HILLARY D. PATTERSON is an associate attorney specializing in insurance defense and insurance coverage. She handles both first-party and third-party cases representing individuals and corporations. While her primary focus areas are property damage and personal injury, she has successfully represented and advised clients in a wide array of claims, including: hail / wind / fire / water damage, uninsured / underinsured motorists, wrongful death, premises liability, dog bites, carbon monoxide, assault / battery, copyright / intellectual property, civil theft, ridesharing, defamation / slander, and civil rights.
Hillary joined the firm as an associate attorney after admission to the Colorado Bar in November, 2015. Hillary has significant experience in civil litigation and insurance defense having worked at the firm since 1997. Prior to becoming an attorney, she filled many different roles within the firm, including archiving clerk, receptionist, legal assistant, paralegal, legal billing manager, and law clerk.
Hillary is a Colorado native and the second of three daughters of the firm’s founding partner, Frank Patterson. Hillary received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with honors and distinguished membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Hillary received her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, graduating in the top 14% of her class. While at the University of Denver, Hillary served as an extern for an energy law firm and for a private criminal defense attorney. She also served on the executive board of the law school’s chapter of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. She worked full time at the firm during law school while also raising her two children.
Hillary is admitted to practice in Colorado, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Her professional associations include the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA), Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA), the Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA), and the Denver Bar Association (DBA). Hillary also serves as the New Lawyers Chair of the CDLA Board of Directors. She has previously served on the New Lawyers Committee and as the New Lawyers Chair to the CDLA Professionalism and Education Committee.
Hillary is married and has two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and taking advantage of all the outdoor activities this beautiful state has to offer. She has also been a women’s lacrosse official in Colorado for nineteen years and continues to enjoy officiating from youth through NCAA, as well as volunteering her time to the development of the sport and its officials in Colorado.
My Roofer, Inc. v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Company (Weld County District Court, 2015CV30425). July 13, 2016, attorneys Frank Patterson and Hillary Patterson obtained a directed verdict for the defendant. Prior to trial, attorney Hillary Patterson successfully argued a pre-trial motion regarding Plaintiff’s spoliation of evidence, and the Court issued an order for adverse inference instruction. On appeal, Hillary Patterson drafted the answer brief for the defendant/appellee State Farm and Frank Patterson presented oral arguments on September 6, 2017. The Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed the directed verdict in an unpublished opinion.
Patrice Fujisaki Sauter v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Company (Denver County District Court, 2017CV33275). August 1, 2018, attorneys Frank Patterson and Hillary Patterson obtained a directed verdict for the defendant. Prior to trial, attorneys Frank Patterson, Hillary Patterson, and Brian Kennedy successfully argued a Motion for Summary Judgment that Plaintiff lacked standing to pursue claims of breach of contract and common law bad faith.
Velvet Entz v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (Pueblo County District Court, 2016CV030960). October 5, 2018, attorneys Frank Patterson and Hillary Patterson obtained a defense verdict. Plaintiff claimed a minor motor vehicle accident caused serious cervical injuries including a herniated disc. Plaintiff claimed past medical expenses of $160,000 and an anticipated future cervical surgery at a cost of $140,644.00 – $244,430. The liability carrier had previously paid its $100,000 in limits. Plaintiff demanded the full UIM policy limits of $500,000 from the defendant State Farm. The last and lowest offer to settle by Plaintiff was $350,000. The jury awarded her $4,300. The Court issued an order off-setting the $100,000 Plaintiff received from the liability carrier, reducing the verdict to $0.00. Mr. and Ms. Patterson argued successfully at a hearing on the defendant’s bill of costs and obtained a cost award of over $70,000.