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David P. Hutchinson


Wanda Potthoff, 303.575.7522


David Hutchinson represents a broad mix of business clients in a variety of matters, with a particular emphasis on construction and real estate disputes. He has represented institutional lenders, industrial, commercial and residential builders, architects, engineers, contractors, real estate management companies and a variety of individual and business clients. David effectively uses his experience in the litigation context to help his transactional clients avoid the situations that often lead to litigation. Likewise, his transactional experience provides uniquely valuable expertise when he litigates issues that arise from transactional settings.

David's litigation experience includes trials before judges and juries in Colorado district and county courts, as well as in the U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court.  He has handled appeals in the Colorado and federal appellate courts.  David is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution processes, including arbitration and mediation. David was part of a team that defended the architect of the main terminal at Denver International Airport in a $40 million design deficiency lawsuit brought by the City and County of Denver. The jury returned a complete defense verdict after a five-week trial.

Recognizing the danger that litigation expense can often become disproportionate to the economic stakes of a particular case, David strives in every matter to maximize efficiency without compromising effectiveness.  Working closely with clients, he attempts at the earliest possible stage of each case to identify the themes that would be most effective at trial.  By focusing on the storyline at the front end of his cases, David can then tailor his discovery and motion practice around the central case themes.  His objective is to expend clients' resources on the issues that are likely to make a significant impact at trial or in settlement negotiations, and to avoid the time and expense associated with the tangential issues arising from "scorched earth" litigation tactics.

David's transactional practice encompasses representation of real estate owners and developers with respect to construction and design contracts. He also represents institutional lenders in connection with complex real estate secured loans throughout the United States. 

Prior to entering law school, David worked for three years as a sportswriter covering the NFL and the NBA.  David currently serves on the firm’s Recruiting Committee.

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  • Otten Johnson Alert: New Rules for Business and Real Estate Litigation in Denver Metro Area (January 2012)
  • Co-author: Restructuring Troubled Real Estate Loans (July 2009)

Awards & Involvement

  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers: Panel Lawyer
  • 5p-Society


  • State of Colorado 
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado 
  • U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals 
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association 
  • Denver Bar Association


  • J.D., University of Denver College of Law (1990); Order of St. Ives
  • B.A., University of Colorado (1984)



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