Sarah B. Wallace

Partner

wallaces@ballardspahr.com
Tel 303.299.7334
Fax 303.296.3956
Denver

Sarah B. Wallace has focused her practice on representing businesses in litigation and appeals for nearly 20 years. Her experience includes mortgage-related litigation, trade secret litigation, breach of contract litigation, employment litigation (including enforcement of non-competition and non-disclosure agreements), and insurance coverage. Sarah regularly represents financial institutions, manufacturers, and software development companies in state and federal proceedings, arbitrations, and mediations.

Sarah is well versed in the day-to-day business needs and goals of her clients and serves as primary outside counsel for a number of clients, providing advice on a variety of business situations and contractual matters, identifying risk management solutions, and mitigating litigation exposure.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended an action seeking injunctive relief based on a non-compete agreement subsequent to the sale of a business
  • Prevailed on motion to dismiss a wage claim act claim in employment litigation between a manufacturer and its former branch managers
  • Represented a beer manufacturer in a multiple-venue insurance dispute and prevailed on summary judgment or by motion to dismiss in each venue
  • Successfully moved to dismiss a RICO claim in a dispute among several financial institutions
  • Defended a mining company in a premises liability action seeking damages for an alleged brain injury; settled prior to trial
  • Represented a mining company in a multiple-venue environmental insurance dispute; settled with all 20 insurance carriers prior to trial
  • Won a two-week jury trial involving a dispute between the owners of a real estate portfolio and their asset manager

Selected Published Opinions

  • George v. Urban Settlement Services, et al., 2014 WL 4854576 (D. Colo. Sept. 30, 2014); 833 F.3d 1242 (10th Cir. Aug. 15, 2016)
  • Gibbs-Squire v. Urban Settlement Services, et al., 623 Fed. Appx. 917 (10th Cir. Aug. 17, 2015)
  • Wittmer v. DuPont, 2014 WL 736625 (D. Colo. Dec. 23, 2014)
  • Chimney Rock et al. v. Tri-State Generation and Transmission, 2013 WL 4494284 (D. Colo. August 21, 2013); 2014 WL 81566 (D. Colo. Feb. 27, 2014)
  • Clark v. Green Tree Servicing, LLC, 2014 WL 4783634 (D. Colo. Sept. 24, 2014)
  • In re District Court, 256 P.3d 687 (Colo. 2011)
  • Newmont USA Ltd. v. American Home Assur. Co., et al., 676 F.Supp.2d 1146 (E.D. Wa. Nov. 13, 2009); 2009 WL 1764517 (E.D. Wa. June 21, 2009; 2011 WL 830106 (E.D. Wa. March 3, 2011); 2011 WL 2415385 (E.D. Wa. June 13, 2011)
  • Kelson Physician Partners, Inc. v. Winokur, 2008 WL 4372684 (D. Colo. Sept. 23, 2008)

Judicial Clerkships

Chief Justice Minzner, Supreme Court of New Mexico – Santa Fe, 1999-2000

Professional Activities

Colorado Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

Colorado Super Lawyers, 2010, 2015-2018

Colorado Super Lawyers—Top 50 Women Lawyers 2016, 2018

Colorado Super Lawyers—Top 100 Lawyers, 2018

Law Week Colorado—2017 Top 10 Jury Verdict 

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013-present

Community Activities

Federal Faculty of Advocates

Metro Volunteers

Trustee, Colorado Legal Aid Foundation

Center for Legal Inclusiveness, Chair of the Retention Committee

Board Memberships

Colorado Lawyers Committee

University of Colorado Law School (J.D. 1999)

Colby College (B.A. 1992, with distinction)

Colorado

New York

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

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