Theodore Hartl

Theodore J. Hartl


Theodore J. Hartl represents bankruptcy trustees, debtors, and creditors in bankruptcy litigation, asset liquidation, and insolvency matters. He represents secured lenders and interested parties in prosecuting and defending their interests under the Bankruptcy Code. Ted also represents receivers, financial institutions, and corporate and individual clients in non-bankruptcy workouts, administrative enforcement actions, and in commercial disputes in state and federal courts.

Before private practice, Ted served as a law clerk to the Honorable Donald E. Cordova, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Joette Katz, Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.


Representative Matters

  • Counsel to Chapter 7 Trustees and liquidating agents in business liquidation and Ponzi scheme cases.
  • Creditors' and creditors' committee counsel in oil and gas insolvency cases.
  • Debtors' counsel in business loan workouts, restructuring, and liquidation matters.

Professional Highlights

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Donald E. Cordova, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado

Hon. Joette Katz, Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Colorado), 2022-2024

The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Right/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bankruptcy Litigation, 2019-2024; Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Bankruptcy, 2022 and 2024, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2024

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, The Searchers: Consumer Hot Topics and Case Law Update, American Bankruptcy Institute Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, Salt Lake City, January 2019

Panelist, Bankruptcy Appeals: Be Prepared Colorado Bar Association CLE, Denver, May 2018

Moderator, "Roundtable Discussions on the Supreme Court,"Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, January 26, 2017



Vermont Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2000)

Washington University (B.S., B.A., 1994)




U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming