Lindsay Unruh, Associate

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303.893.6100 (Main)
855.206.1549
303.893.6110 (Fax)

 
 
Assistant:

 Janie Cohen
jcohen@rplaw.com
  • Experienced complex commercial and civil litigator.
  • Named to the Rising Stars List published nationwide by Colorado Super Lawyers® (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014).
  • Received an Award of Special Recognition from the Colorado Lawyers Committee (2013).
  • Awarded the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s Contribution Award (2007) and Task Force of the Year Award (2009) for work on the Homeless ID Task Force; Nominated for the Committee’s Individual of the Year Award (2008).

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation

Reilly Pozner LLP

Lindsay Unruh, Associate

 

303.893.6100 (Main)
855.206.1549
303.893.6110 (Fax)

 
 
Assistant:

 Janie Cohen
jcohen@rplaw.com
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About Lindsay:

Lindsay focuses her practice on civil and commercial litigation.  Her trial experience is comprehensive and she has represented parties at all stages of litigation in an array of business disputes and civil matters.  Lindsay has worked on cases involving the interests of prominent companies and well-known individuals in industries such as oil and gas and financial services.  She has prepared many cases for trial and is particularly skilled at identification of key facts and analysis of complex legal issues.   Lindsay is a proficient legal writer and she has extensive experience drafting complaints and persuasive dispositive motions.  She has also managed large-scale discovery projects and prepared witnesses for depositions and hearings.  Lindsay’s legal abilities were recognized by her peers when she was named to the Rising Stars list by Colorado Super Lawyers® Magazine in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Advocacy and pro bono work are an important part of Lindsay’s practice.  For years she has actively volunteered with the Colorado Lawyers Committee and has been a member of the organization’s Homeless ID and Mental Health Task Forces.  She was presented with the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s Community Contribution Award in 2007.  In 2008, she was nominated for the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s Individual of the Year Award.  Lindsay and other Colorado attorneys were awarded the Colorado Lawyers Committee 2009 Task Force of the Year award for their work on the Homeless ID Task Force.  Most recently, she received an Award of Special Recognition from the Colorado Lawyers Committee along with other members of the firm for their work on the Legal Center v. Bicha, et al. case (2013).

Before entering private practice, she interned for the Hon. John L. Kane, Jr., of the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, and for the Colorado Public Defender’s office. In these assignments, she gained valuable research and writing experience as well as exposure to diverse areas of civil and criminal law. Lindsay holds her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law, where she was an associate editor for the Colorado Law Review and a participant in the Indian Law Clinic. She earned an undergraduate degree in political science and history from the University of Colorado.

 

Lindsay is on the trial team for these cases:

  • Reilly Pozner attorneys worked pro bono for the non-profit Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People.  On behalf of the Legal Center, they filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Colorado alleging that presumptively innocent men and women with serious mental illnesses languish in Colorado jails for months awaiting court-ordered mental health evaluations and mental health treatment to so that they can participate in their criminal proceedings.  The lawsuit alleged that the excessive delays violate the United States Constitution.  In some cases, pretrial detainees waited in jail for court-ordered mental health evaluations and treatment longer than they would have otherwise been confined for their alleged offense.  The Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo were named as defendants in the suit.
  • Defended one of Colorado’s leading oil and gas companies at trial and on appeal in a class action royalty action in Oklahoma. The case was before the Oklahoma Supreme Court on issues of first impression, including the scope of the duty to prevent uncompensated drainage of natural gas. The firm secured the Oklahoma Supreme Court's reversal of the jury’s $6,850,000 unjust enrichment verdict and trial court’s authorization of a $112,000,000 disgorgement award. H.B. Krug, et al v. Helmerich & Payne, Inc., No. 2013-OK-104 (Okla. Supreme Court 2013); No. 106,845 (Okla. Court of Appeals 2011); No. 98-CJ-6012 (Tulsa County, Okla. 2011).
  • In the highly-competitive financial services industry, the risk unfair competition is ever-present. Our client, The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company, proactively protects its business and trade secrets from efforts of competitors, including former employees, to gain an unfair advantage. Reilly Pozner is national counsel for VALIC’s unfair competition docket, and through the skillful use of temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, has helped VALIC maintain its status as an industry leader. Lindsay and Reilly Pozner also represent VALIC affiliates in other intellectual property, contract, unfair competition, and insurance coverage cases, as well as arbitration proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or FINRA.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment for the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association against a constitutional challenge to the Colorado general assembly’s modification of the pension benefits of retirees when necessary to preserve the financial viability of public pension funds.  As one of the first cases to address pension reform through modification of retiree benefits it has garnered nationwide attention.  The Court of Appeals affirmed in part and reversed in part and both parties have sought certiorari review before the Colorado Supreme Court.  Gary Justus, et al. v. State of Col., et al., 2012 WL 4829545 (Colo. App. 2012); Gary Justus, et al. v. State of Col., et al., No. 2010-CV-1589 (Denver County, Colo. 2012).
  • In a case of first impression in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, successfully overturned summary judgment in favor of an oil company in a qui tam action filed by two federal employees under the False Claims Act.  The court held that government employees, specifically auditors, have standing to assert whistleblower claims.  Little, et al. v. Shell Exploration and Production Company, et al., 690 F.3d 282 (5th Cir. 2012).
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  • Civil Litigation
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  • J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 2004
  • B.A., University of Colorado, 1999
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  • State of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
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  • Award of Special Recognition from the Colorado Lawyers Committee (2013)
  • Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers® (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Recipient, Colorado Lawyers Committee‘s Task Force of the Year Award (2009)
  • Nominee, Colorado Lawyers Committee‘s Individual of the Year Award (2008)
  • Recipient, Colorado Lawyers Committee‘s Community Contribution Award (2007)
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  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Boulder Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
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