Overview

Aaron Pratt is a civil litigator with experience handling large loss personal injury actions involving product liability, commercial trucking, premises liability, and mass shootings.  He also has represented insurance carriers in first party bad faith actions.

Aaron has represented clients in state and federal court, administrative investigations, and mediations. He has taken or defended numerous lay witness, expert, and party depositions.  He also has experience trying cases that includes first and second chair responsibility.

In the 4 years that Aaron has practiced law since concluding his judicial clerkship, he has participated in 4 trials and more than 50 depositions.

Experience

Premises Liability

  • Representing a publicly traded company on general liability issues following a mass shooting on its property.
  • Won a motion for summary judgment in a case involving personal injury claims brought by a plaintiff pursuant to Colorado’s Premises Liability Act in which we argued that the cracked sidewalk the plaintiff tripped on was not an unreasonably dangerous condition.  The motion resulted in a full suit dismissal.

Product Liability

  • Presented and won a motion for directed verdict at trial in a product liability case involving a manufacturer of canned food products that resulted in a complete defense verdict.  Despite the plaintiff’s very sympathetic testimony concerning the injuries she suffered from a can of tuna, we effectively argued that plaintiff presented insufficient evidence that the product was defective at the time it was sold.

General Litigation

  • First chaired a county court trial in an automobile collision case in which the plaintiff was a self-represented attorney.  The trial resulted in a large apportionment of fault to the plaintiff and a global damages award well below earlier settlement offers.

Personal Injury

  • Represented a welder manufacturer in a complex personal injury action wherein the plaintiffs argued a welder exploded killing one man and severely burning three others.  The plaintiffs claimed over $700 million in damages.
  • Represented one of the largest parcel delivery companies in the country on numerous commercial trucking accidents involving catastrophic personal injuries. 
  • Won a motion to dismiss against a plaintiff that asserted personal injury claims against a government entity by arguing that the plaintiff’s notice of claim under Colorado’s Governmental Immunity Act was deficient.  The motion resulted in a full suit dismissal and the defendant being awarded its attorney fees and costs.

Insurance Litigation

  • Successfully argued a novel issue involving Colorado’s Medical Payments Act in a motion for determination of a question of law that resulted in dismissal of all plaintiff’s claims against an insurance carrier.

Representative Work

Publications

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • University of Denver Professional Mentoring Program, Board Member
  • Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, Volunteer Attorney

Past Employment

  • Harris, Karstaedt, Jamison & Powers, P.C., Associate Attorney
  • Hon. Julie K. Field, Eighth Judicial District for the State of Colorado, Law Clerk
Education
  • Western State College of Colorado
    • B.A., cum laude - 2005
    • Law Review: Editor-in-Chief of Marginalia, a literature review
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Law Review: Transportation Law Journal
Bar Admission
  • Colorado, 2010
Court Admission
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
Clerkships

Honorable Julie Kunce Field, Eighth Judicial District for the State of Colorado

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