Patrick Haines is an experienced trial lawyer in civil, water, criminal, and bankruptcy courts. He has tried over 30 jury trials. His current practice focuses on civil and commercial, real estate, water, environmental, and bankruptcy creditor litigation in the state and federal courts of Colorado. Mr. Haines has been very successful at delivering favorable outcomes to a wide variety of applicants, opposers, plaintiffs, defendants, and creditors in these practice areas through detailed investigation, diligent legal analysis, and plain language communication of the strengths, weaknesses, and key issues of his clients’ interests.
Mr. Haines earned his law degree at the University of Colorado School of Law, where he returns periodically to teach Trial Advocacy. Prior to joining Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti LLP, Mr. Haines served as a Deputy District Attorney for the 20th Judicial District (Boulder) and clerked for former 20th Judicial District Chief Judge Maria Berkenkotter. Prior to earning his undergraduate degree in environmental science summa cum laude at The Ohio State University, Mr. Haines served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was decorated for his service in the first Persian Gulf War.
Mr. Haines is the current chair of the Colorado Judicial Performance Commission for the 20th Judicial District, which reviews and reports on the performance of District and County Court judges standing for voter retention in November elections.
Civil and Commercial Litigation
Mr. Haines combines broad litigation experience with the ability to efficiently learn the facts and legal nuances of a case, making him a very effective advocate across a wide range of subject matters. His recent successes include winning trial judgment in favor of a residential property owner whose tenant forged documents to wrongfully claim ownership of the home; defeating a preliminary injunction and securing the complete dismissal of non-compete covenant and trade secret misappropriation claims against a startup business; winning judgment for possession and money damages against the holdover tenant of a coveted downtown Boulder restaurant location; and negotiating settlements and lease amendments for both commercial landlords and tenants impacted by the COVID19 economic crisis.
Water and Environmental Law
Mr. Haines has delivered several trial judgments for water rights holders in Colorado Water Division 1 Court and has successfully settled hundreds more water application opposition matters. Mr. Haines’ clients range from one large municipality with valuable senior water rights in need of protection in water court to several smaller Boulder County irrigators whose needs tend more toward advice to boards of directors and negotiating and drafting easements, agreements, and transactional documents. Mr. Haines was recently part of the legal team that won a liability judgment in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado against a large front range municipality for violations of Clean Water Act stormwater permit terms, working with the Colorado Attorney General and U.S Department of Justice to protect water quality on the lower Arkansas River. He also advocates and advises clients regarding air pollution compliance and permitting disputes.
Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights
Mr. Haines represents creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and has successfully recovered both secured and unsecured claims through vigorous advocacy and innovative pursuit of debtor resources outside of the bankruptcy estate (such as payment bonds). Mr. Haines recognizes that some bankruptcy creditor claims may not be large enough to justify the expense of full engagement by counsel but are still significant to the client, so he has developed a practice strategy that includes advising clients, monitoring filings, and ensuring that deadlines and orders are communicated to clients to optimize client recoveries without generating prohibitive legal expenses. Mr. Haines is admitted to the Colorado bankruptcy bar and has also represented clients in the bankruptcy courts of Georgia and Texas.
In the Community
Mr. Haines is highly invested in the education, music, and sports interests of his three sons. He serves on the Recreation Advisory Board for the City of Louisville, where he lives with his wife, kids, and the family’s Welsh Corgi. Before starting his legal career, Mr. Haines worked ten years as an environmental scientist including work on Colorado’s Rocky Flats Superfund Project, and he continues to invest time and energy into raising environmental and water resource awareness in Colorado. In his free time, Mr. Haines enjoys biking, hiking, golf, playing blues guitar, and spending time with family.
EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO SCHOOL OF LAW, 2007
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, 1995
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. District Court, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
American, Colorado and Boulder Bar Associations
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
University of Colorado School of Law, Trial Advocacy and Trial Court Competition Instructor
Twentieth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission, Attorney Representative
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