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Thursday, October 08, 2015

The Best Lawyers in America® 2016* edition has named Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell president and partner Hugh Gottschalk the 2016 Denver “Lawyer of the Year” for Bet-the-Company Litigation.

“Lawyer of the Year” status is awarded to an individual attorney with the highest peer feedback in a practice area and region. Only one lawyer in each practice area in each community is selected for this recognition. Hugh was also selected by his peers as a 2016 “Best Lawyer” for Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Product Liability Defense Litigation.

“Over 30 years, Hugh has built a premier trial practice. He truly can take on any type of matter,” said firm chairman Michael O’Donnell. “If it can be tried, Hugh can try it.”

Throughout his litigation career, Hugh has handled numerous high-stakes and high-profile cases. He is currently preparing to defend a leading global oil producer in a royalties class action trial involving more than 50 class members.

In 2014, Hugh helped a small Houston-area oil and gas company win a contract dispute against a multinational energy company involving potential future royalties worth between $70,000,000 and $100,000,000.

Hugh played a significant role, pro bono, in the landmark copyright lawsuit Golan v. Holder, which challenged the constitutionality of an act of Congress that de-listed thousands of works of art from the public domain and was heard before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012.

In 2010, Hugh co-managed with one other law firm the responses to 418 arbitration requests following the termination of Chrysler dealers during the bankruptcy of Chrysler LLC and the ensuing Congressional action requiring all disputes to be heard within seven months. When the dust cleared, fewer than 4% of dealers nationwide were reinstated.

Still involved with his alma mater, Hugh was recently selected to the committee conducting the nationwide search to hire the next Dean of the University of Colorado School of Law. Hugh's selection is noteworthy, as he is the lone committee member who does not have a full-time role at the university.

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