Geoff Klingsporn joined BHGR in 2023, returning to private practice after many years of representing Denver and its officers and employees in the Civil Litigation Section of the Denver City Attorney’s Office. His specialty is civil litigation and appeals, and he practices in the areas of public entity law; civil rights; employment law; elections; and land use and zoning. Mr. Klingsporn was the lead eDiscovery attorney for Denver and brings a wealth of experience assessing and implementing litigation technology, as well as developing and applying processes to ensure compliance with the discovery rules in complex and document-heavy litigation. Prior to his government experience, Mr. Klingsporn had a broad commercial practice that also included products liability, real estate, and insurance litigation. Please reference the “Experience” portion of this biography for more details.
Mr. Klingsporn currently serves on the Executive Committee of the CBA Litigation Section, is a past Chair of the Appellate Subsection, and presents annually at the CBA’s Appellate Practice Update. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Klingsporn was a Professor of U.S. History, focusing on the interaction of photography, film, and history.
Public Entity Law
Mr. Klingsporn spent eight years at the Denver City Attorney’s Office advising on policy as well as defending the City and its employees in tort and civil rights suits, and administrative appeals. He has experience in many areas of local government activity, including police and sheriff actions, prisoner lawsuits, election controversies, land use litigation, employment claims, and protest and other First Amendment issues in both federal and state courts and courts of appeals. In addition, Mr. Klingsporn defended multiple class action lawsuits brought on behalf of prisoners and detainees as well as by people experiencing homelessness. Mr. Klingsporn has served pro bono for many years as a member of the Election Law Task Force of the Colorado Lawyers Committee and as a volunteer attorney for Just Vote Colorado.
Mr. Klingsporn has more than fifteen years of experience at all levels of appellate courts within Colorado, for both public and private sector clients. That experience includes civil rights, municipal liability, public art, election law, real estate, tort law, and attorney fees. He served as the Chair of the CBA Appellate Subsection (2021-2022) and currently volunteers on the screening panel of the Subsection’s Civil Appeals Full-Representation program. He is a regular faculty presenter at the CBA’s Appellate Practice Update annual CLE.
Mr. Klingsporn was the lead eDiscovery attorney at the City Attorney’s Office and a member of the City-wide Information Governance Committee. In those roles he advised City officials and developed policies and procedures regarding litigation holds and other compliance issues under state and federal procedural law. He was also the City’s lead for selection and implementation of eDiscovery technology solutions. He is a frequent presenter to public and private attorneys on eDiscovery and technology issues, and the interaction between open records laws and discovery.
EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER COLLEGE OF LAW
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
MASTER OF ARTS
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
BACHELOR OF ARTS
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
“Mastering Legal Holds: Sustaining Defensibility Amidst Growing Data Risk Considerations,” Exterro, Inc. (July 2021)
“How Government Agencies are Effectively Managing E-Discovery Amidst Growing Data Risks,” Digital Government Institute (May 2021)
“2020 Case Law Update: Important Rulings Legal Teams Should Know,” Exterro, Inc. (March 2021)
“Must-Have E-Discovery Technology For Attorneys (Webcast),” Exterro, Inc.(Nov.2019)
“edTalk: Technology and Trust,” Georgetown Law CLE & Exterro, Inc. (May2018)
“Must Have E-Discovery Technology for Attorneys,” Exterro, Inc. (Dec. 2017)
“E-Discovery Case Law Update: Summer 2017 Recap,” Exterro, Inc. (Sep. 2017)
“3rd Annual Federal Judges Survey: E-Discovery Advice for Becoming a Better Attorney,” Exterro, Inc. (Jan. 2017)
“Fall 2016 E-Discovery Case Law Update,” Exterro, Inc. (Nov, 2016)
“Colorado’s New Pro Bono Program for Civil Appeals” (with Katayoun Donnelly), Colorado Lawyer (Sept. 2011)
“The Secret Posse,” Legal Affairs (March 2005)
Colorado Lawyers Committee
Colorado Bar Association
Tenth Circuit Historical Society
Faculty of Federal Advocates
Sedona Conference on Electronic Discovery, Working Group 1
Pro Bono and Awards
Executive Council, CBA Litigation Section (2021-present)
Chair, CBA Litigation Section, Appellate Subsection (2021-2022)
Appellate Pro Bono Screening Committee, Appellate Subsection (2020-present)
Secretary, Colorado Lawyers Committee Election Law Task Force (2008-2016)
Volunteer attorney for Just Vote Colorado (2008-present)
Counsel for election law clients in Center, Colorado
Counsel for two plaintiff school districts in the Lobato v. State school finance litigation.
Colorado Lawyers Committee Community Service Award, 2014
Colorado Lawyers Committee Team of the Year winner, 2011
Colorado Lawyers Committee Individual of the Year finalist, 2010
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