John D. Halepaska, Esq., Biography

What I like best about my job is making a difference for my clients who are often in difficult situations.

John D. Halepaska received his J.D. from the University of Colorado in 1997. He studied civil engineering as an undergraduate at Colorado State University. After practicing for a number of years, John took a brief hiatus to pursue interests in the construction field. Mr. Halepaska paid his way through school as a skilled carpenter in residential and commercial construction. His knowledge of engineering and construction practices and procedures has been invaluable on the many technical and “expert driven” personal injury cases he has handled over his 20 years of practice. During his career, his practice has consisted of a blend of plaintiff matters and complex insurance defense cases. He has practiced with some of Colorado’s finest plaintiff and insurance defense and so is experienced on both sides of the fence. Mr. Halepaska was one of a handful of Colorado attorneys allowed to try cases for Zurich North America Insurance.

Mr. Halepaska’s practice now focuses primarily on plaintiff personal injury. Mr. Halepaska has represented clients in a wide variety of claims, including cases involving trucking and motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, product liability, wrongful death, intentional torts, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic injury, spinal cord injury, and bad faith insurance litigation at both the state and federal levels. In addition to personal injury matters, Mr. Halepaska also represents business owners and private individuals in contractual/transactional disputes and other civil litigation matters.

Mr. Halepaska is a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Lawyers Helping Lawyers assistance program.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Brain Injuries
  • Business Disputes
  • Civil Rights
  • Oil Field Accidents

Education

  • Law School:
    • University of Colorado, 1997, Juris Doctor
  • Undergraduate:
    • Colorado State University, 1993, Bachelor of Science, Minor in Civil Engineering

Professional Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association
  • Colorado Lawyers Helping Lawyers (member of the Board of Directors)

Published Appellate Decisions

  • Groh v. Westin Operator, LLC, — P.3d —-, 2012 WL 5360917, 2012 COA 189 (Colo.App. Nov 01, 2012) (NO. 11CA0363); Opinion Withdrawn and Superseded on Rehearing by Groh v. Westin Operator, LLC, — P.3d —-, 2013 WL 3989289, 2013 COA 39 (Colo.App. Mar 28, 2013) (NO. 11CA0363); rehearing denied (May 02, 2013); Certiorari Granted by Westin Operator, LLC v. Groh, 2013 WL 5785599 (Colo. Oct 28, 2013) (NO. 13SC382)
  • Puhl v. Medved Chevrolet South, Inc., 2013 WL 4894078 (Colo.App. Sep 12, 2013) (NO. 12CA0815); Certiorari Denied by Puhl v. Medved Chevrolet South, Inc., 2014 WL 3037426 (Colo. Jul 07, 2014) (NO. 13SC856)

Presentations

  • Professional Responsibility and Ethics – Colorado District Attorney’s Council – August 2009
  • Professional Responsibility and Ethics – University of Denver School of Law – Guest Lecturer each semester – August 2009 – present
  • Professional Responsibility and Ethics – University of Colorado School of Law – Guest Lecturer – April 2017

Court Admissions

  • State of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado

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  • 5.0/5.0

    I've been with this attorney for quite a few years he is the most responsible hard-working honest attorney I have ever met he has won a big money lawsuit for me over a car accident on top of that he has won 2 custody battles for me he is ea...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    From his hard work to his passion for his clients, I believe Joe is a valuable attorney for any team.

    — Peer

  • 5.0/5.0

    John was opposing counsel in a case in which I represented a women who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. He was indefatigable and thorough in the defense of his client and always professional. I was impressed by John’s attention to...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    Joe is a smart attorney with extensive experience in tort law and personal injury. Additionally, he is empathetic to the needs of the clients, as he actually knows how to listen to the client as well.

    — Peer

  • 5.0/5.0

    Joseph was extremely helpful during a very difficult process. I am so grateful to have had Joseph on our side. I was very impressed by his wide range of knowledge, professionalism as well as his kind and friendly manner.

    — Client