Rudy Verner’s practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, federal and state appeals, and privacy and data security law. As a litigator he has successfully handled matters relating to insurance coverage, business torts, contractual disputes, employment, construction, real estate, land use and natural resources. He is an experienced appellate practitioner as well as a trial lawyer. In the appellate arena, Mr. Verner has appeared before numerous federal and state appellate courts, briefed issues of first impression under Colorado and other states’ law, and served as local advisory counsel in significant matters before the Tenth Circuit.
As part of his insurance coverage practice, Mr. Verner has represented companies and individuals seeking to enforce coverage or recover policy proceeds under general liability, directors and officers, first-party property, business-interruption, environmental site liability, cyber liability and other specialty policies. Mr. Verner also assists clients in conducting insurance audits and obtaining specialty insurance coverage for businesses with unique risk profiles, including companies in the cannabis, hemp and CBD industries.
Mr. Verner is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and regularly advises clients in the emerging areas of on-line privacy, data security, and e-commerce law, with a particular emphasis on the digital advertising industry.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Verner served as a law clerk to Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich on the Tenth Circuit and to Judge Sandra I. Rothenberg on the Colorado Court of Appeals. At the University of Colorado School of Law, Mr. Verner was an associate editor on the University of Colorado Law Review and Managing Editor of the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law.
Outside the office, he is a father of two, an avid cyclist and skier, and a climate change advocate.
EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO SCHOOL OF LAW, 2002
MASTERS OF ARTS
BOSTON COLLEGE, 2006
BACHELOR OF ARTS
KENYON COLLEGE, 1996
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. Supreme Court
“Short Term Solutions, Interim Surplus Guidelines, and the Future of the Colorado River Delta”, Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, Colorado, 2003, Volume 14, p. 241.
Rudy E. Verner and Steven D. Zansberg. “Expanded Media Coverage in Colorado Courts”, The Colorado Lawyer, September 2011, Volume 40, No. 9, p. 39-46. Read Article
Assisted Washington D.C. based Center For International Environmental Law on project concerning the relationship between pension fund investments and climate change, 2015
Assisted Colorado’s largest bicycle advocacy organization, Bicycle Colorado, in opposing City of Black Hawk’s municipal bike ban, 2010
Introduction to Climate Change, Regis University (guest lecturer)
Member, Colorado Conservation Voters, 2010 – present
Board of Directors, Bicycle Colorado, July 2011 – July 2015
Moot Court Volunteer Judge, University of Colorado and University of Denver
Colorado Bar Association, Appellate Practice Subcommittee
The International Association of Privacy Professionals
Reported Appellate Decisions
Johnson v. VCG Rests. Denver, Inc., 2015 Colo. App. LEXIS 2039 (Colo. App. Dec. 31, 2015)
United States v. Greenwood, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 23282 (10th Cir. Dec. 11, 2014)
United States v. Garcia-Ruiz, 521 Fed. Appx. 702 (10th Cir. 2013)
United States v. Hopkins, 509 Fed. Appx. 765 (10th Cir. 2013)
United States v. Darton, 595 F.3d 1191 (10th Cir. 2010)
United States v. Rollen, 355 Fed.Appx. 166, 2009 WL 4547798 (10th Cir. 2009) (unpublished)
Barrett v. Investment Management Consultants, Ltd., 190 P.3d 800 (Colo. App. 2008) (on the briefs)
Kilgore v. Attorney General of Colorado, 519 F.3d 1084 (10th Cir. 2008)
Level 3 Communications, LLC v. Liebert Corp., 535 F.3d 1146 (10th Cir. 2008) (on the briefs)
Morris v. Goodwin, 185 P.3d 777 (Colo. 2008) (on the briefs)
Old Republic Ins. Co. v. Ross, 180 P.3d 427 (Colo. 2008) (on the briefs)
United States v. Rollen, 239 Fed.Appx. 451, 2007 WL 2372370 (10th Cir. 2007) (unpublished)
United States v. Flowers, 464 F.3d 1127 (10th Cir. 2006)
Ross v. Old Republic Ins. Co., 134 P.3d 505 (Colo. App. 2006) (on the briefs)
State ex rel. Salazar v. General Steel Domestic Sales, LLC, 129 P.3d 1047 (Colo. App. 2005) (on the briefs)
Honors & Awards
Rising Star, Civil Litigation Defense, Colorado Super Lawyers List for 2012 and 2013.
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