Gordon A. Queenan

ATTORNEY BIO

GORDON A. QUEENAN has been with Patterson Ripplinger, P.C. since the summer of 2018. Mr. Queenan’s practice primarily concerns defending insurers in first-party suits alleging common law bad faith and unreasonable delay and denial of insurance claims.

After graduating magna cum laude from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, Mr. Queenan accepted a full tuition scholarship from Hofstra University School of Law, where he served as an editor on the Hofstra Law Review.

Mr. Queenan worked for two-and-a-half years as a Deputy Attorney General for the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General’s Banking and Insurance Section. While there, Mr. Queenan brought civil enforcement actions against insurance companies, producers, and public adjusters that engaged in predatory or fraudulent conduct.

Mr. Queenan was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 2016 and worked for two years at a Golden-based insurance defense firm where he defended clients in suits asserting claims involving catastrophic personal injuries, construction defects, legal malpractice, and civil rights violations.

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Colorado (2016)
  • New Jersey (2013)
  • New York (2014)
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado (2016)
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (2015)

NOTABLE CASES

  • Kobylowski v. Scaccetti et al, OAL Dkt. BKI 00501-1, 2016 WL 285114 (N.J. Adm. January 7, 2016). In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Mr. Scaccetti circulated thousands of letters claiming to be affiliated with homeowner’s insurance companies. Mr. Queenan represented Commissioner of Insurance Kobylowski in an administrative trial seeking to impose fines for violations of the public adjuster licensing act. Following trial, the administrative law judge imposed a $100,000 penalty.
  • Badolato v. Novillo, No. A-5770-13T2, 2016 WL 921784 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Mar. 11, 2016). Mr. Queenan represented Commissioner of Insurance Badolato in the appeal of a Final Order revoking insurance producer’s license and imposing $331,800 fine. Court of Appeals upheld revocation and fine.
  • Onyx Ins. Co., Inc. v. New Jersey Dep’t of Banking & Ins. (DOBI), No. CV153469MASLHG, 2016 WL 1244714 (D.N.J. Mar. 30, 2016). Mr. Queenan represented Commissioner of Insurance Badolato against a risk retention group seeking access to New Jersey’s insurance insolvency fund. The District Court of New Jersey denied the risk retention group access to the fund.
  • Tarco, Inc. v. Conifer Metro. Dist., No. 15CA0490, 2017 WL 2222249 (Colo. App. May 18, 2017). Mr. Queenan represented Conifer Metropolitan District in the appeal of a trial award in favor of Conifer of damages resulting from construction defects. The Court of Appeals upheld the award, in part, with Conifer being awarded $149,000 in damages, as well as attorney fees, interest, and costs.
  • Walters v. American Aberdeen Association, No. 2017CV31172 (Dist. Ct. Jan. 4, 2018). Mr. Queenan represented the American Aberdeen Association at a preliminary injunction hearing seeking to enjoin the Association from announcing the results of 2018 board of directors’ election. Mr. Walters claimed he was improperly excluded from the ballot. Following oral argument, the Court granted the Association’s motion to dismiss.
  • Michael v. Plasco Storage, No. 2017C3315 (Cnty. Ct. Feb. 1, 2018). Mr. Queenan defended Plasco Storage, a self-storage facility, against a claim by one of its renters that the owner had conspired to burgle a unit. At trial, Plasco Storage was granted a directed verdict and awarded its attorney fees and costs.
  • Dry Ground v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co., No. 16CA1740, 2018 WL 1764823 (Colo. App. Apr. 12, 2018). Mr. Queenan represented Dry Ground in the appeal of an order granting summary judgment in favor of Auto-Owners. The Court of Appeals reversed the summary judgment order and remanded the case for further proceedings.
  • Kalisha Green v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, et al, 2018 CV 32527 (Denver Cnty Dist. Ct. May 30, 2019). Mr. Queenan drafted the winning brief, resulting in the Court determining that a clause in an Ohio-issued automobile policy was enforceable and that State Farm was not obligated to provide coverage.
  • Lawrence Turcotte v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Company, 2018CV30205 (Larimer Cnty Dist. Ct October 15 – October 24, 2019).  Mr. Queenan second chaired a two-week trial in which a homeowner had asserted claims for breach of contract, bad faith breach of insurance contract, and statutory unreasonable denial against State Farm for denying his claim for homeowners benefits after his residence was destroyed in a fire. Mr. Queenan examined the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority’s lead arson investigator, who implicated Mr. Turcotte in the fire. The jury returned a verdict in favor of State Farm, finding that it had proved its affirmative defense of arson.

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