. Skilling. He is extremely competent and takes the time to dissect each issue. He has successfully litigated several jury and bench trials for clients throughout his career. His courtroom presence shows his experience, his knowledge, and his confidence in presenting his client's case. to either a judge or jury. I would not hesitate to refer my close friends and family to Mr. Skilling."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David Skilling since law school, and have always known him to be a talented lawyer. He is especially great at trial work, and I would recommend him to anyone. On top of being a skilled communicator, he is also a nice guy."
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Contracts and agreements
Employment and labor
Employment and labor

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Denver Litigation Lawyer David Lawrence Skilling
David Lawrence Skilling
Litigation Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 15 years
Free Consultation