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Phone: (303) 592-6680
Fax: (303) 592-6666
E-mail: jchase@madc-law.com

John R. Chase, Partner

John’s practice focuses on insurance coverage analysis and litigation, including prosecution of coverage disputes and defense of insurance bad faith claims. John serves as regional coverage counsel for several insurance carriers and provides counsel on a variety of coverage issues presented by personal lines and commercial lines policies, as well as specialty coverages. In addition, he maintains an active practice defending premises liability claims for numerous national retailers and product liability claims for a variety of manufacturers. John has also litigated a number of construction and commercial disputes, as well as subrogation claims arising in many different contexts. Since joining the firm in 1999, John has tried or arbitrated cases to verdict or final judgment involving coverage for property losses, life insurance benefits, commercial general liability coverage, auto accidents, premises liability claims, disputes involving homeowners, contractors and developers and subrogation cases involving fire losses and worker’s compensation benefits. John is licensed in Colorado and Louisiana, where he practiced prior to relocating to Colorado, and is an executive officer for the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association.

Areas of Practice:

Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
Premises Liability
Products Liability
Construction Disputes and Construction Defect Litigation
Commercial Disputes
Subrogation

Admissions:

United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2013
United States District Court, District of Wyoming, 2011
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Western Div., 2010
United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 2002
United States District Court, District of Colorado, 1999
United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana, 1995
United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, 1995
United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1995

Education:

Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; J.D. 1995; Moot Court Board, 1994-1995
Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA; Graduate Study in Liberal Arts, 1991
Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA; B.A. 1990

Affiliations and Memberships:

Colorado Defense Lawyers Association; Board Member, 2011 to Present
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Louisiana Bar Association

Reported Cases:

Target Corp. v. Prestige Maint. USA, Ltd., 2013 COA 12, ___ P.3d ___ (Colo. Ct. App. 2013)(Regarding choice of law analysis: the forum court will apply the law chosen by the parties to all substantive legal matters. However, the forum court will apply its state law to all matters of judicial administration, including the procedures by which controversies are brought into the forum state’s courts and the rules prescribing how litigation shall be conducted).

Craft v. Target Corp., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75188 (D. Colo. May 31, 2012)(Regarding the requirements to establish a prima facie case of negligence to sustain an unknown nonparty at fault designation).

Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. v. Farmers Ins. Exch., 240 P.3d 521 (Colo. App. 2010)(Regarding additional insured coverage for liability arising out of ownership, maintenance or use of premises).

Sheffield Servs. Co. v. Trowbridge, 211 P.3d 714 (Colo. App. 2009)(Regarding personal liability of member/manager of insolvent limited liability company).

Titan Indem. Co. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 181 P.3d 303 (Colo. App. 2007), writ of certiorari denied, 2008 Colo. LEXIS 430 (April 21, 2008)(Regarding application of professional services exclusion in CGL policy).

Bainbridge, Inc. v. Travelers Cas. Co., 159 P.3d 748 (Colo. App. 2006)(Regarding application of the doctrine of equitable subrogation).

Farmington Cas. Co. v. Duggan, 417 F.3d 1141 (10th Cir. (Colo.) 2005)(Regarding application of business risk exclusion(s) in CGL policy).

Trinity Universal Ins. Co. of Kan. v. D.R. Horton, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 07-cv-00600-PAB, USDC COLORADO, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20719 (March 16, 2009)(Regarding supplemental jurisdiction in Federal court).

Vargas v. Nash-Finch Co., Civil Action No. 10-cv-00259-CMA, USDC COLORADO, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16282 (February 11, 2010); Valentin v. Target Corp., Civil Action No. 07-cv-02675-WDM-KLM, USDC COLORADO, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1674 (January 2, 2008); and, Henderson v. Target Stores, Civil Action No. 06-cv-00465-PSF-MEH, USDC COLORADO, 431 F. Supp. 2d 1143; 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17901 (March 29, 2006)(Regarding the ever-changing use of Colorado’s Civil Cover Sheet for removal to the USDC, District of Colorado).

Klinge v. Target Corp., Civil Action No. 08-cv-01092-RPM-MEH, USDC COLORADO, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91325 (October 31, 2008)(Regarding standard for asserting punitive damages claim in premises liability action pending in federal court pursuant to diversity jurisdiction).

Grabau v. Target Corp., Civil Action No. 06-cv-01308-WDM-KLM, USDC COLORADO, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20238 (February 29, 2009)(Regarding exclusion of evidence of subsequent remedial measures).

Grabau v. Target Corp., Civil Action No. 06-cv-01308-WDM-KLM, USDC COLORADO, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24986 (March 18, 2009)(Regarding recoverability of expert witness fees and litigation costs in Federal court).

Grabau v. Target Corp., Civil Action No. 06-cv-01308-WDM-KLM, USDC COLORADO, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118407 (March 6, 2008)(Regarding admissibility of billed versus paid amounts of medical specials).

Grabau v. Target Corp., Civil Action No. 06-cv-01308-WDM-KLM, USDC COLORADO, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122899 (March 6, 2008)(Regarding standard per FRCP 26 for exclusion of evidence due to late disclosure).

Grabau v. Target Corp., Civil Action No. 06-cv-01308-WDM-KLM, USDC COLORADO, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7229 (January 17, 2008)(Regarding denial of motion for leave to amend Complaint to add claim for exemplary damages due to futility).

Grabau v. Target Corp., Civil Action No. 06-cv-01308-WDM-PAC, USDC COLORADO, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93007 (December 22, 2006) (D. Colo., June 30, 2007)(Regarding denial of leave to amend Complaint to add party who would destroy diversity jurisdiction).