A Colorado native, John joined the Sawaya Law Firm in 2019. Previously, John practiced with his own boutique plaintiff’s litigation firm and, prior to that, with a leading Denver-area plaintiff’s personal injury firm. John has prosecuted appeals in the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Amicus Committee. John has been designated by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the area of personal injury law.
When he is not practicing law, John enjoys reading, running, hiking, and spending time with his significant other and their two rescue pups.
John’s notable successes include:
- Authored Answer Brief and conducted oral argument before Colorado Supreme Court on issues of duty and proximate causation, resulting in successful Supreme Court opinion. Groh v. Westin, 2015 CO 25.
- Co-authored briefs in Sunahara v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 280 P.3d 649 (Colo. 2012), in which the Colorado Supreme Court held that admission of evidence of medical discounts secured by a plaintiff’s insurer violate the collateral source doctrine
- Obtained jury verdict in premises liability case of more than thirty times defendant’s final settlement offer. Roth v. Disaster Restoration, Inc., Boulder County District Court Case No. 2010CV674 (2012). Authored Answer Brief in Court of Appeals, resulting in affirmation of verdict. Roth v. Disaster Restoration, Inc., Court of Appeals Case No. 12CA0920 (Mar. 14, 2013)
- Successfully argued before Court of Appeals in defense of trial court ruling that permitted client to retain settlement proceeds against forfeiture challenge by workers’ compensation carrier. Jose Chavez & Pinnacol Assurance v. Kelley Trucking, Court of Appeals Case No. 10CA1720 (2011)