Andrew J. Petrie

Tel 303.299.7339
Fax 303.296.3956

Andrew J. Petrie is a commercial trial lawyer with over 35 years of significant trial experience before juries and judges in both state and federal courts, and arbitrators.

Drew has a broad range of trial experience and has handled disputes across a wide spectrum of issues and industries. His practice focuses largely on commercial lending and creditors’ rights (including creditor representations in bankruptcy); real estate; environmental and groundwater contamination issues; and insurance coverage disputes involving environmental, property and casualty, errors and omissions, and directors and officers’ coverages.

Representative Matters

Over a 12 month period, Drew tried four cases to verdicts on a variety of issues—three to juries and one to the court:

  • Prosecuted a patent infringement case in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado involving luminescent dissolved oxygen technology and contract licensing issues (June 2016).
  • Defended legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims against a national law firm and one of its partners. The plaintiff client brought these claims in the District Court for the City and County of Denver, all of which related to a client’s investment in the Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme (October 2016).
  • He successfully defended claims in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas brought by the receiver in the Allen Stanford companies' Ponzi scheme, in which the receiver sought to claw back over $120 million in principal and interest from a depositor that had purchased certificates of deposit from the Stanford International Bank (January 2017).
  • He successfully prosecuted several claims for breaches of contract, and defended numerous counterclaims asserting breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty and misrepresentation on behalf of a real estate property manager / asset manager in a two-week jury trial in the Arapahoe County, Colorado District Court (May 2017).

Selected Published Opinions

  • Cedar Street Venture, LLC v. Judd, et al., Case No. 10SA374 (Colo. June 27, 2011)
  • Sittner v. Citicorp Acceptance Co., Inc., 772 P.2d 665 (Colo. Ct. App.) (as modified. on denial of rehearing), cert. denied,  783 P.2d 838 (1989)
  • In re Lederman Enterprises, Inc., 106 B.R. 674 (Bankr. D. Colo. 1989)
  • Smith v. Hughes  Aircraft  Co., 783 F. Supp. 1222 (D. Ariz 1991), rev'd in part and aff'd in part, 22 F.3d 1432 (9th Cir. 1993)
  • National Canada Corp. v. Dikeou,  868 P.2d 1131 (Colo. Ct. App. 1993), cert. denied (March 7, 1994)
  • Vikel1 Investors Pacific, Inc. v. Kip Hampden, Ltd., 946 P.2d 589 (Colo. Ct. App. 1997)
  • Estate of Milstein v. Ayers,  955 P.2d 78 (Colo. Ct. App. 1998)

Professional Activities

American Bar Association 

Colorado Bar Association

University of Colorado Law School
Past Teaching Faculty, Trial Practice Program

University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Past Moot Court Judge

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, 2021

University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law (J.D. 1981)
Administrative Editor, University of Utah Law Review; Member, University of Utah National Moot Court Team; William H. Leary Scholar; First Place and Best Oralist, William J. Traynor Moot Court Competition

Dartmouth College (A.B. 1978)


New York

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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