Larry Pozner, Partner

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303.893.6100 (Main)
855.206.1549
303.893.6110 (Fax)

 
 
Assistant:

 Tonya Holliday
tholliday@rplaw.com
  • 40 years of trial experience in criminal defense and complex commercial cases.
  • Elected President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1998).
  • Named 2013 Denver Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America®.
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 1987 (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar and Criminal Defense: White-Collar).
  • Ranked in Colorado Super Lawyers® Top 50 (2006-2011) and Top 100 (2012-2014).
  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® since 2001.
  • Co-Authored Cross Examination: Science and Techniques (Lexis Law Publishing 1993; 2nd edition 2005; law student edition 2010).
  • Experienced lecturer on trial tactics and cross examination on more than 400 occasions in 48 states and Canada.
  • Served on the adjunct faculty of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he was voted “Best Professor” (1981-1982).

Practice Areas:

    • Criminal Defense
    • Complex Commercial Litigation
    • Class Actions

    Pozner, Larry

 

Larry Pozner, Partner

 

303.893.6100 (Main)
855.206.1549
303.893.6110 (Fax)

 
 
Assistant:

 Tonya Holliday
tholliday@rplaw.com
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About Larry:

With 40 years experience in courtrooms and before juries, Larry Pozner is a founding partner of the firm. Larry focuses his practice on complex civil and criminal litigation—as well as the lecture circuit. He is litigation counsel for the Denver Broncos Football Club.

In the area of complex commercial litigation, Larry represents both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving fraud (including healthcare fraud), professional malpractice, breach of contract, environmental matters, theft of trade secrets, and copyright and trademark infringement.

In the criminal arena, Larry began his career as a public defender—and continues his high profile criminal defense work as a private practitioner. In 1998, he was elected president of the 10,000 member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Larry supplements his civil and criminal practice with publishing, television and radio legal commentary, and lecturing on trial practice. He is well-known among fellow trial attorneys as the co-author of Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques—America’s best-selling publication on the subject of cross-examination. He has presented his full-day CLE program on this subject to state bar associations, plaintiff and defense organizations and governmental agencies more than 250 times.

When a trial attracts national attention, the national news media often seek Larry’s perspective. He was a NBC News legal analyst for the Jon Benet Ramsey case and the Oklahoma City bombing trials. He has provided legal analysis for such shows as the NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Keith Olbermann, Fox News, CNN, NPR and Court TV.

In recognition of his skills and accomplishments at trial, Larry is regularly listed in Colorado Super Lawyers® (Top 50 and Top 100).  He was recently named the 2013 Denver Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar "Lawyer of the Year" by  The Best Lawyers in America®  and has been listed in that publication for twenty-seven consecutive years.   For many years, he served on the adjunct faculty of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he was voted “Best Professor.”

Larry’s colleagues in the legal profession value his courtroom skills and experience—and flock to attend his presentations. He has traveled to 48 states (as well as Canada and Puerto Rico) to deliver more than 400 lectures on subjects relating to trial skills, and has served on the faculty of several trial practice institutes. For the last seven years, he and partner Dan Reilly have been invited to address judges attending the annual Colorado Judicial Conference. Their annual presentation deals with some unusual aspect of trial evidence ranging from courtroom demonstrative aids to electronic evidence.

Larry was lead trial counsel in these cases:

In 1984, Edgar Kaiser sold his share of the Denver Broncos Football Club to our client Pat Bowlen—retaining a “right of first refusal” on any future sale of a portion of the team. Fifteen years later, after Bowlen had offered a stake in the club to former Broncos quarterback, John Elway, Kaiser sued Bowlen for breach of contract in both federal and state courts. The federal case progressed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, where our client won. As a result, the state district court granted summary judgment in favor of our client. When Kaiser appealed that decision, the Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s ruling—and our client maintained control of the team.

When Lincoln Memorial Life Insurance Company, Memorial Service Life Insurance Company, and National Prearranged Services, Inc. went into liquidation, life and health insurance guaranty associations from 44 states stepped in to pay death benefits under insurance policies issued by the failed companies. These life insurance policies purportedly backed the prepaid funeral contracts sold through National Prearranged Services. Reilly Pozner represents the National Organization of Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Associations, various state life and health insurance guaranty associations, and a Texas Special Deputy Receiver in a multi-state effort to recover more than $600 million in losses from various individuals and entities that allegedly perpetrated a variety of frauds associated with the failed companies.

When The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC) noticed that its financial advisers (and their contact being aggressively recruited by the competition in what looked like coordinated campaigns, VALIC retained Reilly Pozner as national counsel to protect its trade secrets and enforce its non-competition agreements in courts around the country. Thanks to the firm’s skillful use of temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, VALIC has seen a significant decrease in unfair competition by its former employees and a significant decrease in competitor recruitment.

Reilly Pozner has been approved by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy court to act as Lehman’s national coordinating and lead trial counsel in prosecuting claims against mortgage loan originators that sold Lehman defective loans. Larry is part of the ten-lawyer team in this significant representation – involving more than 100 cases in 26 states.

When a group of automobile dealerships faced a purported class action claiming that new cars were equipped in violation of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, it hired Reilly Pozner to defend its interests.  After winning landmark reversals at the Colorado Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of the trial court’s initial approval of class treatment, the firm defeated Plaintiffs’ second attempt at class certification in the trial court.

“Each case is really a detective story. From the first day we get a case, we start to work on this story—and how the various pieces fit together—so we can tell our client’s story to a jury and a judge. At our trials, no one ever gets bored and loses interest! Preparation is the be-all and end-all. This behind-the-scenes work (when no one is watching) is what lets you be good in the courtroom (when everyone is watching). This realization is a wonderful, magical moment in the life of any courtroom attorney!”

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image Practice Areasimage
  • Criminal Defense
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Class Actions
image Educationimage
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of Colorado
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  • State of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Immediate Past-President 1999-2000; President: 1998-99; Officer: 1992; Board of Directors: 1988-92)
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (President: 1985-86)
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (Board of Directors:
    1989-91)
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors: 1985-87)
  • Faculty, National Criminal Defense College (1985-1995)
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  • Denver Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America® (2013)
  • "Hot List," National Law Journal Litigation Boutiques (2012)
  • Listed Under Bet-the-Company, Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar and Criminal Defense: White-Collar, The Best Lawyers in America® (1987-present)
  • Listed in Chambers USA® publication (2007-present)
  • "Top 50" (2006-2011) and "Top 100" (2012-2014) Colorado Super Lawyers®
  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® (2001-present)
  • Local Litigation Star in Colorado and Plaintiff, Benchmark Litigation (2014)
  • Colorado Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation (2011-present)
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  • “From Podiums to Podcasts: A Practitioner’s View of the State of Continuing Legal Education,” published in Volume 29, No. 3 Fall 2008 issue of “In the Loop,” the News Quarterly of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) Click here to read article.
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